Domestic Abuse - Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC)

A new Domestic Abuse Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Team (MARAT) came into effect in July 2016. The new team has been formed to accommodate the changes to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) process and will ensure new domestic abuse cases are handled quickly and efficiently – under the new model every high level case will be heard at MARAC within two weeks of being reported. The new model should also increase agency representation, reduce duplication, improve information sharing and make actions clearer and more accountable.

The changes to MARAC will affect anyone currently working with high level domestic abuse families.

The new MARAT teams are made up of a stable membership of representatives from: 

  • Essex Police
  • Adult and Children's Social Care
  • Health (including Mental Health)
  • Essex Community Rehabilitation Company
  • Housing
  • Substance Misuse
  • IDVA
  • National Probation Service (where relevant)
  • And in Southend & Thurrock some additional services

If your organisation is not on this list, your valuable contribution will still be fully utilised. You will receive information and will be able to make a contribution. 

The MARAC Process

From 4 July 2016 there are new teams permanently located in Chelmsford (for Essex) and in Southend (for Southend).

These new Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Teams (MARAT) replace the countywide community Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) and the Joint Domestic Abuse Triaging Team (JDATT). 

Changes to the process for core members and allied partners:

  • If you are on community MARAC email lists at the moment, you will soon receive an email asking you to consider whether your agency needs to adapt its processes with the change in model.
  • Case lists will soon be sent to one email address within each organisation - this should be a generic email address that can be accessed by a number of people.
  • To ensure more timely action planning, the window for providing feedback will be much smaller. 
  • If no feedback is received, it will be assumed that you do not have anything you wish to contribute to action planning.  
  • Remote attendance at MARAC (via teleconferencing) will be encouraged for those that have a contribution to the action plan. This will be organised on a case by case basis.

If you are an allied partner:

  • You will be involved by submitting relevant and proportionate information in response to the case list. This is when you will have the opportunity to say whether you want to be involved in action planning.
  • You will only get feedback after MARAC (in the form of a copy of the action plan) if you have an action. 
Forms

Research Form
The research form is the means by which partners will receive notification of cases, providing a clear steer on the areas that the research should focus on. 

Action Plan
The action plan will form the record of the meeting, clearly capturing the voice of the victim, the risks and the actions which will address them.  

Referral Form
Completed referral forms can be sent, by secure email or password-protected only, to: 
marac@essex.pnn.police.uk

DASH Risk Assessment Checklist

Terminology

MARAT - Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Team (the new teams in Southend & Essex, in Thurrock it will be called the MASH)

MARAC - Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (when the MARAT meets to generate action plans for cases it is a MARAC)

JDATT - Joint Domestic Abuse Triaging Team (this team will no longer be in place and members will absorb into the MARAT for Essex)

JMOGG – JDATT & MARAC Operational Governance Group. Will now be called the SET (Southend, Essex and Thurrock) MARAC Steering Group

MASH – Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (Thurrock only) 

SET Information Sharing Guidance

This document provides multi-agency guidance for frontline practitioners based in Southend, Essex & Thurrock.