Joint thematic review of MAPPA in Scotland Terms of Reference

Wednesday, 29 October, 2014

HMICS and the Care Inspectorate have given a commitment to work collaboratively with other scrutiny bodies to undertake a proportionate, risk-based and intelligence led review of the multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) in Scotland. The joint review will focus on category 1 sex offenders subject to the statutory notification process.

The purpose of the joint thematic review will be to assess the state, efficiency and effectiveness of the MAPPA in Scotland, in terms of keeping people safe and reducing the potential risk of serious harm by registered sex offenders in our communities.

The review objectives are:

• To assess how effective the responsible authorities are in the discharge of their statutory duties, under terms of the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005, including adherence to national guidance and good practice.

• To assess how effective the processes are in relation to MAPPA Significant Case Reviews AND the arrangements that are in place to promote organisational learning and development across the responsible authorities.

It is acknowledged that the management of sex offenders is a complex and intricate area of business. To ensure that the joint thematic review is integrated, co-ordinated and improvement led, a MAPPA Programme Board has been established to provide strategic direction; provide a forum for feedback on review methodology; minimise the scrutiny burden on a responsible authority; ensure involvement with stakeholders and oversee the successful delivery of the joint thematic review.

The timeline for the review as agreed by the Programme Board is as follows:

• Design and planning (June -  October 2014)
• Delivery (October 2014 – March 2015)
• Fieldwork (April 2015 – June 2015)
• Publication and closure (Autumn 2015)

The Terms of Reference, Quality Indicators and Media Release for the review are below.

And a copy of the final report will be made publicly available on the HMICS and Care Inspectorate websites.

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