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North Wales MAPPA

Multi Agency Public

Protection Arrangements
Annual Report
2006 - 2007

Section Page

1 Ministerial Foreword .................................................... 1

2 Introduction .............................................................. 2

3 Key Achievements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

4 What is MAPPA? ......................................................... 4

5 Statistical Information ................................................... 8

6 Case Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

7 Strategic Management Board:

◆ Review of Business Plan 2006/07 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

◆ Business Plan 2007/08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

8 Lay Advisors .............................................................. 20

9 Contacts .................................................................. 21

These are the sixth MAPPA annual reports, and the individual with whom they have a personal
first with a foreword by the Ministry of Justice. I relationship and who has regular unsupervised
want, first of all, to underline the Government’s access to their child. If that person has convictions
continued commitment to these arrangements. for child sex offences and the child is at risk, there
Protecting the public from dangerous offenders is a will be a presumption that the offences will be
core aim for the new Department. Just as the disclosed to the parent.
effectiveness of MAPPA locally depends on the
Secondly, as MAPPA has developed over the past 6
quality of working relationships, we will work with
years, best practice models have been identified
the Home Office, the Police, and others, to develop
which show that specific roles and approaches are
the best possible framework within which the
required to ensure it is managed effectively.We are
MAPPA can operate.
committed to strengthening MAPPA arrangements
On 13 June, the Government published a Review and ensuring that robust performance management
of the Protection of Children from Sex Offenders. is in place. To achieve this, we intend to introduce
This sets out a programme of actions which new national standards, which will ensure a
include developing the use of drug treatment for consistent approach across Areas and we will be
sex offenders and piloting the use of compulsory making available £1.2million to support Areas in
polygraph testing as a risk management tool, implementing the standards.
enhancements to the regime operating at
We aim to do everything that can reasonably be
Approved Premises, and also a range of actions
done to protect people from known, dangerous
impacting directly upon the way the MAPPA work.
offenders. We know that there is always room for
I want to highlight two of them here.
improvement. I commend this annual report to
Firstly, research tells us that the arrangements are you as an indication of the commitment, skills and
already used successfully to disclose information achievements of the professionals, and lay advisers,
about dangerous offenders but we think this can in managing and monitoring this essential, often
be improved upon. MAPPA agencies will be difficult area of business.
required to consider disclosure in every case. We
will pilot a scheme where parents will be able to
Maria Eagle MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
register a child-protection interest in a named


We are pleased to present the sixth Annual Report co-operate. It emphasises the important role that
on the work done by agencies in North Wales victims of serious crime can play in assisting us to
through the Multi Agency Public Protection prevent further victims.
Arrangements. MAPPA exists to ensure that
The number of offenders considered by MAPPA in
information is shared about the potential risks to
North Wales at levels 2 and 3 has reduced
the community from people who have previously
compared to 2005/06. This is evidence that
committed serious offences of a violent or sexual
MAPPA is sharpening its focus on those offenders
nature. MAPPA aims to ensure that the risk of
that pose the greatest risk. The report
them committing further serious offences is
demonstrates that swift action is taken when an
managed and reduced.
offender fails to comply with any aspect of their
The report describes the MAPPA processes and supervision by the Police or Probation Services.
contributions from agencies with a duty to

Carol Moore Richard Brunstrum Geoff Hughes

Chief Officer Chief Constable Operational Manager
North Wales Probation Area North Wales Police for Wales
HM Prison Service


◆ Use of video conferencing ◆ Training/briefing of agency staff

Video conferencing facilities have been Briefing about MAPPA has taken place with the
expanded. As far as MAPPA management is MAPPA SMB, Probation Teams across North
concerned it means that staff from different Wales, the local Medium Secure Unit,Youth
Probation Areas and staff in Prisons can Offending Teams and groups of interested
contribute fully to meetings without travelling Local Authority Councillors.
long distances.
◆ Consolidation of reporting/recording
◆ Development of MAPPA Quality arrangements
The documentation has been improved so it is
Assurance arrangements
The information systems are accurate and currently fit for purpose. Further changes will
information can be obtained for the MAPPA take place when the MAPPA Unit at the
SMB.There will be further development of Ministry of Justice provide areas with
quality assurance over the coming year. documentation to be used nationally.
◆ Management of complex case involving a ◆ Better co-ordination with other Welsh
large number of offenders areas
This case has been discussed within the body MAPPA Co-ordinators throughout Wales meet
of this report. MAPPA has placed the needs of regularly to discuss matters that affect MAPPA
the victim at the centre of any discussions and in Wales to develop best practice.

