SEFTON LSCB Safeguarding Policies and Procedures Online Manual

    12. MAPPA (Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements)

    Last updated 12/11/2018

    MAPPA (Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements)

    12.1 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).

    There are 3 Levels of Management for MAPPA:

    Level 1- Ordinary Agency (lead agency manage with good communication with other relevant agencies)

    Level 2 – Active multi-agency (meeting held)

    Level 3 – Active multi-agency (meeting held)

    12.2 MAPPA Referral Process

    For all MAPPA referrals to be made on Cat 1, 2 and 3 cases into MAPPA management at Level 2 and Level 3, the MAPPA A referral form should be completed in detail and submitted for screening from Jayne Phillips MAPPA Co-ordinator and DI Graeme Robson via

    MAPPA referrals are made from the lead agencies HMPPS, Police, YOS and Mental Health. Although other Duty to Co-operate agencies i.e. CSC can make a referral if the individual causing concern is not subject to any statutory management under the lead agencies

    For any NPS MAPPA referrals these will be screened by the NPS manager

    MAPPA Core Panel

    Merseyside MAPPA Strategic Management Board has agreed to the commencement of MAPPA Core Panels

    Wirral implemented Jan 2016 as pilot area

    Liverpool implemented Feb 2017

    Sefton April 2017, followed by Knowsley and St Helens (Sept 17)

    • MAPPA Core Panel Representation
    • HMPPS
    • Police
    • Children Services
    • Adult Services
    • Mental Health
    • Safeguarding GP / Health rep
    • Local Authority Housing 

    Attendance at Meetings
    Attendance at MAPPA meetings is required and form part of the National MAPPA KPI requirements. On receipt of an invite the relevant agency will ensure they have researched relevant details in regard of the case (whether these are about the offender, victim, children, vulnerable adult) and be prepared to present information and be in a position to take and respond to action requests at the meeting.

    Storing and sharing information about offenders is essential to the multi-agency approach to their management. The quality of both risk assessment and risk management is reliant on the RA and DtC agencies (and others as appropriate) sharing accurate personal information in a timely manner.

    The practice of information-sharing between MAPPA agencies is governed by legislation and certain principles, including those set out in the MAPPA Guidance and the Data Sharing Code of Practice issued in 2011 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

    The MAPPA ISA was refreshed in 2017 and signed by Sefton Council Chief Executive. (see separate document under MAPPA procedure.

    Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

    The purpose of the MoU is to identify how the Merseyside Strategic Management Board (SMB) will work with the five Merseyside LSCBs and how strategic information will be shared. This is to ensure:

    • that the safeguarding needs of children are kept as a priority both for the SMB and MAPPA Chairs;
    • ensure that strategic safeguarding issues relevant for the SMB and one or more of the Merseyside LSCBs are shared across the partnerships and joint working is enabled.

    MAPPA Unit contact
    MAPPA Coordinator Merseyside
    Her Majesty Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS)
    Operational Command Centre
    Speke, Liverpool
    L24 8DA
    Mobile: 07894177013
    Email -
    ViSOR Admin - 0151 955 0886 / 0885 / 0882


    National MAPPA guidelines (updated 2017)

    The most up to date guidance on MAPPA nationally is the national MAPPA website: