How multi-agency are Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Committees?

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This article reports on the observations of a combined level 2 and 3 Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Committee (MARAC) over a 12 month period. It considers agency representation and discusses this in respect to attendance and the nature of relationships between representatives. The key findings are structured around the experiences of three identifiable groups of panel members and leads to a discussion of how the status of agencies and the informal roles adopted by the different members are defined by power relationships based on possession of knowledge. These relationships reflect cultural traditions in working with high risk offenders, but are also shaped by statutory responsibilities placed on different agencies within the MARAC forum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-55
Number of pages16
JournalProbation Journal
Issue number1
Early online date17 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013


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