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Children's Services

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub

The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) provides triage and multi-agency assessment of safeguarding concerns in respect of vulnerable children and adults. It brings together professionals from a range of agencies into an integrated multi-agency team. The MASH team makes assessments and decisions depending on statutory need, child protection or early help. Quicker response times, a co-ordinated approach and better informed decision making ensures that vulnerable children and adults are protected.

The MASH is based at Hampshire County Council’s frontline contact centre, building upon the excellent work of the existing Children’s Reception Team – the gateway to children’s social care.

The MASH team shares information from every agency to decide the most appropriate intervention in response to the person’s identified needs. This ensures that vulnerable children and adults are responded to quickly and efficiently by the most appropriate professional. Timescales are agreed depending on statutory need, child protection or early help.

Outcomes of the MASH

Benefits to agencies of the MASH model

 

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