Barking and Dagenham’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) provides information sharing across all organisations involved in safeguarding children and families. These include partners from the following services:
- Community Solutions (Triage Social Workers and children & adults support services)
- Met Police
- Education (liaison)
- Youth Offending
- Substance Misuse Services
The MASH will share information across the services above where information that is already known, in order to better inform initial safeguarding decisions.
All partners will work together to provide the highest level of knowledge and analysis to make sure that all safeguarding activity and intervention is timely, proportionate and necessary.
The Barking and Dagenham MASH has three key functions:
- Identification and early intervention – working with the localities and early help service providers to support children and young people whose needs do not meet the threshold for children’s social care.
- Harm identification and reduction – undertaken by identifying children and young people experiencing the highest levels of harm and making sure partners work together to support them with harm reduction strategies and services.
- Coordinating partner agencies – working with vulnerable children and young people.
How does it work?
To make a referral, please fully complete the Multi Agency Referral Form (MARF). Please note that the MASH also manages a consultation service. Professionals and members of the public can contact the MASH on 0208 227 3811 and speak to a Social Worker who can provide information and guidance prior to a written referral being made.
All information within the MASH will be collected and decision making will take place in a timely manner within agreed timescales.
The MASH will:
- Manage contacts and referrals received from any source which are deemed to require further information to inform decision making.
- Record concerns and all other available information within a secure database within agreed timescales. The MASH Managers will make an informed decisions using all the available information.
- Provide an interface with the Support and Intervention Lifecycles (early help) provision for children and young people who need services but do not meet the Children Act 1989 threshold.
- Provide consultation to agency referrers about thresholds, appropriate actions to be undertaken and services.
The MASH will contribute to improved outcomes for children and young people because it has the ability to swiftly collate and share multi agency information held by various organisations. This will enable the MASH Managers to identify those cases which meet the threshold criteria for a social care intervention.
Those which do not meet the threshold for a social care intervention but do require a service will be referred to the appropriate support service within the community such to the voluntary community sector and other preventative services.
The MASH is not intended to replace the functions of assessment, information sharing or multi agency working, but rather to make information sharing more comprehensive and efficient.
If you need any further information please contact us:
MASH Team, Community Solutions
Ground Floor, Roycraft House
15 Linton Road
Phone: 0208 227 3811 or 02085948356 (out of hours)