The spotlight has been turned to every corner of child safeguarding practices in the wake of events in Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxford, and the case for developing multi-agency intelligence sharing capacity in local places has never been stronger.
Local places across the country are responding in different ways, developing sharing approaches that are appropriate to local requirements. Therefore there is no ‘one size fits all’ prescription for a multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH), just as there is not one uniform set of needs of vulnerable adults and children in a local place.
The guiding principle under which a MASH model operates is that, by sharing information immediately between a range of agencies, more appropriate decisions can be made quickly about referred cases. This timely and collaborative way of working benefits families who then receive support from the most suitable organisations, which can in turn also prevent an escalation of need.
Our work with MASH models across the country has uncovered more about the role of information sharing in the development and operation of a MASH. The materials below offer further insight into what local places we have been working with have learnt through the development of a MASH.
This briefing is designed to help local places understand more about information sharing issues within the development of MASHs. It explores some of the common issues that local places have experienced in developing MASH models, and offers insights gained from the process.
As one of our funding partners, the Home Office commissioned us to design and facilitate a workshop that different MASH models from across the country would attend. The remit was to gather information sharing issues and learning from these local MASH models and uncover local needs discussed. Prior to the workshop, we also gathered intelligence, which included visiting local places to experience their MASH arrangements in action.
This report explores the information sharing issues and insights that were identified during this work.
Use this link to access the tools and materials to host your own workshop
You can also read more about the background to our information sharing workshop in the following blog posts:
Information sharing within the development of MASHs
Five things your Chief Executive needs to know about MASHs