Standardising multi-agency safeguarding hubs (MASH): Building a framework to effectively identify and manage risk

Shorrock, Sarah; Parker, Steven; Addidle, Gareth; Dimelow, Mark; Liddle, Joyce; Martin, Douglas; Proctor, Tony and Olive, Philippa (2023). Standardising multi-agency safeguarding hubs (MASH): Building a framework to effectively identify and manage risk. Emerald Open Research.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.35241/emeraldopenres.1114949.1

Abstract

MASH has been a feature of safeguarding practices in England and Wales since 2011, bringing safeguarding agencies together to effectively share information and prevent organizational silos. Core agencies include the police, social care, and health, with key features of co-location, joint decision-making and co-ordination. A standardised definition for MASH implementation does not exist, and this lack of a clear definition has meant various structures have emerged, impacting on safeguarding practices. This policy brief draws on workshops with a range of safeguarding practitioners between May and July 2022, about the challenges of collaborative working practices and how MASH can become more standardised. Whilst national standardisation is required, there needs to be flexibility when implementing guidelines, so that practices and processes reflect regional needs and resources.

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