Serious Case Reviews

The risk presented by offenders can never be fully eliminated and, on occasions, offenders managed under MAPPA will commit, or attempt to commit, serious further offences. When this happens, a Serious Case Review (SCR) may be held to examine whether the policies, processes and actions employed by all agencies were appropriate and to identify where they could be improved. Plans are then put in place to make these improvements.

The SMB will decide whether a SCR is warranted (using the criteria specified in the MAPPA guidance), establish the remit of the review and then either undertake the review itself or commission an qualified external report writer to complete the review. Each SCR involves a MAPPA Lay Adviser to represent the views of the public and to scrutinise the findings of the report.

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