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Cambridgeshire

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements


Annual Report 2003Ð4

Keeping
Communities
Safe
CONTENTS page no.
Foreword 1

Key Achievements 2

How the MAPPA operates locally 4

Who’s Who in MAPPA 5

Function of the Strategic Management Board 10

Risk Management 12

Case Histories 15

Understanding the Statistics 17

Statistical Information 18

Contacts 20

Appendix A 21
FOREWORD - “MANAGING RISK THROUGH MAPPA”

We are pleased to introduce the third report of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) operating in
Cambridgeshire. It illustrates very clearly that MAPPA is a further example of the close co-operation and developing
partnership between the National Probation Service in Cambridgeshire, the Cambridgeshire Constabulary, HM Prison
Service and other statutory partners.

This report highlights the further initiatives that have been implemented to improve the effectiveness of public
protection arrangements within Cambridgeshire.

Of major importance will be the implementation of those aspects of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 which required the
appointment of Lay Members to the Strategic Board. They will play an important part in monitoring the effectiveness of
MAPPA.

The Act has also identified HM Prison Service as a “responsible authority” alongside the Police and Probation
Service, and placed a duty to co-operate on all partner agencies that have a role to play in ensuring the best possible
management of dangerous offenders in the community.

Reliable and up-to-date information is a key factor in the successful supervision of dangerous offenders. A national
Probation/Police initiative has successfully produced a new software product, VISOR (Violent and Sexual Offender
Register) that offers great potential in providing a full database on dangerous offenders and is available to the MAPPA
team. Cambridgeshire is one of the first areas to roll out this product.

This report provides information on how MAPPA operates in Cambridgeshire and we believe it also demonstrates our
commitment to continue to improve our ability to protect the public in Cambridgeshire.

Chief Officer, National Probation Service, Cambridgeshire, John Hughes


Chief Constable Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Tom Lloyd
Regional Prison Manager, Danny McAllister

Chief Officer, National Probation Chief Constable, Cambridgeshire


Regional Prison Manager,

Service, Cambridgeshire, Constabulary, Tom Lloyd


Danny McAllister

John Hughes
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KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
Dangerous Offender Conferences - Establish strategic management arrangements for reviewing and The post of the MAPPP Manager is In October 2003 the division-based The number of cases referred to the
were first held in Cambridgeshire in monitoring the effectiveness of the MAPPA; jointly funded by Police and meetings became known as the Local Risk Management Meetings
1997 with the establishment of a Probation. An administrator, the Local Risk Management Meetings continues to rise with 31 offenders
pilot project in Peterborough. The - Establish systems to ensure that only those “critical few” offenders who MAPPA Co-ordinator, has been (LRMMs). The local nature of these registered on 31st March 2004

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purpose of these conferences was pose the greatest threat to the public are referred to MAPPPs; appointed and their support has meetings means that very effective across Cambridgeshire and some
to bring Police and Probation greatly assisted the work of the risk management plans can be put 97 offenders discussed in the course

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together to discuss and monitor the - Establish systems for information sharing and inter-agency collaboration MAPPP Manager and the Strategic in place for the majority of high risk of the full year at that divisional
cases of offenders who had in respect of all relevant offenders; Management Board. offenders within normal agency level. It is anticipated that the
committed serious sexual or violent resourcing. Offenders who require number of MAPPP cases within
offences. Social Services and - Consider resource allocation and the need for multi-agency training; The Prison Service has now joined additional agency resources to Cambridgeshire will remain relatively
Housing representatives joined the Police and Probation as the effectively manage the assessed small with the bulk of the work being
pilot project, and in 1998 its success - Develop strategies for community and media communications; constituent members of the risks, are to be referred to the undertaken at the Level Two Local
led to the setting up of regular Responsible Authority and the MAPPP. The numbers are likely to Risk Management Meetings. For this
conferences in the other two Police - Publish an Annual Report describing local MAPPA, including Governor of Whitemoor Prison has remain small in number in line with reason, although the Government
divisions as well. This new statistical information. joined the Strategic Management Government instructions that these only requires the publication of data
approach concerning public Board. are to be the “critical few”. In about MAPPP cases, the Strategic
protection arrangements proved to Cambridgeshire from 1st October Management Board has decided to
be highly effective in In Cambridgeshire, the Dangerous Offender Conferences In March 2003 the Government 2003 to the 31st March 2004 there include information about the Level
Cambridgeshire and in the rest of were re-designated as MAPPPs. published “Further Guidance” in were only two offenders referred to Two figures in this Annual Report.
the country. respect of the MAPPA that the MAPPP. See the facts and figures section of

