Multi-Agency Referrals (MARs) meetings

Service details

What is MARs and what happens at the meetings? 

MARs (Multi Agency Referrals) meetings are an opportunity for a team of professionals from Health, Social Care and Education services to:

  • Share information about cases already known to someone in the team

How do MARs meetings support children or young people with SEND? 

The aim of the meetings are to decide and arrange initial assessment and support for children and families who have been referred. This may include; allocation of a Key Worker or setting up a Team Around the Child (TAC) meeting to help provide ongoing co-ordination of support to the family.

The meetings also: 

  • Provide a forum for coordinating and reviewing support being offered to children and families already.
  • Provide a safe environment for staff to express any concerns that they may have about a case they are involved in and feel that input from the multi-agency team is needed to move things forward for the child and family.
  • Provide peer support to the worker in what they are attempting or planning to do with the family.
  • Provide a safe supportive environment for the sharing of potential Child Protection concerns if they arise.

Where are MARs meetings held?

Meetings are currently taking place online. If you work with a child or young person and  wish to attend one of the meetings related to a case, contact the Key Work team to request a meeting invite.


SEND Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years and Pregnancy 0-4
Secondary 11-14
Preparing for Adulthood 14-18
SEN Provision Type
  • Targeted

Who to contact

020 7014 7000 020 7014 7000

Where to go

Hackney Ark
Downs Park Road

E8 2FP

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Venue Notes


30, 56, 67, 76, 149, 243, 276


Dalston Kingsland, Hackney Downs


The car park has 10 car spaces including two spaces for disabled drivers along with motorcycle and bicycle spaces. Parking is restricted to clients and service users only.

Service users will need to use the entry-phone to alert main reception of their arrival and be permitted to enter the car park.  Anyone using the car park does so at their own risk.

There are on street parking bays opposite the building.

Reception can ring for cabs for patients.

Consideration may be given to the use of hospital transport in very exceptional circumstances only.

Other details

Who is eligible?

Referrals to MARS are not accepted directly from parents or carers.

If as a parent or carer you feel that input from a child development team at the Hackney Ark may be beneficial for your child please speak to one of the professionals currently working with your child or your GP and ask them to consider completing a MARS referral form on your behalf.

Referral required?


Referral Details

All referrals discussed at the meeting must come directly from a professional in the first instance.

Referrers should:

  • make clear in their referrals that the decision to refer has been discussed with parents
  • includes additional information, reports, assessments or observations to help the team make a decision
  • clearly outline why the the referral is being made and what they hope to achieve from the referral.

Guidance on completing the MARs referral is available in the download section of this page.

The MARs referral form in available in the download section of this page.

If a child has been discussed at MARs and their parents do not feel that the decisions made are appropriate they can contact the Key Work Team administrator to talk through their concerns.

Phone 0207 014 7088

The views of families and children or young people referred will be shared with the wider team at the following week's MARs meeting. Previous decisions may be reviewed as a result of their additional feedback and input.

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