Thursday, 24 May 2012


The idea of a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) seems to me to be a very promising one. The idea is that a multi-agency team comprising social workers, police and health workers operate from the same office to respond to child protection referrals.

This arrangement should ensure that information is shared more quickly and so hasten the response. The arrangement should also help break down organisational silos and promote a sense of common purpose.

A number of areas have already adopted the idea with Northamptonshire announcing this week its intention to launch a MASH.

I wonder if the new Working Together guidance will promote this idea?