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County Durham

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements


Annual Report 2003-4
Introduction

By Pam McPhee, Chief Probation Officer, and Paul Garvin, Chief Constable

Public Protection remains a key focus of Police and Probation within County Durham and
Darlington. In the last year we have placed more resources into the team that manages the multi
agency approach that the Government and legislation requires. However more importantly we
recognised the need to continue to build upon the existing cooperation of local agencies and the
public to monitor and supervise those individuals who may present a real threat of harm to our
communities.

We welcome the further legal powers offered through the Criminal Justice Act 2003. The Criminal
Justice Act 2003 requires the Prison Service to also become a responsible authority. It requires
many of our existing partner agencies to have a Duty to Co-operate to ensure we work together to
find the best solution to managing often very difficult situations.

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 provides a new framework for registration requirements and
incorporates additional offences, particularly around offenders who misuse the Internet. Closer
working relationships with Prison colleagues has already resulted in an offender being charged with
additional offences as a result of Prison Intelligence which resulted in an additional 4½ year
sentence.

However the most important partners we can have in Public Protection are you as members of the
public. It is vital that you are aware of the action you can take to increase the safety of our
communities. We know a great deal of abuse and violence occurs within families and close friends.
Often people do not want to believe what is happening within their own community. However sex
offenders and violent offenders live in all of our communities, often presenting respectable
lifestyles. The intelligence reports we get from concerned members of the public often provide the
missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle that can make the critical difference. Please recognise that by
taking care to protect your own children and family and also to report concerns we can ensure
action is taken as soon as possible. Working together we can make a difference.

