Offenders eligible for MAPPA are identified by one of four Lead Agencies – Police, Probation, Mental Health and Youth Offending Teams, and information is gathered/shared about them across relevant agencies. The nature and level of the risk of harm they pose is assessed and a risk management plan is implemented to protect the public.
A risk management plan sets out the actions that need to be taken by various agencies to minimise the risk.
Some measures that can be considered are:
– Ensuring offenders have suitable accommodation, which can include requiring the offender to reside at a Probation run Hostel.
– Placing controls on the offender’s behaviour through strict post custody licence conditions which can include not to have contact with a named individual and not to enter a defined exclusion zone;
– Intensive supervision by a Probation Officer or Police Officer
Not all MAPPA offenders present an immediate risk of harm to others and in most cases the offender will be managed under the ordinary arrangements applied by the agency or agencies with supervisory responsibility. In the main, this includes:
– The National Probation Service supervising and managing adult offenders;
– Police managing registered sexual offenders in the community;
– Youth Offending Teams who supervise and manage young offenders under the age of 18; and
– Health Services and Adult Social Care, who may be managing MAPPA offenders whilst in hospital and once discharged into the community.
However, a number of offenders do require active multi-agency management and their risk management plans will be formulated and monitored via MAPP meetings attended by various agencies.