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A steering committee was established, headed by Police and Probation but requested the setting up of a three this report.
As a result, the Criminal Justice and also involving other agencies such as Youth Justice, Social Services, the tier system in every area. The
Court Services Act 2000 was forerunner of Cambridgeshire NHS Mental Health Trust and a range of purpose of the three tier system was
introduced which placed the housing providers. A protocol was signed in 2002 and this was quickly to ensure that the most dangerous
arrangements on a statutory footing. followed by the appointment of the MAPPP Manager, a Senior Probation offenders receive the greatest
(This has now been supplanted by Officer, who was seconded to work at Police Headquarters. The location of degree of scrutiny and oversight.
sections 325 – 327 of the Criminal the MAPPP Manager with the Police has been a major success in developing
Justice Act 2003.) Under the Act, information sharing between Police and Probation in particular. The three tiers are:
Police and Probation were required
to develop clear Multi-Agency Public Following the appointment of the MAPPP Manager, a meeting of the MAPPP
Level One: Single Agency intervention - that means the offender can be managed by one agency without
Protection Arrangements (the was held regularly concerning each of the Police divisions. Chaired by the
actively or significantly involving other agencies. Level One cases will usually be assessed as low to medium
MAPPA). As part of MAPPA the manager, the panel concentrated on offenders living in the local community,
risk. The largest proportion of all MAPPA offenders are likely to be managed at this level.
highest risk offenders were to be or about to be released from prison. The MAPPP Manager also liaised with
formally discussed at regular Social Services, housing and mental health agencies in relation to standing
Level Two: Local Risk Management Meetings - actively involve more than one agency in the risk management
Multi-Agency Public Protection membership of the MAPPPs, and with voluntary sector organizations working
process. At Level Two the level of risk has increased and the management of the case is more complex.
Panels (the MAPPPs). The Act also with some of the offenders under discussion. Many of the major voluntary
However, it is not so great as to require referral to the MAPPP.
required Police and Probation to: agencies have now “signed up” to information sharing under the MAPPP
Protocol.
Level Three: the MAPPP (Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel) - is for the “critical few.” This level is reserved
for offenders assessed as being at high or very high risk of causing serious harm and presenting risks that can
only be managed by a plan that requires close cooperation at senior level. The panel also oversees cases that
have attracted media scrutiny and/or public interest in the management of the case.