Chief Officer Chief Constable


Annual Report 2003/4 Strategic Management to provide the best
Board. accommodation control
This is the third annual available within the
report for County Durham Education have proved a constraints of legislation and
and Darlington Area in valuable new partner, in availability. County Durham
relation to Multi Agency working to address the and Darlington do not have
Public Protection needs of protecting young any Statutory 24 hour
Arrangements, or MAPPA. people from perpetrators staffed accommodation for
In many ways this year and also in meeting the adult offenders so our
could be described as a educational needs working relationship with
year of transition and appropriately with others other housing providers
preparation for the who themselves are young remains vital.
legislative and partnership perpetrators.
changes that are taking It is important to remember
place to improve Public Securicor provide the that all communities have
Protection Arrangements service locally to people in sex and violent offenders
locally and nationally. These the North East who are living in their area and the
are as follows: electronically tagged to ability to work together to
monitor their movements. minimise risk of harm is
For example, we have critical. All parents,
Strategic Oversight successfully used this grandparents and
locally to ensure an offender responsible family members
On April 1st 2004 new remained indoors at key must also play a part,
MAPPA requirements come school movement times. information about abuse
into force as a result of the This added an extra control comes from within the circle
Criminal Justice Act 2003. over the offenders’ of family and friends of the
This places a statutory movements and reduced perpetrator, and we depend
responsibility on the Prison the risk of grooming young on the courage of others to
Service as well as Police children outside school share concerns.
and Probation, but more premises. Securicor have
importantly strengthens the now joined the local
link with other partner Strategic Management
agencies by introducing a Board and a protocol for
legal “Duty to Co-operate” accessing their services has Colin Pearson – Durham Police
ensuring Public Protection is been agreed. “Durham Constabulary views the
addressed within your Multi Agency Public Protection
community. Housing issues always
remain a concern. In Arrangements [MAPPA] as an
addition to the requirement integral part of the management
This means we have to
review the Strategy that we for Local Housing and supervision of Registered
had all signed up to in Authorities to be partners to Sex Offenders and Dangerous
County Durham and Public Protection Persons”.
Darlington several years Arrangements, we have for
ago and invite some new a long time worked closely
members to join our with Registered Social
Landlords. They now join
as formal partners to assist
Ian Shanks – Education sometimes by not year requiring contact. As a
Department, Durham County
understanding legislation result of this Durham
and the controls that may be Constabulary and County
Council
desired but cannot be Durham Probation Area
“From Durham Local Education applied, sometimes just decided to increase the
Authority’s [LEA] point of view, checking out on the existing staffing resources within the
excellent arrangements are now practice. There have been local Public Protection Unit.
in place to support the education occasions when all present County Durham Youth
of a young person who is a felt able to respond with Offending Service retained
confidence and others when their secondee and the unit
Schedule One Offender, following
we have had to think again now consists of a Police
a move to or within the area or and look for more Sergeant and Probation
release from custody”. information. We have been Manager, 4 Police Officers,
part of a pilot nationally to 5.5 Probation staff and a
look at the benefit of Lay Senior YOS Case Manager.
Training for the Members and the research
completed on the Pilot The statistics this year
Strategic Management Areas has resulted in demonstrate that whilst the
Board Government commitment to numbers of registered sex
extend this throughout the offenders have increased,
The arrival of new partners country and from April 2004 there has not been any
resulted in a recognition that they will be known as Lay serious level of reoffending.
all members required some Advisors. We hope to The position remains that
training to focus our minds recruit another Lay Advisor when we know who is
on the best practice that has at this time. dangerous it is possible to
been evolving within the reduce the risk of
area and nationally. A reoffending, and that the
training day was held in the greatest risk remains with
John Spencer – Health
Autumn led by colleagues those who are not known or
“The Strategic Health Authority
from the National Public not reported. Therefore it is
Protection Unit and local has been eager to support the
important that you as
staff from within the North inter agency work to protect the members of the public
East. It was invaluable in public through the MAPPA realise the importance of
sharing experiences, for it is process. The NHS has a sharing information.
never easy managing what valuable role in contributing to a
are frequently very difficult A call from a member of the
healthier safer community”.
individuals for which there public to one of the partner
are no ideal solutions that agencies this year was
meets every concern. passed onto the Public
Operational Growth Protection Unit and when
Our Lay Member has checks were made, it
proved to be a real asset, in The nature of legislation revealed that whilst there
bringing to the Board those relating to Sex Offenders were no local concerns, in
questions that members of means that many individuals fact visitors to the area had
