IMG_3561MAPPA brings together the Police, Probation and Prison Service into what is known as the MAPPA Responsible Authority for each MAPPA Area. MAPPA areas are aligned with police force areas.

A number of other agencies are under a duty to co-operate with the Responsible Authority. These include Children's Services, Adult Social Services, Health Trusts and Authorities, Youth Offending Teams, Local Housing Authorities, Job Centre Plus and certain registered social landlords and electronic monitoring providers. These are known as Duty to Co-operate (DTC) agencies. The purpose of DTC agencies is to help strengthen MAPPA to make defensible decisions about the management of offenders and to acknowledge their crucial role in the resettlement and rehabilitation of offenders in order to reduce the risk of harm posed and risk of reoffending. The key roles of any agency operating within MAPPA are to:

  • Provide a point of contact for other agencies
  • Provide specific advice about the risk assessment and management of a particular offender
  • Provide general advice about an agency's role and its services
  • Co-ordinate its approach as well as possible with other agencies
  • Share information in the interest of public protection.

A strategic Management Board (SMB) meets regularly in each area to oversee the operation of MAPPA in that area. The SMB is responsible for the implementation of the MAPPA Guidance in line with local initiatives and priorities. The SMB consists of senior members of the police, probation and prison service and also includes senior representatives from key and specialist services.  Each Board is supported by two Lay Advisers who provide a local perspective and reflect the views of the public. The SMB is responsible for:

  • Producing an annual business plan
  • Producing and publishing the MAPPA Annual Report
  • Links with local Safeguarding Children and Adults Boards, Local Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnerships and Local Criminal Justice Boards
  • Ensuring there is a system in place to review and monitor serious further offending by MAPPA offenders and, where required, to conduct MAPPA serious case reviews for those offenders who have gone on to commit serious further offences whilst being managed under MAPPA.
  • Measuring performance against a national set of key performance indicators
  • Planning the local longer term development of MAPPA
  • Training agencies involved within MAPPA
  • Auding MAPPA process by conducting annual audits on a percentage of cases managed under MAPPA.

 Click here for MAPPA Guidance Chapter 3 - Duty to Co-operate Agencies