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Contents Foreword Introduction Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements – A Brief History MAPPA – Working together in the Gwent Area Roles and Responsibilities – What the Agencies do The role of the Prison Service in MAPPA MAPPA – The Prison Service in Wales MAPPA Flow Chart Case Studies Accommodation & Risk Management Scheme – ARMS Case Studies Disclosing confidential Information Working with the Victims of Crime MAPPA Statistical Information and Commentary Contacts 1 2 3-4 5–6 7–8 9 10 11 12 – 14 15 16 – 17 18 19 20-22 23

Foreword Ministerial Foreword by Baroness Scotland
The work being undertaken to improve the safety of communities through the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) is vitally important and a priority for government. The annual reports for 2004/5 provide evidence of that active engagement. Violence and sexual abuse are unacceptable wherever they occur and it is evident that through MAPPA such offenders are identified and better managed than ever before. As the number of offenders within MAPPA continues to grow as expected there is clear evidence that the Responsible Authority, that is the local police, probation and the Prison Service, is addressing these additional demands by strengthening local partnerships, using new statutory powers to restrict the behaviour of offenders, returning offenders to custody where they breach their licence or order, and using the findings of research and inspection to strengthen national guidance and local practice. Although it is never possible completely to eliminate the risk posed by dangerous offenders, MAPPA is helping to ensure that fewer people are re-victimised. The active implementation of the Criminal Justice Act (2003) during the last year has clearly enhanced the ability of a number of agencies including health, social services and housing to work collaboratively with the Responsible Authority in assessing and managing those sexual and violent offenders in our communities who pose the highest risk of serious harm. For the continued success of MAPPA this collaboration together with the scrutiny of policy and practice must become the hallmark of these arrangements. Similarly MAPPA must integrate with other public protection mechanisms dealing with child abuse, domestic abuse and racial abuse. For me one of the most exciting developments in this arena in the last 12 months has been the appointment of lay advisers to assist the Responsible Authority in the oversight of the arrangements. As ordinary members of the public these lay advisers represent a diverse, able and committed group of people who are now helping the statutory agencies to oversee the work being undertaken through MAPPA and communicate with the public more effectively. Without a growing sense of public knowledge and confidence about this work much of the benefits of the public protection arrangements will be lost. I hope this annual report will be useful, informative and re-assuring to local communities. The agencies and individuals who have contributed to the achievement of MAPPA locally are to be commended.

Baroness Scotland Minister of State for Criminal Justice and Offender Management


by JANE COATES – Chief Officer, Gwent Probation Area and MIKE TONGE – Chief Constable, Gwent Police Working together to protect the public from potentially dangerous, violent and sexual offenders is the essence of positive and productive Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). During the last 12 months, many organisations from the statutory, voluntary, independent and private sector, have joined together to work for the people of Gwent to minimise harm and reduce re-offending. Police, Prison and Probation, acting together as the ‘Responsible Authority’, have been able to further improve MAPPA, and better target those offenders who pose the greatest risk to the public. Knowledge gained by the Prison Service, added to monitoring, surveillance and intelligence provided by the Police, and close supervision by the Probation Service ensures risk to the people of Gwent is significantly reduced and time, effort and resources are targeted at the most dangerous offenders in our communities. The work of the Strategic Management Board, the body that oversees and monitors MAPPA, has been well supported by a great number of organisations and agencies including Local Authorities, the Health Service, NSPCC, Housing Departments, Housing Associations and Youth Offending Teams. Those organisations have brought together their skills, knowledge and expertise to greatly enhance MAPPA. The work of the Strategic Management Board has been further improved in the last year by the recruitment of 2 Lay Advisers – local people who act as critical friends to the Strategic Management Board, and who can represent the interests and concerns of the local community. This has been a year of considerable hard work and endeavour by a large number of organisations across Gwent to build upon the work already achieved over the last few years, and to continue to improve multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements. The following report demonstrates, we believe, excellent work by many highly committed individuals and organisations, and we recommend it to you.

