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Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) Lay Adviser for Thames Valley

HM Prison and Probation Service
Appointing Department
Ministry of Justice
The successful candidate will attend meetings and other events across Thame Valley (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire) but predominately in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Skills required
Number of Vacancies
This is a part-time unpaid post (expenses paid).
Time Requirements
The successful candidate will usually provide up to 8 hours a month and will not be asked to provide more than 16 hours per month.

Campaign Timeline

  1. Competition Launched


  2. Closed for Applications

    28/11/2022 at 09:00

  3. Panel Sift


  4. Final Interview Date


  5. Announcement


Assessment Panel

Panel Member
Linda Ricks MAPPA Coordinator Thames Valley
Panel Role
MAPPA Coordinator Thames Valley
MAPPA Coordinator from South Central or South West Probation Area.
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Political ActivityPolitical activity of panel member is in line with Probation Codes of Conduct
Panel Member
DI Luke Pillinger
Thames Valley Police
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Political ActivityPolitical activity of panel member is in line with Police Codes of Conduct

Vacancy Description

MAPPA Lay Advisers assist the police, probation and prison services in establishing arrangements for managing serious sexual and violent offenders in the community. These arrangements, called Multi- Agency Public Protection Arrangements or MAPPA, are required by Section 325 of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) 2003. Lay Advisers contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of MAPPA and act as critical friends in challenging professionals. Their responsibilities include:

  • Attending strategic meetings to develop the arrangements.
  • Attending meetings to manage the risks presented by specific offenders.
  • Assisting in the preparation of MAPPA annual reports.
  • Participating in any sub-groups, working parties or projects.
  • Participating in reviewing the Business Plan and broader communication strategy.

MAPPA are not an organisation, but a framework designed to enable criminal justice and social care agencies to share information on violent and sexual offenders, assess and manage risk and direct the available resources appropriately. Lay Advisers work with professionals from a range of agencies, including social services, healthcare, housing and employment, as well as police and probation.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have an interest in community and social issues, a capacity for emotional resilience and the ability to understand the needs and priorities of a range of parties including agencies, victims and offenders.

They will be able to effectively challenge the views and assumptions of senior professionals and maintain confidentiality.

They will also have an awareness of and commitment to equality and diversity. No formal educational qualifications are necessary, but the successful candidate will be able to understand complex information in written and numerical form.

Additional Information

It is important that the Lay Adviser has strong and sustained connection with the community that they will be representing. Therefore, applications are sought from residents of the Thames Valley area.

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.

How to Apply

Please complete the attached Application Form and return for the attention of the MAPPA Co-ordinator, Thames Valley Area by email:

or via post to MAPPA Co-ordinator, Central MAPPA Unit, Thames Valley Police HQ, Oxford Spires Business Park, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 1NZ