Statutory guidance

Multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA): Guidance

Assess and manage the risks posed by sexual and violent offenders: guidance for the police, prison service and probation trusts.


MAPPA guidance


Multi-agency public protection arrangements are in place to ensure the successful management of violent and sexual offenders. This guidance sets out the responsibilities of the police, probation trusts and prison service. It also touches on how other agencies may become involved, for example the Youth Justice Board will be responsible for the care of young offenders.

The guidance includes information on the following:

  • identification and notification of MAPPA offenders
  • ViSOR, the secure database that holds details of MAPPA offenders
  • information sharing
  • disclosure and risk assessment
  • risk management plans
  • multi-agency public protection meetings
  • MAPPA documents set
  • custody, recall and transfer of MAPPA cases
  • critical public protection cases
  • mentally disordered offenders and MAPPA

Information on MAPPA can be found at

Updates to this page

Published 21 March 2014
Last updated 27 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. Removed appendices and forms document.

  2. MAPPA Guidance March 2023 has been added.

  3. Latest MAPPA guidance uploaded.

  4. Guidance updated.

  5. Addition of Chapter 16 – Armed Forces.

  6. MAPPA guidance updated for July 2019

  7. Updated MAPPA Guidance (4.4) added

  8. Chapters 5, 19 and 22 of the MAPPA guidance have been updated.

  9. Changes made to, Chapter 12 Risk Management Plan, Chapter 13a Multi-Agency Public Protection Meetings, Chapter 13b MAPPA Minutes, Chapter 26 Mentally Disordered Offenders, Appendix 1, MAPPA A, MAPPA A Completion Notes, MAPPA B, MAPPA B Completion Notes, MAPPA D and MAPPA I.

  10. The new MAPPA website is now live

  11. Changes Feb 2015: Updates to sections 6,17, and 26, Appendix 4, MAPPA F, MAPPA J, and MAPPA I. Appendix 8, MAPPA Q, and MAPPA R added.

  12. Chapter 10 of guidance updated November 2014.

  13. First published.

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