Thursday, 13 September 2012

MARUs - a good idea?

Multi-agency referral units (MARUs) have always seemed to me to be a good initiative. The idea is that police, children’s services, health and other agencies work together in a single team to receive referrals about abuse and neglect.

The MARU in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough also deals with adult abuse and domestic violence. The Peterborough Telegraph quotes a senior police officer as saying that the unit reduces bureaucracy, shares special skills and promotes integrated working.

A formal evaluation would be helpful. This is an idea which could be generalised throughout the UK if it is proven to be as successful as early reports appear to indicate.