The MASH brings together a core membership that includes Children's Social care, Police, Probation, Education, Housing, Youth Offending Service and Health. These agencies are key components to the process which must encourage them to share fully, and to build bridges to key decision makers e.g Head teachers.
The aim of the MASH is Prevention - to identify risk and harm and allow timely and appropriate interventions.
The MASH provides a co-location, which allows the tension between privacy and sharing information to be undertaken safely and is seen as a key tool to building strong partnership work to identify vulnerable children earlier.
The MASH provides a common process which is adapted to fit locally, to allow clarity on sharing within and between boroughs.