11. Risk Assessment (updated 2018)

Introduction

Standard - All MAPPA offenders are subject to a thorough risk assessment to inform the creation of an effective Risk Management Plan (RMP) and to ensure that they are managed at the correct MAPPA level.

11.1 The risk assessment of offenders is the systematic collection of information to help determine the degree to which an offender poses an identified risk of serious harm to known individuals and to the public. Risk cannot be eliminated, but it can be managed.

11.2 The assessment of risk and the identification of the factors that have contributed to offending and that support reform are the starting points for all work with offenders.

11.3 Risk assessment is a dynamic process that requires ongoing re-evaluation in the context of the offender's changing circumstances. Risk assessments should be reviewed regularly in accordance with the lead agency's policies and procedures.