Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

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For children, young people and their families that may require additional support to ensure that their health and developmental needs are met, referrals should be made to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). This can include children and young people:

  • subject to allegations or evidence of sexual abuse/physical abuse/emotional abuse
  • in families that are self-isolating or being shielded, and may not otherwise be able to get the things they need
  • living in households under chronic financial pressures or without recourse to public funds;
  • in a family circumstance presenting challenges for the child, such as drug and alcohol misuse, adult mental health
  • with child mental health
  • who are disabled and have specific additional needs
  • who have special educational needs (whether or not they have a statutory Education, Health and Care Plan)
  • who have ‘young carer’ responsibilities
  • showing signs of engaging in anti-social or criminal behaviour, including gang involvement and association with organised crime groups
  • misusing drugs or alcohol themselves
  • frequently missing/goes missing from care or from home
  • at risk of modern slavery, trafficking or exploitation
  • at risk of being radicalised or exploited
  • who have returned home to their family from care
  • who are privately fostered.


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For children, young people and their families that may require additional support to ensure that their health and developmental needs are met, referrals should be made to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). This can include children and young people:

  • subject to allegations or evidence of sexual abuse/physical abuse/emotional abuse
  • in families that are self-isolating or being shielded, and may not otherwise be able to get the things they need
  • living in households under chronic financial pressures or without recourse to public funds;
  • in a family circumstance presenting challenges for the child, such as drug and alcohol misuse, adult mental health
  • with child mental health
  • who are disabled and have specific additional needs
  • who have special educational needs (whether or not they have a statutory Education, Health and Care Plan)
  • who have ‘young carer’ responsibilities
  • showing signs of engaging in anti-social or criminal behaviour, including gang involvement and association with organised crime groups
  • misusing drugs or alcohol themselves
  • frequently missing/goes missing from care or from home
  • at risk of modern slavery, trafficking or exploitation
  • at risk of being radicalised or exploited
  • who have returned home to their family from care
  • who are privately fostered.


Click here to return to the "Support for families, children and young people" page.


Page last updated: 22 July 2020, 12:33