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Make a referral

Are you worried about a child?
If you suspect that a child or young person is being, or is at risk of being significantly harmed you must report this to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) immediately:

Telephone: You can call MASH on 0161 770 7777

Online referral: You can send a referral to MASH using the Online referral form

You should be given feedback by MASH on the outcome of your referral. Where appropriate, this feedback should include the reasons why a case may not meet the statutory threshold and offer suggestions for other sources of more suitable support. You should always follow up your concerns if you are not satisfied with the response and should escalate your concerns if you remain dissatisfied.

Pathway for all contacts made to Oldham MASH as of 01.02.21.docx

MASH Operating Procedures Sept 2020.docx

Information Sharing

Myth Busting Guide to information sharing.pdf

Concerns about modern slavery or human trafficking
If you have concerns that a child may be a potential victim of modern slavery or human trafficking then a referral should be made to the National Referral Mechanism, as soon as possible.


Channel is the safeguarding process for children, young people and adults at risk of being drawn into terrorism or extremism leading to terrorism
Practitioners are encouraged to:

• NOTICE concerns 

• CHECK them out 

• SHARE them through a referral, if appropriate

Channel is pre-criminal. Support is tailored to individual needs based on a vulnerability assessment.

Prevent and Channel referral information

Rapid Reviews and Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

The purpose of reviews of serious child safeguarding cases, at both local and national level, is to identify improvements to be made to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Local safeguarding partners must make arrangements to identify and review serious child safeguarding cases which, in their view, raise issues of importance in relation to their area. They must commission and oversee the review of those cases, where they consider it appropriate for a review to be undertaken.

Serious child safeguarding cases are those in which:

  • Abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and
  • The child has died or been seriously harmed.

The safeguarding partners should promptly undertake a rapid review of the case, in line with any guidance published by the Panel. The aim of this rapid review is to enable safeguarding partners to:

  • Gather the facts about the case, as far as they can be readily established at the time;
  • Discuss whether there is any immediate action needed to ensure children's safety and share any learning appropriately;
  • Consider the potential for identifying improvements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children;
  • Decide what steps they should take next, including whether or not to undertake a child safeguarding practice review.

To make a referral for a serious incident please complete the form below and send to

1. Greater Manchester Serious Child Safeguarding Case Notification Form.docx

Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)

As of 1 April 2021, all child death notifications must be reported electronically via the Greater Manchester eCDOP System

To notify the CDOP of a child death please CLICK HERE

Please remember it is a statutory requirement to notify the CDOP of all child deaths 0-17 years of age. If there are a number of agencies involved, liaison should take place to agree which agency will submit the Notification. However, unless you know someone else has done so, please notify the CDOP with as much information as possible.

CDOP officer - Denise Dawson (


Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
T: 0161 770 7777

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