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The Multi Agency Support Panel (MASP) has been set up in Preston District 6 as part of a multi-agency contextual safeguarding response to the increasing incidents of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) happening within Preston.

The MASP is made up of representatives from the following multi agencies:

Preston District Secondary and Primary schools

Lancashire Multi – Agency Safeguarding hub

Child and Family Wellbeing Service

Youth Offending Team

Lancashire County Council

Lancashire Police

All MASP referrals are dealt with confidentially and in line with GDPR regulations.

It is recognised that young people are targeted within their neighbourhoods, peer groups and schools and a response therefore needs to focus on these areas.

We recognise that these issues cannot be addressed in isolation and that by sharing information between agencies and identifying common risk factors that contribute to a young person being exploited support can be put in place that prevents the risk becoming reality.


  • To keep our young people safe from criminal exploitation within their neighbourhoods, peer groups and schools in Preston.
  • To provide a multi-disciplinary approach to consider how best to intervene early when a young person is showing indicators of vulnerability.
  • To identify and share information about those young people at risk across agencies to tackle CCE on a wider scale
  • To provide young people at risk or involved with criminal exploitation and their parents / carers with positive support, information and opportunities
  • To support professionals working with young people at risk or involved in criminal exploitation

How does it work?

The MASP is a panel of professionals from Police, Children’s Social Care, Education, Health and third sector community organisations that meet as needed to discuss support and actions for young people who are presenting with early indicators or vulnerability for Child Criminal Exploitation in Preston

As with any early concerns around safeguarding or welfare of young people it is the expectation that the referrer has already discussed concerns with the parents / carers of the young person being referred. Consent needs to be obtained for a referral to this panel.

Referral form and supporting guidance is available here:-

Referral Form

Referral Guide

Referral forms should be sent to

Following a referral you will

  • Receive feedback about actions needed
  • Be signposted on to other agency support

Feedback Form

MASP is not a referral to a statutory involvement from services. For any concerns where a young person is at risk of their health or development being significantly impaired (section 17 Children Act) or there reasonable cause to suspect a child is suffering, or is at risk of suffering significant harm (Section 47 Children Act) then the referrer must follow their organisation’s safeguarding policy.

The Police should be contacted about criminal activity via either 101 (999 in an emergency).

Community Safety referral form for Lancashire Constabulary