WHAT IS MAPPA? Section 4

MAPPA stands for Multi Agency Public Protection

Arrangements. It provides a legal framework for
managing individuals who have been convicted of a
serious sexual or violent offence who are living in
or returning to the community.
Under the legislation and guidance, agencies in
North Wales work together to share relevant
information, so the best assessment of risk can be
completed for each offender. Following this a risk
management plan is developed to protect the
public and meet the needs of victims.

What is a Risk
Management Plan?

The main focus of the risk management plan is

to agree actions that will minimise risk.
A number of measures can be included in a
risk management plan.These can include:

◆ Placing controls on an offender’s

behaviour through strict conditions on
licences and orders

◆ Ensuring the offender has suitable


◆ Use of Probation Hostels [Approved

Premises] when necessary

◆ Complete programmes when required

◆ Receive appropriate mental health care

◆ Recall to prison if licence conditions are



Following the risk assessment

a decision is made about how
the individual offender will be
managed.The system is
designed to ensure that those
offenders who are
considered to pose the
greatest risk receive the
greatest degree of scrutiny.

Level 1: Ordinary Risk Management

It applies to those offenders who can be managed by one agency.This is usually probation, police or
youth offending services. Relevant liaison with other agencies continues in the normal way.

Level 2: Local Inter Agency Risk Management

Meetings are convened across North Wales on a monthly basis. Cases brought to this meeting are
complex and there is a need for agencies to collaborate to make sure the risk is managed effectively.
The cases are generally regarded as posing a ‘high risk of harm’

Level 3: Multi Agency Public Protection Panels

Meetings are held, when necessary, to manage the ‘critical few’.That is those offenders who pose the
highest risk of harm and / or those whose management is complex and where extra resources are
needed to manage the risk.


The police, probation and prison services work

together and are known as the ‘Responsible
Authority’. By law the police probation service
and prison service have to work together,
sharing information about offenders.
The police service in North Wales has a
data base of information about Violent
and Sexual Offenders called VISOR.This
is an extremely secure and confidential
The police also are responsible for
monitoring the registered sex offenders
who live in our area.
The probation service supervises a large
number of offenders who are serving sentences
in North Wales. Probation staff have a great deal of
experience in assessing offenders’ risk and are Adapted
trained to use OASys [Offender Assessment from: Keeping
System].They also supervise the offender, make children safe from
sure that he/she complies with the sentence sex offenders. Leaflet published by Home Office 2007
requirements, and work with other agencies when
Prison Service
The prison service staff also assesses risk and they ◆ NHS Trusts throughout North Wales
share information with the probation service and ◆ All the Local Authorities in North Wales
police service before release. Prison
representatives attend MAPPA meetings when ◆ All North Wales Housing Associations
relevant.There is no prison in North Wales and ◆ Youth Offending Services in North Wales
the probation service has developed very close
links with Altcourse Prison in Liverpool. ◆ Jobcentre Plus
MAPPA also has a number of ‘Duty to Co-operate ◆ Serco Monitoring
agencies’ who work closely with the responsible
◆ North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
The diagram above shows how the MAPPA
These include:
process is supported by the various agencies that
◆ Local Authority Health Boards throughout are required to provide information about
North Wales offenders


How are the victim’s views taken into account?

