Contents Section 1. 2.

Introduction How the MAPPA operates in North Wales Key Achievements Statistical Information The Public Protection Strategy Group Contacts Objectives 2004/05

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Annual Report for the period 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004

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Section 1

INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

We are pleased to publish the third Annual Report on the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) in North Wales. MAPPA places a responsibility on the Police and Probation Services to establish arrangements for the purpose of assessing and managing the risk posed by sexual and violent offenders. This report describes the procedures used to deal with over 400 offenders in the past year. Seven offenders have been classified during the year as presenting a very high risk of serious harm. None of these has been charged with a further serious offence, where a member of the public has been victimised, during the past year.

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 has brought the Prison Service on board as a Responsible Authority alongside Police and Probation. Great progress has been made by lead agencies towards establishing working partnerships. Local authority, Health and Housing bodies have been charged with a ‘duty to co-operate’ with MAPPA to re-inforce the shared responsibilities in this work. We particularly welcome the planned appointment of Lay Advisers to join the North Wales Public Protection Strategy Group during 2004/05, to ensure that the group retains a community perspective in public protection.

Carol Moore Chief Officer North Wales Probation Area

Richard Brunstrum Chief Constable North Wales Police

Section 2

How the MAPPA operates in North Wales

How the MAPPA operates in North Wales
Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements have been put in place to ensure that concerns about any offender in the community can be shared between relevant agencies. Any agency involved in MAPPA can raise cases for consideration, but usually it is the Probation Service or Police Service who identify such cases – where an offender is due to be released from prison, is sentenced for a serious offence, or moves into the area. There are three levels at which risk is assessed and managed:-

Level 1 : Ordinary risk Management
Where offenders are assessed as presenting a low or medium risk of harm. These cases are usually managed by one agency (Police, Probation or Youth Offending Team ) without the need for significant assistance from other agencies. Most ‘MAPPA’ cases are managed in this way.

Level 2: Local inter agency risk management
Where offenders are assessed as presenting a high risk of harm and there is a need for those agencies with a responsibility for managing the case to work together collaboratively. These cases are discussed at Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences ( MARACs ) which are held each month in each of the three divisions. These meetings are convened by probation with a regular police involvement. Other agencies are invited to attend to discuss individual cases as required.

Level 3: Multi Agency Public Protection Panels
A MAPPP will be convened to consider any case where the risk of harm is very high, where a case is particularly complex or requires unusual resource commitments or where there is a high level of media and public interest. These cases are often referred to as the “critical few”.

Section 3

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

Key Achievements No Major Incidents !
No offender brought to the attention of MAPPP covered by these arrangements has committed a further serious offence in 2003/04. We must never become complacent about this – a single new offence is always one too many.

Improved “Business Processes” at meetings
Every decision taken by a MARAC or MAPPP is recorded, together with the reasons and names of representatives of those agencies taking part. An Action Plan is drawn up for each case – stating what is to be done, who is going to do it and when. Action Plans are reviewed at regular intervals, dependant on the level of risk in the case.

Improved representation and attendance at MARAC / MAPPPs and SMB
As the MAPPA arrangements have developed, the benefits of playing an active role became clearer for all agencies. From April 2004, there is a ‘duty to co-operate’ with MAPPA covering Housing, Education, Social Services and Health bodies.

Divisional Level Planning Meetings
To support the North Wales Public Protection Strategy Group local MARAC convenors arrange meetings of ‘divisional’ representatives to review how well the arrangements are working in their division.

Evidence of Good Collaboration
Case example X was due to be released from custody after serving a prison sentence for a serious assault on his former wife. She was still fearful for her safety, and through the Probation Service Victim Liaison Officer was able to express these concerns to a MAPPP. The day the man was released, Police and Probation worked together to monitor whether he tried to make contact with her. When he tried to travel into the area near her home, he was arrested and returned to prison, in breach of his licence.

Section 4

Statistical Information

i)

Number of Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) on 31st March 2004 This figure has gone down compared to last year – this is because RSOs in custody have not been included this year. However, it is still inevitable that this figure will rise in future as more new offenders are required to register.

308

ii)

The number of RSOs who were either cautioned or convicted or breached the registration requirements, between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004 This demonstrates that very few RSOs fail to comply with the registration requirement.

6

iii)

The number of Sex Offender Orders obtained on offenders in our Area, between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004 These orders can be helpful in managing an offender. A Sex Offender Order is designed to control the behaviour of an offender and prevent the recurrence of previously exhibited offending behaviour.

2

iv)

The number of violent and other sex offenders living in our area between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004 This figure includes people who have committed very serious offences of violence or sexual offences not covered by the 1997 Sex Offender Act, and not requiring registration but who may be monitored by the MAPPP.

49

v)

The number of other offenders, covered by MAPPA, living in our area between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004 This group of offenders include those sentenced to ‘community sentences’ and include many committing offences of domestic violence.

87

vi)

The number of MAPPA cases managed through MAPPPs between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004 a) b) the number of these charged with a further serious sexual or violent offence the number of these returned to custody for a breach of licence

7 0 4

These are the ‘critical few’ cases. Rigorous action by Police and Probation has led to 4 being sent back to prison as they were not cooperating with their supervision.

Section 5

The Public Protection Strategy Group

The Public Protection Strategy Group
This group monitor the work of the MAPPP and provide strategic direction. They met for the first time in May 2003, followed by further meetings in October 2003 and January 2004. Issues considered at these meetings included: Information systems Development of a media strategy Annual Reports Training MAPPA guidance MAPPA statistics All Wales meetings and arrangements Implications of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 Terms of reference / business plans / membership 10 of the 13 agencies represented on the group attended a workshop in July 2003 with colleagues from the National Probation Directorate exploring how best to promote and develop MAPPA in North Wales. Representatives from the responsible authorities have also attended “all Wales meetings” on behalf of the group.

Section 6

Contacts

Contacts
For further information about MAPPA in North Wales, please contact any of the following: Matthew Driver Assistant Chief Probation Officer North Wales Probation Area Alexandra House Abergele Road Colwyn Bay LL29 9YF Tel: 01492 513413 Roz Dickinson Public Protection Co-ordinator, North Wales Police Headquarters Glan y Don Colwyn Bay Tel: 01492 517171 Llewelyn Owen Senior Probation Officer North Wales Probation Area 14 Market Street Caernarfon LL55 1RT Tel: 01286 674346 Gaynor Barton/Sheila Lowe Senior Probation Officer North Wales Probation Area 18 Augusta Street Llandudno LL30 2AD Tel: 01492 876961 Mike Roberts Senior Probation Officer 10-12 Salisbury Street Shotton Deeside CH5 1DR MARAC Convenor Gwynedd & Ynys Môn Chair of Public Protection Strategy Group and overall Probation responsibility for MAPPA

MARAC Convenor Conwy & Denbighshire

MARAC Convenor Flintshire & Wrexham

Section 7

MAPPA Objectives 2004/05

MAPPA Objectives 2004/05
Objectives Appointment of lay advisers Update protocol / memoranda of agreement between “duty to co-operate” agencies Annual Report publication Training and information on new legislation and Home office directives Liaison with others to maintain and further develop contacts with relevant agencies including:Criminal Justice Board Community Safety Partnership ACPCS / Vulnerable Adults & Domestic Abuse Fora Other MAPPA areas December 2004 When July 2004

July 2004 On-going

Ongoing

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