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Multi-Agency Support Hub (MASH)
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASHs)
co-locate key agencies and their data into a secure assessment,
research and referral unit for notifications on vulnerable children
and young people.
The MASH process includes searching for and
collating information from a range of sources including databases
and other professionals. With due regard for confidentiality, the
MASH professional is responsible for interpreting and sharing the
information that is necessary to safeguard and promote the welfare
of the child/young person.
The Assessment Team provides high quality,
timely management of assessments and related activity
for social work relating to children in need,
and provides other assessments in private law proceedings,
asylum cases and any forum where social work assessment skills can
improve outcomes for vulnerable children.
The Team carry caseloads which may range from
cases at the level of Team Around the Child (TAC) to high risk
cases on the cusp of child protection/LAC and work with
partner agencies to ensure multi agency assessment, planning,
implementation and review. The team also ensure that the
thresholds for Service intervention are met and that service users
are ‘stepped up and down’ to other provision as appropriate, and
contribute to step up/step down decisions, TAC meetings, CIN
meetings and statutory child protection processes and statutory
reviews as required.
The Fostering & Adoption Teams work
closely together to:
- identify and match children with suitable
- provide post adoption support to adopted
children and their families.
- provide support for adopted adults looking to
access their birth records or trace birth family members.
- carry out referrals
- attend Looked after Children (LAC) meetings
- carry out statutory child protection processes as required
- carry out supervision of Foster Carers
The Permanency Team provides high
quality, timely management of permanency planning and related
activity for social work relating to Looked After Children
and manages support, as required, to children in need of
permanency including specialist family finding, life story work,
creating options to place in the extended family and any
other preparation for placement indicated by best practice
Leaving & After Care
The team carry out statutory LAC/Care Leavers processes,
transition for Care Leavers assists with financial decisions to
support care leavers into adulthood and carries out LAC
Reviews/Pathway Plan Reviews.
Children with Disabilities
The Children with Disabilities Team provides
high quality, timely management of cases where there is a health
issue which endures through childhood and ensure the own case load
is administered at all times with regard to earliest resolution ,
best resource use and child beneficial, evidenced outcomes.
Youth Offending Services
Youth Offending Services is a multi-agency
team working with young people and families across Central
Bedfordshire as well as Bedford Borough to prevent offending by
young people. The team manages strategic Youth Justice
priorities such as risk management and safeguarding, and provides
services as required by the Crime & Disorder Act 1998, Criminal
Justice and Immigration Act 2008 and ensures all work and
services are delivered in accordance with National
Standards for Youth Justice and local policies and
aware that we are not accepting applications for newly qualified
Social Workers looking for an ASYE post within Children's
To apply, please click on the links below:
Workers - Children's Services - Apply now!
Social Workers - Children's Services - Apply
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