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Monday 25 March 2019
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Public Protection and Safeguarding

Welcome to the health protection section of the trust internet, information you will find below is available to both internal and externals and should assist in clarifying some issues surrounding the trust health protection agenda.

Areas covered here are part of on-going work to protect both service users and members of the public.


What is MAPPA

MAPPA stands for Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements, they are a set of arrangements established by multiagency working to assess and manage the risk posed by sexual and violent offenders. Agencies include police, probation, prison, health, local authorities etc.

The principles governing MAPPA are simple:

  • Identify who may pose a risk of serious harm
  • Share relevant information about them
  • Assess the nature and extent of that risk
  • Find ways to manage that risk effectively, protecting victims and reducing further harm

The arrangements operate across England and Wales and allow agencies to review the risk posed by offenders and the actions taken to manage them.

For more information see the Useful Safeguarding Information section.


The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.

The counter-terrorism strategy is organised around 4 work streams, each comprising a number of key objectives:

  • Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks
  • Prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • Protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
  • Prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack

The main area for information to trust staff is Prevent which aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It is a response to the ideological challenge faced from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat from those who promote these views. It provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support and works as a multi – agency approach involving a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation.

It covers all forms of terrorism, including far right extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism and the work is prioritised according to the risks.

DHCFT works in partnership with other agencies supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist activity through the Channel process, working together to give individuals access to services such as health and education, specialist mentoring and diversionary activities.

For more information see the Useful Safeguarding Information section.

What is MARAC

MARAC is a Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference, a meeting where representatives from a number of organisations discuss the safety, health and well-being of people experiencing domestic abuse (and their children) and draw up an action plan to make them safer.

Each case that is reported is assessed to decide the level of risk. The risk factors can include the nature of abuse (e.g. emotional, physical, sexual), previous behaviour or convictions, threats to kill and the involvement of drugs or alcohol. In most cases, people give their consent to be discussed at MARAC. In a very small number of cases someone may be referred to the MARAC without their consent. This only happens where there is an urgent need to protect that person or their children.

For more information see the Useful Safeguarding Information section.