MULTI-AGENCY PUBLIC PROTECTION PANEL CUMBRIA ANNUAL REPORT 2001 – 2002

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INTRODUCTION
Local arrangements for the management and assessment of violent and sexual offenders began in response to the Sex Offenders Act 1997. Since 1998, collaborative and effective frameworks to promote public protection as a priority area of work, have been developed by the Police and Probation Services in Cumbria. We have built on those arrangements and we now have multi-agency protocols agreed by the Police, Probation, Social Services, Health Services, Housing providers, the NSPCC and Youth Offending Teams on the assessment and management of sex offenders and other dangerous offenders. The importance of these arrangements has been clearly identified in the Police and Probation Area Plans for Cumbria. This first annual report will provide further details of the arrangements made in Cumbria and gives contact points for any additional enquiries including agencies other than the Police and Probation.

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SUMMARY OF ROLES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
The Police and Probation Service in Cumbria lead with the statutory responsibility to assess and manage the risks posed by sex offenders and violent dangerous offenders. However in Cumbria, the support provided by other statutory agencies and voluntary organisations has enabled a truly collaborative and multi-agency dimension to be achieved in this challenging area of work. Quarterly meetings of strategic senior managers, representing statutory and voluntary groups are held to oversee joint arrangements and monitor their effectiveness. This has ensured that Health, Social Services, Housing providers, the Prison Service and voluntary groups are appropriately represented and engaged with. The progress of this work recently has been characterised by a willingness on the part of the other groups to be involved in the management and practice development of public protection in Cumbria. All relevant agencies and groups are represented on a case by case basis within Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels (MAPPP). They provide the accurate exchange of information and the creation of risk management strategies which are designed to take account of the needs of individuals and the resources that different groups can bring to the management of specific cases. To ensure that all relevant groups have been included in this work, a county wide launch of the recently published Joint Arrangements Protocol was held. At this event a wide range of agencies and community groups contributed to the continuing development of practice within the county.

i. iii. OUTLINE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS MADE
In addition to the day to day work outlined on page , Cumbria has developed multiagency arrangements for the assessment and management of sexual, violent and other dangerous offenders. Whenever a joint or multi-agency approach would improve public protection, Police, Probation and any other relevant agencies eg NSPCC, Social Services, Housing and Health etc, will share information and make joint plans to minimise risk and reduce any potential harm. For the highest risk offenders a MAPPP will be convened. Cases for consideration within a MAPPP will primarily be from the Police and Probation. The case is assessed using the assessment procedures approved within each agency. (eg OASys* and Structured Anchored Clinical Judgement 2001). Where the level of perceived risk is regarded as very high a MAPPP will be convened. Where a high-risk sex offender is registered with the Police and assessed as very high and there is no other agency involvement, the Police will convene and chair the MAPPP. Where an individual is subject to statutory supervision by the Probation Service or is regarded as being a potentially violent or dangerous offender, the Probation Service convenes and chairs the MAPPP. Any individual cases that are not subject to statutory supervision will be referred to the Probation Service for consideration. Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels are convened to share relevant information on individuals thought to pose the highest risk to the public. They are attended by managers and practitioners who are of sufficient seniority within their own organisation to be able to commit resources of staff time as part of a risk management strategy. In cases where children are potential victims the Social Services Department and the NSPCC are always invited. The purpose of the panel is to identify risk and reduce that risk by means of an agreed risk management strategy. The focus of planned activity will always be to protect the public and reduce any likelihood of offending or dangerous behaviour. MAPPP meetings in Cumbria are held on a case by case basis. They review the progress of risk management strategies on a regular basis and are monitored and overseen by a strategic county group of senior managers. A Senior Probation Officer has the functional responsibility to co-ordinate MAPPP arrangements. The operating principles and procedures of the MAPPPs are contained in Cumbria’s protocol on the joint arrangements by the Probation Board and Cumbria Constabulary for the management and assessment of risks posed by sex offenders and potentially dangerous offenders. Locally based management groups have also been established to ensure joint assessments of relevant individuals by the Police, Probation and other relevant agencies. Joint risk assessments are undertaken and very high-risk cases are referred for a MAPPP to be convened. All other cases will be the subject of case discussion and information exchange within the agreed protocols. All MAPPP meetings are chaired by either the Police (Detective Chief Inspector) or Probation (Assistant Chief Officer or Senior Probation Officer). The agenda and minutes of the MAPPPs conform to an agreed format and are contained within a High Risk Database. In relevant cases, access to accredited offending behaviour programmes may be initiated within a MAPPP risk management strategy e.g. Sex Offender Treatment Programme, a joint initiative of Probation, Social Services and the NSPCC.