The Victim Liaison Scheme is run by the Probation Service. It has a legal framework and relates to victims
of serious sexual and violent offences where the offender has been sentenced to prison for 12 months or
more.Victim Liaison Officers [VLO] only work with victims and have build up expertise in working with
those victims who wish to take part in the scheme.The VLOs share information about the offender’s
sentence and progress through the prison system.The VLOs also work closely with relevant agencies and
inform MAPPA meetings about any relevant ongoing issues.They also ensure that the victims’ wishes are
listened to and licence conditions are put into place that will minimise any future risk to the victim.The
victims are informed about licence conditions that apply to them.


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

i) The number of RSOs living in North Wales 2005/06 2006/07
395 405

This year’s figure has been further broken down by BCU.

Eastern : 165
Western : 98
Central : 145

ii) The number of RSOs cautioned or convicted for breaches

2005/06 2006/07
of requirement
6 17

iii) The number of SOPOs applied for and granted in year 2005/06 2006/07

Applied For: 5 45
Interim Orders 0 1
Full Orders: 5 28

As part of the drive to improve public protection, North Wales Police have sought to maximise the use
of all available legislation.This has resulted in a significant increase in applications for SOPO's

iv) The number of Notification Orders 2005/06 2006/07

(a) Applied for
(b) Interim Notification Orders granted
0 0
(c) Full Notification Orders imposed
0 0
by the courts in your area
0 0

v) The number of Foreign Travel Orders 2005/06 2006/07

(a) Applied for 0 0

(b) Imposed by the courts 0 0

The number of registered sex offenders in North Wales per 100,000 population is 61. This is an
increase over last year of 1.64%. This compares with the national figure (for Wales and England) of 60.
This is an increase of 2.67%. The number of registered sex offenders is higher than last year, as the
registration period for some individuals is long. In some cases individuals have to register for life.


2. Category 2 MAPPA Offenders : Violent and Other Sexual offenders

vi) The number of violent and other sexual offenders (as 2005/06 2006/07
defined by Section 327(3),(4) and(5) of the Criminal
Justice Act 2003) 127 70

Offenders included in this category are those released from prison who have been sentenced to more
than 12 months’ imprisonment for a relevant violent or sexual offence (but are not RSOs).This figure
does not identify those cases managed at MAPPA level 1.

3. Category 3 MAPPA Offenders : Other Offenders

vii) The number of ‘other offenders’ (as defined by Section 325

2005/06 2006/07
(2)(b) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003)
145 89

There has been a significant reduction in the number of Category 3 cases discussed.This is due to some
extent in the commencement of Domestic Violence risk assessment conferences across North Wales
where agencies work together to reduce the risk of harm to victims of domestic violence.These multi-
agency meetings are separate from the MAPPA process.


4. Offenders managed through Level 3 (MAPPP) & Level 2

(local inter-agency management)
viii) Identify how many MAPPA offenders in each of the three 2005/06 2006/07
categories have been managed through MAPPP (Level 3) and
through local inter-agency risk management (Level 2)
Level Level Level Level
2 3 2 3
RSO (Cat 1) 102 7 90 10
V & O (Cat 2) 115 12 67 3
Oth O (Cat 3) 143 2 87 2

Of the cases managed at levels 3 or 2, how many whilst

2005/06 2006/07
managed at that level: Level Level Level Level

Were returned to custody for a breach of licence?

2 3 2 3

Were returned to custody for a breach of a restraining

51 6 38 4
order or a sexual offences prevention order?
2 0 1 0
Were charged with a serious sexual or violent offence?
1 1 0 0

Management of MAPPA cases

The number of cases managed at MAPPA Level 2 has reduced since 2005/2006. However there has been
a sharp increase in the number of cases discussed at a MAPPA Level 2 meeting while the offender is still
in prison. This indicates good planning for release. It also means that the victims’ wishes regarding
licence conditions can be taken into account and any risks posed to the victim can be managed better.
Additionally, in some cases the risk is to the public or another identified individual.While recognising it
is impossible to eliminate risk altogether, the multi-agency meeting considers all these issues and works
together to make sure a strong risk management plan is put into place. In many cases the plan works
sufficiently well for the case to be managed at Level 1 following release.
More cases are managed at MAPPA Level 1.The offender’s risk is assessed, and the complexity of the
issues that are linked to the management of the case are taken into account when identifying at which
level the case should be managed. Over the past year managers have become more confident in
identifying cases to be managed at Level 1.This means that ‘single agency’ management, (in collaboration
with other agencies as necessary), is focussed on a larger number of cases.The impact of this is that the
MAPPA Level 2 meetings are able to spend more time on the more complex cases.


