PIER's MAPPA project appears in Research and Innovation Highlights 2021

Published: 10 January 2022 at 12:24

A PIER project has been recognised in an annual publication that celebrates ARU's research and innovation achievements throughout the year.

ARU's 2021 Research and Innovation Highlights magazine features an article about A National Review of the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).

In the article, Dr Natalie Mann, Senior Research Fellow in PIER, explains the motivation behind, and activities of, the project. PIER Director Prof Sam Lundrigan is also involved in the study.

The murder of Cambridge students Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt by convicted terrorist Usman Khan at Fishmongers' Hall, London in November 2019 provided the impetus for the project. Saskia graduated from ARU's Criminology and Psychology course in 2017 and is described by Prof Lundrigan as "a simply remarkable person and one of the best students we had ever taught in Criminology."

An inquest into the incident found that MAPPA agencies had failed to share key pieces of information about Khan, with the incomplete knowledge of his risk to others leading to him being allowed to travel to London unaccompanied. This spurred Prof Lundrigan and Dr Mann to evaluate the effectiveness of communication within MAPPA, and how well the framework prevents reoffending, in England and Wales as a whole.

The results of the review are due to be published in April 2022.