National Accommodation Strategy for Sex Offenders in Scotland

The National Accommodation Strategy for Sex Offenders (NASSO) forms part of the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and sets out how housing contributes to those arrangements.


1. A contact offence is:
any physical sexual contact perpetrated by an offender or performed on an offender; inducing a third party/parties to engage in physical sexual contact and grooming where an offender arranges to meet or meets with the victim with the intention of having physical sexual contact, whether sexual contact occurred or not.

2. An adult at risk of harm is:
a person who is 18 or over whose ability to protect himself or herself from physical or psychological harm is significantly impaired through physical or mental disability or illness, through old age, or otherwise (as defined for “vulnerable adult” in section 36 of the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016).



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