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Multi-Agency Working

Multi-agency working also has a distinct advantage for general safeguarding policy design and day-to-day operations. Most SABs and their various subgroups will be made up of a range of attendees from agencies such as:

  • Local Authority departments such as Social Care, Public Health, Licensing, and Housing.
  • Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT)
  • Essex Police and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • East of England Ambulance Trust
  • Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
  • NHS England
  • North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT)
  • Local housing associations and housing providers
  • The Probation Service and local rehabilitation organisations
  • Local colleges and universities
  • Southend Association of Voluntary Services

Representing various groups in SAB meetings ensures that the local community is best served by policies that are drawn up after careful consideration and following advice from a range of viewpoints. The presence of the various agencies also allows the SAB to co-ordinate services and monitor the effectiveness of the Board members’ policies and procedures, and working in conjunction with Essex and Thurrock SABs ensures an integrated and cohesive collection of policies and procedures across the county.

In an emergency
call 999

To report a non-urgent incident or crime to the Police
call 101

If you have concerns about a child, call Southend's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub Plus ‘MASH+’ on 01702 215007
Select Option 1 and then either: Option 1 for professional advice; Option 2 for a specific social worker; OR Option 3 for MASH+ administration.

If you have concerns about an adult, call Southend's Access Team
01702 215008 option 1

To report concerns outside of office hours, call Emergency Duty Team
0845 606 1212