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PRESS STATEMENT: Wednesday, 11th July 2012
Re. Proposals for a multi-agency inspection programme for the protection of children
Christine Christie, Director of Services at CAADA and former Manager of the London Safeguarding Children Board said: “As a national UK charity supporting a strong multi-agency response to adult and child victims of domestic abuse, CAADA warmly welcomes new proposals for the joint inspection of multi-agency arrangements by Ofsted and CQC, including a review of the performance of MARACs* as an essential part of this.
Having implemented over 260 MARACs across England, Wales and Northern Ireland over the last seven years, we know that multi-agency working makes a huge difference to the lives of child victims of domestic abuse. In the last 12 months, over 42,000 adults living with 56,000 children were supported at MARACs, and the number of children discussed at these meetings has increased by 40% over the last three years.
MARACs are a crucial tool because they bring together the widest range of services to share critical information and support families experiencing domestic abuse, enabling the early identification of the three major risk factors which impact upon the safety and wellbeing of children: domestic abuse, parental mental ill health and parental substance misuse. This builds on the importance given to an effective multi agency response emphasized by Professor Munro in her review of child protection.
This public consultation acknowledges that all multi-agency professionals have a duty to protect child victims of domestic abuse and that effective multi-agency working is essential to ensure that early intervention takes place. For this reason we warmly welcome the proposals and we look forward to the results of the consultation in due course.”
Notes to editors:
* Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) are regular meetings where information on the highest risk domestic abuse cases (adults and their children) is shared between local public agencies. By bringing all agencies involved in a case together to share information, a coordinated safety plan to support victims can be put together more quickly and effectively. Safety plans can include actions to protect child and adult victims, as well as links with mental health and drug and alcohol agencies.
Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) is a national charity supporting a strong multi-agency response to domestic abuse. CAADA provides practical tools, training, guidance, quality assurance, policy and data insight to support professionals and organisations working with domestic abuse victims.
An estimated ten per cent of domestic abuse victims are at risk of murder or serious harm every year. By protecting the highest risk victims and their children, our work focuses on saving lives and saving public money.
To date, CAADA has implemented and provided policy support to over 260 Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs). Since 2007, CAADA has also trained over 1400 Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs).
For more information or interviews with Christine Christie, Director of Services at CAADA, please contact Samantha Brown, Head of Communications on 0117 317 8750 or 07935 268427. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.caada.org.uk
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