Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

The multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH) brings together a variety of agencies into an integrated multi-agency team, where they share information appropriately and securely on children, families and adults around the child or young person, in order to make timely and appropriate actions.

The MASH is staffed with professionals from a range of agencies including:
childrenís social care, adultís social care, police, health and probation.

Where additional information is required to ensure that a child is safe MASH staff will share information Based on the information gathered MASH staff decide on what appropriate action needs to take place Ė whether it be a a social work assessment, referral to early help services, or no further action.

Sharing information:
If a MASH enquiry is received for your child, staff working within MASH will gather and share information they hold which is relevant to the enquiry. This is done in order to ensure timely and appropriate action can take place.

All information shared within MASH will be held securely on Framework-I, which is the Councilís secure electronic social care system.

Fair Processing:
There are several laws which allow us to share your information. These are set out in the Purpose Specific Information Sharing Arrangement which can be found in the attached files section below. The Arrangement provides a framework for partners in Haringey to share children, young peopleís and adultís information in an appropriate manner.

Haringey Councilís MASH Fair Processing Notice:
Haringey Council is required by Law to collect and share information on vulnerable children, families and adults.

Sometimes, in order to ensure their safety, Haringey Council may need to share and/or obtain information with other Local Authorities or certain agencies. In order to do this, and to improve our service and encourage a better and secure process of exchanging sensitive information, Haringey Council and its partners have developed a multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH).

As a Council, we will only process personal data in a manner that is compatible with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and to make sure that the information is handled fairly and lawfully and in accordance with the DPAís principles.

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect.

When personal information is used under the MASH, we will ensure that all of the information is supplied securely and in confidence.

Personal information will only be used for the main purpose of MASH and will not be shared with any third parties or unauthorised person. All members of MASH must also comply with the DPA 1998.

The council may also use the data in connection with the prevention or detection of crime.