The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) team are qualified social workers co-located with the Children’s Reception Team (CRT). Both teams work in conjunction with one another to safeguard children. The MASH team will only receive cases from CRT where concerns for children are evident and further investigation is required. MASH will provide triage and multi-agency assessment of all safeguarding concerns in respect of vulnerable children. It brings together professionals from a range of agencies into an integrated multi-agency team.
The benefit of the MASH team is it will gather information from the various computer systems managed by each individual agency within the MASH, where this information will then be shared in a timely and effective way to inform the decision making on cases. Other agencies who work within the MASH team include adult services, Hampshire police, and health services.
The Children’s Services element of MASH is staffed by qualified social workers who will analyse all of the information they have gathered as part of their enquiries and will make a recommendation for cases to be closed, transferred to Early Help services and/or transferred to the relevant district for assessment under section 47 or section 17 Children Act 1989.