Northamptonshire County Council has announced changes to the way in which child protection cases are going to be dealt with within Northamptonshire.  A Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is to be set up and will be a central communications section to tackle the issue of child protection.  MASH will be made up of police, other emergency services, probation, social services and the NHS working in the same office and sharing information, thereby allowing cases to be dealt with much quicker than at the moment.

The Council has already started a pilot study with the police, in which six social care staff are working as a joint child protection team within Northamptonshire Police headquarters for the next three months.