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HOW THE MAPPA OPERATES LOCALLY Who’s Who in MAPPA
Helping Victims of Crime Protecting the Public from sexual and violent offenders is best achieved by the effective joint working between all
The Criminal Justice and Court - Transmit any such information Other agencies involved in the relevant statutory and voluntary bodies. The private sector can also have a role to play. The following
Services Act 2000, which set up put forward by victims to the assisting victims include Victim agencies have joined Cambridgeshire Police, the National Probation Service, Cambridgeshire and the Prison
the MAPPA, also consolidated authority considering the offender's Support, who offer a free and Service in working together under the MAPPA, either as fully signed up members under the 2002 Protocol or on
earlier developments concerning conditions of release. confidential service, whether or not an individual basis for a particular case.
the work with victims of crime. The a crime has been reported.
Probation Service is required to - Inform the victim of any Trained staff and volunteers at Cambridgeshire Social South Cambridgeshire Bridgegate (Voluntary
offer individual face-to-face contact conditions or requirements local branches offer information Services Department District Council Housing Agency)
with the victims of offenders attached to the offender's release and support to victims, witnesses, Department
sentenced to 12 months or more which are relevant to contact with their families and friends. Victim Peterborough Social Turning Point (Voluntary
for crimes of sex or violence. the victim or his or her family, and Support provides the Witness Services (now split into Fenland District Council Agency)
any other information. Service that is based in every Education and Housing Department
The purpose of the Probation criminal court in England and Children’s Department and Drinksense (Voluntary
Service's work with victims is to: The decision to engage with the Wales, and offers assistance Adult Social Care) Huntingdonshire District Agency)
Probation Service - and at what before, during and after a trial. Council Housing
- Provide victims with general stage - is made by the victim.
Peterborough Youth Department Axiom Housing Society
information about criminal justice A list of useful telephone numbers Offending Service
Hereward Housing Cambridge Cyrenians
and custodial processes. One of the most is included below:
Cambridgeshire Youth Association Ltd
important tasks
Offending Service Herts Care Ltd.
- Consult victims about whether involving the MAPPA National Victim Support line
Peterborough City Council Huntingdonshire Housing
they wish to provide information is to ensure that past Tel: 0845 303 0900
Housing Department Partnership
that may be relevant when victims are not again The Cambridgeshire Primary
considering any requirements or put at risk when an Prison Service Victims’ Helpline Care Trusts are represented on
Cambridge City Council Muir Housing
licence conditions to be placed offender is released. Tel: 0845 758 5112 the Strategic Management Board
upon the offender on his or her Housing Department and contact with GPs has been
release from custody. Victim issues are looked at as part
Nene Housing Society made in a number of cases.

of every risk management plan. For more local information on East Cambridgeshire
- Consult victims about whether Victim Support and contact District Council Housing Cambridgeshire and
they wish to be informed about details see Appendix A (page 21) Department Peterborough Mental Health
those licence conditions. Partnership NHS Trust

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The Prison National Probation Cambridgeshire Social Services Protection of Vulnerable Youth Offending Services
Service Service, Cambridgeshire Constabulary The Cambridgeshire MAPPA links to Adults from Abuse These services operate in
Separate protocols have been The National Probation Service, The Cambridgeshire Constabulary the services provided by two Cambridgeshire Social Services and Peterborough and Cambridgeshire
signed with both Bedford and Cambridgeshire makes a wide contributes to the MAPPA through separate authorities, Peterborough Adult Social Care and have the primary aim to prevent
Littlehey Prisons concerning the ranging contribution to the work of Cambridgeshire County Council and have the lead role in ensuring that youth offending amongst 10 – 17
five key actions. These include:
coordination of the work between the MAPPA. This includes: Peterborough City Council. Both statutory agencies work in year olds. The Youth Offending
the community MAPPA and the councils are committed to creating partnership to protect vulnerable Services are statutory partnerships
- Having dedicated Sex and
public protection systems within - Initial assessment of offenders Dangerous Offender Intelligence safer communities by working in adults from abuse. led by the local authorities and
prisons. This includes the timely who come before the courts for Officers in each of the three partnership with statutory authorities. involve a multi - agency approach,
exchange of information, and offences of sex or violence. The divisions who focus on public The Cambridgeshire and which includes the Police, Health,
participation by prison staff in the process uses a standard procedure protection and the management of
Child Protection Peterborough Vulnerable Adult Probation and voluntary sector
community based meetings and vice called the Offender Assessment high risk offenders.
Child Protection is a lead Protection Committees bring services. Programmes of
versa when considered appropriate. System (OASys), that includes the responsibility for the councils. Their together representatives from the supervision and support are
The purpose of this shared work is assessment of an offender’s - Using a nationally agreed risk
responsibilities are undertaken in statutory, voluntary and private identified and delivered to offenders
to ensure that the controlled release suitability for the Sex Offender assessment procedure (Risk Matrix
partnership with the agencies that sectors responsible for working with in the community and in young
of prisoners into the community has Treatment Programme. 2000) to prioritise registered sex
make up the Cambridgeshire and and providing services for adults. offender institutions. There is a
been properly planned. Good offenders and visit them according
Peterborough Area Child Protection The responsibilities of the growing preventative strategy that
communication exists with HMP - Supervision and management to agreed policy.
Committees. These responsibilities committees include: works with other agencies to
Whitemoor – who hold a public of offenders placed on community include: - intervene with younger children.
protection meeting on every orders, including action to breach - Holding a central Register of
- To develop, implement and Only a few young offenders will
individual due for release. The work offenders who fail to comply. Sex Offenders in Cambridgeshire
- Undertaking enquiries with the monitor local policies, guidance and come to the attention of the risk
with the prisons has taken on a new and co-locating the officer
Police into allegations of abuse of procedures for inter-agency work. management arrangements, but
focus following the inclusion of the - Delivery of specialist accredited responsible for the register with the
children. those that do will have difficult and
Prison Service as a member of the programmes to address offending MAPPP Manager to ensure prompt
- Organising multi-agency child - To improve ways of working in complex needs.
Responsible Authority for the behaviour, including the nationally and effective information sharing.
protection conferences. the light of national and local
MAPPA. New systems for recognised “Thames Valley” Sex - Providing key workers for all experience and research. Statutory and Voluntary
information exchange are Offender Treatment Programme. - Investigating crimes that come
children on the Child Protection Housing
developing quickly. to light through the information
Register. - To improve the quality of adult One of the most difficult and
- Pre-release work with prisoners - Safeguarding and promoting the protection work through further challenging issues surrounding
sharing activities of the MAPPA and
and the supervision and taking appropriate action. welfare of children in need. development of training public protection is the provision of
management of offenders on licence - Ensuring with Area Child opportunities and programmes. accommodation for released
following release, including taking - Jointly chairing the Strategic Protection Committee partners that prisoners. The number of statutory
necessary recall action. Management Board and jointly the procedures for safeguarding the - To ensure agreement and and voluntary housing agencies that

