This is an opportunity to make a real contribution to Public Protection within your community and gain significant experience of multi-agency working at an operational and strategic level. We are seeking applicants with a strong sense of community, positive value base and an open mind to act as a ‘critical friend’ within MAPPA and support wider governance of these arrangements within Thames Valley.
‘MAPPA’ stands for ‘Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements’. These arrangements are designed to protect the public (including previous victims of crime) from serious harm by sexual and violent offenders. MAPPA arrangements require the local criminal justice agencies and other bodies dealing with offenders to work together in partnership in managing these offenders.
Lay Advisors fulfil an essential role within the MAPPA process. They are not expected to become experts, but act as informed observers and as posers of questions that the professionals closely involved in the work might not necessarily think of asking. It is important that the Lay Adviser has strong and sustained connection with the community that they will be representing and therefore, applications are sought from residents of the Thames Valley area. Lay Advisers will be committed to recognising and valuing diversity, ensuring inclusiveness, equality and fairness in the treatment of people in all aspects of MAPPA.
The Lay Adviser role is voluntary, part-time (up to 8 hours per month). Training will be provided and expenses met. Transport required.
- 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
- Capacity for emotional resilience, retaining sensitivity whilst dealing with tragic or painful human situations
- Understand the needs and feelings of victims and offenders.
- Good social skills.
- Able to work effectively with people in groups and in formal meetings.
- Awareness of and commitment to equality and diversity.
- Able to challenge, constructively, the views and assumptions of senior professionals.
- Able to maintain confidentiality.
Lay Adviser Activities:
- 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 (including serious case reviews).
- 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).
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 councilors (from Thames Valley), MOJ/Home Office employees or anyone already operating in MAPPA in a professional capacity.
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