This free recorded webinar looks at the links between domestic abuse, child protection and the support for the adult victim through the MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences).

Discover how MARACs work, and how schools and education settings can be included in the process, how to make referrals and attending the meetings and the importance of risk assessments and safety planning with the families we work with.

We will also discuss the links between police and education and the implementation of Operation Encompass.

If you need any advice about any of the topics covered in this webinar, please get in touch: hello@servicesforeducation.co.uk

This free recorded webinar looks at the links between domestic abuse, child protection and the support for the adult victim through the MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences).

Discover how MARACs work, and how schools and education settings can be included in the process, how to make referrals and attending the meetings and the importance of risk assessments and safety planning with the families we work with.

We will also discuss the links between police and education and the implementation of Operation Encompass.

If you need any advice about any of the topics covered in this webinar, please get in touch: hello@servicesforeducation.co.uk

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When domestic abuse occurs schools and education settings are involved in the child protection process but are less likely to know and understand about how the adult victims in the families are supported through the MARAC process.

A Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is a meeting where information is shared on domestic abuse cases deemed to be high risk. The meeting combines risk information with a comprehensive assessment of a victim’s needs and links them, their children and the perpetrator to appropriate services.

The MARAC aims to share information to increase the safety, health and wellbeing of victims and their children.

The primary focus is to safeguard the adult victim, but it will also make links with relevant agencies and services to safeguard children and manage the behaviour of the perpetrator.

Schools will also be more involved with domestic abuse through Operation Encompass which will be soon be implemented. This is a system whereby when police are called to an incident of domestic abuse and there are children in the household the police will inform a key adult (usually the DSL) by the following day. This will ensure that the school is better able to help support that child.

ABOUT THE COURSE LEADERS

Sarah Pugh – MARAC Coordinator – Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry
Public Protection, West Midlands Police.

Sarah has worked in the domestic abuse and sexual violence field for over ten years, spanning both voluntary and statutory sectors, demonstrating her passion and commitment to safeguard victims and children. Sarah has completed her Postgraduate Master’s Degree with Worcester University in the Dynamics of Domestic Abuse, conducting research into the policing of Coercive and Controlling Behaviour. She is currently responsible for the coordination of MARAC across Birmingham, Coventry and Solihull, and an associate trainer with Safelives.

Emma-Louise Hodgson – CASS and MASH Education Team Manager
Education: Early Help and Safeguarding Team, Education & Skills Directorate, Birmingham City Council.

Emma-Louise Hodgson is the CASS and MASH Education Team Manager, part of Birmingham City Council’s Education : Early Help and Safeguarding Team and is their Domestic Abuse Lead. She was a primary school teacher for eighteen years, spending seven of those as Deputy Headteacher, DSL and SENDCo before joining BCC. She has a Master’s Degree in Education, with her research project and dissertation focusing on the effects of Domestic Abuse on children.

ABOUT THE COURSE LEADERS

Sarah Pugh – MARAC Coordinator – Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry
Public Protection, West Midlands Police.

Sarah has worked in the domestic abuse and sexual violence field for over ten years, spanning both voluntary and statutory sectors, demonstrating her passion and commitment to safeguard victims and children. Sarah has completed her Postgraduate Master’s Degree with Worcester University in the Dynamics of Domestic Abuse, conducting research into the policing of Coercive and Controlling Behaviour. She is currently responsible for the coordination of MARAC across Birmingham, Coventry and Solihull, and an associate trainer with Safelives.

Emma-Louise Hodgson – CASS and MASH Education Team Manager
Education: Early Help and Safeguarding Team, Education & Skills Directorate, Birmingham City Council.

Emma-Louise Hodgson is the CASS and MASH Education Team Manager, part of Birmingham City Council’s Education : Early Help and Safeguarding Team and is their Domestic Abuse Lead. She was a primary school teacher for eighteen years, spending seven of those as Deputy Headteacher, DSL and SENDCo before joining BCC. She has a Master’s Degree in Education, with her research project and dissertation focusing on the effects of Domestic Abuse on children.

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