Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Bracknell Forest MASH is the single point of contact for all safeguarding concerns about children and young people living in Bracknell. The MASH brings together a team of professionals from a number of partner agencies to deal with all safeguarding concerns for a child or young person.
Within the MASH, information from partner agencies will be collated to assess risk and decide what action to take. As a result, the agencies will be able to act quickly, in a co-ordinated and consistent way, making sure that vulnerable children and families are kept safe and supported.
The partner agencies include:
- Children's Social Care (including children with disabilities)
- Youth Offending Service
- Early Intervention
- Berkshire Women's Aid
- DAAT (Drug and Alcohol Action Team)
All partners have signed up to an Information Sharing Agreement that specifies what data can be shared within the MASH, and what happens to that data once a decision is made about the case.
Before making a referral to MASH
Please consider if the child or young person’s needs can be met by services from within your own agency, or by other professionals already working with the family.
If you are unsure and would like a consultation with a social worker, please contact the MASH for advice.
When making a referral, always gain consent from parents or carers, except where doing so may increase the risk of harm to the child or young person.
How to make a referral
If you believe that urgent action is needed, in cases where there is a child protection concern, please contact the MASH directly on 01344 352005.
For concerns that are not urgent, and where immediate action is not needed, all professionals must follow the multi agency threshold guidance and make either an Early Help referral or a Safeguarding referral.