Domestic abuse can cause serious harm to children of all ages. Everyone working with women and children should be alert to the frequent inter-relationship between domestic abuse and the abuse and neglect of children.
A MARAC is a meeting where information is shared on the highest risk domestic abuse cases between representatives of local police, health, child protection, housing practitioners, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) and other specialists from the statutory and voluntary sectors. After sharing all relevant information they have about a victim, the representatives discuss options for increasing the safety of the victim and turn these into a co-ordinated action plan. The primary focus of the MARAC is to safeguard the adult victim. The MARAC will also make links with other fora to safeguard children and manage the behaviour of the perpetrator.
At the heart of a MARAC is the working assumption that no single agency or individual can see the complete picture of the life of a victim, but all may have insights that are crucial to their safety. The victim does not attend the meeting but is represented by an IDVA (Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor) who speaks on their behalf. Specific Guidance and Checklist relating to Young people aged 13-17 who are victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse has been developed by CAADA- DASH and is available here.
In 2018 the Bristol Safeguarding Children Boards Annual Conference was titled "Violence within Families: What can Bristol do to break the cycle of abuse? You can find the relevant materials and resources below.
Poweroint presentations from all key speakers at the 2018 Annual BSCB conference
Guidance from key note speaker Dr Gavin Swann regarding advice and support to engage Fathers in assessments and interventions
A copy of the doctorate thesis from Dr Gavin Swann. During his presentation he recommended Chapters 2 & 10 as further reading for delegates.
This document provides details of the 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences highlighted in the film "Resilience".