funding the post of the MAPPP welfare of children are up to date understanding across agencies have signed up to the MAPPP
- The provision of Manager and the MAPPA and effective. about operational definitions and protocol illustrates the importance of
accommodation in National Coordinator with the Probation - Promoting “Keeping Children thresholds for intervention. finding suitable accommodation.
Probation Service Approved Service. Safe” work in all child care settings Many serious offenders are initially
Premises for offenders who need an e.g. schools, pre-school settings, - To audit and evaluate how well released to National Probation
enhanced level of supervision. after school clubs. local services are working together Service Approved Premises. These
- Ensuring safe recruitment to protect vulnerable adults. places are limited and in high
practices are implemented across demand, and inevitably there has to
the councils and promoted in all be move on provision.
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A great deal of work is undertaken to referral processes for quick access users, concerned others and
place offenders as sensitively and to psychiatric assessment. Work on professionals. They have specialist
safely as possible in local a multi -agency basis is also projects for young people and Drug
accommodation. Reports concerning targeting the sizeable group of Using Parents.
an individual’s risk assessment and offenders who exhibit worrying, and Bridgegate also manages the
other information help housing sometimes dangerous behaviour, Communities against Drugs Project
agencies make informed and who “fall between” the criminal that works closely with the Police
responsible decisions. justice system and the mental health and communities. They also work
system. Further work is being done within the Child Protection system
The new Supporting People on a new generation of protocols and with many statutory and non-
legislation may create opportunities between the Cambridgeshire and statutory partners. Bridgegate also
to provide accommodation support Peterborough NHS Mental Health provide services to the Probation
through workers that will keep in Trust and the other agencies under Service, Peterborough Youth
regular touch with offenders in the MAPPA. Offending Team and Cambridgeshire
community provision. These workers Youth Offending Services.
could provide another way of Although Primary Care Trusts
monitoring offenders’ activities and (PCTs) are not yet signatories to the Turning Point
helping them lead responsible lives. protocol, an agreed process is now Turning Point is a leading national
There has been a successful bid in place to complete the necessary charity that helps the socially
through the Probation Service for negotiations within the next few excluded build more independent
funding for housing services for months. There is currently a good lives. The organisation provides
ex-offenders. deal of effective information sharing locally tailored services helping
when considering any agency’s people recover from the effects of
Health Services “duty of care” to their client users or substance misuse and provides care
The involvement of health care their staff. The MAPPA also ensures and support for individuals with
professionals is often highly information is sent to GPs when it is mental health problems or learning
beneficial in the work of the MAPPA. necessary to warn them of particular disabilities. There are projects in
The Cambridgeshire and risks associated with their patients. Cambridge and in Huntingdon, and
Peterborough Mental Health There is in particular good since 1998 a service has been
Partnership NHS Trust has signed communication between the local provided for the whole of Southern
up to the protocol and has arranged GP practice and those responsible Cambridgeshire.
for a local Community Psychiatric for offenders in Approved Premises
Nurse (CPN) to attend the Local provision. Both projects work closely with and
Risk Management Meetings (LRMM) alongside statutory agencies to
in each of the Police areas. The Voluntary Agency Roles assist them in their responsibilities
involvement of the CPN is proving Bridgegate and Turning Point have under the Mental Health Act and
invaluable in ensuring good practical also signed up to the original the NHS and Community Care Act.
arrangements for such things as protocol. Bridgegate and Turning Point also
making sure newly released have a history of liaison with the
prisoners, in need of medication, do Bridgegate Probation Service, working
not have problems arranging Bridgegate provides advice, with offenders who have mental
prescriptions, or in ‘smoothing’ information and counselling to drug health problems.