------------------------------Jane Coates Chief Officer Gwent Probation Area

-----------------------------Mike Tonge Chief Constable Gwent Police


Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements - A Brief History
by Jim A’Herne Strategic Management Board Chair For many years Police, Probation and other organisations in the Gwent Area have had a strong commitment to work together. MAPPA was introduced in April 2001. Sections 67 and 68 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act (2000), imposed duties upon the Police and Probation Service – known as the responsible Authority in each of the 42 Areas of England and Wales to establish MAPPA. The Legislation requires the Responsible Authority in each Area to establish arrangements to assess and manage the risks posed by sexual and violent offenders, and to monitor those arrangements and make necessary changes. It also puts a duty on each Area to publish an Annual Report on the MAPPA. On 5th April 2004, further provisions came into force to strengthen MAPPA through the Criminal Justice Act (2003). The Prison Service is now part of the Responsible Authority with Police and Probation. The arrangements with other agencies, so important in contributing to minimising risk and reducing the likelihood of re-offending, has been improved by imposing a ‘duty to co-operate’ with the Responsible Authority. The following agencies now have a ‘duty to co-operate’ with the Responsible Authority MAPPA: • • • • Local Authority Housing, Education and Social Services Health Service bodies Job Centre Plus Youth Offending Teams


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Registered Social Landlords which accommodate MAPPA offenders Electronic Monitoring Providers

The Criminal Justice Act (2003) provided for the appointment by the Home Secretary of two members of the public who will be known as Lay Advisers. Two Lay Advisers were appointed to Gwent 2004, and now provide valuable support to the Strategic Management Board. Other Legislative measures have also been introduced which will further strengthen the MAPPA, the most significant being the Sexual Offences Act (2003), and the measures to introduce new sentences for ‘dangerous’ offenders which will keep them in custody until they no longer pose a serious risk to the public. The Gwent Area has put in place a Strategic Management Board made up of Police, Probation and the Prison Service at a senior level within the organisation, and other organisations who are essential to the positive working of MAPPA, for example, Health, Local Authority Housing, Education and Social Services, Victim Support and Youth Offending Teams. The Strategic Management Board (SMB) is chaired by an Assistant Chief Officer from the Probation Service, and looks to monitor, support and take forward the work of MAPPA. The two Lay Advisers joined the Strategic Management Board in November 2004. The Board is always looking to develop and improve MAPPA, and has recently set up working groups to take forward work on improving policies and procedures, ensuring essential staff training is taken forward and looking at monitoring quality.
Jim A’herne Chair Strategic Management Board


MAPPA - Working together in the Gwent Area
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements have been in place in Gwent since the introduction of the Sex Offender Act 1997 when Police and Probation were required to make joint arrangements for the assessment and management of registered sex offenders. These arrangements have been substantially built upon over the years through local Protocols and Memorandum of Understanding and Legislation like the Criminal Justice Act (2003). It has though, been the over-riding desire by all agencies and organisations involved in this work to work together to protect the public that has been so essential in the development of MAPPA in Gwent. This has been evidenced by a strong commitment to the Strategic Management Board by organisations across the Gwent Area, and the positive and productive manner agencies have come together under MAPPA to look at how best to protect the public. Whilst MAPPA looks only to deal with those ‘critical few’ cases that justify such interventions and resources, the Gwent Area has in place a first stage meeting known as a MAPPA Level 2 Meeting. These meetings work with key agencies to share information, assess risk and put together action plans to ensure productive inter-agency work reduces risk, and puts in place whatever is required to stop offending. These cases would be seen as level 2 risk – that is to say where the active involvement of more than one agency is required, but neither the level of risk nor the complexity of managing the risk requires referral to MAPPP. The majority of cases are managed through what could be described as level 1 risk management which would most likely only be managed by one agency. This ensures that time, effort, expertise and resources are put into those cases, like the ‘critical few’ that require an intensive multi-agency approach to effectively protect the public. The Gwent Area has a keen awareness that whilst it is essential to put in place all necessary measures to protect the public, this must be balanced against human rights and civil liberties issues, therefore, policy and