Case Study 1 ◆ Ensure consistency with licence conditions

relating to the victim
Over 20 offenders have been sentenced to prison
for committing a number of offences against a Following this initial meeting their have been a
single victim.These offenders are being managed number of MAPPA Level 2 meetings held regarding
through the MAPPA process by co-operation the individual offenders. For each offender a
between Police, Probation, Social Services, and meeting is held prior to release from prison where
Local Authority housing and other agencies as the nature and extent of the risk posed by each
necessary. offender is discussed. A number of agencies
contribute to this meeting which aims to make
While the offenders were in prison a special sure that the best release plans are in place that
MAPPA meeting was held. will
Before this meeting the Victim Liaison Officer met ◆ Protect the victim’s interests and the public in
with Social Services to ensure that the victim’s general
views regarding the future licence conditions of
each of the offenders that would relate to her ◆ Ensure that the joint work of Probation Staff
would be taken into account and also ensure that and the Police and will effectively monitor each
she was given any relevant information that she offender and make sure the licence conditions
requested. are being enforced
A number of Probation Officers from North ◆ Ensure interventions are in place to assist each
Wales, Prison staff, the investigating police officer offender change his behaviour
and the Victim Liaison Officer attended this Following release the individual offenders cases
meeting.The purpose of the MAPPA meeting was continue to be reviewed in MAPPA meetings when
to: relevant. Any concerns regarding their behaviour
◆ Share relevant information are discussed and appropriate action taken.
◆ Ensure all Probation staff were clear about the
victim’s wishes KEY FACTORS IN THE

◆ Identify any specific risk issues posed by


individual offenders
◆ Respecting the victim’s wishes regarding
◆ Ensure that all the Probation Officers had the licence conditions that relate to her
information they needed to draw up an
effective risk management plan for each ◆ Continuous liaison between key agencies
offender ◆ Multi-agency co-operation in regular reviews


Case Study 2 enforced licence conditions the monitoring and

assessment continued. His case was now managed
Anthony at MAPPA Level 2.
Anthony had served a prison sentence for Social Services were involved with his new
committing a sexual offence against his partner. He partner’s family to make certain they understood
was released from prison to Approved Premises. his offending history and to assess any risk to
However he was recalled following evidence that children in his new partner’s extended family.
he had breached his licence conditions. He had also Additionally the police closely monitored Anthony’s
formed a relationship with a new partner who had behaviour as he is a Registered Sex Offender and
children.This relationship finished however as a also subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention
result of allegations about his behaviour during this Order. Over the following months, with close
period on licence, the police applied for, and assessment, monitoring and with the agreement of
obtained, a SOPO (Sexual Offences Prevention MAPPA Level 2 meetings, he was allowed ‘home
Order).This will protect past victims and also leave’ from the hostel and eventually he was
reduce the risk to others in the future. allowed to move to live with his new partner. He
On his re-release he was initially managed at also found work. His Offender Manager discussed
MAPPA Level 3.These meetings involved Police and his job requirements with his employer and the
Social Services working closely together with MAPPA meeting assessed the suitability of the
Probation Staff, for the purpose of sharing employment.
information and deciding how the risks he posed
could be managed when re-released.The Victim
Liaison Unit was involved with the victim and made

sure her concerns were considered by the MAPPA


meeting. It was decided that the risk he posed was

so great that he was referred to Approved ◆ Good information sharing between Probation
Premises in South Wales. Staff and Police and Social Services across
North Wales
They were involved in the information sharing and
discussions around risk management, and joined ◆ Effective collaboration with Police, Probation
the meetings in North Wales via a video link.This and Approved Premises in South Wales
facility has meant that all staff involved in South ◆ Close monitoring following his release from
Wales (Probation staff and Police staff) could join prison
the North Wales meeting without several
individuals making the journey to North Wales. ◆ Strict enforcement of licence conditions
After monitoring and assessment in the South ◆ Good multi-agency co-operation in all reviews
Wales Approved Premises, Anthony was escorted
to a hostel in North Wales, where under strictly

