Joint Thematic Review of MAPPA in Scotland

Thursday, 26 November, 2015

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) and the Care Inspectorate have worked jointly to undertake a proportionate, risk-based and intelligence led review of MAPPA in Scotland.

The multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) were set up in 2007 to co-ordinate the approach of a range of agencies who work together to reduce the potential risk of serious harm posed by registered sex offenders and keep communities safe.

This report presents the findings of the review into how well these arrangements contribute to public protection.

This inspection was carried out between October 2014 and November 2015. Evidence was sought from more than 500 practitioners involved in the delivery of MAPPA across Scotland and 10% of records maintained on the Violent and Sex Offender Register (ViSOR) were scrutinised. We also observed the risk management review of 45 sex offenders discussed at 17 MAPPA meetings across the country and undertook analysis of 78 case records. This approach provided an in-depth understanding of the operational and strategic delivery of MAPPA.

It should be stressed that while the fundamental purpose of MAPPA is to protect the public, MAPPA and the work of Responsible Authorities cannot entirely eradicate risk. Although the number of sex offenders identified and managed through MAPPA continues to rise, sex offenders managed at Level 2 and  3 continues to reduce each year.

A number of areas for development that can be delivered at an operational level have been identified.  Ten recommendations which are of a strategic nature, requiring a national response, have been made.

The Scottish Government and Responsible Authorities will be asked to provide an action plan in response to the recommendations. Progress will be monitored against this plan.

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