£1 m hub for vulnerable adults and children

A new 60-strong team costing more than £1m has been set up to deal with child and adult safeguarding concerns in Nottinghamshire.

The Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) will be staffed by social workers, police officers and NHS specialists.

The idea for MASH came about following a number of serious case reviews across the UK. The findings identified a lack of information sharing as a major area for improvement in child safeguarding nationally and called for local authorities and their partners to examine their processes for dealing with safeguarding concerns.

A dedicated phone number will allow professionals such as nurses and teachers to report a new concern.