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Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

PCSO Shannon Parsons 23996 Walking for Health VolunteersSafeguarding 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.

Nationally and locally history tells us that despite professionals' best efforts, information sharing is always a theme within any review process where improvements have to be made. The MASH allows agencies in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent 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.

Following a visit to the MASH, 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."

Footage from the visit can be viewed on Staffordshire Police's dedicated YouTube channel.