MAPPA stands for Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements. It
provides the legal framework and guidance for agencies involved in
managing people who have committed sexual and violent offences who
are living in or who are returning into the community.
HOW MAPPA WORKS
MAPPA deal with the management of sexual and violent offenders
convicted by a court of a relevant offence, or those whose behaviour
poses a significant risk of harm to the public. After a
comprehensive risk assessment, a system comprising three levels is
used to make sure that those offenders who may pose the highest
risk, receive the greatest degree of scrutiny and oversight:
Under MAPPA, there are three
categories* of offender:
Registered Sex Offenders - offenders required to comply with the
notification requirements (often
referred to as registration) set out in the Sexual
Offenders Act 2003.
Category 2: Violent
or other sex offenders who have committed
offences listed in Sch 15 of the
Criminal Justice Act 2003 and sentenced to
imprisonment fro 12 months or
more and offenders detained under Hospital
Category 3: Other
Offenders - offenders who do not fall into Categories 1
or 2 but, because of the
offences committed by them (wherever they have been
committed), are considered to
pose a risk of serious harm to the public.
There are three levels* of
Level 1: involves single agency management.
Offenders are dealt with by Police or Probation alone – although
practitioners in either Service will liaise individually. Level
1 offenders are usually assessed as having a low or medium
probability of committing further serious harm but do not need
formal joint agency working.
Level 2: referred to as local inter-agency
management, where the active involvement of more than one agency
is required to manage the offender. Most offenders assessed as
high or very high risk of serious harm can be managed at Level 2
where the management plans do not require the attendance and
commitment of resources at a senior level.
Level 3: Level 3 activity meetings are
known in all Areas as Multi- Agency Public Protection Panels (or
MAPPPs). The few cases referred to MAPPPs are those of offenders
whose management is so problematic (including those that attract
media attention) that multi-agency co-operation and oversight at
a senior level is required, together with the authority to
commit exceptional resources to strengthen the risk management
* It is possible for an offender to move
between both Categories and Levels over time.
However, movement between levels is more
frequent than between categories, given
that risk is influenced by dynamic factors,
such as accommodation, substance misuse,
employment, mental health and relationships.
Number of Registered Paedophiles Living in
your Area (2006 - 2007)
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living in your area 2006 - 2007