Twenty years on, is MAPPA achieving its objectives?

Published on: 14 July 2022


Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) have been part of the criminal justice landscape for 20 years. They have created a formal multi-agency framework aimed at bringing together criminal justice agencies and other services to manage the risks that people convicted of violent or sexual offences pose to the public.

This inspection was led by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation, supported by a team of inspectors from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP).


This joint inspection examined the work of prisons, police, and probation in delivering MAPPA. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the inspection work was completed remotely, with interviews and focus groups conducted via online platforms. In total, 107 cases were inspected jointly by HM Inspectorate of Probation and HMICFRS, selected from six MAPPA areas.

The inspectorates make several recommendations for improvement.

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Twenty years on, is MAPPA achieving its objectives? A joint thematic inspection of Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements