the management and monitoring of sexual and violent offenders in
strategic boards overseeing the Multi Agency Public Protection Panels
(MAPPPs) which monitor and manage dangerous and high profile
offenders in local communities across England and Wales.
From 1 April, 2001, the probation services and police have had a duty
to work together to protect the public from sexual, violent and other
potentially dangerous offenders. These two agencies have primary
responsibility under the Court Services and Criminal Justice Act, but
work closely with social services, health and local authority housing
as well as the prison service.
Initially five probation/police areas will each invite two members of
the public to apply to sit on the boards overseeing these panels.
Meeting quarterly, they will oversee the work of the panel in
managing offenders in their area and contribute to work on the level
of risk they pose and action necessary to safeguard their community.
The five areas are Cumbria, Durham, South Wales, Surrey and the West
No formal educational qualifications are necessary, although
candidates will need to be able to understand complex information,
make sensible decisions and have an interest in community and social
issues. While no payment to lay members will be made, their expenses
will be met and they can claim compensation for loss of earnings.
Home office minister Hilary Benn said:
'We all want to make our communities safe places to live in for
ourselves and our loved ones. Managing the risk posed by potentially
dangerous offenders in our communities is a key part of achieving
this. 'It is a fact that there are potentially dangerous offenders in
every community in England and Wales. In July, each MAPPP will
publish a report on the work it is doing in its area. This will give
the public unprecedented access to information on what is happening
in their communities.
'By facing up to reality and working in a coherent and intelligent
way we can do a huge amount to minimise these risks, and to make our
communities safer places in which to live. I look forward to meeting
the first lay MAPPA members shortly.'
1. The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 set up the
multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA). It made it a
statutory duty for the first time for police and probation services
to make joint arrangements for the assessment and management of
sexual, violent and other offenders who may cause serious harm.
2. There are 42 sets of multi-agency public protection arrangements
(MAPPA), one in each Probation/ Police area across England and Wales.
3. The minimum requirements that each area must meet in
setting up its MAPPA are set out in the Act as:
- to establish strategic management arrangements in each area
for reviewing and monitoring the effectiveness of the
arrangements made in respect of the statutory duty and for
revising them as necessary or expedient
- to establish and agree systems and processes for sharing
information and for inter-agency working on all relevant
- to establish and agree systems and processes that only those
critical few that require additional consideration are
referred to a MAPPP
- to establish and agree systems and processes for a MAPPP for
the highest risk cases, including young offenders
- to consider resource allocation and multi-agency training
- to consider community and media communication
- to agree the Annual Report and Statistics
4. Adverts inviting members of the public to apply to sit on the
boards overseeing their local Multi Agency Public Protection Panel
will appear in the local and regional press from 21st June.
Interested people in the first five areas should contact their local
Cumbria 01228 560057
Durham 0191 383 9083
South Wales 02920 232999
Surrey 01483 860191
West Midlands 0121 248 6666