MAPPA Annual Report 2022
Lanarkshire MAPPA Mission Statement
We will work together to reduce the risk posed by individuals who may cause harm within our communities. Through effective communication and information sharing, we will make our communities a safer place to work and live.
Welcome to the fifteenth annual report for the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) operating in the Lanarkshire area.
This is my first annual report as MAPPA Strategic Oversight Group (SOG) chair having taken on the role in May 2021 following my appointment to Lanarkshire Division of Police Scotland. At that point in the annual reporting cycle, we were just beginning to emerge from another ‘lockdown’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as the weeks and months passed, I’m pleased to say we gradually returned to some form of normality, although what that looked like in real terms differed for us all. It’s fair to say nothing before COVID had quite prepared us for the restrictions we experienced locally and nationally following the outbreak of coronavirus. However, throughout those exceptionally challenging times for individuals, families and organisations, MAPPA partners in the Lanarkshire area continued to work collaboratively to manage those who pose a risk to our communities.
The Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) established by section 10 of the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005, provide a national framework for jointly establishing arrangements to assess and manage risks posed by certain categories of offender, namely:
- Registered Sex Offenders
- Restricted Patients and
- Offenders assessed as posing a risk of serious harm
The fundamental purpose of MAPPA is public safety and the reduction of serious harm. The introduction of MAPPA across Scotland in April 2007 gave a consistent approach to the management of offenders across all local authority and police areas, providing a framework for assessing and managing the risk posed by such offenders.
Despite the many challenges over the last 12 months, MAPPA has remained committed to managing the risks posed by all those offenders subject to the legislation. Every effort is made to ensure the effective deployment of resources, within the context of more people with convictions being managed through MAPPA alongside the increasingly significant financial pressures facing local communities, voluntary and charitable organisations and indeed every public sector body.
This year’s Annual Report will give feedback on the priorities highlighted in our business plan for 2021/22 as well as outlining our commitment to progress and address significant future challenges, despite the constraints resulting from the pandemic. Through all of this we have, and will continue, to place public protection at the top of our agenda and the annual report highlights work undertaken across the various MAPPA partners and agencies that reflect this ambition and ethos.
During the reporting period 2021/22 one of our successes has been the greater partnership working across all the disciplines of public protection (Child Protection, Adult Support & Protection, Gender Based Violence etc) across both the North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire areas. Staff at every level of the various partner agencies from each of the public protection disciplines have embraced the use of new technologies to ensure communication was maintained and, in some cases, improved. This demonstrates our drive and commitment to overcome challenges and develop the opportunities afforded us to find new solutions.
As we continue to emerge from the constraints of the pandemic and the local / national changes this necessitated, it is difficult to predict with certainty what the future might hold, however, our ambition and intention is to strive to achieve more and use our recent collective experiences to good effect to enhance public protection. Our priorities for 2022/23 reflect this. We will also monitor the progress of a National Care Service and input accordingly to the consultation process in relation to MAPPA whilst also implementing the new national MAPPA Guidance.
I firmly believe that the Lanarkshire MAPPA partners can rise to the challenges and will continue to work collaboratively to ensure the high standards attained over recent years are maintained and, wherever possible, improved. If we become aware of areas where practice could be enhanced, we will learn from this and implement changes. That ethos of continuous development and improvement will be encouraged and maintained across all the partner agencies.
As my tenure as the Strategic Oversight Group chair comes to an end, my colleague Alison Gordon, Head of Children and Justice Services, North Lanarkshire Council will assume the SOG Chair role for the next 12 months and I wish her well with that. I would also like to take this opportunity to pass on my personal thanks to a number of people who have worked tirelessly on a daily basis, even through the COVID pandemic and lockdowns, with the common goal of protecting the public. I would like to convey my personal thanks and gratitude to all staff involved in MAPPA, particularly front-line staff in the Scottish Prison Service, Social Work, Education, Police, Housing, Health and Addictions Services. I have been impressed by the commitment and professionalism that staff bring to the challenging task of effectively supervising high risk offenders and helping to keep communities safe, especially through such uncertain times. I would also like to acknowledge the excellent service provided by the administrative staff in each of the agencies who support their colleagues and whose work sometimes goes unnoticed but is equally important and valued.
Finally, I’d like to express my gratitude to personnel within our third sector and voluntary organisations for their hugely important contribution. As recent events have shown, key workers come in many guises, and their contribution is greatly appreciated therefore my thanks go to all those personnel working alongside statutory agencies for helping keep our communities safe.
I have no doubt significant challenges lie ahead of us in managing increasing numbers of people with convictions who require management through the MAPPA. However, all partner agencies remain committed to continuously improving the joint work that has been prevalent in Lanarkshire over the last 15 years therefore I’m confident that these challenges will be met by working together, being innovative and continuing to strengthen existing partnerships.
Detective Superintendent, Police Scotland
Lanarkshire MAPPA Strategic Oversight Group Chair