Section 6

Making co-ordination of MAPPA effective across the whole of Wales

MAPPA co-ordinators from all 4 Welsh areas (Dyfed-Powys, Gwent, North Wales and South Wales)
meet on a regular basis to share best practice and ensure that MAPPA processes are consistent and
as effective as they can possibly be for Wales.
The following issues have been discussed:
◆ transfer of cases into Wales and between areas
◆ referral processes into MAPPA
◆ structure of MAPPA minutes
◆ format and circulation of the SMB Annual Reports
◆ notification of the release of offenders not subject to supervision
◆ training for partner agencies
◆ video conferencing
◆ administration
◆ contact information concerning partner agencies
The opportunity to meet with colleagues undertaking the same public protection role is valued,
allowing us all to learn from the way things have been and are planned to be done in other areas.The
developing relationship of trust between the co-ordinators will also allow us to collectively address
and solve problems that may arise in the future.

MAPPA SMB Section 7

Strategic Aim Delivery Plan Actions


1.1 Consolidate ◆ Review existing ◆ Establishment of All Wales Responsible Authority

arrangements arrangements Development Group
for MAPPA between
co-ordination Responsible ◆ Review of Public Protection arrangements by
and administration Authority members North Wales Police

1.2 Improve record ◆ Introduce new ◆ New record keeping format introduced in April
keeping of MAPPA procedures for 2006 and further refined during year in light of
activity in line with referral and new demands and learning.
national guidance recording of

◆ Implement fully ◆ Timetable delayed – expected roll out to

VISOR when Probation 2007-08

1.3 Implement revised ◆ Review and update ◆ Continuing review and update of local procedures.
national guidance procedures and Wales MAPPA Co-ordinators meeting on regular
protocols basis to share good practice and introduce greater
consistency across Wales. Still awaiting update of
national guidance (expected October 2007)

2. Monitoring and

2.1 Publication of ◆ Produce draft report ◆ Annual Report produced on time

Annual Report ◆ Publish final report

2.2 Provide SMB with ◆ Produce regular ◆ MAPPA Co-ordinator’s regular report to SMB,
quarterly analysis report including part year statistical data, analysis of
of MAPPA activity ◆ Respond to SMB other relevant factors (eg attendance and
requests in respect offender profiles)
of developing trends

2.3 Develop quality ◆ Review of thresholds, ◆ MAPPA Co-ordinator’s report to SMB on

assurance attendance and attendance and agency contribution. Greater
arrangements agency contribution attention given by probation staff to ensure cases
◆ Review processes managed at appropriate level

MAPPA SMB Section 7

Strategic Aim Delivery Plan Actions

2.4 Introduce ◆ SMB agree criteria ◆ Case discussions at 2 SMB meetings

arrangements for ◆ Delivery reports during year
case reviews to SMB

3. Communication
and Strategic

3.1 Review existing ◆ Develop Responsible ◆ Carried forward into 2007/08

arrangements Authority agreement
between ◆ Review DtoC
Responsible Memorandums in
Authority members line with new
and DtoC bodies national guidance

3.2 All Wales ◆ Contribute to ◆ Establishment of All Wales Responsible Authority

collaboration initiatives to improve Group
consistency and ◆ Meeting of Lay Advisors in September 2006
share good practice ◆ Development of both police and probation All
Wales Groups

3.3 Develop media ◆ Produce plan for

and communication SMB endorsement
◆ Carried forward into 2007/08

4. Training

4.1 Support training ◆ Provide continuing ◆ Meeting of Wales Lay Advisors in September 2006
and development opportunities for Lay ◆ Lay Advisors’ National Conference February 2007
needs of Lay Adviser oversight of ◆ Development of Lay Advisors’ Good Practice
Advisors MAPPA activities Guidance (agreed 2007)
◆ Support All Wales

