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PROTECTING

THE PUBLIC

Multi Agency
Public Protection
Arrangements in
Bedfordshire

Annual Report
2005-2006
Contents

Section 1
Foreword 4

Section 2
Introduction 5

Section 3
Key Achievements 6

Section 4
How the MAPPA operate locally 8

Section 5
Statistical Information 12

Section 6
Strategic Management Board 14

Section 7
Contact Information 15

Appendix
MAPPA - Bedfordshire Area 16
Business Plan 2006-2007

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

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

Gillian Parker Ben Emm Danny McAllister


Chief Constable Chief Officer Area Manager
Bedfordshire Police Bedfordshire Probation Area HM Prison Service

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Section 3
Key Achievements

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

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Section 3
Key Acheivements - Continued

hostel at certain times of the day, and being obliged Register, and those identified through the MAPPA
to take part in certain key activities or treatment process as violent offenders. Offenders may also be
programmes. placed on the system if they are identified as
‘potentially violent’. Bedfordshire Police implemented
During 2005-2006 there were no instances of
the VISOR system in 2004 and it has become a key
offenders who were housed within local hostels
tool in intelligence gathering, and is located within
committing further offences. This underlines both the
the public protection unit at police headquarters.
quality of the supervision and monitoring by the two
Bedfordshire hostels, often conducted in conjunction Electronic link up for prisons and probation: In
with police colleagues who may undertake additional January 2006 the probation and prison service were
monitoring and surveillance, and the value of the linked up electronically to enable the sharing of vital
collaborative input by all agencies under the information contained within OASys – the prison and
provisions of MAPPA to keep communities safe. probation risk assessment and risk management
system. The new link now allows information about
VISOR intelligence system: The VISOR (Violent and
offenders to be quickly and securely exchanged over
Sex Offenders Register) system provides a
the computer network.
computerised national intelligence database that
records all offenders placed on the Sex Offender

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

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

CASE STUDY ONE – A sex offender’s release from prison


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

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Section 4
How the MAPPA operate locally - Continued

CASE STUDY TWO – Managing a domestic violence case


Background The ex-partner was provided with panic alarms, and
A 40 year old man was convicted of a serious assault conditions were attached to the offender’s licence on
against an ex-partner. He had attacked her both release from prison, forbidding him to make contact
physically and sexually and had left her in a critical directly or indirectly. A probation officer was assigned
condition. A neighbour heard the assault and called to work closely with the offender to encourage him to
the emergency services. The offender was asking to be accept the full extent of his offences and their impact
allowed to live at the address of a new partner when on the victim, and to get him to recognise that he
he was released from a nine year prison sentence. risked committing further domestic violence offences if
Risk Assessment he did not accept and address his previous behaviour
The new partner had no detailed knowledge of the and its causes.
offender’s previous criminal offences, and knew only Outcome
what he had told her about his previous relationship The offender has made no attempt to contact his ex-
and how it ended. The ex-partner had moved from partner, and remained at the hostel for half the period
the area, but was frightened the offender might of his post-custody licence. On hearing the details of
attempt to contact her. his offences the new partner agreed to take part in
The offender did not acknowledge the sexual element the work he was doing with his probation officer. This
of the original offence. He claimed his ex-partner had resulted in the offender accepting he had been violent
been unfaithful, and that this justified his assault. It towards his previous partner.
became clear that the offender had assaulted his ex- After initial anger that his past offending behaviour
partner in the past, and had attempted to control her had been revealed, he and his partner accepted it had
to the extent that she was rarely out of his sight. been the catalyst for him to begin to change. On the
As well as considering the risk to the ex-partner, the strength of the work he completed with his probation
MAPPA panel also assessed the risk to the new officer, the MAPPA panel allowed him to go to live
partner, and concluded this was high - given that the with his new partner, and he completed his licence
offender had refused to accept responsibility for the without any reports of further violence occurring.
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.

