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Crime: Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements

Volume 713: debated on Monday 26 October 2009


My honourable friend the Minister of State for Justice (Maria Eagle) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The eighth annual multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) reports are published today. MAPPA brings together the police, probation and prison services in each of the 42 areas in England and Wales into what is known as the MAPPA responsible authority. Other agencies are under a duty to co-operate with the responsible authority, including social care, health, housing and education services.

The aim of MAPPA is to ensure that the risk management plans drawn up for the more serious and complex offenders benefit from the information, skills and resources provided by the individual agencies being co-ordinated through MAPPA.

This year has seen major developments. Following very effective collaboration with the police (ACPO), we issued revised national guidance in April 2009, which incorporates learning from recent years. The guidance introduced: new guidance on managing terrorist offenders; improved guidance on the particular demands of managing children and young persons within MAPPA; detailed guidance on the vital issue of disclosure of information about offenders; and guidance on the use of a new national documents set. The guidance represents a significant step forward in terms of establishing a detailed MAPPA framework with agreed good practice and performance standards to ensure consistent application of MAPPA across the country.

We also introduced two review processes, which are absolutely vital in terms of improving public protection practice and in showing that the agencies are willing to review cases of serious further offending by MAPPA offenders in order to identify whether there is any respect in which practice fell short of what the public have a right to expect. There is now an agreed process for reviewing specifically the MAPPA management of offenders in cases of the most serious reoffending—the MAPPA serious case review. In addition, for the first time, there is a national police internal management review process in relation to the police management of registered sexual offenders.

Also for the first time this year, a national MAPPA training manual has been introduced based on best practice from the regions and supporting the new guidance.

The annual reports describe how the arrangements work locally and include key public protection achievements in each of the 42 police and probation areas of England and Wales. They report on progress against local business plans, outline next year’s plans and provide contact points for further information. They also provide statistical information on the number of offenders eligible for the MAPPA and how they are managed.

Electronic copies of every area report are being made available to the Libraries of both Houses, the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office.