West Berkshire Council

The MASH Process

What MASH is and what it does

The MASH is made up of a range of professionals from different agencies who are all co-located in West Berkshire. They include colleagues from the police, health, education and social workers from CAAS. Other organisations will join the co-located team in the future.

Our other partners include:

- Swanswell

- Family Hubs

- Community Mental Health Team

- Probation

- Housing

- Child Adolescent Mental Health Services

- HomeStart

- Youth Offending Team

     

Working together with our partners provides integrated services to maximise the impact of joint agency / partner working and identification of and a faster response to the most vulnerable children and families.

The MASH is designed to ensure that all of the available information from key agencies about a child and their family is shared in a timely way at the critical decision making point following contact.

Agencies have access to their own systems within the MASH and so can quickly and easily share information that they hold about children and their families. Any new multi-agency information will then be stored confidentially on the Children and Family Services information database. Information gathered from the MASH process will be shared according to relevance and proportionality. The MASH will analyse the information and form a more accurate opinion about the level of risk that the child is experiencing based on fuller information gathering than is possible under current processes.

The MASH is a consent based model however there may be cases whereby obtaining consent could place a child or family at risk. In those cases consent can be overridden by the MASH manager.