i. iv. STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS
Within Cumbria a Multi-Agency Public Protection Strategy Group has been formed to ensure the requirements of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 are implemented and best practice is promoted. The group has senior and middle manager representation from the following agencies in Cumbria:Police Probation NSPCC Health Service HM Prison Service Social Services Housing Youth Offending Team The group provides strategic oversight of the management and assessment procedures of relevant offenders within the county and evaluates area wide statistical returns. In addition the group:- Reviews procedures as appropriate - Disseminates and promotes best practice - Prepares reports for the Chief Constable and Probation Board - Oversees collaboration in regard to statistical reports for the county The group has developed a close and effective network of relationships that has provided clear leadership for the county. This was demonstrated by the highly successful launch of the Multi-Agency Joint Arrangements which received significant support and media coverage.

Registered Sex Offenders and the Police National Computer
Persons cautioned by the Police or convicted by a court of a relevant offence are obliged to register with the Police. They are served with a notice informing them of their obligations to do so. If they are sentenced to imprisonment this is done by the court at the time of conviction and upon release from prison, they are again reminded of their obligation. Once they have been served with such a notice, offenders are recorded on the Police National Computer as an “unregistered” sex offender. This allows us to monitor compliance. Once they have registered, the PNC record is updated to “registered”. Any changes are also updated on PNC. The PNC system also allows us to ‘flag’ offenders who have not registered within the 7 day stipulated period and recently (March 2002) one of our offenders who was on the PNC as wanted/missing was arrested at Heathrow Airport for failing to register. Offenders must register in person at Workington, Whitehaven, Penrith, Carlisle, Kendal and Barrow Police Stations only. At those stations we have Sex Offender Registration Officers to specifically deal with them. Cumbria Constabulary recently completed an exercise of pro-actively using the PNC to identify registered sex offenders whose DNA was not recorded on the national DNA database. Those that weren’t included were flagged to have it obtained at the next opportunity. We only have one person who has not registered, so from 147 that is not a bad compliance rate. With the National Criminal Intelligence Service, we are making enquiries to trace the outstanding offender who is believed to be abroad.

i. v. DISCLOSURE
Specific information on individuals is made available to the public where it is identified that such disclosures would reduce the risks posed and serve to protect the public from individual offenders. Any disclosure is subject to discussion within a MAPPP meeting and endorsed as part of any risk management strategy confirmed by a senior manager. Examples in Cumbria of effective disclosure have included:A 27 year old male was released from a 3 year term of imprisonment for sexual offences against children. The man was subject to an extended licence supervised by the Probation Service. Prior to release a MAPPP was held where a joint strategy of rigorous supervision, surveillance and support was agreed between the Police, Probation, Housing providers and the Health Service. Due to the nature of the man’s offending it was felt appropriate to advise staff of local libraries and leisure facilities of his description and whereabouts. This was undertaken by the Police. When it became apparent that the man was behaving inappropriately and visiting specific leisure facilities, his licence was immediately revoked and he was returned to custody before any sexual offences were committed. A 51 year old male served an eight year term of imprisonment for serious assaults against females. The man was subject to rigorous licence conditions, supervised by the Probation Service following release from prison. A series of MAPPP meetings were held and as part of the risk management strategy it was agreed that the Police and Probation Service would undertake joint interviews with the man. This led to contact being established with a number of individuals with whom he had established a relationship. They were clearly advised of the man’s background and potential risks in order to prevent any further victims. In addition, prior to any job interviews, the offender’s prospective employer was contacted and visited by Police and Probation to ensure they were fully informed of the man’s background. This approach was supported by effective liaison with the local employment service. As part of our approach to informing the public of the work undertaken in their behalf, a Public Protection Media Protocol has been established in Cumbria. The protocol allows effective liaison with representatives of the local press to ensure relevant and appropriate information is shared when required with the press. The launch of the Joint Arrangements Protocol in March 2002 provided the press with a significant opportunity to support the process of informing the public of this work. The event was covered by BBC Radio Cumbria, Border Television News and four regional newspapers

