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National Marac Development Training, Scotland

 Online Workshops – Summer 2021 

 

SafeLives’ Marac Development Programme (MDP) is hosting a series of free online training workshops for Scottish professionals involved in Marac, this summer, funded by Scottish Government. 

The workshops will provide an understanding of key elements of the evaluated Marac model, risk assessment, information sharing and safety planning. The sessions will also consider issues currently affecting Marac operation and service delivery, provide an opportunity to ask questions, and share experiences and network with other professionals from across Scotland. All sessions will be facilitated via MS Teams and will also make use of various other technology to facilitate group discussions and exercises.  

The sessions are open to anyone currently involved with their local Marac (referring or attending meetings, either on a regular or ad hoc basis). Spaces will be limited to 2 people per organisation and a maximum of 4 per Marac to ensure an even spread of attendees from across Scotland.  

Please note you will need to obtain your manager’s support to attend and will be expected to find someone else from your organisation to fill the space if you are unable to attend. 

“Having a variety of ways to contribute was great and kept everyone engaged. The presenters were great and delivered both workshops in a very organised but relaxed manner” 
Previous learner on SafeLives online Marac training  

 

 

Please note that all sessions have now passed or are full. Please register interest in future training here.

We also have a series of open courses running throughout Autumn 2021. Further details and sign ups can be found here.

 

Marac Representatives: September 7th (10am-4:30pm)   

For professionals new to the role of Marac Representative or wanting to undertake refresher training 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

What to expect? 

This workshop is suitable for those who are new to the role of Marac agency representative, as well as those who want to undertake refresher training.  

This workshop will consist of one full-day online training workshop, with an expectation for attendees to complete a small task and/or limited reading ahead of the session. The workshop will be facilitated via MS Teams and you will be expected to keep your camera on for the duration of the training. 

The workshop will: 

  • Improve understanding of a multi-agency response to domestic abuse, the evaluated Marac model, and the role of the Marac Representative of within this  

  • Explore the impact of Covid-19 on Scottish Marac operation and the Scottish policy context 

  • Provide valuable skills and experience to engage effectively with Marac  

At the end of you will be able to:  

  • Better understand and engage with the Marac process locally 

  • Examine the 10 principles for an effective Marac and the benefits of implementing Marac  

  • Describe the referral criteria and the referral process for Marac 

  • State the legislation which supports the lawful sharing of information 

  • Formulate an action plan which focuses on risks and safety 

“This training gave a really good understanding of Marac and your role. I think all [Marac] representatives should attend”  
Previous learner on SafeLives online Marac Representatives training

 

Risk Assessment for Marac professionals*September 23rd (9:30am-12:30pm) 

For professionals who identify and refer high risk victims to Marac.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

What to expect? 

This workshop is aimed at those involved in the Marac process, either by referring victims or by attending meetings and want to know more about risk assessment to identify victims at high risk.  

This workshop will consist of one half-day (3hr including break) online training workshop. The workshop will be facilitated via MS Teams and you will be expected to keep your camera on for the duration of the training. 

The workshop will: 

  • Provide an introduction to the SafeLives Dash (Domestic Abuse, Stalking and ‘Honour’-based violence) risk assessment tool  

  • Explore the background and overview of the Dash tool and how to use it safely with victims 

  • Consider multi-agency risk management, e.g. through Marac  

  • Provide valuable skills and experience to engage effectively with Marac  

At the end of you will be able to:  

  • Understand the benefits of using a single multi-agency risk assessment tool 

  • Safely use the Dash risk assessment to identify victims at high risk and refer to Marac 

  • Explain consent, data protection and the need for information sharing in domestic abuse cases  

  • Formulate an action plan which focuses on risks and safety 

“Very enjoyable interactive and informative training session 
Previous learner on SafeLives online Marac training 

HISTORICAL COURSES

Marac Chairs: 5th August (10am-4:30pm)

For new and future Marac Chairs – this workshop will look at the essential skills needed to Chair Marac.

What to expect?

This workshop will consist of one full-day online training workshop, with an expectation for attendees to complete a small task and/or limited reading ahead of the session. The workshop will be facilitated via MS Teams and you will be expected to keep your camera on for the duration of the training. 
 

The workshop will:

  • Look at the role of the Chair in creating an effective Marac environment, ensuring all agencies are engaged and are identifying victims at high risk and producing robust action plans
  • Examine the recommended case structure for Marac meetings
  • Reflect on local circumstances and challenges, including in light of Covid-19
  • Consider the support available to victims at high risk of serious harm

At the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the 10 principles for an effective Marac in local practice
  • Use the recommended case structure to facilitate effective Marac meetings
  • Understand how to improve the effectiveness of Marac and initiate local improvement
  • Encourage effective action planning which increases the safety of the victim and their family

*Please note this workshop will cover topics similar to the “Dash Risk Assessment” course, if you have already completed this online course, we do not recommend you also complete this workshop. 

Safety Planning & the Marac Process: 10th August (9:30am-12:30pm)

For professionals who identify and refer high risk victims to Marac. 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Your application will be reviewed and you will receive a decision within 1 month of the course starting. This is in order to distribute places evenly.

What to expect?

This workshop will consist of one half-day (3hr including break) online training workshop. The workshop will be facilitated via MS Teams and you will be expected to keep your camera on for the duration of the training.

The workshop will:

  • Consider best practice when safety planning with people experiencing domestic abuse
  • Explore multi-agency responses to domestic abuse and appropriate referral pathways
  • Explore safe information-sharing in cases of domestic abuse
  • Provide an overview of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 and other legal responses to domestic abuse

At the end of you will be able to:

  • Formulate a safety plan tailored to risk for victims of domestic abuse
  • Signpost and refer to specialist domestic abuse services
  • Explain consent, data protection and the need for information sharing in domestic abuse cases
  • Understand legal responses and options for victims of domestic abuse

**Please note this workshop will cover topics similar to “Domestic Abuse: Safe responses and referral pathways”, if you have already completed this, we do not recommend you also complete this workshop**
 

   “The facilitators are extremely professional, have a wide understanding on domestic abuses and expertly convey the importance and value of the Marac process”

                Previous learner on online Marac workshops

 

Spaces are limited for each workshop so please sign up or register your interest early to avoid disappointment. You will need to obtain your manager’s support to attend and will be expected to find someone else from your organisation to fill the space if you are unable to attend. 

 

Please contact scotland@safelives.org.uk with any questions.