National Marac Development Training, Scotland

Summer 2020

SafeLives' Marac Development Programme (MDP) is hosting a series of online information sessions this summer.

Whilst in-person training is suspended due to COVID-19, SafeLives are offering opportunities for virtual support through a series of webinars on key topics in relation to effective Marac operation. These are not a replacement for in-person training but will provide information on key elements of Marac; consider issues affecting currently delivery; and provide an opportunity to ask questions and share experience with Marac professionals from other areas across Scotland. The sessions will be facilitated through Microsoft Teams. 

Introduction to the Marac Process:

For professionals who are involved in Marac: 2nd July 2-3.30pm

This session is aimed at professionals who are new to the role of Marac agency representative, as well as those who want to refresh their knowledge of the Marac process.

The webinar will provide participants with a better understanding of the Marac process for and multi-agency responses to domestic abuse and the role of the Marac Representative. It will explain the Marac process, the 10 principles of an effective Marac, lawful information sharing and what Marac provision looks like in Scotland.

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Effective Marac Chairing:

For existing and future Marac Chairs and deputy Chairs: 9th July 2-3.30pm

The role of the chair is central to the efficiency and effectiveness of a Marac. This online session is designed for those who hold the position of Marac Chair or deputy Chair and will provide an introduction to the essential skills needed to a chair Marac.

The webinar will look at how to Chair an effective Marac, suggested case structure and will reflect on local circumstances influencing the effectiveness of Marac and how to address these in relation to the 10 principles.

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Operating Marac Remotely:

For professionals who are involved in Marac: 16th July 2-3.30pm

COVID-19 has presented challenges for delivering services and supporting adult and child victims of domestic abuse in Scotland, including the operation of Marac.  

This webinar is for anyone involved in the Marac process, but may be particularly useful for Marac coordinators and strategic leads. The session will provide an overview of remote Marac processes and include input from Eilidh Moir, Highland and Islands Marac Coordinator, and Kirsti Hay, Violence against Women Coordinator Glasgow, discussing how their Maracs have overcome challenges of remote operation.

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Overview of Risk & Safety Planning:

For professionals who are involved in Marac: 23rd July 2-3.30pm

This session is aimed at professionals involved in the Marac process, or who undertake direct work with victims of domestic abuse.  

The webinar will provide an introduction to the principles of risk assessment using the SafeLives Dash Risk Indicator Checklist and how this relates to safety planning, in particular within the context of Marac. The webinar will provide guidance and practical examples on building a creative, multi-agency action plan to increase safety. Fiona McMullen, Operations Manager for ASSIST in Glasgow, will join the session and discuss how safety planning and risk assessment has changed in light of COVID-19.  

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* Spaces will be limited to for each session so please sign up early to avoid disappointment; depending on interest we may need to limit the number of participants per Marac.

Please contact scotland@safelives.org.uk with any questions before signing up.