Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) seeks Lay Adviser for Thames Valley
MAPPA Lay Advisers assist the police, probation and prison services in establishing arrangements for managing serious sexual and violent offenders in the community. These arrangements, called Multi- Agency Public Protection Arrangements or MAPPA, are required by Section 325 of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) 2003. Lay Advisers contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of MAPPA and act as critical friends in challenging professionals. Their responsibilities include:
- Attending strategic meetings to develop the arrangements.
- Attending meetings to manage the risks presented by specific offenders.
- Assisting in the preparation of MAPPA annual reports.
- Participating in any sub-groups, working parties or projects.
- Participating in reviewing the Business Plan and broader communication strategy.
MAPPA are not an organisation, but a framework designed to enable criminal justice and social care agencies to share information on violent and sexual offenders, assess and manage risk and direct the available resources appropriately. Lay Advisers work with professionals from a range of agencies, including social services, healthcare, housing and employment, as well as police and probation.
The successful candidate will have an interest in community and social issues, a capacity for emotional resilience and the ability to understand the needs and priorities of a range of parties including agencies, victims and offenders.
They will be able to effectively challenge the views and assumptions of senior professionals and maintain confidentiality.
They will also have an awareness of and commitment to equality and diversity. No formal educational qualifications are necessary, but the successful candidate will be able to understand complex information in written and numerical form.
It is important that the Lay Adviser has strong and sustained connection with the community that they will be representing. Therefore, applications are sought from residents of the Thames Valley area.
In order to preserve the lay status of those who are appointed to the role, certain people are ineligible for appointment, including MPs, local authority councillors (from Thames Valley), MOJ/Home Office employees or anyone already operating in MAPPA in a professional capacity.
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