the public would like to ask, are registered for life. This criminal convictions of
sometimes triggered by results in an increasing interest to the Police.
information in the press, number of offenders year on
We do manage some minor offences resulting Nobody can begin to
potentially very dangerous from intelligence that has imagine the life changing
individuals and on these come from home visits or impact that physical and
occasions it is sometimes information gained from emotional abuse can have
possible to place them in a concerned members of the on individuals, or the
nationally funded secure community. strength that some victims
community based hostel for show in ensuring that
a short period when they Sadly we also have to perpetrators are convicted
are first released. This manage responses from the and the risk of them
enables close observation public where they try and repeating their behaviour is
of the individual and take the law into their own reduced. The Victim Liaison
intensive work to be hands. Recently a newly Officer remains a crucial
undertaken to assist their released prisoner was player in MAPPA and
management within the attacked and threatened. attends meetings to
community. In a situation We would want to reinforce represent Victims views,
where we considered that a that if an offender has to be when the victim has
previous victim was moved suddenly due to requested they do so. They
potentially at risk we were local threats, the risk of also liaise closely with
able to secure this interim them repeating their Victim Support who are the
placement that ensured offending increases. As with professional support
there was no contact whilst most people stability helps, available to all victims of
the offender readjusted to and if their home situation is crime.
the reality of having to stable it increases their
manage his behaviour in the ability to maintain their In MAPPA cases it is often
community. However it is efforts not to reoffend. possible to ensure that
also important that people restrictions about contact
realise that these Dave Summers - YOS with the victims are written
placements are time limited “Joint working between Durham
into licence conditions.
and only available in Normally this relates to
Youth Offending Service, Police
exceptional circumstances. individuals or exclusion
and Probation colleagues has areas of a particular
The more common pattern strengthened the risk community. However in
of work of the Public management plans for relevant exceptional circumstances
Protection Unit staff is that young people, and ensured that this year the Parole Board
by sharing their assessment these plans are managed and agreed to exclude someone
skills from differing from the whole of County
reviewed, were appropriate,
professional backgrounds Durham and Darlington.
the offenders risk is through the MAPPA process”.
managed to an agreed plan. The Home Office have
Changes of behaviour are undertaken a survey of
closely monitored and if Victims of Serious victims’ views regarding the
deterioration is seen then Sexual and Violent service they get from
enforcement action is taken Crime Victims of MAPPA offenders
where possible. We have and we hope that when this
had several offenders The trauma for many victims is published it will inform
returned to custody for cannot be underestimated. further improvements for
unacceptable behaviour, or Victim work, if required.
Any member of the public all MAPPA offenders in the line more controls for those
can get information about country. people who use the internet
Victim Support from their to make contact and groom
local contact point, The system is user friendly victims. However parents
telephone number 0191 and links to the Police are still reminded that the
3831389. National Computer. It can best controls are those
store information from which you as parents can
Police and Probation, impose.
Pauline Mitchell – Housing including details of
Department, Darlington
photographs, offending
Borough Council
behaviour, hobbies and Criminal Justice Act
interests and any concern 2003
“Housing Authorities can provide that is raised within MAPPA.
advice on suitable More importantly it has an As well as bringing in more
accommodation in both the social excellent search facility, so powers within MAPPA, this
and private sector, as well as anyone with authority to Act also sets out a new
support in accessing require a search can quickly sentencing framework which
find any offender on the includes the ability to
accommodation. Housing
system who meets the sentence someone to
representatives attend MAPPA criteria they are looking for. detention under a
meetings as requested and may Therefore it is possible to requirement of public
ask for a meeting to be arranged”. know how many offenders protection, if they are
own a car, have tattoos, use convicted of a serious
a computer etc. Clearly any violent or sexual offence.
system is only as good as Such sentences will enable
Looking to the Future the information entered but release to be subject to
this is the first system that greater accountability and
County Durham and has this facility across
Darlington is currently also for the person to
agencies. It is due to be remain subject to licence
piloting one of the most rolled out across the country
promising developments and subsequent recall for a
within the next 12 months longer period of time.
that has evolved within the and should increasingly aid
area of Public Protection. any investigation relating to
Everyone will know of the a serious offence.
concerns about information
being lost between areas
and between agencies. We Carl Docking – SSD Durham
now have ViSOR operating
Sexual Offences Act
“As a Child Care Social Worker I
in County Durham and 2003
have been impressed by the
