Merseyside’s Police Commissioner will be visiting Sefton’s safeguarding hub which works to protect vulnerable young people in the borough.

Jane Kenndy will be touring Sefton’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) to see the facilities and meet the management and staff.

The MASH brings together all the agencies who are involved in safeguarding children, improving relationships and providing a confidential information sharing service which enables professionals to work closer together to give vulnerable children a better service.

The MASH model is a government backed approach that came about after Serious Case Reviews and inspections highlighted some concerns about agencies sharing information when children are at risk.

The main aim of the MASH is;

  • To enable timely, well informed decision making that leads to early help;
  • Agencies collate a multi- agency chronology that forms the basis for decision making;
  • A risk assessment form is used to grade referrals to determine priority for actions and which agency is best placed to respond;
  • The model enables the least intrusive approach to be taken by the agency deemed most appropriate. Most importantly, children should not fall between agencies without any support service.

Find out more about the MASH.


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