Haringey Community Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference
The Community Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (CMARAC) is a partnership meeting where adults who present a high risk or vulnerability (with an ASB element) within the community are discussed, managed and signposted.
Minutes and actions are taken and are used to demonstrate, support and safeguard with strategies encompassing vulnerability. The partnership provides a consultation process around enforcement using the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Membership of the CMARAC
The CMARAC is co-chaired by the Police (CI/Inspector) and the council (community safety manager/lead). Membership of the group consists of core members, attending regularly, and flexible members, who attend when appropriate.
- Haringey Partnership Policing Team
- Haringey Community Safety Lead
- Haringey ASB Enforcement Team Manager
- Haringey Housing Improvement Team
- LBH Housing – Tenancy Management/Housing Needs
- Mental Health Services
- Adult Safeguarding
- Housing related Support
- Haringey Victim Support Services
- London Fire Service
- Registered Social Landlords/Housing Providers
- Tenancy Managers
- ASB Enforcement Officers
- Neighbourhood Policing Team Officers
- Drug and Alcohol Support Services
- Legal Services
- London Ambulance Service
- National Probation Service (NPS)
- Third Party agencies/charities that can provide support (e.g. Thamesreach, Enable, St Giles)
- National Health Service/primary care trust
- Children’s Services and Safeguarding Teams (MASH)
- Probation and Youth Justice Team
- Leaving Care Teams
Purpose and Function
To identify the highest risk, most complex ASB cases and problem-solve the issues of concern. This may include cases involving issues such as cuckooing, hoarding, hate crime, mental health issues, neighbour disputes, repeat victims/perpetrators, potential community trigger cases.
Cases which require a multi-agency approach but do not fall under the responsibility of another panel. The panel’s main focus will be to manage the overall risks to the victim, perpetrator and/or other members of the community affected by the ongoing ASB.
The CMARAC aims to provide a multi-agency approach to complex cases, and in doing so achieve the key aims below.
- Promote the sharing of information, where appropriate, in order to increase the safety, health and wellbeing of individuals
- Encourage integrity, openness and honesty between agencies, and foster trust amongst partners by valuing their participation and empowering them to ensure positive outcomes.
- Create an effective information sharing system with relevant inputs and specialist problem solving skills, informed by new policies and the latest changes in legislation.
- Increase transparency and communication between services and provide a more robust mechanism for determining actions, clarifying what can and cannot be done legally and by enforcement and support services.
- Share relevant information about victims, witnesses and perpetrators to allow a collective assessment of the risks and the construction of action plans to address the problematic behaviour and manage the risks safely.
- Improve agency accountability and improve support for staff involved in cases and to encourage creativity and innovative ways of working
- Identify those at risk of falling into a negative revolving-door cycle, especially those with mental health problems.
- Explore alternatives to the Criminal Justice process and to promote the use of early interventions
- Develop a shared understanding of demands and the process of prioritising resources, to identify and prevent gaps in services.
- Establish legitimacy in the eyes of the public and credibility with other panels and build on existing relationships.
The primary focus of the CMARAC is to safeguard individuals of crime and anti-social behaviour, prevent repeat victimisation and identify/deal with perpetrators and reduce re-offending.
Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month.
Referrals must be received 10 days before the Haringey CMARAC meeting and must include a completed MARAC referral form (PDF, 333KB) and risk indicator checklist.
MPS Partnership and Prevention Team officers are responsible for:
- the processing of referrals
- the collation of data/information and presentation of that data
- sending out invites/reminders for each meeting
- monitoring referrals, actions and outcomes
MPS officers, the Haringey Community Safety Lead and ASB Enforcement Manager convene a pre-meeting to assess new referrals the week before the CMARAC meeting.
Criteria for referrals can also be found in the MARAC referral form (PDF, 333KB).
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