Procedures for the management of potentially dangerous offenders/registered sex offenders have been drafted in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and the principles underpinning it. It is recognised by all agencies in Gwent involved in MAPPA that managing risk, and through managing risk, protecting the public must be seen as dynamic and ongoing, and will involve different interventions. The National Probation Service – Gwent Area – runs a specific and intensive accredited programme for working with sex offenders. It also has other programmes in place to look at reducing offending around alcohol, drug work and domestic violence. It uses recognised risk assessment tools and, working with, for example, the Prison Service, seeks to ensure any necessary conditions are put into offenders licences when leaving Prison and being supervised back in the community. This can include conditions to live where directed, not to approach named individuals and not be involved in certain activities or employment. If offenders fail to keep to these conditions, they will, and are, recalled to Prison to serve the rest of their Prison sentence. The Police can look, where necessary, to achieve Sex Offender Orders to impose additional control over sex offenders. The Police will, if required, also ensure offenders are closely watched and monitored. Partners also work to minimise further offending and reduce risk. Tai Trothwy, a Housing Association, has a specialist team which provides help and support but also close monitoring of offenders. Their intensive work, which can involve daily visits to an offender, has proved to be highly effective in reducing further offending. There have been a number of significant local initiatives to improve MAPPA over the last 12 months. Joint inter-agency training has continued and there has been involvement in both Regional and National training events. The Strategic Management Board has been in place for 18 months, has had its work enhanced by the appointment of two Lay Advisers, and has worked to develop and enhance the work of MAPPA.


Roles and Responsibilities - What the agencies do
Gwent Police, the National Probation Service - Gwent Area and the Prison Service, have lead responsibility as the Responsible Authority for managing MultiAgency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). Within the five Unitary Authorities of the Gwent Area – Newport, Torfaen, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent, Local Authority Social Services, Local Housing Authorities, Local Education Authorities, and Youth Offending Teams have a ‘duty to cooperate’ with MAPPA. The Health Service, Job Centres, Registered Social Landlords and Electronic Monitoring providers also have a ‘duty to cooperate’ and are seen as having key roles and responsibilities with MAPPA. What then do the different agencies do, and in what ways might their work contribute to effective public protection? The National Probation Service Gwent Area is committed to working effectively, in partnership with a number of voluntary and statutory organisations, to provide appropriate services to address many of the root causes of offending, for example, drug and alcohol misuse, domestic violence, housing problems, training and employment, and in so doing, reduce both the risk of reoffending and the risk of harm to the people of Gwent. The Gwent Area has highly skilled staff who work directly with offenders through, for example, accredited group work programmes designed to improve thinking skills and help offenders make positive choices that do not include offending. Many offenders who are subject to MAPPA are supervised by the Gwent Area, the most serious offenders by a specialist High Risk of Harm Team who work closely with the Police and other agencies to reduce risk, address issues and concerns, and provide an enhanced level of supervision. The Gwent Area works with offenders who have been made subject to Community Orders, whilst they serve their prison sentences, and whilst on post release licence. Protecting the public and reducing offending are the highest priorities. As one of the members of the Responsible Authority, the National Probation Service – Gwent Area takes a lead responsibility within MAPP and provides the chair for the Strategic Management Board. Gwent Police - The mission of Gwent Police is to make the area the safest place to live, work and visit. Working together in partnership, we share an ambition to ensure the continued delivery of high quality policing to the communities of Gwent. We are committed to providing the public reassurance policing demanded by the people we serve. Our local objectives are: • To provide a public focussed service which promotes public safety and reassures the public. • To tackle anti-social behaviour. • To reduce crime. • To combat serious & organised crime particularly in the area of Class A drugs. • To increase the number of offences brought to justice. • To seek to have a representative and healthy workforce Dedicated police officers and police managers work in partnership with other agencies to ensure that the Gwent communities receive the best protection. Skilled Police public protection officers are involved in identifying, managing and responding to issues affecting MAPPA offenders. These officers work closely with other policing functions including child protection teams, intelligence units and local neighbourhood policing teams. 2005 has seen the introduction of the National VISOR database, which contains intelligence on MAPPA offenders. This has enhanced our ability to access and share information in order to protect the public.


Gwent Police is one of the ‘responsible authorities’, and an integral part of the MAPPA Strategic Management Board.

Youth Offending Teams have a duty to cooperate with the Responsible Authority in the discharge of their work. The three Youth Offending Teams in Gwent (Newport, Blaenau Gwent / Caerphilly and Monmouthshire / Torfaen), contribute significantly to MAPPA by providing information and expertise in working with young people up to the age of 18. The Five Unitary Authorities within Gwent – Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Torfaen, play a highly significant role in MAPPA through the work undertaken through housing, social services and education departments who have a duty to cooperate with the Responsible Authority, and through the information, advice and expertise they contribute in MAPPs. Information provided through Area Child Protection Committees (ACPCs) and Domestic Violence Fora are of enormous value in protecting vulnerable people within Gwent and contribute to the protection of the public. Community Safety Partnerships within each of the Unitary Authorities have a key role in communicating issues and concerns that assist MAPPA in undertaking and responding to those areas that may cause anxiety to local communities.