i. vi. VICTIMS WORK
The victims charter, National Standards for the Supervision of Offenders and relevant Probation Circulars, all place specific responsibilities upon the Probation Service to either deliver services directly to victims and their families or to take account of their interests in work with offenders. The achievement of these responsibilities is a priority for the Service and one in which performance is monitored and evaluated on an annual basis. Section 69 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act created a new statutory duty for the Probation Service to make contact with the victims of violent or sexual offences where the offender was sentenced to between 12 months and 4 years imprisonment. A system already existed for the victims of offenders serving more than 4 years. Victim Contact Officers, within the Probation Service, make written contact with relevant victims or the family or partner within two months of sentence being passed. An offer of an appointment is made so that the Victim Contact Officer can explain the sentence and discuss any issues surrounding a release date when known. Victims are offered the opportunity to be kept informed in regard to significant stages during the offender’s term of imprisonment. The victim is also invited to make comments on any licence requirements required of the prisoner on release e.g. not to make contact with named individuals. Increasingly in Cumbria the work of the Victim Contact Officers is informing the work of MAPPPs and this often leads to action protect victims as part of a risk management strategy e.g. contact with the Police and installation of security alarms in the homes of vulnerable victims. On average, the Probation Service is in contact with 40 victims across the county at any one time. Victim Contact work is quite different to the Victim Support Scheme which can be contacted on:- Victim Support Scheme, Lime House, Wetheral, Cumbria, CA4 8EW, 01228 562638. Victim Contact Officers liaise with Victim Support Schemes where additional support is required for victims.

vii. STATISTICAL INFORMATION
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The number of registered sex offenders on 31 March each year.

147

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The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement, between 1 April and 31 March. The number of Sex Offenders Orders applied or and gained between 1 April and 31 March. (a) (b) (c) (d) The total number applied for. The number granted. The number not granted. The number of applications still in progress.

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0 0 0 1

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The number of offenders considered under the arrangements prescribed by sections 67 and 68 of the Act. • • All registered sex offenders (as above). All offenders who fall within section 68 (3) on or after 1 April 2001 up to and including 31 March 2002 (unless they already feature as a registered sex offender). The meaning of sexual or violent offence for the purpose of this subsection is provided at Annex A). Any other offender considered under the local multi-agency arrangements because they were assessed as posing a high risk of serious harm to the public (but who did not fall within either of the two categories immediately above) 147 44

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viii. ADDITIONAL COST OF LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS
Probation Board £’000 Staff costs Other costs Total Expenditure Income Net Expenditure 7.5 1.5 7.5 16 Police £’000 7.5 2.5 7.5 7.5 Other Agencies £’000 1.5 1.5 Total £’000 16 16 34

Set up costs included in net expenditure

1.5

2.5

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MEMBERS OF THE MULTI-AGENCY PUBLIC PROTECTION STRATEGY GROUP
Name
Alan K Gadman

Title
Assistant Chief Officer

Address
National Probation Service Cumbria Headquarters Lime House Wetheral Cumbria CA4 8EW National Probation Service Barrow Office 10 Lawson Street Barrow in Furness Cumbria LA14 2LW Youth Offending Team 5 Brunswick Street Carlisle Cumbria CA1 1PB HMP Haverigg Millom Cumbria LA18 4NA Cumbria Constabulary Police Headquarters Carleton Hall Penrith Cumbria CA10 2AU Cumbria Constabulary Police Headquarters Carleton Hall Penrith Cumbria CA10 2AU NSPCC 7 Chatsworth Square Carlisle Cumbria CA1 1HB Carlisle District Housing Civic Centre Carlisle Cumbria CA3 8QG North Cumbria Health Auth Wavell Drive Rosehill Industrial Estate Carlisle Cumbria CA1 2ST Morecambe Bay Primary Care Trust Cane Garth c/o Furness General Hospital Dalton Lane Barrow in Furness Cumbria LA14 4LF Social Services Somerset House Duke Street Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 7SQ

Tel No
01228 560057

E-mail Address
alan.gadman@cumbria. probation.gsx.gov.uk

Stuart Hamilton

Senior Probation Officer

01229 820870

stuart.hamilton@cumbria. probation.gsx.gov.uk

Fiona Hawkeswell

Senior Practitioner

01228 607380

cumbria.yot@btinternet. com

Keith Hubbard

Governor

01229 772131 01228 528191

no e-mail address

Mike Head

Force Press Officer

michael.head@cumbria. police.uk

Peter Kirkbride

Detective Superintendent (Operations)

01228 528191

peter.kirkbride@cumbria. police.uk

Liz Benson

Children Service Manager (Catalyst)

01228 521829

ebenson@nspcc.org.uk

Paul Carrigan

Development Officer Representing North Cumbria Housing Forum Forensic Services Manager

01228 817323

Paulca@carlisle-city.gov. uk

Len Wainwright

01228 603543

len.wainwright@ncha.nhs. uk

Jon Gallagher

Drug & Alcohol Manager Adult Mental Health

01229 491339

margaret.chadwick@ mbpct.nhs.uk

Janet Hambley

Area Purchasing Manager for Children

01946 852852

no e-mail address