Multi agency public protection arrangements

Multi agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA), are a framework of statutory arrangements operated by criminal justice and social care agencies that seek to manage and reduce the risk presented by sexual and violent offenders in order that re-offending is reduced and the public are protected.

This is done by the sharing of information and the establishment of coordinated risk management plans that allow offenders to be effectively managed. The multi agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) guidance 2012 is a concise multi agency document which effectively supports the management of MAPPA offenders.

The Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) Guidance 2012 (PDF)

The Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) Guidance 2012 - appendices and forms (DOC)

The agencies involved in MAPPA

There is a statutory duty on the Police, Probation and the Prison Service, in each of the 42 MAPPA areas of England and Wales to establish arrangements for the assessment and management of risk presented by specified sexual and violent offenders. These agencies comprise the MAPPA Responsible Authority.

In addition, a range of other agencies that have dealings with offenders are under a duty to co-operate with the Responsible Authority. These Duty to Co-operate Agencies include:

  • Local Authority Social Services
  • Primary Care Trusts, other NHS Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • Youth Offending Teams
  • Registered Social Landlords who accommodate MAPPA offenders
  • Local Housing Authorities
  • Local Education Authorities
  • Electronic Monitoring providers; and
  • UK Border Agency


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