Registered Social Landlords provide and manage accommodation for MAPPA offenders and have a duty to cooperate with the Responsible Authority. They also provide specialist knowledge and advice within MAPPs, and provide supported housing schemes for high risk / high need offenders. Tai Trothwy, a local housing association, provide a scheme that both supports and monitors offenders, often on a daily basis, to both ensure they can maintain their accommodation and at the same time address any offending issues with the Police and Probation Service.

The Health Service has a duty to co-operate with MAPPA. This can be well demonstrated when dealing with offenders with mental health problems. Consultant Forensic Psychiatrists provide assessments and take necessary action under the Mental Health Act. This may include detention in hospital when required. A wide variety of health professionals assist through information, advice, services and support through MAPPs and within the community. The Health Service contributes, particularly in the area of mental health, with a wide range of professionals giving advice and support to the arrangements.


The Role of the Prison Service in MAPPA - 2004/05
One of the important ways in which the Criminal Justice Act (2003) strengthened the MAPPA was to make the Prison Service part of the responsible Authority with police and probation in each of the 42 areas in England and Wales. The Prison Service has been given this enhanced role in recognition of the important part it plays in protecting the public by keeping offenders in custody; helping them to address the causes of their offending behaviour, and by undertaking other work to assist their successful resettlement. As part of the Responsible Authority the Prison Service is now represented on each of the Strategic Management Boards (SMBs) in the 42 Areas. The Prison estate is configured differently from Police/Probation areas in that its establishments are contained within only 12 geographical areas and two functional areas - the High Security estate, and contracted Prisons. For this reason arrangements for Prison Service representation on SMBs vary across the country, but each Prison Service Area Manger has entered into an agreement with the SMBs on how the Service will contribute both strategically and operationally to the MAPPA. The main focus of the Prison Service contribution is at an operational level. A number of measures have been put in place across the prison estate to ensure that this will be effective and result in: • Prompt identification of MAPPA offenders so that their details can be used in sentence planning arrangements, including interventions to manage and reduce risk. • Regular monitoring of the behaviour of those assessed as representing the highest risk, and sharing information with police and probation colleagues. • All relevant risk management information being provided to multi agency meetings which help plan an offenders' release. • At lease three months notification to police and probation of the expected release dates of those offenders who have been referred to the multi-agency public protection panel (MAPPP), and at least six weeks notification of those being managed at level 2 risk meetings. • No changes to release dates or arrangements being made without prior consultation with police and probation. Playing an effective role in the multi agency risk management of MAPPA offenders requires good communication between criminal justice partners. The Prison Service has taken steps to ensure that there are dedicated points of contact for public protection at both Area level and in every prison establishment, and that these are published together with police and probation contacts to ensure better communication across the Responsible Authority. With the ever increasing MAPPA population, and proportion of those received into prison likely to grow with the introduction of the new public protection sentences, the inclusion of the Prison Service as part of the Responsible Authority will continue to be vital in protecting the public.


MAPPA - the prison service in Wales
The Prison Service became a responsible authority in April 2004. Acquiring that status has enabled us to develop further the already excellent working relationships with our partners. The close integration of our efforts to manage and reduce the risks represented by our most serious offenders is undoubtedly proving effective in supporting the safety of communities across Wales. With our partners' help, we are better able to identify those offenders who represent a particular risk, to target them for programmes and interventions aimed at reducing their propensity to re-offend, and to prepare careful release plans which minimise the possibility of future victims. It is axiomatic that, in work with the higher-risk offenders, it is the occasional failure which makes the head-lines. It is therefore a particular pleasure to be part of a structure which is increasingly recording success in managing and reducing the risk of harm to citizens in Wales.



Strategic Management Board manages and oversees the MAPPA arrangements through senior staff at a strategic level.

Notification of violent offenders through Courts or Agency referral.

Agency Risk Assessment by the lead Agency

Risk Category Level One Risk Management by individual Agency requiring usual Agency resources.

Risk Category Level Two Risk Management requiring the advice and support of other Agencies.

Risk Category Level Three Risk Management requiring unusual levels of resoursing and/ or likely to attract significant media interest, or which raises wider issues of national interest.

