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Investigating the Characteristics of Vulnerable Referrals Made to a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

Shorrock, S, McManus, MA and Kirby, S (2019) Investigating the Characteristics of Vulnerable Referrals Made to a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub. Policing, 13 (2). pp. 201-212. ISSN 1752-4512

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Abstract

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASHs) have been a feature of safeguarding processes since 2010, aiming to increase information sharing, joint decision-making, and co-ordinated interventions between safeguarding agencies. However, understanding the mechanisms underpinning MASH, and who they protect, is limited. This article attempts to bridge this gap in knowledge by quantitatively examining referrals made to one MASH location in the North of England between 1 October 2013 and 30 November 2014 (n = 51,264). The findings outline general features of a MASH framework while demonstrating that demand placed upon MASH is influenced by a range of static and dynamic risk factors, including gender, age, and ethnicity. The study highlights the complex nature of referrals made to MASH and suggests that while MASH has taken a step towards a multi-agency approach to safeguarding, questions regarding MASHs ability to effectively safeguard vulnerable individuals at the earliest opportunity remain.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Policing following peer review. The version of record Sarah Shorrock, Michelle A McManus, Stuart Kirby, Investigating the Characteristics of Vulnerable Referrals Made to a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, Volume 13, Issue 2, June 2019, Pages 201–212, https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paz003 is available online at:http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/paz003
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Justice Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2020 08:40
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2020 08:40
DOI or Identification number: 10.1093/police/paz003
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12820

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