Our Protecting Vulnerable People department deals with allegations of abuse towards some of society’s most vulnerable groups including: children, vulnerable adults, and victims of domestic abuse, and undertakes investigations into crimes including: harassment, serious sexual offences, human trafficking, vice offences and hate crimes.
Specially-trained staff provide close support to victims throughout any investigation to ensure their needs are recognised and addressed.
As well as dealing with vulnerable groups, they are also committed to public protection, monitoring registered sex offenders and taking necessary action with any offender that fails to comply with legislation.
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
MASH is a new and innovative integrated approach where a number of agencies work together in one place, sharing information and making collaborative decisions.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable people is everyone’s responsibility and the evidence nationally and locally indicates that information sharing is vital to achieving this – which is why MASH is so vitally important.
Despite professionals’ best efforts, information sharing is always a theme within any review process where improvements have to be made. The MASH provides the opportunity for agencies to do this better by providing all professionals with more information on which to make better decisions.
Staffordshire is one of the most developed hubs and is being further advanced by partner agencies in Staffordshire, including Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent NHS Partnership Trust. It involves the co-location of agencies working as one team towards a common goal.
When speaking about his recent visit to the hub (July 2013), Rt Hon Damian Green said: “People of Staffordshire should be encouraged that this police led initiative has brought together other agencies to make this area much more effective at helping vulnerable people – therefore preventing crime in the long run. This is a very encouraging and brave innovation by Staffordshire.”
Staffordshire County Council Cllr Robert Marshall, who holds the portfolio for public safety, added: “I think we should be very proud of the MASH because Damian Green is the latest visitor in a long list of quite important visitors to come here to see how the MASH works.
“It’s getting a reputation for being the place where child protection works and one of our biggest duties is to protect our vulnerable people.”
Footage from the visit can be viewed on Staffordshire Police's dedicated YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/staffordshirepolice (Opens in new window).
The Public Protection team’s role is the management of sexual and violent offenders in Staffordshire.
The main functions of the unit are:
to coordinate the identification, assessment and risk management of those sexual and violence offenders who might pose a risk of serous harm to the public, including registered sex offenders
to encompass such offenders living in Staffordshire or those who plan to settle here either on release from a sentence or attempting to relocate here from another area
to work closely with police risk assessors based on each division in the management of relevant sexual and violent offenders.
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) aims to help organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to identify candidates who may be unsuitable to work with children or other vulnerable people.