MAPPA Lay Adviser Thames Valley Area

Body: HM Prison and Probation Service
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: Requires attendance at quarterly MAPPA Strategic Management Board Meetings, Level 2 and 3 MAPPA meetings and other occasional events across Thames Valley Area (Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire) with an anticipated commitment averaging out at 4 - 6 hours per month.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: This is a part-time unpaid post (expenses paid).
Time Requirements: Be able to provide up to 8 hours a month (but not more than 16 hours per month) to the SMB.
Closing Date: 30/11/2019 00:00
Interviews: 9th December 2019

Vacancy Description

Attend each Strategic Management Board (SMB) meeting.

Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of the operation of MAPPA in Thames Valley Area

Attend a level 2 or 3 MAPP meeting quarterly, to assist in understanding the process and to enabling the monitoring and evaluation of MAPPA.

Confirm that the SMB has created effective links with other multi-agency forums, e.g. the Local Criminal Justice Board and the Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

Assist in the preparation of the MAPPA annual report.

Participate in any SMB sub-groups, working parties or projects.

Participate in reviewing the SMB Business Plan and broader communication strategy.

Participate in reviewing and questioning local MAPPA statistics.

Attend local and regional events with the agreement of the Responsible Authority (Police, Probation, Prison Service).

Person Specification

No formal educational qualifications are necessary but must be able to understand complex information in written and numerical form.

Interest in community and social issues, preferably with a track record of involvement in them.

Capacity for emotional resilience, retaining sensitivity whilst dealing with tragic or painful human situations. In particular, this includes an ability to understand the needs and feelings of both victims and offenders.

Good social skills.

Able to work effectively with people in groups and in formal meetings.

An awareness of and commitment to equality and diversity.

Able to challenge, constructively, the views and assumptions of senior professionals.

Able to maintain confidentiality appropriate to the circumstances and local protocols.

Additional Information

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.

How to Apply

Please complete the attached Application Form and return to MAPPA Co-ordinator, Thames Valley Area by email:

or via post to Central MAPPA Unit, Thames Valley Police HQ, Oxford Spires Business Park, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 1NZ.

Lay Advisor Application form
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