The Integrated Front Door (IFD) is the single point of entry for all notifications regarding safeguarding and request for Early Help services. The Integrated Front Door consists of the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub and the Early Help Hub.
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
MASH is the point of contact for all safeguarding concerns regarding children and young people. It brings together expert professionals called ‘Navigators’ from services that have contact with children, young people and families and makes the best possible use of their combined knowledge to keep children safe from harm.
It does this by:
- Researching information held on professional data bases
- Providing a secure and confidential environment for professionals to share information
- Identifying low level repeat referrals which taken in isolation may not appear concerning
- Prioritising referrals using a BRAG (Blue, Red, Amber, Green,) rating
- Activating ‘child protection social work services which sit alongside MASH to provide immediate protection for a child.
The following teams sit in the MASH
The MASH is a multi-agency environment with full time involvement from Children’s Social Care, Police, Health, Education, Youth Offending , Early Help, Domestic Abuse Services, Probation, Fire service and Housing (coming soon). All core partner have signed the Information Sharing Agreement which enables detailed information sharing as necessary.
The Early Help Hub is a point of contact where access to targeted early help services in Cambridgeshire is coordinated. Before starting an EHA assessment, the assessor should contact the Early Help Hub on 01480 376 666 (office hours) or [email protected] to check if an EHA already exists. Please see guidance documents below before making or submitting and Early Help assessment application.
The Early Help assessment is used for all early help requests and will result in one of the following within 48 hours of receipt:
Leaflet for parents / carers on Early Help in Cambridgeshire.
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Form for professionals to make an application for support or co-ordination
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Guidance on completing and submitting the form
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Guidance on writing the Early Help Assessment form and what to include in different circumstances
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The Early Help Partnership Governance Board is responsible for providing leadership, direction and governance for the integration of public and voluntary/community sector services in Cambridgeshire for children, young people and families.
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Slide presentation on Early Help process and resource
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Some further assessment and screening tools you might find useful
Safe Lives risk indicator checklist (RIC) - To be used to assist in measuring risk of domestic violence victims aged 16+, who have disclosed current abuse to a professional. This tool is effective in very high risk cases, for referrals to Marac and other appropriate domestic violence support services.
CASUS - Cambridgeshire child and Adolescent Substance Use Service
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