Child and adult abuse unit receives 4,000 calls in five months

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More than 4,000 referrals have been made to a unit set up to deal with victims of domestic, child and adult abuse in Cambridgeshire in the five months since it was launched.

Cambridgeshire police, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have led the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU), which sees officers from each organisation and several others, including health trusts and the Probation Service, work in one location to share information about such abuse.

Since its launch there have been thousands of referrals relating to child safeguarding, domestic violence and the care of vulnerable adults.

Detective Superintendent Simon Megicks has praised the unit, saying: “The MARU was established to cut bureaucracy and be more efficient with our resources, while improving the service for vulnerable people.

“By working together in one location we can share information, specialist skills and provide a much more integrated service in protecting the abused and vulnerable.

“It means there is a clear cross-over of safeguarding needs, and the teams work together to problem solve where the issues within families are complex. There can be cases which will need the expertise of all parts of the MARU, for example a vulnerable adult who is a parent and also in an abusive relationship. We seek to find the most appropriate response to the needs.”

Since April there have been 2,339 referrals relating to child protection issues, 1,283 domestic violence reports (between April and July) and 573 referrals relating to vulnerable adults.