MASH – having a positive impact on safeguarding

The London multi agency safeguarding hub (MASH) programme began in 2011 and a report into its effectiveness to date has found that the turn around time for child protection cases, judged as high or complex,  has almost halved in some areas.

What is a MASH?

A multi agency safeguarding hub (MASH) co-locates a whole range of agencies, involved in safeguarding, including police, children’s social care, education, probation and health staff.  This co-location enables the agencies to easily share information which helps them to spot  problems early and commence appropriate help and interventions.

Cheryl Coppell, Chair of London Safeguarding Children Board, said: “The Mash approach has the potential to address some of the issues highlighted in serious case reviews. All the evidence in this report, the first of its kind, suggests that working in this way improves communication and breaks down professional boundaries, which can sometimes act as a barrier to information sharing.”

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The full report carried out bythe University of Greenwich for London Councils can be assessed here