National guidance on the establishment and operation of multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) was issued in 2003 and updated in 2004. The guidance is directed towards chief officers of probation and police, and Prison Service area managers who are jointly responsible for monitoring the arrangements. It is publicly available via the national probation service website.
When an offender in the community under the supervision of the probation service is charged with committing a serious offence, the supervising area must inform the NOMS public protection unit (PPU) and undertake a Serious Further Offence (SFO) Review.
The SFO process is an internal procedure carried out by the probation service, and overseen by the PPU, to identify any areas of improvement to risk assessment and management practice. The reviews for these five cases have all been completed and any learning points highlighted.