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National Accommodation Strategy for Sex Offenders - Guidance on Parameters and Minimum Standards for Conducting Environmental Risk Assessments

National Accommodation Strategy for Sex Offenders - Guidance on Parameters and Minimum Standards for Conducting Environmental Risk Assessments

Thursday, November 30, 2017

ISBN: 9781788514446

The document provides additional guidance on conducting an environmental risk assessment which is carried out be the Responsible Authorities to identify whether there are any housing related risks with a particular offender. The assessment informs the Responsible Authorities decisions on housing a registered sex offender in a way that can be used in the risk management of that offender to minimise risks to the community.

Executive Summary

The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland and the Care Inspectorate Joint Thematic Review of MAPPA in Scotland published in November 2015 detailed the following recommendation:

“Scottish Government in partnership with Responsible Authorities should work together to produce additional guidance on the parameters and minimum practice standards for conducting an Environmental Risk Assessment which is proportionate, practicable and sustainable.”

This guidance has been designed to provide Responsible Authorities with minimum practice standards which must be used when carrying out ERAs. Individual agencies will ensure compliance with these standards.

The purpose of these minimum practice standards is to:

ensure national consistency of the data and information which is considered when carrying out an ERA across all Responsible Authorities;

provide clear guidance on the information that must be checked when assessing the manageability of accommodation when housing registered sex offenders in local communities.