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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 custody will again result in a breach of the licence and
A 28 year old man with a long history of violence who a recall to prison. Unless the offender can be detained
had been convicted of robbery had carried out assaults once more under the Mental Health Act, there is no
on prison staff. He also had a history of mental health current legislation available to the MAPPA panel to
problems. Referred to the MAPPA panel ahead of his impose further restraints on him.
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

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How the MAPPA operate locally - Continued

CASE STUDY FOUR – Protecting children


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

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

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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

ia. The number of RSOs per 100,000 head of population 70

ib. The number of RSOs within each Basic Command Unit (BCU)
North Beds and Central 262
Luton 132

ii. The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or 11
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 a) 31
and c) full SOPOs imposed by the courts between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 b) 31
c) 31

iv. The number of a) Notification Orders applied for (b) interim Notification Orders granted a) 0
and c) full Notification Orders imposed by the courts between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 b) 0
c) 0

v. The number of Foreign Travel Orders a) applied for and b) imposed by the courts between a) 0
1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 b) 0

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]) 128
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) 1
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 LEVEL 3 LEVEL 2
through Level 3 (“the critical few”) and through local inter-agency RSO 11 32
risk management (Level 2) between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 V&O 10 45
Other 0 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 6 18


b) Returned to custody for a breach of a restraining order or sexual offences 0 0
prevention order
c) Charged with a serious sexual or violent offence 0 0

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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 next year when I will be able to make a bigger
meets on a quarterly basis, and there continues to be contribution based on the knowledge I have gained”
full multi-agency membership and ownership of
New monitoring and review role: The Strategic
public protection work in Bedfordshire. Two lay
Management Board now has a performance review
advisors were first appointed to the Strategic
sub group, consisting of representatives of core
Management Board in February 2004, with a remit
agencies, together with a lay advisor. Their role is to
to represent community interests within the MAPPA
assess any cases where further offences have been
framework. The two
Bedfordshire advisors committed by an offender subject to MAPPA

❛❛ I have been have, during 2005-


2006, attended two
processes and to review whether or not the case was
well managed by those agencies involved. In 2006-
impressed by the
residential courses, 2007, the Strategic Management Board is to
approach and
joining with other lay consider extending the role of the performance
commitment advisors from around review sub group to include an audit of a sample of
shown by all of the country to share all MAPPA cases, with the aim of identifying and
the agencies … ❜❜ best practice. promoting examples of good individual work, and
examples of good multi-agency management and
The advisors also visited
One of Bedfordshire’s input into a case.
a local probation hostel
lay advisors
and Bedford Prison, to Working in Partnership: A link person from the
see at first hand how Strategic Management Board is responsible for co-
these different establishments approach the issues ordinating information and feedback on the work of
involved in the management and rehabilitation of MAPPA to the Local Safeguarding Children Boards
high risk offenders. They have also observed public (LSCBs) in Luton and Bedfordshire to ensure that
protection panel meetings in action, to obtain a developments in public protection keep pace with
sense of the operational aspects of public protection, child protection issues. The named link officer is the
and how this accords with the work of the Strategic probation service Director of Operations, who co-
Management Board. chairs the Strategic Management Board, and also sits
on both the Luton and Bedfordshire LSCBs. In
One of Bedfordshire’s lay advisors reflected on her
addition, the MAPPA co-ordinator attends both
role within the Strategic Management Board, and her
LSCBs to share information, and discuss the role that
first year in membership, saying: “I have been
agencies within the LSCBs can play in the
impressed by the approach and commitment shown
management of offenders covered by the MAPPA.
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 Address Phone

Lis Pace Bedfordshire Probation Area 01234 213541


Assistant Chief Probation Officer Head Office
lis.pace@bedfordshire.probation.gsi.gov.uk 3 St Peter’s Street
Bedford MK40 2PN

Chris DeSouza 1 st Floor 01234 844285


MAPPP Co-ordinator Saxon Centre
chris.desouza@bedfordshire.probation.gsi.gov.uk 230 Bedford Road
Kempston Bedford MK42 8PP

Bedfordshire Police Address Phone

Debbie Simpson Bedfordshire Police 01234 842343


Detective Chief Superintendent Police Headquarters
debbie.simpson@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk Woburn Road
Kempston Bedford MK43 9AX

Force Co-ordinator Sex & Dangerous Offenders Unit 01234 842356


Bedfordshire Police
Police Headquarters
Woburn Road
Kempston Bedford MK43 9AX

HM Prison Bedford Address Phone

Ian Blakeman HMP Bedford 01234 373011


Head of Custody St Loyes
Bedford MK40 1HG

Dave Midlane HMP Bedford 01234 373195


Public Protection Officer St Loyes
Bedford MK40 1HG

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Appendix
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements
Bedfordshire Area – Business Plan 2006 - 2007
1. MAPPA Development Strategy
Objectives Delivery Plan Milestones Resource Outcome Progress

a) To support National • Evaluate current April 2006 Co- ordinator • By April 2006 Done
Aim of effectively workload and SMB able to
resourced dedicated resources match. confirm dedicated
MAPPA Co-ordination & co- ordinator &
Administration capacity. • Strategic Management May 2006 SMB’s identify administration
Board (SMB) to fund dedicated posts in place and
any identified gap in funding to appropriately
resource. support resourced.
Co-ordinator
role.

b) SMB to be regularly Joint chairs to invite all April 2006 Nil Regular attendance Done
attended by agencies to review their by all relevant
representatives of all attendance. agencies.
Duty to Co-operate
(DTC) agencies.

2. Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy


Objectives Delivery Plan Milestones Resource Outcome Progress

a) MAPPA SMB to:


• Publish Annual Report Probation lead agency August 2006 Probation PR Oct 23
supported by lay assisted by DTC agencies. officer, 2006
advisors. Lay advisors
• Analysis of use of Co- ordinator to produce Each quarter Co- ordinator • Active analysis of Oct 2006
MAPPA risk quarterly reports on use of 06- 07 risk management
management thresholds of levels using and improved
at Level 2 & 3. information from VISOR. accountability
planning process.
• Analysis of MAPPA Implementation case April 2006 SMB chairs and • Implementation Done
offenders who commit review sub- group. Selected SMB of learning points
serious further offences. members from serious
case reviews
conducted from
a multi agency
perspective.
• Analysis of diversity Annual report from April 2007 Co- ordinator Implementation of
profile of offenders Co- ordinator to SMB. annual report
assessed at Level 2 and findings by SMB.
Level 3.

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Bedfordshire Area – Business Plan 2006 - 2007 - Continued

2. Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy – Continued


Objectives Delivery Plan Milestones Resource Outcome Progress

b) Development of Ahead of National April 06 to SMB members Improved MAPPA


multi- agency public agreed performance April 07 performance
protection indicators SMB to agree against selected
performance three performance indicators and
indicators indicators for 06- 07 and overall quality
monitor provided improvement.
National performance
indicators not produced
in interim.

3. Communication & Strategic Partnerships Strategy


Objectives Delivery Plan Milestones Resource Outcome Progress

a) The Responsible RA sub group to devise June 2006 RA /Probation Public confidence Oct 2006
Authority (RA) for and implement agenda enhanced
MAPPA to develop communication Strategy PR/ Police PR through publication
communication strategy. Identifying opportunities and engagement
to work constructively with media of
with media to MAPPA annual
improve local public reports and of local
understanding of MAPPA. press reports.

b) Integration of MAPPA RA sub group to review April 07 RA sub- group Integration of


annual business plan Agency Business Plans MAPPA business
into RA agency and propose possible plan with Agency
business plans. objectives to incorporate Plans.
into RA agency business
plans for 2007 -2008.

e) Clear statement of Incorporation of this June 2006 RA Consistent June 2006


commitment of SMB commitment into dissemination of
and operational staff communication strategy. information to key
to attend National operational MAPPA
conferences and leaders for
disseminate good responsible
practice in their agencies. authority, Lay
Advisors and duty
to co-operate
agencies.

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Appendix
Bedfordshire Area – Business Plan 2006 - 2007 - Continued

4. Training Strategy
Strategic Aim Delivery Plan Milestones Resource Outcome Progress

a) To co-operate with Training schedule and During Lay Advisers have


delivery of 2nd module programme in place to 2005/ 07 received training
of national training to support understanding to support the
Lay Advisers. and encourage shared development
learning from Lay of their role
Advisors. and enhance
understanding of
MAPPA.
Lay Advisers
able to provide
independent advice
and represent
public perspective
at MAPPA SMB’s.

b) Attend National MAPPA Co-ordinator to attend April 2006 MAPPA Done


Co-ordinators national conference. Co-ordinators
conference. informed of best
practice and
improves local
performance.
Co-ordinator aware
of developments
that support
MAPPA.
c) Training Strategy Probation Chair and April 2006 SMB to agree Improved Done
including: Co-ordinator to devise training budget knowledge and
training plan for for MAPPA. skills of all MAPPA
• Induction to MAPPA for 2006- 2007. staff at strategic
new practitioners. and operational
• Training for MAPPA levels.
SMB members.
• Training for MAPPA
Co-ordinators and
Administrators.

18 MAPPA Annual Report – Bedfordshire 2005-2006


DPPJ 11763

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