Child Protection

We want to keep all children and young people in Devon safe from harm so that they can have opportunities available to them and are able to reach their full potential.

Concerned about a child’s safety?

If you are concerned about a child or young person in Devon and want to speak to someone contact our Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071 or email mashsecure@devon.gcsx.gov.uk and give as much information as you can.

Information for professionals

Managing Allegations against Adults Working with Children

Local Authority Designated Officers (LADO) provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations that have concerns about a person working or volunteering with children and young people who may have behaved inappropriately or you have received information that may constitute an allegation.

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If you have concerns about a person working with or caring for Vulnerable Adults, please refer to our Safeguarding Adults webpages.

All safeguarding and child protection enquiries in Devon now go through the MASH. The MASH is staffed with professionals from different agencies including, police, probation, fire, ambulance, health, education and social care. These professionals share information to:

  • identify instances of harm early on
  • put in place interventions to prevent further harm.

If you are a professional and want to make an enquiry to children’s social care you need to contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

If you are a children’s workforce professional you must follow up your telephone call by sending a completed enquiry form to mashsecure@devon.gcsx.gov.uk
Fax: 01392 448951
Post: Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, P.O. Box 723, Exeter EX1 9QS

We work in partnership with a range of organisations including health, the police, schools, youth justice services and youth services as well as the Devon Safeguarding Children Board.

We also link with other agencies in the South West through the South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Group.

Contact Us

If you are concerned about a child or young person in Devon contact the MASH on 0345 155 1071 or email mashsecure@devon.gcsx.gov.uk and give as much information as you can.