The PCC has received £15,000 of additional funding from Middlesbrough Council who in turn received this funding from the Home Office to support MARAC work.
The Force have requested that the funds are made available to support the procedural work of ensuring that all relevant background work is completed in a timely manner to inform the MARAC decision making process.
This will enable better management of the current workload of the team and will allow the prioritisation sothey are completed in the shortest possible time.
This will further support and develop partnership working as this will be done in conjunction with the IDVA provision.
This should then aid the requirement for the MARAC to truly be an instrument that achieves Intervention, Protection and Prevention.
This funding will assist in the current workload demands in the current financial year, relieving the current pressures faced on the MARAC process.
It is expected that the MARAC process will become more sustainable as a review of the SOP’s (standard operating procedures) will be completed. Additional staff will also be employed for contact/satisfaction work (funded by PCC) and the structure in Protecting Vulnerable People will become more flexible and responsive.
Additionally the Force has initiated work to improve the MARAC process through review, setting up a regional meeting and the creation of a steering group to give oversight to the process.