Referrals to the Mash team Click to get info
If a professional believes that your child/children and you may need additional support, they will discuss this with you first. They will give you the opportunity to respond and agree on the way forward to make improvements.
If after a period of monitoring the professional continues to be concerned, they may decide to make a referral about your child/children to the Waltham Forest Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) team.
The professional will speak to you first about their reasons for making a referral and how the MASH team will handle the referral.
Professional will not talk to you before making a referral if they feel that in talking to you first, they could put your child/children at further risk of harm.
About the MASH team Click to get info
The MASH team is made up of professionals from different organisations who work together to protect children and young people from harm. The organisations involved are:
- children’s services
- early intervention and prevention service
- youth offending
- victim support
The MASH team will share information about your child/children and the family in a confidential and secure environment, to get a better understanding of the different issues that may be affecting your child’s/children’s safety and welfare.
The MASH professional will keep you informed about the progression of the referral.
What to do if you are unhappy with how a referral has been handled Click to get info
If you’re unhappy about the way the MASH team deals with any referral about your child, you may raise this first with the MASH team manager. He/she will explain why information was shared and how decisions on your case were made.
If you are still not happy, you can make a complaint using Waltham Forest’s complaints system or you can contact the Information Commissioner if you are unhappy about the way Waltham Forest has used your information.
You have a right under the Data Protection Act to request any information the council holds about you.