HC Deb 13 June 2003 vol 406 cc151-2W
Mr. Drew

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress towards the introduction of multi-agency public protection panels; and what relationship these panels have to youth offending trials, and crime division activities. [115433]

Paul Goggins

Consolidated Guidance on the further development of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (the MAPPA) was issued under provision contained in Section 67(6) of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act (2000). In support of this Guidance and the development it is designed to underpin, the National Probation Directorate is delivering a series of workshops with a cross-section of police and probation Areas in England and Wales this summer.

An important part of the development of the MAPPA is strengthening the relationships with other agencies and arrangements, including local Area Child Protection Committees and the Crime and Disorder Partnerships. The Criminal Justice Bill will assist this development by imposing a duty to co-operate with the MAPPA on a number of agencies, including social services and youth offending teams. Once the Bill has been enacted further additions to the consolidated Guidance will be issued.

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