Agency Risk Management Procedures.

MAPP - Multi Agency Risk Management Plan requiring the involvement of a wide range of Agency support to manage the 'critical few' very dangerous cases. Registration as potentially dangerous offender, if appropriate.

Review by Case Manager referral to MAPPA Level 2 if risk levels change. Reviewed as required Review cycle set at MAPP based on Risk.

MAPPA Level 2 Requiring the involvement of Multi Agency support to manage the risk presented by individual offenders.

Review cycle set at MAPPA Level 2 Referral if risk levels change.


Case Studies
Here are three case studies of work undertaken under the operation of MAPPA (Note - names have been changed to ensure anonymity). Case Study I Derek has a history of sexual offending with associated violence, for which he has served periods of imprisonment. Well before his release on licence, a MAPPA Level 3 meeting was convened to enable representatives from police, probation, social services and housing to discuss the risks he would pose upon release into the community, and to formulate a risk management plan. At the meeting, it was established that he would not be able to immediately return to his home area because of the location of victims, and also because of concerns that he posed a risk to younger members of his own family. Accommodation, therefore, was identified as a major issue, together with the need to protect victims and younger family members. An application was made via probation senior management to the Public Protection and Courts Unit to secure funding for the first three months on licence at a specialist hostel. A second hostel placement was arranged for the next supervision period; and a 'move on' plan agreed with housing to accommodate him at the end of hostel residence. These arrangements required close liaison between police and probation in the hostel areas, including attendance at MAPPA meetings. Specific licence conditions were agreed as part of the risk management plan to protect the victims, and the police obtained a Sex Offender Order to prevent Derek having contact with young people. The involvement of social services in the MAPPA ensured that the needs of younger family members were taken into account as part of the risk management plan. The plan will also ensure that Derek can begin to live away from older family members who have overshadowed his life, and encouraged deviant sexual attitudes and behaviour.


Case Study II David has convictions for arson, the offences relate to domestic abuse in his relationship with his ex partner, and civil disputes regarding the financial dissolution of the relationship. Having served a term of imprisonment, upon release he told his supervising probation officer that he would continue in his course of conduct to harass and intimidate his ex partner. The threats were taken seriously and the matter was reported to police immediately. A criminal investigation was commenced and David was arrested, charged with further offences and remanded in custody. David's ex partner cooperated with the investigation, and accepted offers to ensure her personal safety through inter agency liaison between police and a local domestic abuse support project. David's period in custody was monitored both on remand and following conviction. David was subject of level 3 MAPPA meetings, and treated as a category 3 MAPPA offender. Close liaison took place between probation, police and the domestic abuse support project, and a post release risk management plan was put in place. David was made the subject of strict licence conditions that served to ensure his ex partners safety, and prevent him from engaging in any behaviour that could be a precursor to further offending. A key aim of the risk management plan was to deny David the opportunity of engaging in any further harassment. Upon release, David's movements were carefully monitored by both police and probation, and information was gathered that proved an early breach of his licence conditions which could have been an indicator of precursor behaviour to further offending. David was recalled to prison, thus ensuring the further safety of his ex partner, and reinforcing to David the need to disengage from any behaviour that suggested a continued desire to contact his ex partner. Prior to his further release, David's case was the subject of further level 3 MAPPA meetings, and risk management plans were strengthened to include a direction that David resides in a probation hostel. Following release David took up residence at the hostel, his behaviour in the hostel led to a further recall as he was unable to comply with the hostel rules on acceptable behaviour. David was again recalled to prison, this again served to reinforce the expectation that David should mange his behaviour and that any unacceptable behaviour would not be tolerated. Following David's release from prison he returned to live with his extended family. His ex partner continued to receive support from organisations and no further incidents of domestic abuse or intimidation took place. Police developed contingency plans for any further incident.


Case Study III Simon has a history of mental illness and has spent periods of time in hospitals under the authority of the mental health act. Having been convicted of making threats to kill an ex partner and a neighbour, he was the subject of a level 3 MAPPA meeting in order to develop a risk management plan for his release. The meeting involved the prison psychiatric nurse who shared concerns about disclosures made by Simon whilst in prison, where he expressed intentions to offend again as he did not want to be released. In order to assess Simon's needs the local authority learning disabilities team were invited to commission a psychiatric assessment. Simon was considered to be well enough for care to be delivered to him in the community. Challenges were faced in identifying accommodation for him which could both provide him with an appropriate level of support, and ensure that the safety of other vulnerable people was not compromised. In order to ensure that Simon was given the best chances of avoiding further offending on release, the MAPPA panel made contact with the specialist advisers within the Home Office concerning his release placement. Advice was obtained and Simon was subsequently given a placement at an appropriate hostel. Throughout the planning stages for Simon's release, the police were engaged with his ex partner, and provided support and information. Simon was released from prison and did not re-offend.


