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7.3 Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)

RELATED NATIONAL GUIDANCE

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements – MAPPA Guidance

RELATED CHAPTERS

Information Sharing Procedure

AMENDMENT

This chapter was updated in August 2018 by adding an updated link to the Ministry of Justice MAPPA Guidance.


Contents

  1. MAPPA Levels
  2. MAPPA Single Point of Contact (S.P.O.C) - Children's Services

    Appendix 1: Memorandum of Understanding between the Merseyside Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships and the Merseyside Strategic MAPPA Board

    Appendix 2: Escalation, Complaints Procedure & Resolution Process Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements – Merseyside


1. MAPPA Levels

The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 and Criminal Justice Act 2003 require Police, Probation and Prison services (jointly comprising the 'responsible authorities') to establish formal arrangements for the purpose of assessing and managing risks posed by:

  • Category 1: Registered sexual offenders;
  • Category 2: Violent and other sex offenders (Violent = 12 month or more sentence of imprisonment for violent offence, other sexual offenders and those subject to hospital orders with restrictions);
  • Category 3: (Other dangerous offenders), a person who has been cautioned for or convicted of an offence which indicates that he or she is capable of causing serious harm and requires multi-agency management. This could also be offenders who have been previously managed at MAPPA level 2 or 3 under category 1 or 2 and still pose a risk of harm/ or other persons when their statutory requirements have ended.

'Relevant sexual or violent offenders' are those:

  • Subject to notification requirements of the Sex Offenders Act 2003 and as amended by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014;
  • Convicted of a sexual or violent offence by a court in England and Wales who receive a sentence of imprisonment of 12 months or more (As defined by Schedule 15 Criminal Justice Act 2003), detention in a YOI for a period of 12 months or more, detention during Her Majesty's pleasure, detention of 12 months or more under s.91 PCC(S)A 2000 ( those under 18 convicted of certain serious offences);
  • Made subject of a DTO of 12 months or more;
  • Made subject of a hospital (with or without restrictions) or guardianship order (MHA 1983);
  • Persons found not guilty of a sexual or violent offence by reason of insanity or under a disability but deemed to have done the act charged who are subject to a hospital order or a guardianship order are included in the definition as are persons subject to orders disqualifying them from working with children (CJCSA 2000 sections 28 and 29).


2. MAPPA Single Point of Contact (S.P.O.C) - Children's Services

Following consultation and consideration of current practice, a single point of contact (S.P.O.C) will be introduced for the respective agencies.

The safeguarding boards of the five local authority areas have a duty to engage in this process. The contact points for Liverpool is as follows:

Liverpool

See Merseyside Local Authority Children's Service MAPPA contacts

Tony Edge,
Liverpool City Council Municipal Buildings,
Dale Street,
Liverpool
L2 2DH.

Telephone No for reception: 0151 233 0840 Direct line is 0151 233 0842

Email: safeguardingandreviewunit@liverpool.gov.uk
'For the attention of Tony Edge'.

  • As part of the Risk Assessment process the Offender Manager should always consider the likelihood of harm to children;
  • Many offenders due to the nature of their offending will meet MAPPA criteria and/or the risk will be such that a MAPPA meeting will be convened to consider multi-agency management;
  • Children's Services designated lead officers will attend MAPPA meetings as a core member and Social Workers/Personal Advisors for open cases will also be expected to attend;
  • The nominated Single Point of Contact should be contacted within the relevant Local Authority Area. In Liverpool this will be via the Quality Assurance, Safeguarding and Review Unit;
  • Information regarding the names, addresses and date of birth of children at risk and the names of key workers (if known) should be included;
  • All notifications should be accompanied by a “confirmation of attendance” reply slip. As far as possible the notification should be forwarded at least 14 days in advance of the MAPPA meeting to allow the name of representative and confirmation of attendance to be returned;
  • In exceptional circumstances should there be a requirement to convene a MAPPA meeting at short notice the single point of contact should be contacted directly by telephone;
  • If following the above procedures an agency representative does not attend the MAPPA meeting without explanation, the Chair person should contact the agency directly for explanation and escalate to their line manager if required, any repeat failure to attend should be escalated to MAPPA SMB via MAPPA Manager/Coordinator using the agreed MAPPA SMB escalation process. (See Appendix 2: Escalation, Complaints Procedure & Resolution Process Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements – Merseyside);
  • The MAPPA Co-ordinator will be available for advice from the relevant Team Manager if required;
  • The single point of contact procedure following implementation will be monitored for a period of six months and reviewed thereafter.


Appendices

Appendix 1: Memorandum of Understanding between the Merseyside Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships and the Merseyside Strategic MAPPA Board

Appendix 2: Escalation, Complaints Procedure & Resolution Process Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements – Merseyside

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