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Function of the Strategic Management Board

The original steering committee set up to develop the MAPPA was formally reconstituted as the Strategic
Management Board in October 2003. The Board is jointly chaired by Margaret Lowe, Assistant Chief
Probation Officer and Detective Superintendent Julian Eales, Director of Intelligence for Cambridgeshire
Constabulary. The function of the Board is to:

a) monitor (on at least a quarterly basis) and evaluate the operation of the MAPPA,
particularly that of the MAPPPs;
b) establish connections that support effective operational work with other public
protection arrangements such as Area Child Protection Committees, local Crime and Disorder
Partnerships and local Criminal Justice Boards;
c) prepare and publish the Annual Report and promote the work of MAPPA in the area;
d) plan the longer term development of the MAPPA in the light of regular reviews of the
arrangements and with respect to legislative and wider criminal justice changes;
e) identify and plan how to meet common training and developmental needs of those
working in the MAPPA.

Membership of the Strategic Management Board is drawn from the agencies who originally signed up to the
MAPPP Protocol, and includes representatives from Health, Housing, Social Services, the Voluntary sector
and Youth Offending Services as well as Police, Probation and the Prison Service. The Board has recently
been joined by a representative from Victim Support and will shortly be recruiting two Lay Advisors (members
of the public) in line with national developments.

Work is continuing to link the MAPPA with other public protection structures through those members of the
Strategic Management Board who also sit on Area Child Protection Committees, the Crime and Disorder
Partnerships and Cambridgeshire’s Criminal Justice Board. The MAPPP Manager has recently joined an
Area Child Protection Committee subgroup to further cement the agency links.

