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Mutual support & information sharing is good, but it does not obviate ‘individual’ responsibilities

A government review of procedures to identify children & vulnerable adults at risk of abuse has been published.  Several high-profile cases, including the death of 4-year-old Daniel Pelka, have highlighted the tragic consequences which can result when information indicating risk is held by one agency and not appropriately shared with others.

Many areas have established Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASHs) to mitigate the risk of anyone slipping through the safeguarding net, and they & others have requested guidance on best practice.  The review found MASHs support professionals to ‘join the dots’ and understand threats so they can take action to prevent them.  However it also concludes multi agency approaches do not supersede a single agency’s duty to identify, protect and support a child or vulnerable person.

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