Public protection is our number one priority.
Sexual and violent offenders live in all communities and are of no single age, gender, ethnicity or position in society.
What they do have in common is that the offences they commit are unacceptable, often resulting in significant physical and emotional damage. Their identification and conviction is therefore a priority. Once convicted not all offenders go on to commit further offences. However some do. We therefore need to identify those offenders posing a high and very high risk of further serious harm and to take action to prevent them from re-offending. Currently 99.6% of those offenders monitored under MAPPA arrangements do not commit any serious further offences.
Probation staff work closely with the police, prison and representatives from social services, housing and health to manage the risk posed by sexual and violent offenders on release from prison back to the community. This is known as the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements - or MAPPA.
Other agencies that co-operate in MAPPA include youth justice teams, Jobcentre Plus, local education authorities, local housing authorities, registered social landlords, social services, strategic health authorities, Care Trusts and NHS Trusts, and electronic monitoring providers.
The arrangements provide a framework for the exchange of information and the pooling of knowledge and expertise between agencies in assessing and agreeing how best to manage dangerous offenders returning to the community either after release from prison or on a community sentence.
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