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Risk Management
meeting (generally Level Two, Risk Assessment at a Offender A - Risk Management Action Plan
There are many facets to the daily
work of the MAPPA partner agencies occasionally Level Three). Those formal meeting – a LRMM 1. Offender A is now “registered” 9. Probation Officer to check with
regarding their involvement with who pose a “High Risk of Serious or a MAPPP as a Dangerous Offender with the prison re any medication/health
sexual and violent offenders. Harm” must be referred to the When the offender is discussed at a MAPPA – Level Two. issues and inform Community
Accurate and reliable risk Probation Officer’s Line Manager for formal meeting under the 2. Probation Officer to write to A Psychiatric Nurse.
assessment lies at the heart of the a discussion about MAPPA referral. Arrangements, the risk assessment raising issues in relation to 10. Probation Officer to ask prison
effective management of offenders. Probation Officers also use a more by the referring agency is updated expectations of lengthy hostel stay for recent photo for Police.
All offenders under Probation specialised assessment procedure – after information has been shared by and the implications of registration 11. Police Officer to begin
supervision in Cambridgeshire, or called Risk Matrix 2000 – to assess the other participating agencies. as a sex offender and with the paperwork re application for
released to the service on licence the risk of reconviction of sex The following is an actual risk MAPPA. surveillance time on release.
following a prison sentence, are offenders. assessment on an offender who was 3. Probation Officer and Police
subject to an initial assessment of Police also use Risk Matrix 2000 to discussed at a Level Two Local Risk Officer to consult on joint prison visit The Risk Management Plan in the
risk using the structured risk assess all sex offenders required to Management Meeting (LRMM) prior before release. case of Offender A was later
assessment procedure called register with them. All sex offenders to release. 4. Probation Officer to progress developed to include a referral to
OASys (Offender Assessment who score as “Very High Risk” are one day escorted release to hostel the Sex Offender Treatment
System). Any offenders assessed referred to the MAPPP Manager as so hostel staff can meet him. Programme that is run in
as “Very High Risk of Serious Harm” a matter of policy, with “High Risk” 5. MAPPP Manager to send Early Cambridgeshire. The Thames Valley
must be referred to the MAPPP being considered with the local Warning notice to Home Office in Sex Offender Groupwork
Manager for discussion at a formal inspector as a potential for referral. relation to the level of risk posed in Programme (TV-SOGP) has been
this case and advise of the developed by international experts
recommendation for extended in the field of sex offender research.
Offender A – Risk Assessment curfew and tagging. The manager This programme has been designed
1 Very high risk of sexual abuse to family members. will also ask for additional licence for sex offenders living in the
2 Risk to both adults and children. condition re Victim A to add to those community who are subject to
3 Risk to either gender. already identified. Offender A is not supervision either directly from
4 If monitoring activity successfully cuts off access to children of the family there is a risk that to be allowed to contact any of the the court or following release
he will revert to earlier patterns of behaviour and look to groom other children in the community. victims listed. from prison.
5 Whilst there are some signs of a decrease in denial the effect of the work completed on the 6. Panel recommend an initial 24
Sex Offender Treatment Programme may not last, and relapse prevention strategies are not hour curfew (depending on day of The TV-SOGP is essentially for
well developed. release) to be fairly quickly replaced males over the age of 21 who have
6 Having done the Adapted programme* it is as yet unclear what follow up will be available by a curfew involving time out of the committed any sexual offence,
in the community. hostel amounting to three hours in including internet offences.
the morning, a return at lunchtime
* The Adapted Programme is a Sex Offender Treatment Programme for offenders who have some degree of learning difficulty.
and three hours in the afternoon.
7. Social Worker to identify other
relevant Social Services colleagues
The agencies involved go on to set up a Risk Management Action Plan – and decide how often it should be reviewed.
and establish system for
Included is the initial risk management plan relating to Offender A. (Some identifying details had to be removed.) This
communication with all parties.
was a starting point and other actions were developed in the follow up meetings to end up with a very detailed and
8. Social Worker to copy family
robust plan. As part of the final plan the Probation Service ensured that he was supervised according to National
tree to MAPPP Manager to allow for
Standards and given the highest priority within the agency.
identification of other vulnerable
family members.
Models used

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Case Histories
T h a m e s Va l l e y S e x O f f e n d e r G r o u p w o r k P r o g r a m m e ( T V- S O G P ) Examples of cases that have been successfully managed on release into the community.

