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Want to help keep your community safe?

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) involves Police, Probation and the Prison Service working together with other agencies across West Mercia to assess and manage potentially dangerous offenders.

Lay Advisors are members of the public who, by reflecting the views of the community, play a crucial role in the MAPPA process.  The work of MAPPA is sensitive and challenging and it is vital that the public has a voice in how this is managed through the Lay Advisor role. As a Lay Advisor, you will sit on the West Mercia MAPPA Strategic Management Board (SMB), comprised of senior managers from all agencies involved, and attend relevant meetings as well as associated sub-groups and Serious Case Reviews.

No formal qualifications are required – but strong interpersonal skills, a balanced and objective approach and a genuine interest in making a contribution to public safety and public protection, as well as the ability to constructively challenge the views and assumptions of senior professionals.  You will also need to be able to commit to daytime meetings averaging around 8 hours per quarter.

This is an unpaid voluntary post, however expenses will be reimbursed.  The appointment will be based on a selection process and interview and will be for an initial duration for a 3 year period.  The work is interesting and rewarding and to prepare for the challenge you will be expected to take part in national training during the first two years of your appointment.

If you currently work in a criminal justice agency or on a voluntary or paid basis with offenders who fall within the MAPPA remit you will not be able to apply for this post.  (Exclusions are listed on the Person Specification for applicants).

Applicants must also be resident within the West Mercia Police Force Area.

For an informal discussion about the post or to request an application pack please contact:

[email protected]

Closing date for applications: – 28th February at 12:00 midday.

The Probation Service is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.  A CRB check at enhanced level will be carried out on the successful candidates