Accommodation and Risk Management Scheme - ARMS
The Accommodation and risk Management Scheme (ARMS), has made a huge contribution to the work of MAPPA in Gwent, and has provided support to offenders, but more importantly, protection to the communities of Gwent. It was agreed, after discussion with Tai Trothwy, the organisation who provide the scheme, to feature their work in the annual report, and I am sure the following will be of great interest …… The scheme was fully established in September 2003 following a tendering exercise around a model devised by the Assistant Chief Officer (Probation) with responsibility for public protection in Gwent. Three full time and one part time (20 hours) staff were recruited. One is a retired police officer with six years experience of maintaining the sex offender register, another has worked with forensic offenders through mental health services, the third has experience of probation and accommodation issues for offenders, and the final member of staff has worked with both forensic offenders and within a supported scheme for offenders. The manager has thirteen years experience of working with offenders and has been part of MAPPA in Gwent for several years. Referrals came from Gwent Probation Service's High Risk of Harm Team or through Team Managers of other teams within Gwent Probation. Staff normally work in pairs with offenders for two reasons, they could be at risk of physical harm, and they could be 'groomed' by the offender. As many of this client group are particularly manipulative, we take the precaution of working in twos and changing key worker when appropriate. As well as providing direct support to clients, we also work with partner agencies to inform staff of the work being done with high risk offenders. This can help in the long term resettlement of offenders as other agencies are more confident to engage if they are informed of the ARMS team involvement in a case.

The scheme provides structured support through a planning process with the offender and the supervising officer. The scheme supports ten offenders at any one time, and carries out some pre tenancy work with offenders prior to their inclusion on the scheme. Support plans are reviewed at least every three months. The staff also play an integral part of the risk management process, monitoring for triggers of increased risk, reporting all contacts to relevant authorities as well as keeping open vital lines of communication between agencies.


Case Study I Mr O was sentenced to a 36 month community rehabilitation order and 60 hours community punishment in February 2002 for an offence of driving whilst unfit due to alcohol. He had also made indecent suggestions to two female shop staff for which complaints were received. Mr O has previous convictions for indecent assaults against a male under 16 and a female over 16. Previous offences were committed when drunk raising concerns around his current risk. On assessment it was apparent that Mr O has a severe speech impediment which has led to a lack of self esteem and social isolation. He clearly had support needs around this as well as social activities, training, alcohol issues and depression and anxiety. Soon after commencement of support, Mr O's mother, with whom he had resided died. He began drinking heavily and this obviously increased his risk significantly. At this time ARMS staff visited him on a daily basis to support him through this traumatic time and try to gauge his mood. In conjunction with his supervising officer, ARMS have arranged a Community Psychiatric Nurse to visit Mr O, and is continuing involvement. He has also obtained an allotment and the tools with which to work there. He spends a fair bit of time there and seems to enjoy it. He also goes to a gym which is a first for Mr O. He was seen by a worker of the arrest referral scheme who referred him on to an alcohol project. With the support of the ARMS team he attends for regular counselling for both alcohol and bereavement. Whilst under his current order, and since his mothers death, Mr O has disclosed a very troubled upbringing. He was bullied at school from a young age and domineered by his mother. He was not allowed any friends from a young age. As Mr O clearly has a lot of issues to work through, ARMS will stay involved until his supervising officer feels his risk has reduced enough to be able to refer to another support scheme.


