Raising a family is the most important job anyone can do. It has amazing rewards but it can also be very challenging.
Your local Multi Agency Support Teams (MAST) are here for you and your family should you need some extra help. Contact your local MAST to find out more about how we can help.
Refer to MAST
The screening teams in MAST respond to requests for a service about a child or young person. We also have social workers for prevention and intervention as well as duty team managers. Screening workers will:
- provide advice and guidance to other professionals
- identify whether a family can be supported through existing local services, if further support is needed or a more detailed assessment is required
- identify any immediate Child Protection concerns that may need a social work assessment
- respond to requests for a service from Social Care for a family
- request a service
If you want to request a service from MAST, or our partners, you can complete an Early Help Assessment Part 1 form.
However, if the needs of the family are more complex, you should complete a Family CAF. If you're unsure, contact us for advice on how to request a service.
School or childcare provider: request group work
If you are a school or childcare provider and would like to request group work to support a number of children, please complete the group work request form and send to us.
Our core offer
The MAST core offer has been revised in line with the Early Help Framework. A copy of the core offer can be viewed and downloaded.
Multi-Agency Complex Case Panel (MACCP)
Multi-Agency Allocation Meetings (MAAMs) have now been replaced with the Multi-Agency Complex Case Panel (MACCP). MACCP will coordinate seamless support for children, young people and their families. In so doing, it will improve outcomes for children in Sheffield.
The meeting provides professionals with better access to expertise and targeted resources.
In addition, professionals should ensure that families understand MACCP and consent to the sharing of their information at the meeting through the Family CAF. A leaflet is available to help with this.
Multi-Agency Complex Case Panel (MACCPs) are held every week in MAST in conjunction with our partners, to:
- make sure families get the right help as soon as possible
- use the Family CAF to access the most appropriate packages of support available for a family
- agree with other agencies who the Lead Professional will be
- coordinate the work with partners to make sure an action plan is agreed with the family to help them in their progress
Some of the partners attending the meetings include:
- Children's Centres
- Children's Specialist Services
- Community Midwives
- Early Years' professionals
- Health Visitors
- School Nurses
- Youth Offending Services
- Community Youth Teams