PROTECTING THE PUBLIC Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire

Annual Report 2005-2006

Contents
Section 1 Foreword Section 2 Introduction Section 3 Key Achievements Section 4 How the MAPPA operate locally Section 5 Statistical Information Section 6 Strategic Management Board Section 7 Contact Information Appendix MAPPA - Bedfordshire Area Business Plan 2006-2007 16 15 14 12 8 6 5 4

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Section 1 Foreword by Gerry Sutcliffe MP
Making our communities safer and reducing re-offending is our highest priority and one of our biggest challenges. That is why the work undertaken through these multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) is so important. The supervision and management of sexual and violent offenders who pose the highest risk of serious harm, whether in the community or in custody, is complex and challenging; and is an aspect of public service where the public rightly expects all reasonable action to be taken. Although we have made significant progress in the last five years with the development of MAPPA across England and Wales, the review this year of a number of tragic incidents where people have been murdered or seriously injured reminded us of the importance of reviewing performance, improving practice and learning lessons. It is vital that these tasks are undertaken by the probation, police and prison services, as well as by those other agencies that contribute to the assessment and management of offenders. The publication of MAPPA Business Plans by each Area in this year’s annual reports offers a helpful and necessary programme of local development and review and must lead to enhanced practice. It will be essential that this progress is transparent and shared with local communities. Gerry Sutcliffe MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Criminal Justice and Offender Management In addition to this, however, it is important that no opportunity is missed to consider other measures that will further enhance public safety. That is why we are undertaking the Child Sex Offender Review, to look at how a particular group of offenders, who provoke anxiety for many, are best managed in the community. The review is consulting a wide range of practitioners and key stakeholders including the MAPPA lay advisers, and will report around the end of the year. Finally, in commending this report to you, I want to take the opportunity to thank all those involved locally in working with sexual and violent offenders, or in ensuring that these arrangements are fit for purpose. Where MAPPA is working well it is based on maintaining high professional standards and effective multi-agency collaboration in the delivery of robust risk management plans. While it is not possible to eliminate risk entirely, where all reasonable action is taken the risk of further serious harm can be reduced to a minimum and fewer victims will be exposed to repeat offending.

MAPPA - The First Five Years: a national overview of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements 2001-2006 is available at: www.probation.homeoffice.gov.uk/output/page30.asp

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Section 2 Introduction
Nationally, the process of managing high risk offenders has come under particular scrutiny during recent months. While it is never going to be possible to totally eliminate the risk of re-offending, the three agencies at the forefront of this work in Bedfordshire – police, probation, and the prison service – have made the management of these offenders a matter of the highest priority. This is reflected in the new arrangements for the colocation of police officers and probation staff, which ensures that there is closer liaison and greater partnership working than ever before to monitor and supervise these offenders. Co-location is also linked to work with victims of serious crime through the probation service Victim Liaison Unit, so that the concerns of victims are fed back, enabling further preventative measures to be put in place. A significant indication of the rigour with which monitoring and supervision are applied locally comes from the number of offenders recalled to prison during the period under review. The year 2005-2006 saw a doubling in these numbers – demonstrating both the intensity of police oversight of these cases and the willingness of probation staff to breach offenders and return them to prison for what may appear minor infringements of their licence conditions, eg. failure to take a prescribed medication. It is recognised that the swift return to prison of an offender whose behaviour may be deteriorating can play a significant part in preventing further offending – and sends a message to others in custody that licence breaches in the community will not be tolerated. While strict adherence to licence conditions on release from prison is a vital tool, support in the community can also be a critical factor in stabilising the offender, and preventing a return to custody. The introduction of the Circles of Support scheme, with volunteers working with high risk offenders to prevent relapse, provides yet another measure to ensure the safety of the public. In another important development during the year, the MAPPA Strategic Management Board now has a review process designed to assess any cases where further offences have been committed by an offender subject to MAPPA, and examine whether the case was well managed by those involved. Consisting of representatives of core agencies and a lay advisor, the review process now provides an additional degree of scrutiny of public protection activity in Bedfordshire to ensure proper steps are being taken to safeguard the community.

Gillian Parker Chief Constable Bedfordshire Police

Ben Emm Chief Officer Bedfordshire Probation Area

Danny McAllister Area Manager HM Prison Service

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Section 3 Key Achievements
One of the things that makes MAPPA work well in Bedfordshire is the communication and information sharing between police and probation colleagues. Information sharing takes place formally at monthly MAPPA panel meetings, but also occurs in the interim when necessary. Co-location provides a joined-up approach: This year has seen the co-location of the police Public Protection Team and the probation MAPPA Coordinator and Victim Liaison Unit within the same office. There are enormous benefits which accrue from co-location: information exchange and case discussion are made much more straightforward, and there is a better understanding of each other’s work and roles. New probation focus on high risk offenders: The probation service in Bedfordshire has recently created its own ‘Public Protection Team’. This team now holds all the MAPPA cases in the community and in prison. The new arrangement enables a team of staff to work more intensively with the small number of high risk offenders within Bedfordshire, and to secure close links with colleagues from other key agencies, such as social services and housing. A dedicated manager heads this county-wide team, to ensure joint management with the MAPPA coordinator and administrator. Providing ‘Circles of Support’: In January 2006 the manager of the probation Public Protection Team presented a plan to the MAPPA Strategic Management Board to develop ‘Circles of Support and Accountability’. Such “circles” provide a close knit support network for offenders living in the
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community who are identified as especially likely to re-offend. The Circle of Support consists of a small group of volunteers who are fully briefed about the nature of the offender’s previous behaviour, and work closely with the offender to give him or her support and encouragement in their attempts to resettle into their local community. The volunteers also provide an extra oversight and monitoring of the offender’s behaviour. The probation service provided initial start-up funding during 2005-2006 to enable the first group of Bedfordshire volunteers to be recruited and trained, with full implementation scheduled to take place in 2007. The scheme will be implemented in conjunction with colleagues from Thames Valley probation area, where ‘Circles of Support’ has proved successful over a number of years. Hostels underpin public protection: Public protection work in Bedfordshire continues to be underpinned and strengthened through the provision of two probation hostels (officially known as Approved Premises). These two premises, situated in Luton and Bedford, provide accommodation for some of the offenders who come within the MAPPA remit. Staff within the hostels work in close collaboration with colleagues from the probation Public Protection Team, and are a vital component in ensuring residents abide by all the conditions of their supervision. For high risk offenders these conditions are stringent, and impose significant restrictions on their liberty. Eg. conditions often involve regular reporting to hostel staff, being curfewed to the

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Section 3 Key Acheivements - Continued

hostel at certain times of the day, and being obliged to take part in certain key activities or treatment programmes. During 2005-2006 there were no instances of offenders who were housed within local hostels committing further offences. This underlines both the quality of the supervision and monitoring by the two Bedfordshire hostels, often conducted in conjunction with police colleagues who may undertake additional monitoring and surveillance, and the value of the collaborative input by all agencies under the provisions of MAPPA to keep communities safe. VISOR intelligence system: The VISOR (Violent and Sex Offenders Register) system provides a computerised national intelligence database that records all offenders placed on the Sex Offender

Register, and those identified through the MAPPA process as violent offenders. Offenders may also be placed on the system if they are identified as ‘potentially violent’. Bedfordshire Police implemented the VISOR system in 2004 and it has become a key tool in intelligence gathering, and is located within the public protection unit at police headquarters. Electronic link up for prisons and probation: In January 2006 the probation and prison service were linked up electronically to enable the sharing of vital information contained within OASys – the prison and probation risk assessment and risk management system. The new link now allows information about offenders to be quickly and securely exchanged over the computer network.

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Section 4 How the MAPPA operate locally
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) came into force five years ago, and represented a legal framework within which police and probation services in Bedfordshire were to cooperate in the monitoring and supervision of high risk offenders in the community. In fact, informal arrangements between the two organisations had existed since 1998. In April 2004 the Prison Service joined police and probation as the third statutory partner in the MAPPA process. The introduction of MAPPA led to two public protection panels being established, one serving Luton and South Bedfordshire, the other provided for Bedford and North and Mid Bedfordshire. The panels now have representation from all other major agencies, including health, social services, education, and housing. Panel meetings are held on a monthly basis and, most importantly, they focus on public protection issues on a case by case basis. This enables safeguards to be planned and put in place by all agencies involved. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the MAPPA process, some of the local cases that have come before the MAPPA panels in 2005-2006 are outlined below.

CASE STUDY ONE – A sex offender’s release from prison
Background A 45 year old man had been convicted of the rape of four women, committed within days of his release from prison. For the last of these offences he had received a life sentence. The offender completed sex offender programmes whilst in prison, and had made good progress according to the specialists running the programmes, and was referred to the MAPPA panel prior to release on licence. Risk assessment Plans were made for the case to be managed by the MAPPA panel. The offender would be housed in a probation hostel so that he could be more closely supervised than living unsupported in the community. Risk management The offender was required under the terms of his licence to live at the hostel and report to staff every two hours. His description and photograph was circulated to police, and he was subject to periodical police surveillance. His case was registered with the Home Office as a dangerous offender and he was required to attend the probation service sex offender programme to follow through his work on the prison programme. Outcome On release the offender initially rarely left the hostel. Police checks confirmed his good behaviour, and attendance on the sex offender programmes appeared to have led to a significant reduction in risk. After completing six months of his post-custody licence the MAPPA panel agreed he should move to supported accommodation in a less restricted environment. Some monitoring would remain in place, but at a lower level than in the probation hostel. The offender continues to comply fully with his licence and all its requirements. He will remain on licence for a lengthy period and will continue to be monitored by both police and the probation service. If any concerns emerge in the future, the case will be referred back to the MAPPA panel.

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Section 4 How the MAPPA operate locally - Continued

CASE STUDY TWO – Managing a domestic violence case
Background A 40 year old man was convicted of a serious assault against an ex-partner. He had attacked her both physically and sexually and had left her in a critical condition. A neighbour heard the assault and called the emergency services. The offender was asking to be allowed to live at the address of a new partner when he was released from a nine year prison sentence. Risk Assessment The new partner had no detailed knowledge of the offender’s previous criminal offences, and knew only what he had told her about his previous relationship and how it ended. The ex-partner had moved from the area, but was frightened the offender might attempt to contact her. The offender did not acknowledge the sexual element of the original offence. He claimed his ex-partner had been unfaithful, and that this justified his assault. It became clear that the offender had assaulted his expartner in the past, and had attempted to control her to the extent that she was rarely out of his sight. As well as considering the risk to the ex-partner, the MAPPA panel also assessed the risk to the new partner, and concluded this was high - given that the offender had refused to accept responsibility for the previous offence. There seemed little evidence to suggest that this new relationship would not end in similar circumstances. Risk Management The MAPPA panel decided the offender should not be permitted to live with his new partner immediately. Instead he was assigned to a probation hostel (officially known as Approved Premises), where his behaviour could be monitored. While the MAPPA panel could not stop him visiting his partner, she was contacted by officers from Bedfordshire Police Domestic Violence Unit. She maintained, however, that she was not at risk. It was decided that details of the offender’s previous offences should be disclosed, and police from the Domestic Violence Unit met with her to provide factual information regarding the offender’s previous history of violence, as well as safety information should she be threatened. The ex-partner was provided with panic alarms, and conditions were attached to the offender’s licence on release from prison, forbidding him to make contact directly or indirectly. A probation officer was assigned to work closely with the offender to encourage him to accept the full extent of his offences and their impact on the victim, and to get him to recognise that he risked committing further domestic violence offences if he did not accept and address his previous behaviour and its causes. Outcome The offender has made no attempt to contact his expartner, and remained at the hostel for half the period of his post-custody licence. On hearing the details of his offences the new partner agreed to take part in the work he was doing with his probation officer. This resulted in the offender accepting he had been violent towards his previous partner. After initial anger that his past offending behaviour had been revealed, he and his partner accepted it had been the catalyst for him to begin to change. On the strength of the work he completed with his probation officer, the MAPPA panel allowed him to go to live with his new partner, and he completed his licence without any reports of further violence occurring.

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Section 4 How the MAPPA operate locally - Continued

CASE STUDY THREE – Tackling mental health issues
This case highlights the problems that can occur in dealing with offenders with mental health problems who, at the end of the sentence, may be released back into the community despite the best efforts of all agencies to assist them.
Background A 28 year old man with a long history of violence who had been convicted of robbery had carried out assaults on prison staff. He also had a history of mental health problems. Referred to the MAPPA panel ahead of his release date, his mental health appeared to be deteriorating, and his probation officer was concerned about the risk of further offences being committed on release. Risk assessment The offender’s mental health problems were exacerbated by alcohol misuse. The risk of further violence appeared high, since he seemed unwell and had no desire to stop drinking when released. Risk Management The MAPPA panel’s mental health representatives arranged for the offender to be assessed and transferred to hospital prior to release from prison. On release he remained in hospital under the Mental Health Act. The panel agreed that on recovery he should be released to supported accommodation with strict conditions attached to his licence. Outcomes After a period in hospital the offender was stabilised, and able to move into supported accommodation which specialised in the rehabilitation of mentally disordered offenders. However, he began drinking heavily and became violent towards staff, so was returned to prison. Once in custody his health again deteriorated, and medical staff transferred him back to the hospital. Now the process will begin again, but all agencies working with him are extremely sceptical of his ability to fulfil the conditions of his release on licence in the community. It is unlikely that he will respond to the treatment offered, and will resort to heavy drinking as soon as the opportunity presents itself. The MAPPA panel has done everything possible to rehabilitate the offender, but now foresees that the next release from custody will again result in a breach of the licence and a recall to prison. Unless the offender can be detained once more under the Mental Health Act, there is no current legislation available to the MAPPA panel to impose further restraints on him.

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CASE STUDY FOUR – Protecting children
Background A 55 year old man was convicted of serious sexual offences against children who were in his care. On release the offender was placed in a probation hostel away from his home area to eliminate the risk of a chance meeting with his victims in the street. Risk Assessment The offender was assessed as being a risk to children under 12. Correspondence had been found in prison which led the MAPPA panel to believe that he continued to fantasise about children. As he continued to deny the offences, he had not been considered suitable for the prison sex offender programme. Risk Management Under the terms of his release on licence, the offender was to be supervised by the probation service for five years, and required to live in a probation hostel (Approved Premises) under close supervision for at least the first year. He was required to report to hostel staff every two hours. Arrangements were also put in place for police monitoring. He was forbidden to contact any victims or to have contact with anyone under 18. He was also required to undertake work with his probation officer that focused on his denial of the offences. Outcomes Whilst he outwardly complied with the requirements of his post-custody licence, the offender did not appear to the probation service to be making any attempt to alter his behaviour. Placed under surveillance by police, he was seen to be approaching a child. He was arrested and returned to custody immediately. Similar precautions will be taken when he is again released from prison.

CASE STUDY FIVE – Detecting internet crime
The MAPPA process can also reveal gaps in legislation where action needs to be taken Bedfordshire Police have highlighted at national level the need for further action following their involvement in the case outlined below.
An offender convicted of indecent assault and released from prison on licence was visited by police to check that he was keeping to the conditions of his licence. During interviews over a period of time it appeared that the offender was keeping to the licence conditions. But, while police had suspicions about the offender, who had admitted to fantasising about young girls, they had no grounds in law to access his computer. It was not until they received a complaint about his actions in relation to a family he had befriended that they had the evidence to take action. The offender was arrested and recalled to prison, and his computer seized. A large quantity of child pornography was found, some of which had been shared with others. The offender was charged with further offences and received a long term of imprisonment. On the basis of the evidence presented, a Sexual Offences Prevention Order relating to this offender’s future use of the internet was granted – so that police will now have powers to act when this individual is released from his current prison sentence. But the case highlighted the difficulty for police when they suspect an offender may be using the internet, but have no substantive evidence on which to base their grounds for seizing a computer and subjecting it to inspection by IT professionals to uncover hidden material. This is now being pursued at national level.

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Section 5 Statistical Information
1. REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS (RSOs) i. The number of registered sex offenders living in Bedfordshire on 31 March 2006 394 70

ia. The number of RSOs per 100,000 head of population ib. The number of RSOs within each Basic Command Unit (BCU) North Beds and Central Luton ii. The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement, between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 iii. The number of a) Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) applied for (b) interim SOPOs granted and c) full SOPOs imposed by the courts between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006

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a) 31 b) 31 c) 31 a) b) c) a) b) 0 0 0 0 0

iv. The number of a) Notification Orders applied for (b) interim Notification Orders granted and c) full Notification Orders imposed by the courts between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006

v. The number of Foreign Travel Orders a) applied for and b) imposed by the courts between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 2. VIOLENT OFFENDERS AND OTHER SEXUAL OFFENDERS vi. The number of violent and other sexual offenders (as defined by Section 327 [3], [4] and [5]) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003) living in the Area between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 3. OTHER OFFENDERS vii. The number of “other offenders” as defined by Section 325 (2)(b) of the Criminal Justice Act (2003) between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 4. OFFENDERS MANAGED THROUGH MAPPA LEVEL 3 & LEVEL 2 vii. The number of MAPPA offenders in each of the three categories managed through Level 3 (“the critical few”) and through local inter-agency risk management (Level 2) between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 LEVEL 3 11 10 0

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RSO V&O Other

LEVEL 2 32 45 1

ix. Of the cases managed at Levels 3 or 2 between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006, the number managed who: a) Were returned to custody for a breach of licence b) Returned to custody for a breach of a restraining order or sexual offences prevention order c) Charged with a serious sexual or violent offence 6 0 0 18 0 0

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Section 5 Statistical Information - Continued

The Statistics Explained
As in previous years, there was an increase in the number of registered sex offenders within Bedfordshire. This is a direct result of further convictions that continue to proceed through the criminal justice system following police operations to target internet offences. In addition, all offenders are required to register for a minimum of two years and some will be on the register for life. As a result, the number of offenders on the register grows each year - without the same number finishing their period of registration. The year saw a small increase in the number of MAPPA cases, and this reflects the improvements that continue to be made in risk assessment – the process of identifying factors that may mean that an offender could pose a risk in the community. Risk assessments are undertaken by the prison service while offenders are in custody, and by the probation service on an ongoing basis in the community. During 2005-2006 there was a significant increase in the number of offenders recalled to prison. This is an important indication of how rigorously the conditions of an offender’s licence are enforced, and also the preparedness of probation officers and hostel staff working with high risk offenders to take any and every step necessary to protect the public. It is not possible to eliminate risk entirely, but the successful and swift return to prison of an offender whose behaviour may be deteriorating plays a significant part in reducing the risk of re-offending as much as possible.

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Section 6 Strategic Management Board
The Strategic Management Board of the MAPPA meets on a quarterly basis, and there continues to be full multi-agency membership and ownership of public protection work in Bedfordshire. Two lay advisors were first appointed to the Strategic Management Board in February 2004, with a remit to represent community interests within the MAPPA framework. The two Bedfordshire advisors next year when I will be able to make a bigger contribution based on the knowledge I have gained” New monitoring and review role: The Strategic Management Board now has a performance review sub group, consisting of representatives of core agencies, together with a lay advisor. Their role is to assess any cases where further offences have been committed by an offender subject to MAPPA processes and to review whether or not the case was well managed by those agencies involved. In 20062007, the Strategic Management Board is to consider extending the role of the performance review sub group to include an audit of a sample of all MAPPA cases, with the aim of identifying and promoting examples of good individual work, and examples of good multi-agency management and input into a case. Working in Partnership: A link person from the Strategic Management Board is responsible for coordinating information and feedback on the work of MAPPA to the Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) in Luton and Bedfordshire to ensure that developments in public protection keep pace with child protection issues. The named link officer is the probation service Director of Operations, who cochairs the Strategic Management Board, and also sits on both the Luton and Bedfordshire LSCBs. In addition, the MAPPA co-ordinator attends both LSCBs to share information, and discuss the role that agencies within the LSCBs can play in the management of offenders covered by the MAPPA.

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impressed by the approach and commitment shown by all of the agencies …
One of Bedfordshire’s lay advisors

have, during 20052006, attended two residential courses, joining with other lay advisors from around the country to share best practice. The advisors also visited a local probation hostel and Bedford Prison, to see at first hand how

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these different establishments approach the issues involved in the management and rehabilitation of high risk offenders. They have also observed public protection panel meetings in action, to obtain a sense of the operational aspects of public protection, and how this accords with the work of the Strategic Management Board. One of Bedfordshire’s lay advisors reflected on her role within the Strategic Management Board, and her first year in membership, saying: “I have been impressed by the approach and commitment shown by all of the agencies who work together to minimise the risks posed and look forward to the

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Section 7 Contact Information
Bedfordshire Probation Area Lis Pace Assistant Chief Probation Officer lis.pace@bedfordshire.probation.gsi.gov.uk Address Bedfordshire Probation Area Head Office 3 St Peter’s Street Bedford MK40 2PN Chris DeSouza MAPPP Co-ordinator chris.desouza@bedfordshire.probation.gsi.gov.uk 1 st Floor Saxon Centre 230 Bedford Road Kempston Bedford MK42 8PP 01234 844285 Phone 01234 213541

Bedfordshire Police Debbie Simpson Detective Chief Superintendent debbie.simpson@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

Address Bedfordshire Police Police Headquarters Woburn Road Kempston Bedford MK43 9AX

Phone 01234 842343

Force Co-ordinator

Sex & Dangerous Offenders Unit Bedfordshire Police Police Headquarters Woburn Road Kempston Bedford MK43 9AX

01234 842356

HM Prison Bedford Ian Blakeman Head of Custody

Address HMP Bedford St Loyes Bedford MK40 1HG

Phone 01234 373011

Dave Midlane Public Protection Officer

HMP Bedford St Loyes Bedford MK40 1HG

01234 373195

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Appendix
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements
Bedfordshire Area – Business Plan 2006 - 2007
1. MAPPA Development Strategy
Objectives
a) To support National Aim of effectively resourced dedicated MAPPA Co-ordination & Administration capacity.

