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1.2.4 Multi Agency Screening Team (MAST)

MAST operates borough wide and is the first contact point for all new referrals regarding children and young people. The service comprises a multi-agency team of social care staff, police and health colleagues.

Each referral is screened within strict timescales and involves the gathering and sharing of information, which is analysed so an appropriate response can be made to ensure children and young people in Calderdale are safeguarded effectively. If further assessment or a Child Protection Enquiry is required, once a Strategy Discussion has been held involving all agencies within MAST, the case is transferred to the Children's Assessment Team (CAT).


MAST Handbook (March 2015)

MAST Information Sharing Agreement (2015)

Section 7 and Section 37 Protocol Flowchart

Transfer Protocol for Cases Transferring between MAST and CAT Teams and CAT and Locality Teams


In December 2015, links were added to the updated MAST handbook and the new MAST Information Sharing Agreement.