The treatment programme is based on structured work in a group setting, with some work being undertaken with Mr B is a very high risk sex offender who was serving a six year sentence for Indecent Assault. That offence was
individual offenders where necessary. TV-SOGP uses cognitive behavioural methods to challenge how the thoughts, committed within 36 hours of his release from prison after an earlier sexual assault. He also had a serious offence
feelings and emotional responses of offenders link to their abusive behaviour. The programme has four main of arson on his record, which compounded problems about how he could be safely accommodated. A decision was
components – Foundation Block, Victim Empathy Block, Life Skills Block and Relapse Prevention Block – with a made to recommend an Approved Hostel placement, but detailed planning was needed to provide additional
total treatment time of 160 hours. Offenders will be expected to repeat elements of the programme deemed security and staffing resources so that risks to staff and other residents were minimized. An application was made
necessary for their progress. The groupwork component of the programme takes approximately one year to for him to be given additional curfews to restrict his hours of liberty, backed by an electronic tag. Police visited him
complete. before release and the prison agreed to send an officer out with him on release to join Police in escorting him from
the prison to the hostel. Surveillance was agreed for a period following release. On the day after his release, when
Key elements of the programme include: he left the hostel for the first time, he was followed closely. By the end of the day he had been arrested on a
relatively minor charge not involving any personal assault. Recall procedures were initiated and he was back in
- Risk assessment and management custody without further harm being caused to anyone.
- Making sex offenders aware of the damage caused to their victims
- Challenging denial by encouraging offenders to take full and active responsibility for their sexual offending behaviour
- Increasing the level of social competence frequently lacking in sex offenders Mr C became obsessed with a girl who did not want to have a relationship with him and over time his behaviour
- Development of effective Relapse Prevention Strategies. became more and more threatening until he was charged with harassment and a Restraining Order was issued.
Breach of the order led to a prison sentence but he refused to cooperate with licence conditions and again tracked
An additional structured element of the Thames Valley Programme has been developed for the partners of her down, breaking into the home where she was temporarily living. While back in custody, he was referred into the
offenders. This part of the programme can be a supportive element in the offender’s plan for a new, abuse free MAPPA and a plan was put in place for his subsequent release that involved a major protection package for his
lifestyle. victim alongside attempts to engage with him and help offender C to see how damaging his actions were. Once
again he ignored licence conditions on release and after a general alert in the relevant area he was arrested and
charged with a further breach of the Restraining Order. A Psychiatric Report was asked for and the Consultant
Psychiatrist asked for a remand into a secure medical unit to observe him and do a full assessment. Though not
diagnosed with a mental illness, the view was that he could be helped if he would agree to cooperate. Although he
had taken the first steps towards discussion of his problems he would not agree to further work and thought that
prison would be an easier alternative in relation to continuing to live where he wanted. He was given a two year
sentence but will continue to be monitored under the MAPPA and licence conditions will, as before, be arranged to
protect the victim. It may perhaps take several more trips around the “loop” of release, recall and re-sentence
before we can find a way through to break his pattern of offending.

Mr D committed an offence of Indecent Assault against a child whilst he was on holiday abroad. He had never been
convicted of an offence in this country. Information about the case was brought to the attention of Police who
subsequently learned of an incident where he had been observed ‘hanging around’ toilets in a seaside resort and
obviously following children. He was brought under the MAPPA and work undertaken to gather evidence sufficient
to apply for a Sex Offender Order, prohibiting him from places such as parks and swimming pools. As part of that
work he was assessed by a specialist worker from the Probation Service who confirmed Police suspicions of the
level of threat he poses. Liaison took place with the housing provider who moved him to a more appropriate location
after community concerns. An Interim Order has been granted, as a consequence of which he is now a Registered
Sex Offender and Police visits will be made on a regular basis. The full order will be applied for and work to
manage his risk will continue.

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17% 17%
322 322
UNDERSTANDING THE STATISTICS
The case files will hopefully give During the year ‘Level Two’ formally There were no Level Two cases
further insight into the statistics in dealt with 38 Registered Sex where the offender was charged
the next section. The figures show Offenders, 22 violent and other sex with a serious sexual or violent
that the number of Registered Sex offenders and 37 "other cases" i.e. offence although there were 14
Offenders in Cambridgeshire, who 17% of the total MAPPA population. cases where a lesser offence
all come under the MAPPA, this year The 37 offenders who come into the occurred. One of the consequences
stands at 322 as opposed to 282 category of "other" were referred of dealing with offenders through the
last year - a small increase as you perhaps by Social Services or MAPPA system can be the better
would expect with a year on year mental health teams because of detection of less serious offending
increase in the numbers who have concerns about the risk of serious through information sharing and a

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to register for life (all who receive a harm (and who have in the past concerted effort to make sure that
sentence of more than 30 months). been convicted of a very serious offenders are properly and swiftly
The number of those (excluding offence). prosecuted.

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Registered Sex Offenders) who had
a 12 month plus sentence for a This statistic was a significant
sexual or violent offence and who increase on the previous year's
were released into the community numbers (up by 48%) and reflects
was 190. This category cannot be the improved identification of this
compared to previous statistics as group of offenders by the full range
this year we were asked not to of agencies now involved with the
include those still in custody. MAPPA.

