Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) Lay Adviser for Dorset

Body: HM Prison and Probation Service
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: The successful candidate will attend meetings and other events across Dorset and will need their own transport.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: This is a part-time unpaid post (expenses paid).
Time Requirements: The successful candidate will usually provide up to 8 hours a month and will not be asked to provide more than 16 hours per month.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    14/11/2022 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

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.

Person Specification

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.

Additional Information

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) is a set of arrangements, operating under the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, designed to protect the public, including current and previous victims, from serious harm by sexual and violent offenders.


MAPPA brings together the Police, the Probation Service and the Prison Service to work together in partnership to share information about offenders, assess their risk and develop risk management plans. Other agencies that participate in MAPPA include Local Authorities (Housing, Social Care, Children’s Services, Adult Services and the Youth Offending Service); Health Services, the Department for Work and Pensions and Home Office Immigration Enforcement. MAPPA exists to promote joint working between all agencies and enable them to take a co-ordinated approach to protect the public and to promote the rehabilitation of the offender.

The successful candidate will be provided with introductory training into the role and purpose of MAPPA and an induction that includes meeting with relevant professionals and their teams where necessary.

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