Contextual Safeguarding Toolkit

MASH Resources


These resources have been developed by The University of Bedfordshire with Hackney Children and Families Services. They can be adapted or applied in safeguarding hubs or other ‘front-door’ referral services that are attempting to embed Contextual Safeguarding into their service.

They provide an example of how Hackney’s First Access and Screening Team (FAST), which acts as the local Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), is recording concerns about peer groups, schools, neighbourhoods or online locations, in addition to individual children and families. This ensures that when professionals have concerns about the welfare of young people in extra-familial contexts, those contexts themselves can be at the forefront of the screening, and potentially the assessment process.

Hackney has also been contextualising its case recording system. Read more about it here.

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Watch this video to find out how Hackney has embedded contextual approaches in its First Access and Screening Team

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Recording peer groups in a MASH

Pete Allen, Contextual Safeguarding Researcher explains how Hackney's First Access and Screening Team (MASH equivalent) is recording peer groups.

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Recording referrals based on peer groups and locations

In this webinar Pete Allen, Contextual Safeguarding Researcher in Hackney's First Access and Screening Team (MASH equivalent), explains how he created a tracker to record referrals about peer groups and locations.

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GIS mapping of peer group incidents

This section of the implementation toolkit contains a case study example of creating incident maps using GIS to safeguard young people from extra-familial risk. This page also contains other resources for embedding contextual safeguarding in ‘front-door’ referral services.