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 Children and Young People's MASH

CYP Multi- Agency Safeguarding Hub


A hub to improve the safeguarding response for children and young people in Dudley.

The Dudley Children and Young People’s Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) brings together key professionals from organisations across the borough.



How to make a referral?

The Dudley’s Threshold Framework document (online view) offers guidance on accessing the right help and support services for children, young people and their families at the right time. It sets out the different thresholds of need and intervention from early help to statutory intervention.

All organisations, agencies and individuals who work with children and young people in Dudley, including those whose work with adults brings them into contact with children and young people should understand these thresholds.


Referrals should be made based on the level of threshold:

Level 4 (statutory)                

Referrals should be made by completing a Multi-agency referral form (or MARF) and returning it to MASH_Referrals@dudley.gov.uk

Dudley Safeguarding Children’s Board’s DSCB Multi Agency Referral Form is available via the Report It page

In addition you can contact us on 0300 555 0050.

Non statutory

Level 1  - No referral is required.  Professionals should contact Dudley’s Family information Service on 01384 814398 to obtain information about support available for children, young people and families.       

Level 2  - Partner agencies should complete their own internal assessment as appropriate and forward this to the relevant Family Centre.  Alternatively,  an Early Help Assessment can be completed and forwarded to the appropriate Family Centre Cluster. 

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Level 3 -   Referrals should be made by completing an Early Help Assessment and forwarding it to the appropriate Family Centre Cluster. 

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Who is part of the Children and Young People’s MASH?

The Children and Young People's MASH includes staff from:

 Dudley Council’s children’s social care as well as:

  • Police
  • Education
  • Health
  • Probation
  • Housing
  • Early Help
  • Young people’s services
  • Women’s Aid
  • CSE
  • Drug and Alcohol services

Why set up a Children and Young People’s MASH?

Working together to protect and safeguard children and young people. We knew there were inconsistencies in how information was gathered and how long it could take for decisions to be made. The MASH has changed all that.

Working together, under one roof, partner agencies are able to  securely share relevant information they have on the child/family who has been referred and then swiftly decide on the best course of action to take.

This multi-agency working is key to early and effective identification of risk, improved information sharing, joint decision-making and co-ordinated action, leading to improved outcomes.


  • Acts as a single point of entry for safeguarding referrals
  • Triages referrals
  • Enables thorough research of each case to identify potential risk
  • Shares information between agencies
  • Facilitates early intervention – to prevent the need for more intensive interventions at a later stage
  • Manages cases through co-ordinated interventions


Frequently asked questions 

A series of FAQs have been developed about the MASH