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Contents

Foreword 1

Introduction 2

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements – A Brief History 3-4

MAPPA – Working together in the Gwent Area 5–6

Roles and Responsibilities – What the Agencies do 7–8

The role of the Prison Service in MAPPA 9

MAPPA – The Prison Service in Wales 10

MAPPA Flow Chart 11

Case Studies 12 – 14

Accommodation & Risk Management Scheme – ARMS 15

Case Studies 16 – 17

Disclosing confidential Information 18

Working with the Victims of Crime 19

MAPPA Statistical Information and Commentary 20-22

Contacts 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

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Introduction

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.

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Jane Coates Mike Tonge
Chief Officer Chief Constable
Gwent Probation Area Gwent Police

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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

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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

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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.

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

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Gwent Police is one of the Registered Social Landlords The Health Service has a duty to
‘responsible authorities’, and an provide and manage co-operate with MAPPA. This can
integral part of the MAPPA accommodation for MAPPA be well demonstrated when
Strategic Management Board. offenders and have a duty to dealing with offenders with mental
cooperate with the Responsible health problems. Consultant
Authority. They also provide Forensic Psychiatrists provide
Youth Offending Teams have a specialist knowledge and advice assessments and take necessary
duty to cooperate with the within MAPPs, and provide action under the Mental Health
Responsible Authority in the supported housing schemes for Act. This may include detention in
discharge of their work. The three high risk / high need offenders. Tai hospital when required. A wide
Youth Offending Teams in Gwent Trothwy, a local housing variety of health professionals
(Newport, Blaenau Gwent / association, provide a scheme that assist through information, advice,
Caerphilly and Monmouthshire / both supports and monitors services and support through
Torfaen), contribute significantly to offenders, often on a daily basis, to MAPPs and within the community.
MAPPA by providing information both ensure they can maintain their
and expertise in working with accommodation and at the same The Health Service contributes,
young people up to the age of 18. time address any offending issues particularly in the area of mental
with the Police and Probation health, with a wide range of
The Five Unitary Authorities Service. professionals giving advice and
within Gwent – Newport, Blaenau support to the arrangements.
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.

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

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

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GWENT MAPPA ARRANGEMENTS

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
Risk Category Risk Category Level Three
Level One Level Two Risk Management requiring
Risk Management by Risk Management requiring unusual levels of resoursing and/
individual Agency requiring the advice and support or likely to attract significant
usual Agency resources. of other Agencies. media interest, or which raises
wider issues of national interest.

MAPP - Multi Agency Risk


Agency Risk Management Plan requiring the
Management Procedures. 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
MAPPA Level 2 Review cycle set at MAPP
Requiring the involvement of based on Risk.
Multi Agency support to
manage the risk presented
by individual offenders.

Review cycle set at


MAPPA Level 2
Referral if risk levels change.

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

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Case Study II

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

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Case Study III

Simon has a history of mental Simon was considered to be well Throughout the planning stages for
illness and has spent periods of enough for care to be delivered to Simon's release, the police were
time in hospitals under the him in the community. Challenges engaged with his ex partner, and
authority of the mental health act. were faced in identifying provided support and information.
Having been convicted of making accommodation for him which
threats to kill an ex partner and a could both provide him with an Simon was released from prison
neighbour, he was the subject of a appropriate level of support, and and did not re-offend.
level 3 MAPPA meeting in order to ensure that the safety of other
develop a risk management plan vulnerable people was not
for his release. compromised.

The meeting involved the prison In order to ensure that Simon was
psychiatric nurse who shared given the best chances of avoiding
concerns about disclosures made further offending on release, the
by Simon whilst in prison, where MAPPA panel made contact with
he expressed intentions to offend the specialist advisers within the
again as he did not want to be Home Office concerning his
released. In order to assess release placement. Advice was
Simon's needs the local authority obtained and Simon was
learning disabilities team were subsequently given a placement at
invited to commission a psychiatric an appropriate hostel.
assessment.

