The Brent Community Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is a process where professionals from agencies share information on cases of very vulnerable and high risk individuals whose personal safety is a concern.
The meeting creates a risk management plan to offer immediate support. The aim of the process is to address the safety and protection of the individual, to review and coordinate the case and case management plan.
Purpose of the Community MARAC
The Community MARAC is here to enhance existing support services, not to replace them. The group is able to support with many factors including housing processes, reporting to the police, police investigations, referrals to the Safeguarding team and other agencies. Referrals to Community MARAC may be made as an addition to other referrals, but not a replacement.
Community MARAC aims to:
- share information to increase the safety, health and wellbeing of vulnerable individuals, including adults and children
- determine the level of risk that is posed to the vulnerable individual and associated children, and whether there is any risk to the general public
- construct and implement a risk/case management plan that provides professional support to all those at risk and that aims to reduce the future risk of harm
- reduce repeat victimisation
- improve agency accountability
- improve support for staff involved in high risk cases
- contribute to the development of best practice
- identify policy issues arising from cases discussed within the Community MARAC and raise these through the appropriate channels.
Who can be referred
Examples of vulnerable individuals that can be referred to the panel are those who are:
- victims or perpetrators of antisocial behaviour,
- victims of hate crime,
- at risk of fire related incidents
- at risk of financial abuse/fraud
- at risk of homelessness / or difficulties maintaining their property.