Case study 1
A self referral was made by a woman expressing concerns about her own and her children’s safety due to domestic violence in the home. MASH police information revealed the woman’s partner had previous convictions for violence. School information showed that the children are presenting with behavioural difficulties in school and are struggling to concentrate in class.
The multi-agency approach enabled children’s social care to immediately address the safeguarding issues.
Case study 2
A school contacted the MASH as it was concerned about a pupil who recently came to school with marks on her body that look like bruising and cigarette marks. Information gathered from health colleagues in the MASH showed that the child had just been diagnosed with a complex skin condition.
The MASH was able to ascertain quickly that there were no immediate safeguarding concerns.
Case study 3
An anonymous referral was received by the MASH from a resident concerned that a young child is regularly witnessing domestic violence at home. Additional research within the MASH revealed that there is a restraining order against the father at that address and that he is currently on probation.
The multi-agency approach enabled children’s social care to immediately address the safeguarding issues and for the police to address the additional concerns.