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Accommodation and Risk Management Scheme - ARMS
The Accommodation and risk Referrals came from Gwent Staff normally work in pairs with
Management Scheme (ARMS), has Probation Service's High Risk of offenders for two reasons, they
made a huge contribution to the Harm Team or through Team could be at risk of physical harm,
work of MAPPA in Gwent, and has Managers of other teams within and they could be 'groomed' by
provided support to offenders, but Gwent Probation. the offender. As many of this
more importantly, protection to the client group are particularly
communities of Gwent. manipulative, we take the
The scheme provides structured precaution of working in twos and
It was agreed, after discussion support through a planning changing key worker when
with Tai Trothwy, the organisation process with the offender and the appropriate.
who provide the scheme, to supervising officer. The scheme
feature their work in the annual supports ten offenders at any one As well as providing direct support
report, and I am sure the following time, and carries out some pre to clients, we also work with
will be of great interest …… tenancy work with offenders prior partner agencies to inform staff of
to their inclusion on the scheme. the work being done with high risk
The scheme was fully established Support plans are reviewed at offenders. This can help in the
in September 2003 following a least every three months. The staff long term resettlement of offenders
tendering exercise around a model also play an integral part of the risk as other agencies are more
devised by the Assistant Chief management process, monitoring confident to engage if they are
Officer (Probation) with for triggers of increased risk, informed of the ARMS team
responsibility for public reporting all contacts to relevant involvement in a case.
protection in Gwent. authorities as well as keeping open
vital lines of communication
Three full time and one part time between agencies.
(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.

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Case Study I

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

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Case Study II

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

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

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

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Mappa Annual Reports Statistical Information
Required for the reporting period 1st April 2004 - 31st March 2005
GWENT AREA

Question Number of Offenders

1 Category 1 MAPPA Offenders : Registered Sex Offenders (RSO's)

i The number of RSO's living in your Area on 31st March 2005 365

i.a The number of RSO's per 100,000 head of population 65

ii 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 5

iii The number of -

(a) Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) applied for 3

(b) Interim Notification Orders granted - and 0

(c) Full SOPOs imposed by the courts in your Area between 3


1st May 2004 and 31st March 2005

iv The number of -

(a) Notification Orders applied for 1

(b) Interim Notification Orders granted - and 0

(c) Full Notification orders imposed by the courts in your Area 1


between 1st May 2004 and 31st March 2005

v The number of Foreign Travel Orders -

(a) Applied for - and 0

(b) Imposed by the courts in your Area between 0


1st May 2004 and 31st March 2005

2. Category 2 MAPPA Offenders: Violent Offenders and


Other Sexual Offenders (V & OS)

vi The number of violent and other sexual offenders (as defined by 155
Section 327 (3), (4) and (5) of the Criminal Justice Act (2003))
living in your Area between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2005.

3. Category 3 MAPPA Offenders: Other Offenders (OthO)

vii The number of 'other offenders' (as defined by Section 325 (2)(b) 41
of the Criminal Justice Act (2003)) between 1st April 2004 and
31st March 2005.

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Mappa Annual Reports Statistical Information
Required for the reporting period 1st April 2004 - 31st March 2005
GWENT AREA

Question Number of Offenders

4. Offenders managed through Level 3 (MAPPP) and


Level 2 (Local inter-agency Management) Level 3 Level 2

viii Identify how many MAPPA offenders in each of the


three Categories - ie

(1) RSOs 7 65

(2) V & O - and 1 41

(3) OthO above have been managed through the MAPPP (level 3) 2 39
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 0 7

(b) Were returned to custody for a breach of a restraining order 0 0


or sexual offences prevention order

(c) Were charged with a serious sexual or violent offence 0 0

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

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Contacts
Gwent Probation Area Address Tel:

Assistant Chief Officer Probation Head Office 01495 762462


Adam Gotley Cwmbran House
Adam.gotley@gwent.probation.gsx.gov.uk Mamhilad Park Estate
Pontypool
NP4 0XD

Team Manager High Risk of Harm Team 01495 755221


Christine Andrews East Gwent Probation Office
Christine.andrews.@gwent.probation.gsx.gov.uk Torfaen House
Station Road
Sebastopol
Pontypool
NP4 5ES

Detective Chief Inspector Heolddu Gwent Police 01633 838111


Peter Keen Gwent Police Headquarters
Peter.keen@gwent.pnn.police.uk Croesyceiliog
Cwmbran
NP44 2XJ

Victim Support Gwent

Suite 6 01633 861861


Raglan House
Llantarnam park
Cwmbran
NP44 3AB

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