Risk identification in domestic abuse and Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

This course will give you an advanced understanding of identifying domestic abuse risk. You’ll learn how to identify people at high risk, the processes to go through, and how to manage risk. You’ll gain an understanding of the evidence needed for the risk identification checklist that’s used called CAADA-DASH. This stands for Co-ordinated action against domestic abuse (CAADA), and domestic abuse, stalking, harassment and honour-based (DASH).

You will also learn what the high-risk factors are for serious harm and homicide, and what the local MARAC arrangements are.

Learning objectives

Risk identification

  • know what type of evidence is needed for DASH (2009)
  • know about the risk identification process and the high-risk factors for serious harm and homicide
  • understand how risk identification relates to risk management including MARAC and multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA)
  • understand how local arrangements fit into the wider public protection framework
  • understand the profile of the domestic violence perpetrators and the nature of serial offending
  • have an insight into the lessons learned from homicide reviews via case studies


MARAC – how to effectively carry out:

  • risk identification and referrals
  • multi-agency engagement
  • independent representation and support for victims
  • information hearings
  • action planning
  • operational support and governance
  • equality measures

Who this course is for

Front line staff that work intensively and long-term with individuals and families, and who need to complete risk assessments and submit referrals to MARAC.

People who have a role in supporting staff to understand, identify and manage risk.

Social workers, designated safeguarding leads, staff from front line health settings, family nurse partnership, police, and family support workers.

Staff groups that should take this course

Groups 4 to 6. Visit the staff groups page for more information about this.

Training stage covered

Stages 3 to 6. Visit the training stages pages for more information about this.

Please note: before attending this course, you should complete the “Domestic abuse awareness training.”

Next course date

23 November 2023, 10 am to 4 pm. Book this course

Contact us

If you need any help or more information about this course, please email: cscptraining@croydon.gov.uk