In Southampton all adults experiencing high risk Domestic Abuse need to be referred to the Multiagency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) for multi-agency risk reduction discussion. These referrals to MASH are for adults with or without children. There is one MASH referral form that covers both adults and their children (if applicable) and the documents which support this process are available on the Southampton City Council website here.
For access to specialist help and support for adults experiencing Domestic Abuse below high risk level professionals can call Pippa on 02380917917 and visit the website here. The Pippa helpline provides help and guidance, including assistance with assessing risk levels and will also make an onward referral to DA advisors. The guidance on DA referral routes and pathways is currently under review.
If you have concerns for a child living with domestic abuse and those concerns are likely to meet safeguarding thresholds, always refer to MASH :
- If the adult is known to be experiencing high risk Domestic Abuse you can make one referral to MASH for the adult (victim) and children
- If the adult is not known to your service or your adult contact is not sufficient to complete this form and/or the Domestic Abuse risk is below high (and you still have concerns about the child) contact MASH. Referrals in this situation will be for a child safeguarding referral (MASH ‘as usual’).
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