Darlington within the Public MAPPPs I have attended – they
Protection Unit. ViSOR is This new legislation
increases the powers of the bring together agencies that are
the Violent and Sex
Offender Register, and Police in relation to many not normally involved and pull
currently focuses on Sex sex offenders and also together risk management plans
Offenders but eventually will brings in new offences that are clear and structured”.
hold critical information on which require registration,
The new offences bring into
Comments of Lay and ways suggested in An extensive evaluation of
Advisor which members could work the Lay Advisor pilot
together more effectively to schemes has highlighted
“As Lay Advisor on the maximise the benefits of key lessons in terms of
Strategic Management good information sharing. recruitment, training, the
Board, I am able – as an The event was very useful need for clarity about the
ordinary member of the in highlighting ways that role and the kind of support
public – to play a full part in positive progress can be that Lay Advisors need.
the review of MAPPA, and made in meeting some of Along with all the other Lay
its strategic oversight. the challenges posed by Advisors, I was given full
Through interaction with public protection issues. opportunity to contribute to
other Board Members, I the findings of the final
see, at first hand, how the Sitting on the Strategic report. The report
Multi Agency Public Management Board also acknowledges that the pilot
Protection Arrangements in means I can participate in MAPPA Lay Advisor
County Durham and wider discussions about scheme has critically
Darlington make an public protection issues, of informed the development
important contribution to concern to us all. The of arrangements to
strengthening collaboration Huntley case in Soham last implement the MAPPA Lay
between agencies. I have year, for example, brought Advisor provisions of the
witnessed at first hand to the attention of the public Criminal Justice Act. As a
excellent inter agency co- the need for additional and result, the national roll out of
operation, leading to clearer guidance to criminal the Lay Advisors Scheme
informed and timely justice agencies about the will undoubtedly benefit.
preventative action being implications of the Data
taken. Such an effective Protection Act on the Although lay representation
multi agency partnership is retention and use of criminal onto the strategic level of
crucial to the delivery of conviction and local multi agency public
good public protection. intelligence. The protection has gone some
forthcoming Home Office way towards giving public
In December I took part in a Review on data protection access to the work of the
Regional Training Day, procedures is therefore statutory agencies, it is my
where representatives from most welcome, and belief that communities
SMBs throughout the North hopefully will address the need to have a much
East learned more about the need to eliminate the greater understanding of
role of the Strategic current confusion about how what is done to protect
Management Board within to interpret and apply the them. The public needs to
the wider context of Act. be informed of the work of
MAPPA. Examples of best MAPPA, so that people can
practice were discussed, have more understanding of
how sensitive and complex Comments of
public protection work can Strategic Partners
be. Only more openness
and encouragement for This year we have included
some comments from
informed debate can lead to
members of the Strategic
a reduction in ill-informed Management Board, which
speculation and comment we hope will help you Paddy Fox – HMP Frankland
fed by fear. I would understand the part they “For some time HMP Frankland
therefore like to see the can play in coming together has had good local information
SMB, in the next year, start to address public protection. sharing partnerships with the
to meet the challenge of However please remember Police and Probation Service and
we all depend on your
extending public information the risk management model
contributions to make this a
into public education. Only really effective working proposed by the new Order has
then can members of the relationship. This year the underpinned those
public begin to understand Police had a call from the arrangements”.
the real nature of risk in the public about a man who had
community and what behaved inappropriately in a
public house. They were not
protective and preventative
reporting an offence, but
actions are possible, both rather someone who had Alison Walton – SSD Darlington
by public agencies and discomforted customers and
“Darlington Social Services views
themselves. By doing so, staff. Checks were made
and the call resulted in a the MAPPA process as a critical
we can begin to realise what
is surely a shared objective man being returned to component of the Child Protection
custody within a short framework. The Child Protection
of preventing re-offending,
period of time. You can Co-ordinator attends all MAPPA
and minimising the risk of make a difference. meetings relating to adults and
serious harm to the public
families living in the council area.
caused by certain known
Information is exchanged to both
offenders”.
reduce the risk of further
offending and to protect children”.
Chris Cumming
I would be pleased to receive
your views and comments –
either from a community group or
an individual.
Contact address [in writing only]
to Chris Cumming, Lay Advisor,
c/o National Probation Service
County Durham, HQ, Forest
House, Aykley Heads Business
Centre, Durham DH1 5TS.
Statistical Information
The Annual Report in 2004 provides more detailed breakdown of information about offenders considered under
MAPPA than we had last year. You will see some numbers have risen significantly and it is important to understand
the reason for this.