4.2 Ensure practitioners ◆ Link with agency

◆ Contributions made by MAPPA Co-ordinator,
in all relevant training officers and
Police Public Protection Co-ordinator and others
agencies are plans
to briefings of staff in a number of agencies and to
sufficiently aware
local authority members in 2 counties

4.3 Identify and support ◆ As above ◆ Carried forward to 2007/08

training needs of
key workers in
MAPPA agencies


Strategic Aim Delivery Plan Milestones Resources Outcome


1.1 Consolidate ◆ Review March 2008 Responsible Greater efficiency

arrangements organisational Authority lead in use of resources
between arrangements in Officers
Responsible light of local
Authority members ongoing & national

◆ Develop All Wales Quarterly Responsible Consistent

initiatives meetings Authority lead approach taken to
throughout Officers issues by all 4
year Wales MAPPA

◆ Develop protocol December Responsible Greater

between the 3 2007 Authority lead clarification about
members of the Officers respective
Responsible responsibilities.
Authority in North

1.2 Improve record ◆ Develop existing July 2007 MAPPA Accountability for
keeping of MAPPA record keeping to Co-ordinator decision making
activity in line with meet expectations in
national guidance relation to

◆ Introduce new October 2007 MAPPA National

national record (or when Co-ordinator consistency and
keeping published) exchange of data

◆ Probation to March 2008 Probation staff Improved sharing

implement use of of intelligence
1.3 Improve offender ◆ All Police and December Police and
measure of risk of
assessment through Probation staff to be 2007 Probation staff
re-offending in
the use of Risk trained to use
place across both
Matrix 2000


Strategic Aim Delivery Plan Milestones Resources Outcome

2. Monitoring and

2.1 Publication of ◆ Provide statistical May 2007 MAPPA Achieved

Annual Report analysis Co-ordinator
◆ Draft report for July 2007 MAPPA To enable comment
consideration of Co-ordinator / and improvement

◆ Publish final report October MAPPA Increase public

2007 Co-ordinator / awareness
Chair SMB

2.2 Provide SMB with ◆ Produce regular Quarterly MAPPA Greater awareness
quarterly analysis report SMB Co-ordinator and ownership
of MAPPA activity meetings of information
by SMB

◆ Respond to SMB Quarterly MAPPA Greater awareness

requests in respect SMB Co-ordinator and ownership
of developing trends meetings of information
by SMB

◆ Develop further Quarterly MAPPA Greater awareness

performance SMB Co-ordinator and ownership
indicators meetings of information
by SMB

2.3 Develop quality ◆ Monitoring of Quarterly MAPPA Ensure MAPPA

assurance thresholds, SMB Co-ordinator / arrangements
arrangements attendance and meetings RA members operating
agency contribution effectively

◆ Run quality December MAPPA Improved quality

assurance exercise 2007 Co-ordinator / of work
SMB members


Strategic Aim Delivery Plan Milestones Resources Outcome

2.4 Consolidate ◆ SMB to receive 4 cases per MAPPA Improved

arrangements for periodic case year at SMB Co-ordinator awareness of SMB
case reviews presentations meetings members & share
good practice

◆ Framework for September MAPPA Ensure SMB able

review of 2007 Co-ordinator to receive report
problematic cases on cases as
developed for use as required

3. Communication
and Strategic

3.1 Review existing ◆ Review 2005 format December SMB Ensure all MAPPA
Duty to Co- 2007 agencies aware of
operate contribution
Memorandum required

◆ Ensure all DtoC March All SMB members Ensure all MAPPA
agencies signed up 2008 agencies aware of

3.2 Develop media and ◆ Produce plan for October Responsible SMB to have
communications SMB endorsement 2007 Authority consistent
strategies members approach to

◆ Develop use of Throughout All agencies Agency websites

electronic media to year to be linked /
promote MAPPA contain MAPPA


Strategic Aim Delivery Plan Milestones Resources Outcome

4. Training ◆ Implement local and October Responsible Achieve greater

national 2007 Authority clarity and
4.1 Support training arrangements members / Lay consistency of Lay
and development developed by Lay Advisors Advisor role
needs of Lay Advisor Group

