The Safeguarding Hub will provide a service to Cumbria by :
acting as the first point of contact for professionals and members of the public who are raising safeguarding concerns about a child.
collating information from different agencies to aid decision making.
using multi-agency information effectively to decide the most appropriate response to the identified level of need.
providing advice and guidance for professionals including support to understand and adhere to Cumbria Early Help Strategy and Guidance.
The Cumbria Safeguarding Hub is a multidisciplinary initiative established with the objective that a joined up, consistent approach is applied to all notifications of concern relating to the safety of children.
Professionals from the Police, Health agencies, Children’s Social Care, Education, and Independent Domestic Violence Advocate Service are working together to ensure high quality and proportionate support is offered at the earliest opportunity to children, young people and their families.
The service will operate during office hours, handing over to the Emergency Duty Team when the Hub is closed.
The service will deal with all enquiries from professionals or members of the public regarding a concern for a child. Enquiries relating to cases which are already allocated to a Social Worker will be transferred to that Social Worker immediately.
The safeguarding hub will operate as the decision-making body, in regard to concerns about a child so that a speedy and appropriate response is secured. In undertaking this task the team will refer to Cumbria Safeguarding Board Threshold Guidance and relevant child care legislation.
All partners will offer their oversight and expertise in the two main functions that support the Hub. Firstly screening which considers all enquires that do not require an immediate response and secondly the MASH where more detailed information gathering is required to inform decision making (see also section 5). All agencies working in the safeguarding screening or MASH teams will have the opportunity to view an enquiry and provide input to the decision making.