Our 4 key values/principles:

  • Children are best brought up in families, with local, place based support when needed.

  • We support families to find their own solutions, building on their strengths and finding solutions to whatever difficulties they are confronting to be resilient, improve family life and increase opportunities for their children.

  • Children who need protection will receive it; wherever possible, early help will prevent the need for statutory intervention in family life.

  • Timely permanent arrangements will be secured for children who can’t be brought up in their birth family.

The MASH is the central resource for the Devon local Authority area receiving all serious safeguarding and child protection enquiries. The MASH is staffed with professionals from a range of agencies including police, health, education and social care. It has partnerships with the probation service, housing, domestic violence services ambulance and fire services. These professionals share information to ensure early identification of potential significant harm, and trigger interventions that promote children’s welfare and prevent further harm to children.

Devon’s Early Help Offer is an important partnership in enabling us to deliver local support to children and their families when they need it and early help officers are an integral part of the MASH to ensure that this help is delivered.

MASH staff review information from every agency and use this to decide the most appropriate intervention to respond to the child’s identified needs. Where appropriate, the MASH team will immediately trigger interventions to the child or young person and their family to prevent harm.

Confidentiality is very important to us and each agency ensures that the information shared is relevant and proportionate, it is always important that the consent of the parent is given to any enquiry to enable information sharing within the MASH, an exception to this would be should seeking that consent place a child or others at increased risk.

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