Case Study II In July 2002 Mr P was sentenced to 30 months custody after being found guilty of arson - endangering life, he has a previous arson conviction dating from 1990. Following a MAPPP the ARMS team were asked to support Mr P on his release. Two team members visited him in prison the following day to carry out an assessment. His home local authority was in attendance at the MAPPP and identified a flat in an unoccupied block of three (due to be put up for sale). On the day of his release, staff worked with Mr P to establish his benefit claim, get his utilities connected, obtain furniture for his flat and help him settle in. One of the known triggers that would increase Mr P's risk of offending was excessive alcohol consumption. On all visits, staff would speak with Mr P about his drinking, and look for signs at the property of alcohol consumption. Following release, Mr P's motivation markedly decreased, at this time Mr P's key worker increased contact to try to positively motivate him. Mr P obtained employment making contact with him difficult, however, we continued to see him 'out of hours' and contact him regularly by phone. Throughout our time spent with Mr P we continued to liase with the local authority about appropriate move on accommodation. He was eventually offered an introductory tenancy in a one bedroomed flat which he accepted. Again the ARMS team supported his move both physically and emotionally. It appeared that Mr P was settled and using his free time (outside of work) in a constructive manner. We began to work on a withdrawal strategy, drawing up a list of regular tasks - bill payment, probation appointments etc. We also devised a crisis contact sheet with Mr P so that he would know who to contact for help or support in an emergency.


Disclosing Confidential Information
The purpose of disclosure is to reduce the risk presented by individuals by making known to clearly identified people the information needed to protect themselves and others. A request for disclosure is made from a MAPPP which considers this action necessary as part of a risk management action plan. The details of what is to be disclosed, to whom, the purpose of revealing the information, the safeguards to keeping revealed information confidential, and whether to tell the offender of the disclosure, are all considered at a pre-disclosure meeting. A senior Police officer and the Probation Manager are guided by Home Office Circular 39/1997 as it refers to disclosure of information to third parties in making a recommendation to the Assistant Chief Constable. A decision is then made based on the information provided. As with many aspects of public protection arrangements the action must be proportional to the risks involved, and those making the decision are careful that the overturning of the general rule of confidentiality is warranted in particular circumstances. Disclosure of information is only ever made in exceptional circumstances. In Gwent specific individuals have been given information through application of the above process, but on no occasion has a community wide disclosure been made. Notification to the whole community is made in only very special circumstances as the benefits must be balanced against the risk of an offender going to ground and creating victims in another area due to a lack of supervision and monitoring.


Working with the Victims of Crime
S69 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, requires the Probation Service to contact victims of crime where the offender has been sentenced to 12 months or more (for a sexual or violent offence). The Gwent Area has responded strongly to this opportunity to allow the views of victims to be heard. Specialist Probation staff deal sensitively with the issues arising from the experience of crime, and give the opportunity for victims to be made aware of the progress of an offenders' sentence if they so wish. Contact is made early in the sentence and maintained throughout, particularly immediately prior to release. Information on release arrangements are restricted to the month, year and general area to which the offender is released. The right not to be involved is always respected. Victim Support is the National charity for people affected by crime. The Scheme is an independent organisation offering a free and confidential service, whether or not a crime has been reported. Trained staff and volunteers at local branches offer information and support to victims, witnesses, their family and friends. Local contact details are contained at the end of this report on the contacts page. The Victim Support national help line number is 0845 30 30 900 A long history of cooperation with the Victim Support Scheme from Police and Probation in Gwent has assisted the development of joint work in the interests of victims of crime. The protection of victims is an integral part of MAPPA and their views inform risk management at many stages. Measures to protect victims are contained in risk management action plans, and include a range of practical steps such as local alert notices for Police officers, security measures, and advice on personal safety where needed. Licence conditions for released prisoners contain measures for the reduction of risk to victims and take into account victim's views. Victim Support Gwent are important members of the strategic Management Board. Their involvement ensures that victims' concerns and issues form an essential part of all future MAPPA considerations. Victim Support is committed to ensuring the rights of victims, and witnesses are protected in all aspects of criminal justice and social policy. Membership of the Strategic Management Board of MAPPA enables the charity to maintain this aspect of its work. Criminal Justice and other agencies involved in the board have been quite positive in their commitment to ensuring the safety of the public in Gwent, and sometimes have to make quite difficult decisions balancing the rights of individuals with the need to ensure public safety. The opportunity to advise the board on issues facing victims and witnesses is greatly appreciated and has been another example of how the Criminal Justice Board in Gwent has engaged with the voluntary sector to better inform its work.


