Barnet Council

The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

MASH was developed by the police, Local Authorities and other agencies, in response to feedback from Serious Case Reviews and public enquiries on agencies’ inability to effectively share information, by providing a hub to co-locate safeguarding agencies and their data in a secure, research and decision making unit. Core agencies include the police public protection desk, children’s social care, health and education, with representatives attending from CAHMS, adult services, substance misuse, early intervention services, probation, housing and other services.

MASH in Barnet is the single point of entry for all referrals regarding concerns about a child or young person (unborn-18 years) or where it is felt they would benefit from additional support. Referrals will cover all thresholds of need from child protection to early help. If you have concerns about a child’s safety you can contact the MASH team to discuss your concerns. You will be expected to follow this with an online referral the same day.

MASH team: 020 8359 4066 (Monday–Thursday 9am to 5.15pm; Fridays -9am to 5pm)

If you would like to discuss a case without making a referral, please contact the consultation line for professionals on 020 8359 4336 (Tuesday and Wednesday 9.30am to 11.30am).

Outside of these hours, care and welfare concerns about children and young people that require an immediate response should be reported to the Emergency Duty Team on 020 8359 2000. Where an emergency response is required, at any time, the police should be called. For full details, can be found here. [link missing]

Barnet Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The LADO provides advice and guidance to employers, individuals and organisations who have concerns relating to an adult who works with children and young people (including volunteers, agency staff and foster carers) or who is in a position of authority and has regular contact with children (for example religious leaders or school governors).

There may be concerns about workers who may have:

  • Behaved in a way that has or may have harmed a child
  • committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
  • Behaved towards a child in a way that suggests they may be unsuitable to work with children

For further information about Barnet Council’s LADO click here.

The Government website has a a wealth of information available covering safeguarding for Children, Adults and Trustees. It alo includes souces of other information and support. 

The Social Care Institute for Excellence has information on The Care Act 2014 which sets out a clear legal framework for how local authorities and other parts of the system should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect.

Children England have produced this booklet for trustees, directors, board members, governors or committee members of a charity, trust or association that works with children either exclusively or as part of a wider role




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