Delivery Plan
• Evaluate current workload and resources match.

Milestones Resource
April 2006 Co- ordinator

Outcome

Progress

• Strategic Management May 2006 Board (SMB) to fund any identified gap in resource.

SMB’s identify dedicated funding to support Co-ordinator role. Nil

Done • By April 2006 SMB able to confirm dedicated co- ordinator & administration posts in place and appropriately resourced.

b) SMB to be regularly attended by representatives of all Duty to Co-operate (DTC) agencies.

Joint chairs to invite all agencies to review their attendance.

April 2006

Regular attendance by all relevant agencies.

Done

2. Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy
Objectives
a) MAPPA SMB to: • Publish Annual Report supported by lay advisors. • Analysis of use of MAPPA risk management thresholds at Level 2 & 3. August 2006 Probation PR Probation lead agency officer, assisted by DTC agencies. Lay advisors Co- ordinator to produce Each quarter Co- ordinator quarterly reports on use of 06- 07 of levels using information from VISOR. April 2006 • Active analysis of risk management and improved accountability planning process. Oct 23 2006 Oct 2006

Delivery Plan

Milestones Resource

Outcome

Progress

Implementation case • Analysis of MAPPA offenders who commit review sub- group. serious further offences.

Done SMB chairs and • Implementation of learning points Selected SMB from serious members case reviews conducted from a multi agency perspective. Co- ordinator Implementation of annual report findings by SMB.

• Analysis of diversity profile of offenders assessed at Level 2 and Level 3.

Annual report from Co- ordinator to SMB.

April 2007

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2. Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy – Continued
Objectives
b) Development of multi- agency public protection performance indicators

Delivery Plan

Milestones Resource
SMB members

Outcome
Improved MAPPA performance against selected indicators and overall quality improvement.

Progress

Ahead of National April 06 to agreed performance April 07 indicators SMB to agree three performance indicators for 06- 07 and monitor provided National performance indicators not produced in interim.

3. Communication & Strategic Partnerships Strategy
Objectives
a) The Responsible Authority (RA) for MAPPA to develop communication strategy.

Delivery Plan

Milestones Resource
RA /Probation PR/ Police PR

Outcome

Progress

June 2006 RA sub group to devise and implement communication Strategy Identifying opportunities to work constructively with media to improve local public understanding of MAPPA. RA sub group to review April 07 Agency Business Plans and propose possible objectives to incorporate into RA agency business plans for 2007 -2008.

Oct 2006 Public confidence agenda enhanced through publication and engagement with media of MAPPA annual reports and of local press reports. Integration of MAPPA business plan with Agency Plans.

b) Integration of MAPPA annual business plan into RA agency business plans.

RA sub- group

e) Clear statement of June 2006 Incorporation of this commitment of SMB commitment into and operational staff communication strategy. to attend National conferences and disseminate good practice in their agencies.

RA

Consistent dissemination of information to key operational MAPPA leaders for responsible authority, Lay Advisors and duty to co-operate agencies.

June 2006

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4. Training Strategy
Strategic Aim
a) To co-operate with delivery of 2nd module of national training to Lay Advisers.

Delivery Plan
Training schedule and programme in place to support understanding and encourage shared learning from Lay Advisors.

Milestones Resource
During 2005/ 07

Outcome
Lay Advisers have received training to support the development of their role and enhance understanding of MAPPA. Lay Advisers able to provide independent advice and represent public perspective at MAPPA SMB’s.

Progress

b) Attend National MAPPA Co-ordinators conference.

Co-ordinator to attend national conference.

April 2006

Done MAPPA Co-ordinators informed of best practice and improves local performance. Co-ordinator aware of developments that support MAPPA. SMB to agree Improved training budget knowledge and for MAPPA. skills of all MAPPA staff at strategic and operational levels. Done

c) Training Strategy including:

Probation Chair and Co-ordinator to devise training plan for • Induction to MAPPA for 2006- 2007. new practitioners. • Training for MAPPA SMB members. • Training for MAPPA Co-ordinators and Administrators.

April 2006

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Published 2006 by Bedfordshire Probation Area, 3 St Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2PN