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1.6.3 Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC): Roles and Responsibilities of Children’s Social Care

This chapter is currently under review.

Contents

  1. Purpose
  2. Children's Social Care: Roles and Responsibilities

    Appendix 1: MARAC Pathway Flowchart

    Appendix 2: MARAC Meeting Report


1. Purpose

MARAC ensures a co-ordinated multi-agency response to high risk victims of domestic abuse.

It is imperative given the link between domestic abuse and safeguarding that Children's Social Care Social Work Teams:

  • Have an awareness of the MARAC process;
  • Make appropriate referrals to MARAC;
  • Have a designated officer, stage 2 management level, attending MARAC;
  • Co-ordinate information for and from MARAC which ensures children are safeguarded.


2. Children's Social Care: Roles and Responsibilities

There should be a designated officer who is responsible for the attendance of Children's Social Care at MARAC and ensures that information flows through the organisations to and from the MARAC in order that children whose parents are at high risk from domestic abuse are appropriately safeguarded. Currently the designated officer is the Team Manager, Children's Assessment Team (CAT).

The MARAC Pathway flowchart (Appendix 1: MARAC Pathway Flowchart) demonstrates how information should be responded to when referrals to high risk victims of domestic abuse are to be considered at MARAC and they have children potentially at risk or residing with them.

The Designated CAT Pod Co-ordinator has a key role to check all children’s databases for historic information which will be presented at the MARAC by the designated officer.

Where a child(ren) is not currently open to Children's Social Care, the Designated Manager will share up to date information including whether the case is known to Children’s Services, the level of intervention, any assessments undertaken and the outcomes 

Where the case is already open to an allocated social worker (or in their absence the appropriate Practice Supervisor) they will be requested by the Referral Information Co-ordinator to provide a written update to the designated officer on the case ahead of the MARAC meeting on the attached template. (See Appendix 2 – Marac Meeting Report below)


Appendix 1: MARAC Pathway Flowchart

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Appendix 2: MARAC Meeting Report

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