Can you help us – MARAC data (plus lunch)?

We are looking for volunteer MARACs to do a short analysis of outcomes from MARAC.  As you know, we collect the data from over 200 MARACs nationally and each collects the figure for their local repeat rates.  We know however, that owing to pressures on capacity, some MARACs are not recording as ‘repeats’ those cases where there have been further incidents, but where they are no longer deemed to meet the MARAC threshold.  We have written extensively on why we do not recommend this, and I won’t rehearse the arguments here – suffice to say that we need to get a more accurate picture of repeat victimisation and also harm reduction as a result of MARAC.  To do this we would like to track a dip sample of about 20 MARAC cases in 10 different areas, (making 200 cases in all for those who like totals), a record the number of police call outs for the 12 months pre MARAC and the 12 months post MARAC.  We have had one very noble ‘volunteer’ who has done this for one MARAC and the results are really encouraging.  It allows us to see for one agency only, how often they were called to a household, for what type of offence and how much it cost them before the MARAC, and then after.

I think that this will give us a clearer picture about impact and is something that we can then trace across multiple other agencies so that we get the full picture of safety.  But first things first – if you have time to come to our office either in London or Bristol, meet with other coordinators and Chairs, for a briefing, and then spend half a day doing the research in your office, please let me know on ceo@caada.org.uk

This is really important so if you can help, please be in touch.  Thank you.

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