4.0 Extension of MAPPA to other risk of serious harm offenders
On 15th December 2015 Ministers commenced section 10(1)(e) of the 2005 Act which took effect on 31 st March 2016. This extended the scope of MAPPA to include other risk of serious harm offenders managed in the community, where the responsible authorities assess that a risk of serious harm to the public exists and which requires an active multi-agency response.
The MAPPA guidance published on 3 rd March 2016, details relevant offenders who may be included in the new category and subject to joint management under section 10(1)(e) of the 2005 Act. This provides clear identification criteria developed in consultation with the responsible authorities and MAPPA practitioners. This ensures focused application of the new category where evidence suggests that a formal multi-agency approach is a proportionate response to the level of risk posed by certain offenders.
Application of MAPPA for this new category of offenders is being actively monitored by the Scottish Government and the responsible authorities to support and ensure effective implementation. Formal recording of statistical information in respect of the new offender category is taking place, and publication will form part of the 2017 MAPPA annual reports.