Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) provide a national framework in England and Wales for the assessment and management of risk posed by serious and violent offenders. This includes offenders who are considered to pose a risk, or potential risk of harm to children.
This framework imposes statutory requirements on the police, probation and prison services (the “responsible authorities”) to make these arrangements. It places a duty to co-operate with the responsible authority on a number of agencies providing services to offenders. These include health, housing, Children’s Social Care, education, youth offending teams, Job Centre Plus, and electronic monitoring providers.
The duties and obligations of the responsible authority are discharged through the Strategic Management Board. To provide consistency and a central awareness a Humberside Area Strategic Management Board is in place. It includes lead officers from police, probation and prison, representatives from a number of agencies with a “duty to cooperate” and lay advisors. In North Lincolnshire the strategic management board meets quarterly to:
- Oversee the work of the MAPPA and manage performance
- Review and monitor the effectiveness of arrangements
- Receive referrals on individual offenders that commit serious violent or sexual offences while being managed
- Ensure independent review of management of risks and determine whether local strategic reviews form part of statutory review
- Determine any necessary revision to arrangements
- Act as final arbiter where local MAPPA fails to agree on issues concerning offenders who are subject to management in the community.