Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) in Scotland: national overview report 2022-2023

The Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA), are a set of statutory partnership working arrangements introduced in 2007. This report provides an overview of the main national developments in relation to MAPPA during the reporting period from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

10. Social Security Scotland

On 8 January 2021, the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Specification of Persons) Amendment Order 2020 came into force. The 2020 Order amended the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Specification of Persons) Order 2007 to include Social Security Scotland as a DTC agency under the terms of the 2005 Act and this Order provides for the exchange of certain prescribed information for those individuals subject to MAPPA.

Since becoming a DTC agency on 8 January 2021, Social Security Scotland has shared appropriate information to manage the risk posed by individuals subject to MAPPA for the protection of the public.

Over the course of the last year, Social Security Scotland continued to develop relationships with the Responsible Authorities. They have informed the appropriate stakeholders of the new benefits they administer by corresponding directly with all Responsible Authorities via email and face to face sessions. This ensures they continue to receive notifications regarding individuals subject to MAPPA.

They have continued to support the learning and development opportunities for the teams involved in MAPPA activity and updating guidance where appropriate. Over the next 12 months Social Security Scotland aims to develop further its relationships throughout the MAPPA network to continue meeting their DTC responsibilities.



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