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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-22227: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the adequacy of the resources and arrangements for the monitoring of sex offenders deemed (a) high and (b) low risk.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 26 March 2019

This Government is committed to doing all it can to minimise the risks posed by Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs). This includes our support for multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) for RSOs. MAPPA arrangements provide a number of safeguards, this can include increased police monitoring. These arrangements also support the sharing of information to relevant agencies. The overall effect is more comprehensive risk assessment and more robust risk management planning.

It is for Police Scotland, local authorities, the Scottish Prison Service, and Health Boards, as the MAPPA ‘responsible authorities', to determine the arrangements necessary to meet the individual requirements, risks and circumstances of such offenders.