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Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

What is the MASH?

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is a multi-agency service which makes it easier to access early targeted support when you consider a child, young person or family needs a service that requires a multi agency response.

The focus of the MASH is to work across partner agencies ensuring families receive early help in order to reduce the need for statutory intervention.

The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is a part of the SPOE. The MASH aims to promote the safety and welfare of children by providing better access to the information that will help to identify safeguarding risk, underpin a clearer understanding of need and lead in turn to effective and proportionate interventions and support.

The MASH way of working ensures that children and young people have a better chance of receiving the service that is suitable for them, and we spot any potential problems earlier.

How do I make a referral?

If you have a safeguarding concern about the welfare of a child or young person, you should complete an Safeguarding Assessment Referral form (SARF) and email it to the MASH team.

If you do not have safeguarding concerns but you need to refer to another agency for early help support you can refer to a number of agencies directly. Please visit the Referral Forms for Professionals page on the Enfield council website.

To help professionals to make decisions about when to make a referral we have reviewed and refreshed our Enfield Threshold Document. You may also want to refer to our Information Sharing Protocol SPOE or our Information Sharing Protocol SPOE – Key Principles for advice and guidance on when you should and shouldn’t share information.

What if I have further questions or want to know more?

We have developed a SPOE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document to help you understand how the SPOE works and the changes that took place in April 2016. You can also download our Single Point of Entry (SPOE) Leaflet for further information on all of the above.

If you have any further questions you can call the SPOE on 0208 379 5555.

Useful Documents & Links

Single Point of Entry (SPOE) Leaflet

SPOE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Letter to partners re changes to SPOE April 2016

Early Help Assessment Form

Enfield Threshold Document

Information Sharing Protocol SPOE

Information Sharing Protocol SPOE – Key Principles

Protocols & Procedures page

London Child Protection Procedures

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