Because all hostel residents were subject to MARAC, their first home leave applications were always discussed in that forum prior to agreement.
The residency requirement was also considered to be a testing period in itself: 'hostel residency required as a testing period' (case worker, field probation officer, MARAC 10).
This discrepancy in views between hostel staff and MARAC members on one hand, and residents on the other may be explained by their relative positions within the hostel structure.
Clearly, for staff working in the hostel and present at MARAC meetings, the purpose of supervising residents in the hostel was to assess and manage their level of risk to the public in terms of causing harm to a victim and their likelihood of re-offending.
It was only within MARAC meetings that the significance of public protection as a unifying aim was explicitly referred to in conversations.
Again, residents echoed MARAC and staff members' views on the use of hostels to ensure residents comply with offence-based work, but they differed in their interpretation of the purpose of this.
Notably, the role of probation officers and MARAC members requires them to work with a view to their contribution to the offender management model, so that their focus is outwards from the hostel.
South Tyneside held its first MARAC
with senior officers and case workers from the police, probation service, children's services, adult services, housing, education and the voluntary support services.