Children & Families Contact Service

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Children & Families Contact Service

The Children & Families Contact Service is a single access point providing advice, information and support for children and young people who may need extra help or who are vulnerable and at risk. The team provides access to the right help at the right time, as well as supporting professionals to work in an integrated way with children, young people and their families. This includes MASH and First Stop Early Help.

Camden’s Multi-agency Thresholds and Assessment Guidance is available here:

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Tel: 020 7974 3317 (9am to 5pm)

Out of Hours Tel: 020 7974 4444

Email: LBCMASHadmin@camden.gov.uk

Secure Email: LBCMASHadmin@camden.gov.uk.cjsm.net

Fax: 020 7974 3310

Address:
Children & Families Contact Service
9th Floor
5 St Pancras Square
London
N1C 4AG

Camden MASH (part of the Children & Families Contact Service)

The MASH is a partnership of agencies that have a duty to safeguard children and who have agreed to share information they have on families and children and work within an integrated team in order to improve decision-making whenever there are concerns about a child.

The MASH aims to ensure that:

  • All safeguarding referrals are dealt with in a timely and effective manner
  • Decisions on referrals are of a high quality following good information sharing from agencies
  • Thresholds for services are consistently applied across agencies
  • Families are referred on to the most appropriate service at the first point of contact
  • Partner agencies are confident that they can share information safely and securely
  • Sharing information outside of MASH is a controlled activity done only with the agreement of the relevant agency
  • Decision-making for families is streamlined and transparent
  • Intelligence on community-based risk held by individual agencies is shared and analysed at an appropriate forum to ensure a multi-agency response to that risk.

Below provides information on the MASH process.

Thresholds Criteria for Children’s Services in Camden

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Children and Families Contact Service: Important Information for Professionals

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London MASH Information Sharing Guidance — 2017

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MASH Operational Protocol September 2014

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MASH Risk Assessment Matrix

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Camden’s First Stop Early Help Offer — Right Help @ the Right Time

Support for children, young people and families

Camden has an early help strategy, you can read it here by clicking on the link below:

First Stop Early Help

The First Stop Early Help Team is the preventative service that deals with all referrals where there are lower level needs (levels 1 and 2) that do not reach the threshold for a statutory social work service but where extra services are needed in order to meet the child’s needs, support the family and prevent issues from escalating. The First Stop Early Help Team is for any Camden child or young person between the ages of 0-19 years and their family. It is part of the wider Early Help offer in Camden, and is located with MASH in the Children and Families Contact Service.

Why might you need them?

The aim is for families to get help as early as possible, so things do not get worse – and, with the right help at the right time, things could actually improve. It might mean accessing services yourself, or professionals working with you and your family.

What does it include?

Support for lots of things, including parenting, education, employment, healthy living and emotional wellbeing, as well as preventing anti-social behaviour. This support can be provided at lots of different places and by different people including:

How to get this help

Children's Centres provide a range of services for families with children under five. For children and young people aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities, you can also have a look at the SEND Local Offer

If you still need additional support

You can talk to a professional who knows your family already. This could be:

This person will be able to talk to you about what additional support you may need and help you find the right support as early as possible. If it’s a bit more complicated, with your permission, they can complete an Early Help assessment. These leaflets tell you more:

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