In Southampton, all adults experiencing high risk Domestic Abuse can be referred to MASH for multi-agency risk reduction discussion. 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 below:
For access to specialist help and support for adults experiencing Domestic Abuse below high risk level call Pippa – 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. For guidance on DA referral routes at all risk levels please use the DVA pathways for Southampton- Guidance for Professionals and Identifying and responding to DVA in Southampton – Guidance for Professionals.
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 DA 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 DA 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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