The Wiltshire Safeguarding Nurses team provide specialist support to all our staff who work with children, young people and their families, through the provision of safeguarding supervision, advice and training.

We also work collaboratively with our partner agencies in providing multi-agency training and are a health partner in the Wiltshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) amongst other duties.

When a professional, family member or member of the public is concerned about a child or young person’s welfare or safety, they can contact the MASH so that the team there can look into the concerns.

What happens when you ring MASH?

On receipt of an enquiry, the MASH will review the information provided, and may speak to relevant people and agencies to discuss the concerns raised.

If they consider the child or young person to have been harmed, or to be at risk of being harmed, they will pass the information to the Wiltshire County Council Social Work Safeguarding and Assessment Team. They may also pass information to the police if they believe it is necessary to either help stop or solve a crime.

If a child or young person has not been harmed but the team think they or their family may benefit from some extra help, their information may be passed to the Early Help Service to explore options for additional support. The Public Health Nursing Teams play an active role in working alongside the Early Help Service in providing support to children and their families.

The Safeguarding Nurse’s team cannot accept safeguarding referrals directly, if you have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child or young person please follow the advice at the top of this page.