MASH

More than just bringing people together

Sometimes it can feel like an impossible task to keep on top of the
number of MASH referrals, let alone have the capacity to reframe
how the service could work better.

In our experience, local authorities that are successful at remodelling
their MASH give themselves the space and capacity to revisit their
referral thresholds.

To help achieve this, we take a two-pronged approach. Our
experienced social workers manage all contacts coming into a MASH.
With each contact, they assess the level of risk to determine
threshold and the correct pathways that could result in transfer to
appropriate teams within social care, Early Help or signposting
to other agencies.  This gives your team extra capacity to manage
a high number of incoming contacts and referrals whilst you work
with us to co-produce a new, far more robust MASH. One that is
quickly able to screen and assess risk through the consistent
application of thresholds.

A fully managed service you can trust

Being a social work-led service delivery, we quickly mobilise a fully-managed team of senior social workers and experienced MASH managers to work on a co-location basis alongside your own team.

Our team progresses cases to child and family assessment, refers them on to appropriate universal services or Early Help services, initiates child protection enquiries or decides no further action is required. We also provide advice and support directly to families and professionals.

Diagnostic approach

How do you know that the MASH thresholds you have in place are right? Taking a RAG rating approach, our team assesses each contact to ensure the correct thresholds are applied according to the child’s needs. By RAG rating each contact or referral, we discover if there are inconsistencies with the application of threshold or within the referral process itself and identify if inappropriate contacts are being received via partner agencies. These findings are passed onto the local authority and partner agencies with recommendations on how to make the application of threshold more consistent and appropriate.

For us, a successful MASH is so much more than just bringing the right people together. It’s about creating, and sustaining, environments where partner agencies can work seamlessly together.

Who we’ve helped

We couldn’t be where we are today, making the difference we do – on the ground and at a
service management level – without the commitment from our local authority clients.

In our experience, local authorities that are successful at remodelling
their MASH give themselves the space and capacity to revisit their
referral thresholds.

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Let us take the pressure off

We’ll give you the capacity and headspace to help you reframe your MASH so that it is far more responsive and consistent in its application of threshold.

Book a free half-day diagnostic visit from senior members of our team, who will take an objective look at your existing MASH and recommend a way forward.

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