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National MARAC Summit: News, Presentations & Updates from Today's Conference

Today's conference, chaired by Davina James-Hanman Advisory Group Member Domestic Violence Quality Standard NICE, brings together MARAC Chairs, Members and Coordinators to understand current issues and the national context, and to debate and discuss key issues and areas they are facing in practice. 

Davina James-Hanman presents a session on 'Early Identifying domestic violence high risk victims & referral to MARAC' covering:

  • the role of health and social care services in the identification and support of high risk victims of domestic violence and abuse
  • developing the role of the independent domestic violence advisor (IDVA) in health and social care
  • how to we ensure effective and prompt referral to MARAC
  • monitoring implementation of the new 2016 Domestic Violence Quality Standard

Davina's Biography:

Davina James-Hanman is an independent Violence Against Women Consultant. She was formerly the Director of AVA (Against Violence & Abuse) for 17 years, which she took up following five years at L.B. Islington as the first local authority Domestic Violence Co-ordinator in the UK (1992). From 2000-08, she had responsibility for developing and implementing the first London Domestic Violence Strategy for the Mayor of London.

Download Davina's full presentation here

In her presentation Davina stated: 

“The world health organisation has said that domestic violence is an epidemic.”

“More people die from domestic violence than in the war for every 8 people killed in domestic violence 1 dies in the war”

The quality standards are:

  • People presenting to frontline staff with indicators of possible domestic violence or abuse are asked about their experiences in a private discussion
  • People experiencing DVA receive a response from level 1 or 2 trained staff
  • People experiencing DVA are offered referral to specialist support services
  • People who disclose that they are perpetrating DVA are offered referral to specialist services

Following the tea break is Detective Inspector Vicky Washington BA MSC MARAC Chair Kingston upon Thames who continued the day by looking at developing and supporting the role of the MARAC Chair.  Her session includes:

  • the role of the MARAC Chair
  • challenges and support needed
  • the police role in MARAC
  • how to ensure consistent membership and attendance
  • my experience as a MARAC Chair
  • current issues and trends in cases that are coming to MARAC

Vicky's biography:

I have been a serving police officer for 25yrs and joined in 1991 after reading English at London University and gained a Masters’ degree in Criminal Justice and Policing Studies at Portsmouth University in my own time since being in the police.  I have worked in a variety of roles, uniformed duties, including public order, as well as mainstream detective units and specialist units such as intelligence, surveillance and the Child Abuse Command, which I served on for 8yrs.

I am currently a Detective Inspector at Kingston Borough with specific responsibilities for domestic-related crime and hate crime. I am a qualified MAPPA chair and have chaired MARAC meetings for over a year at Kingston.

Download Vicky's full presentaion here

In her presentation Vicky stated: 

The 10 principals on how effective chairing is essential to the delivery of a high quality MARAC are really key and include:

Principle 1 – Identification

Principle 2 – referral to MARAC and IDVA

Principle 3 – Multi-agency engagement

Principle 4 – Independent representation and support for victims

Principle 5 – Information Sharing

Principle 6 – Action Planning

Principle 7 – Number of cases

Principle 8 – Equality

Principle 9 – Operational Support

Principle 10 - Governance

Christopher Fincken Chairman UK Caldicott Guardian Council delivers an extended session focusing on Information Sharing and Information Governance within MARACs and Domestic Violence cases.  His presentation covers:

  • applying the Caldicott principles to domestic violence and MARACs
  • information sharing and governance within MARACs
  • to share or not to share? Criteria that must be met to allow information sharing around domestic violence cases
  • managing and sharing information in a multi-agency context
  • case studies: decision making in practice

Christopher's biography:

Christopher Fincken is Chairman of the UK Caldicott Guardian Council (UKCGC), and was a Caldicott Guardian for over ten years in an Acute NHS Hospital Trust serving a cathedral city and large rural population before volunteering as a Caldicott Guardian for Marie Curie, the leading UK charity which provides home nursing care and hospice care for people with a terminal illness.

He was also an independent member of the National Information Governance Committee of the Care Quality Commission (NIGC - CQC) until it’s dissolution in 2015.


Future conferences of interest:

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Hospitals: Improving Safeguarding Practice & Outcomes
Monday 4 July 
Hallam Conference Centre


Implementing the NICE Quality Standard for Domestic Violence & Improving the effectiveness of MARACs
Tuesday 20 September 
Hallam Conference Centre


Caldicott Guardians: National Annual Conference
Thursday 6 October 
The Studio

7 June 2016


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