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MARF

**Contact Sandwell Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0121 569 3100 to speak to someone about your concerns**

MASH – Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub

The MASH has been formed to protect children and families who may be at risk of harm including domestic abuse. It is a co-located multi agency team which securely shares information between agencies. The information is used to understand the needs of a child or adult about whom concerns have been raised. The MASH identifies a full picture of the known risks affecting the children and their family and then ensures timely and relevant actions to address these issues.
The following documents provide guidance on when to make a referral:

Non Emergency

If you believe that the risk is significant and is a child protection issue but the child is in no immediate danger you must complete a Multi Agency Referral Form (MARF) as soon as possible and within a maximum of 24 hours. Please send your completed MARF via secure e-mail to: access_team@sandwellchildrenstrust.org 
For information on how to access and complete a MARF please see the links below:

Emergency

If a child is at imminent significant risk of harm/immediate danger you should consider calling 999 in the first instance (for Police or Ambulance) and contacting Children’s Social Care by telephoning Sandwell’s Contact Centre on 0121 569 3100 (out of office hours is the same number). You will be expected to complete a MARF without delay.