In total therefore there were 540 Not all of the offenders discussed at
offenders who came under the a Level Two meeting merited long
totality of the MAPPA of whom a term work, but in all those cases
small proportion (17%) were there was an agreed action plan
considered to pose a ‘high or very between the agencies to help

48%
high risk of serious harm’ that reduce any identified risks.
merited referral to the formal
procedures for discussion and risk In 12 Level Two cases the Probation

48%
management. Nearly all of the Service requested prison recall for
offenders were dealt with at Level behaviour that breached licence
Two. There were only two Level conditions, an important way of
Three cases. Neither of the Level preventing further offending by
Three cases were charged with a taking action before anyone is hurt.
serious offence, but one was
recalled for an offence that did not
involve any personal harm.

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STATISTICAL INFORMATION No. of Offenders

i. The number of Registered Sex Offenders on 31 March 2004 322


i(a) The number of RSOs per 100,000 head of population ix. The number of offenders managed by the MAPPP during the
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reporting year:
ii. The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who
were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement, 16
between 1 April 2003 and 31 March 2004 (a) who were returned to custody for breach of licence 1

iii. The number of full Sex Offender Orders applied for and gained (b) who were returned to custody for breach of a Restraining Order or 0
between 1 April 2003 and 31 March 2004 Sex Offender Order
0

iv. The number of interim Sex Offender Orders (a) applied for and (b) (c) charged with a serious sexual or violent offence 0
imposed by the courts in your area between 1 April 2003 and
31 March 2004

(a) Applied for 1

(b) Imposed by the courts 1

v. The number of violent and other sexual offenders considered under


MAPPA between 1 April 2003 and 31 March 2004 (as defined 190
by Section 68 [3], [4] and [5]) of the Criminal Justice and Court
Services Act 2000
vi. The number of "other offenders" dealt with under MAPPA between
1 April 2003 and 31 March 2004 as being assessed by the
Responsible Authority as posing a risk of serious harm to the public 37
(but who did not fall within either of the other two categories, as
defined by s.67 [2b])

vii. The number of Restraining Orders issued by the courts between


1 April 2003 and 31 March 2004 for offenders currently managed 0
within MAPPA

viii. The numbers of MAPPA offenders that have been managed through
the MAPPP (Level Three) between 1 April 2003 and 31 March 2004.

(a) MAPPP - Registered Sex Offenders 1

(b) MAPPP - violent and other sex offenders 0

(c) MAPPP - other offenders 1

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CONTACTS APPENDIX A
Cambridgeshire
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements
VICTIM SUPPORT - Information and contact details :

CAMBRIDGE & ELY VICTIM SUPPORT


National Probation Service - Cambridgeshire Unit 4
Margaret Lowe Probation Headquaters
Assistant Chief 1 Brooklands Ave Dales Brewery Tel: 01223 329000
Probation Officer Cambridge Gwydir Street
CB2 2BB Cambridge
01223 712345 CB1 2LJ
Carol Ashford Cambridgeshire Constabulary HQ
Multi Agency Hinchingbrooke Park FENLAND VICTIM SUPPORT
Public Protection Huntingdon March Business Centre
Manager PE29 6NP Old School Buildings Tel: 01354 658231
01480 456111
Dartford Road
Cambridgeshire Constabulary March
PE15 8AN
Julian Eales Cambridgeshire Constabulary HQ
Detective Superintendent Hinchingbrooke Park
Huntingdon PETERBOROUGH VICTIM SUPPORT
PE29 6NP 252a Lincoln Road Tel: 01733 349897
01480 456111 Millfield
Prison Service Peterborough
Martin Lomas HMP Whitemoor PE1 2ND
Governor Longhill Road
March HUNTINGDON VICTIM SUPPORT
Cambs Primrose Centre Tel: 01480 417600
PE15 OPR
01354 602350 Primrose Lane
Huntingdon
PE29 1WG

The urban and rural images featured in this report have only been selected to give a pictorial representation
of Cambridgeshire and any persons shown are not connected with the work of the MAPPA

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