Mappa Annual Reports Statistical Information
Required for the reporting period 1st April 2004 - 31st March 2005 GWENT AREA
Question 1 i i.a ii Category 1 MAPPA Offenders : Registered Sex Offenders (RSO's) The number of RSO's living in your Area on 31st March 2005 The number of RSO's per 100,000 head of population The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirements between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2005 The number of (a) Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) applied for (b) Interim Notification Orders granted - and (c) Full SOPOs imposed by the courts in your Area between 1st May 2004 and 31st March 2005 iv The number of (a) Notification Orders applied for (b) Interim Notification Orders granted - and (c) Full Notification orders imposed by the courts in your Area between 1st May 2004 and 31st March 2005 v The number of Foreign Travel Orders (a) Applied for - and (b) Imposed by the courts in your Area between 1st May 2004 and 31st March 2005 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 3 365 65 Number of Offenders




Category 2 MAPPA Offenders: Violent Offenders and Other Sexual Offenders (V & OS) The number of violent and other sexual offenders (as defined by Section 327 (3), (4) and (5) of the Criminal Justice Act (2003)) living in your Area between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2005. 155


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Category 3 MAPPA Offenders: Other Offenders (OthO) The number of 'other offenders' (as defined by Section 325 (2)(b) of the Criminal Justice Act (2003)) between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2005. 41


Mappa Annual Reports Statistical Information
Required for the reporting period 1st April 2004 - 31st March 2005 GWENT AREA
Question 4. Offenders managed through Level 3 (MAPPP) and Level 2 (Local inter-agency Management) Identify how many MAPPA offenders in each of the three Categories - ie (1) RSOs (2) V & O - and (3) OthO above have been managed through the MAPPP (level 3) and through local inter-agency risk management (level 2) between 1st April 2004 and 31st march 2005. ix Of the cases managed at levels 2 or 3 - ie (viii) between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2005 - how many, whilst managed at that level: (a) Were returned to custody for a breach of licence (b) Were returned to custody for a breach of a restraining order or sexual offences prevention order (c) Were charged with a serious sexual or violent offence 0 0 0 7 0 0 7 1 2 65 41 39 Number of Offenders

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MAPPA Annual Report - What the statistics mean
The Gwent Area has shown an increase in Registered Sex Offenders (RSO) from 319 in 2003/04 to 365 in 2004/05. These figures are just those currently living in the Community. It means they must register with the Police, often for many years, after their release from prison. As RSOs stay registered for many years, the figure is likely to increase for the next few years. However, such registration provides for increased safety of the public. There have been 3 Sexual Offence Prevention Orders (SOPOs) applied for and imposed during 2004/05. These orders ensure long term restriction and monitoring of sex offenders. They are carefully considered through MAPPA and ensure additional constraints on sex offenders. Notification orders relate to people who have committed an offence in another country but must register in this Country. This is very rare and there has only been one so far this year. Category 2 MAPPA offenders who have committed violent or sexual offences excluded all RSOs. Clearly such offenders are carefully monitored, and if required meetings will be arranged to discuss any work that needs to be done. As with all offenders who come into MAPPA, protection of the public is the number one aim of all work undertaken. It will be noted that the vast majority of MAPP meetings have been held at level 2. This has involved active involvement from a number of agencies and some excellent work to reduce risk. The small number (10) who have been managed at level 3 are seen as the 'critical few'. They have been assessed through, for example, the Offender Management System (OASYs), as high or very high risk, and are seen as exceptional cases needing serious management oversight, active and ongoing multi-agency involvement and often additional resources. Additional attention, time and money is given to these cases to ensure risk is managed and reduced, and the communities of Gwent are protected. Of all the many cases worked with over the last year, seven were returned to custody for a breach of licence. Should an offender fail to keep to the conditions of his/her licence, then the probation service ensures they are immediately returned to custody. This does not mean they have committed another offence, but could be because they have failed to keep to one of their many licence conditions - for example failing to report as instructed or live where directed or not being of good behaviour.


Gwent Probation Area Assistant Chief Officer Adam Gotley Address Probation Head Office Cwmbran House Mamhilad Park Estate Pontypool NP4 0XD High Risk of Harm Team East Gwent Probation Office Torfaen House Station Road Sebastopol Pontypool NP4 5ES Tel: 01495 762462

Team Manager Christine Andrews

01495 755221

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Keen

Heolddu Gwent Police Gwent Police Headquarters Croesyceiliog Cwmbran NP44 2XJ

01633 838111

Victim Support Gwent Suite 6 Raglan House Llantarnam park Cwmbran NP44 3AB 01633 861861


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