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Multi-Agency Working Practices: Police notification to the PPU and MASH Detective Sergeant when there is an allocated Social Worker

It should be noted that the below information relates to cases where there is already an allocated Social Worker.

New cases or cases where there is no allocated Social Worker (SW) are managed effectively through the MASH Enquiry process.

  • Any young person who comes to the attention of the police on more than three occasions which results in a Child Protection Notification (CPN) being created, the MASH Detective Sargeant (DS) will flag this to the allocated Social Worker This flag will be in the form of an email to the Social Worker with a summary of the 3 incidents. The DS will then ensure a line of communication is created between the police and the allocated Social Worker and a Planning Meeting will be requested;
  • A Planning Meeting is a Multi-Agency meeting where there are ongoing concerns for a child or concerns related to their behaviour. It does not relate to one single incident but a number of incidents where a multi-agency response is required for appropriate action to be taken to safeguard the child;
  • Planning Meetings are for ongoing concerns and can be attended by any agency involved with the child or who is in a position to provide information. It is normally Chaired by the Team Manager and the meetings are minuted with the actions shared in the same way as the Strategy Meetings;
  • A Strategy Meeting is for a Safeguarding concern and is normally instigated by Social Services. It takes places after a specific incident has taken place that requires a multi-agency response. A strategy Meeting may be called after a Strategy Discussion has been held;
  • Communication between agencies is crucial and once the initial discussion has taken place a Strategy Meeting will be called to discuss how the individual is to be managed and safeguarded. It is expected that all Strategy Meetings will take place within three working days. This meeting should be chaired by a Team Manager, preferably the Team Manager of the allocated Social Worker. An agency that cannot attend a Strategy Meeting would be expected to send a report detailing the information that their agency holds to the Chair of the Strategy Meeting;
  • Emails from the SOJP to the allocated Social Worker which include CPN attachment will also ‘copy in’ the Social Worker’s Manager, this will ensure that important information is not sitting, un-actioned, in an inbox because the Social Worker is not in the office. Agencies need to accept responsibility for their information and ensure that they follow up on what they have sent.

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Amendments to this Chapter

In October 2019, this chapter was updated and should be read throughout.