Referrals to Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Reminder: If staff have any concerns about a child’s welfare, they should act on them immediately (Para 22, P8, KCSiE, 2019).
Please ensure that all staff are reminded of their duty to act upon any concerns they have about a child’s welfare immediately. There have been a number of occasions recently where children have disclosed to staff early in the morning and they have not been acted upon until the end of the day which is unacceptable.
Paragraph 25 of Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2019 states “that the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or a deputy (DDSL) should always be available to discuss safeguarding concerns”. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and “if in exceptional circumstances, the DSL or DDSL is not available, this should not delay appropriate action being taken”. This might mean that staff members will directly need to contact the Community Social Worker, Early Help Co-ordinator or the MASH.
Please ensure that all staff are aware of the updated Levels of Intervention Guidance (dated June 2019) https://www.gscb.org.uk/media/16196/s-gscbbusinessunit-threshold-guidance-loi-gloucestershire-revised-loi-guidance-june-2019.pdf