4.2 Ensure ◆ Develop links with Throughout MAPPA Increased staff

practitioners in all agency Training year Co-ordinator awareness
relevant agencies Officers and plans
are sufficiently
aware of MAPPA ◆ Consider MAPPA Date to be SMB / Work Increased profile
Conference / determined Group for MAPPA
promotional event

◆ Develop links with Throughout All agencies Agency websites to

agency websites year be linked / contain

◆ Support the December MAPPA Greater awareness

development of 2007 Co-ordinator of MAPPA by
Circles of Support COSA
and Accountability administrator and
(COSA) in North volunteers


Lay Advisor’s Report

During the last twelve months as lay advisors we were instrumental in instigating an attempt to
rollout Leisurewatch in the North Wales MAPPA area. Leisurewatch is a tried and tested
initiative to train leisure centre personnel to identify and deal with persons that frequent
leisure centres with the sole purpose of grooming children and young people for their personal
sexual gratification. Unfortunately, due in the main to a lack of resources progress on this
matter has been very slow.

Consistency from area to area in the role of lay advisors is something that has been lacking but
as the role develops this should become less of an issue. In order to tackle this on a short
term basis we in North Wales have with the full co-operation of the S.M.B put together our
own plan of action.

Having appeared to have gained acceptance from the “Duty to Co-operate” agencies that form
the MAPPA arrangements in North Wales, we feel that we need to build on that acceptance
and trust in a positive way. Having looked long and hard at how we can assist in making the
MAPPA arrangements even more efficient we feel that there are two areas that we need to
concentrate on in the next twelve months

a) Greater clarity of inter-agency arrangements.We are confident that each agency involved in
MAPPA carry out their duties in an efficient and professional manner and can reassure the
public that this is so.We do however feel that a greater understanding of each other role in
the “big picture” would untimely benefit the agencies and the public whom they are there to
serve.We hope that we will be able to assist in bringing this about in the near future.

b) None of the “Duty to Co-operate” agencies involved with MAPPA are by their nature
publicity seeking organisations. However it is vital that the public are fully aware of what the
official role of MAPPA is and how they attempt to achieve their objectives in connection with
this role. Success only comes with the support of the public. In the next twelve months we will
make it our priority as part of a wider team to inform the public on what MAPPA is about.

Finally we would like to complement all the agencies involved with MAPPA in North Wales on
the dedicated and professional way they carry out their often difficult duties on behalf of the

Margaret Batty

Alun Jones

CONTACTS Section 9

Matthew Driver Chair of North Wales MAPPA SMB

Assistant Chief Probation Officer and overall Probation responsibility for MAPPA
North Wales Probation Area
Alexandra House
Abergele Road
Colwyn Bay
LL29 9YF
Tel: 01492 513413

Alan Green
Detective Superintendent
North Wales Police
Glan y Don
Colwyn Bay
Tel: 01492 511161

Gaynor Barton
MAPPA Co-Ordinator
North Wales Probation Area
25 Conway Road
Colwyn Bay
LL29 7AA
Tel: 01492 530600

DC Wendy Jenks-Gilbert
Public Protection Co-ordinator
North Wales Police
Glan y Don
Colwyn Bay
Tel: 01492 517171

LINKS Section 10

◆ Report “Review of the Protection of children from sex offenders” (June 2007)
HMSO. ISBN: 978-1-84726-283-7 and on above web site
◆ Leaflet “Keeping Children Safe from Sex Offenders (How Sex Offenders are Managed)” (June 2007)
HMSO. ISBN 978-1-84726-285-1 and on the above website
◆ gives details about what the Government is
doing to protect children
◆ for information about child exploitation and on line protection. It offers advice to
parents and children
◆ gives advice to parents and children about how to stay safe on line
◆ gives adults confidential information, advice and support to prevent child sex
abuse. Also freephone number 0808 1000900