MAPPA ANNUAL REPORTS STATISTICAL INFORMATION ANNEX A

Required for the reporting period 1st APRIL 2003 - 31st MARCH 2004

The statistical information you will be required to publish in next year’s report will be the same as this year – but simplified in respect of the Category 2 MAPPA
offenders. We consulted widely about the simplified Category 2 figure and believe it will be much easier to collate and more meaningful.

Type your area name here:NPS County Durham


Question number of offenders

1. Category 1 MAPPA offenders: Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs)

i) The number of RSOs living in your Area on 31st March 2004. 265

This is information principally held by the police and is a snapshot of RSOs on 31/3/04. It should NOT include RSOs in prison.

ia) The number of RSOs per 100'000 head of population. (This figure will be calculated centrally by NPD)

ii) The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for
breaches of the requirement, between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004 3
Only those cautions that have actually taken place and breaches that have been successfully completed during the reporting period should be
counted

iii) The number of full Sex Offender Orders (a) applied for and (b) imposed by the courts in your Area between a) 0
1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004. b) 0

iv) The number of interim Sex Offender Orders (a) applied for and (b) imposed by the courts in your Area a) 0
between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004. b) 0

2. Category 2: violent offenders and other sexual offenders.

v) The number of violent and other sexual offenders (as defined by Section 68 (3), (4) and (5) of the Criminal
Justice and Court Services Act (2000)) living in your Area between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004 168

You should include in this figure only those Category 2 offenders who are living in your Area during the reporting period. You should NOT
include, as previously required, those Category 2 offenders who are still in custody. Care must also be taken NOT to include here any
Category 1 offenders.

3. Category 3: Other offenders

vi) The number of ‘other offenders’ (as defined by Section 67 (2)(b) of the Criminal Justice and Court Services
Act (2000)) between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004. 18

This figure cannot include any offenders who are included in either the Category 1 or 2 (i.e. (i) and (v) above)

vii) The number of Restraining Orders imposed on any MAPPA offenders by the courts in your Area between 1st
April 2003 and 31st March 2004. 0
This figures should only include orders issued under section 5A of the Sex Offender Act 1997(as amended by the Criminal Justice and Court
Services Act 2000) and to offenders living in the community

4. MAPPP cases

(viii) Identify how many MAPPA offenders in each of the three Categories (i.e. (i)- RSOs, (v)- V&O and (vi)- OO RSO 6
above) have been managed through the MAPPP (level 3) between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004.
V&O 5
OO 0

This figure is the ‘critical few’. The criteria for referring a case to the MAPPP are defined in MAPPA Guidance as those in which the offender:
· is assessed under OASys as being a high or very high risk of causing serious harm; AND

· presents risks that can only be managed by a plan which requires close co-operation at a senior level due to the complexity of the case
and/or because of the unusual resource commitments it requires; OR

· although not assessed as a high or very high risk, the case is exceptional because the likelihood of media scrutiny and/or public interest in the
management of the case is very high and there is a need to ensure that public confidence in the criminal justice system is sustained.

ix) Of the cases managed by the MAPPP (i.e. (viii)) between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004 how many, whilst
still in the MAPPP:
Were returned to custody for a breach of licence? a) 1
Were returned to custody for a breach of a restraining order or sex offender order? b) 0
Were charged with a serious sexual or violent offence? c) 0

For these purposes a serious sexual and violent offence is one of the following (i.e. the same offences as used to trigger reporting in the
National Probation Service as a ‘serious further offence’:
q Murder; q Attempted murder; q Arson (where there is an intent to endanger life); q Manslaughter; q Rape;
q Kidnap/abduction or attempted kidnap/abduction.
q Any other very serious violent or very serious sexual offence, armed robbery (defined as robbery involving a firearm), assault with a deadly
weapon or hostage taking.
q Any other violent or sexual offence where the offender/ offence is likely to attract significant media interest or which raises wider issues of
national interest.
Contacts
County Durham Probation Area Address Phone

Sue Hine NPS County Durham 0191 3839083


Assistant Chief Officer Forest House
sue.hine@durham.probation.gsx.gov.uk Aykley Heads Business Centre
Durham
DH1 5TS

Durham Police Address Phone

Ian Scott Durham Constabulary 0191 3864929


Detective Chief Superintendent Aykley Heads
ian.scott@durham.pnn.police.uk Durham
DH1 5TT

County Durham
List of Abbreviations

ACPC Area Child Protection Committee

MAPPA Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements

MAPPP Multi Agency Public Protection Panel

RMM Risk Management Meeting

MDO Mental Disordered Offender

NHS National Health Service

NPD National Probation Directorate

N-SOGP Northumbria Sex Offender Programme Group

PCT Primary Care Trust

SMB Strategic Management Board

PPU Public Protection Unit

ViSOR Violent Offender & Sex Offender Register

YOS Youth Offending Service