North Wales

MAPPA

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements Annual Report
2006 - 2007

CONTENTS

Section 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Ministerial Foreword Introduction
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Key Achievements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What is MAPPA?
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Statistical Information

Case Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Strategic Management Board:
N Review of Business Plan 2006/07 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 N Business Plan 2007/08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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Lay Advisors Contacts

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MINISTERIAL FOREWORD
These are the sixth MAPPA annual reports, and the first with a foreword by the Ministry of Justice. I want, first of all, to underline the Government’s continued commitment to these arrangements. Protecting the public from dangerous offenders is a core aim for the new Department. Just as the effectiveness of MAPPA locally depends on the quality of working relationships, we will work with the Home Office, the Police, and others, to develop the best possible framework within which the MAPPA can operate. On 13 June, the Government published a Review of the Protection of Children from Sex Offenders. This sets out a programme of actions which include developing the use of drug treatment for sex offenders and piloting the use of compulsory polygraph testing as a risk management tool, enhancements to the regime operating at Approved Premises, and also a range of actions impacting directly upon the way the MAPPA work. I want to highlight two of them here.

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individual with whom they have a personal relationship and who has regular unsupervised access to their child. If that person has convictions for child sex offences and the child is at risk, there will be a presumption that the offences will be disclosed to the parent.

Secondly, as MAPPA has developed over the past 6 years, best practice models have been identified which show that specific roles and approaches are required to ensure it is managed effectively.We are committed to strengthening MAPPA arrangements and ensuring that robust performance management is in place. To achieve this, we intend to introduce new national standards, which will ensure a consistent approach across Areas and we will be making available £1.2million to support Areas in implementing the standards. We aim to do everything that can reasonably be done to protect people from known, dangerous offenders. We know that there is always room for improvement. I commend this annual report to you as an indication of the commitment, skills and achievements of the professionals, and lay advisers, in managing and monitoring this essential, often difficult area of business. Maria Eagle MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Firstly, research tells us that the arrangements are already used successfully to disclose information about dangerous offenders but we think this can be improved upon. MAPPA agencies will be required to consider disclosure in every case. We will pilot a scheme where parents will be able to register a child-protection interest in a named

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INTRODUCTION
We are pleased to present the sixth Annual Report on the work done by agencies in North Wales through the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements. MAPPA exists to ensure that information is shared about the potential risks to the community from people who have previously committed serious offences of a violent or sexual nature. MAPPA aims to ensure that the risk of them committing further serious offences is managed and reduced. The report describes the MAPPA processes and contributions from agencies with a duty to

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co-operate. It emphasises the important role that victims of serious crime can play in assisting us to prevent further victims.

The number of offenders considered by MAPPA in North Wales at levels 2 and 3 has reduced compared to 2005/06. This is evidence that MAPPA is sharpening its focus on those offenders that pose the greatest risk. The report demonstrates that swift action is taken when an offender fails to comply with any aspect of their supervision by the Police or Probation Services.

Carol Moore Chief Officer North Wales Probation Area

Richard Brunstrum Chief Constable North Wales Police

Geoff Hughes Operational Manager for Wales HM Prison Service

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KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

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N Use of video conferencing

Video conferencing facilities have been expanded. As far as MAPPA management is concerned it means that staff from different Probation Areas and staff in Prisons can contribute fully to meetings without travelling long distances. The information systems are accurate and information can be obtained for the MAPPA SMB.There will be further development of quality assurance over the coming year. This case has been discussed within the body of this report. MAPPA has placed the needs of the victim at the centre of any discussions and planning.

N Training/briefing of agency staff

Briefing about MAPPA has taken place with the MAPPA SMB, Probation Teams across North Wales, the local Medium Secure Unit,Youth Offending Teams and groups of interested Local Authority Councillors. The documentation has been improved so it is currently fit for purpose. Further changes will take place when the MAPPA Unit at the Ministry of Justice provide areas with documentation to be used nationally. MAPPA Co-ordinators throughout Wales meet regularly to discuss matters that affect MAPPA in Wales to develop best practice.

N Development of MAPPA Quality Assurance arrangements

N Consolidation of reporting/recording arrangements

N Management of complex case involving a large number of offenders

N Better co-ordination with other Welsh areas

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WHAT IS MAPPA?
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.

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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: N Placing controls on an offender’s behaviour through strict conditions on licences and orders N Ensuring the offender has suitable accommodation N Use of Probation Hostels [Approved Premises] when necessary N Complete programmes when required N Receive appropriate mental health care N Recall to prison if licence conditions are breached

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HOW MAPPA WORKS

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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.

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WHO IS INVOLVED IN MAPPA?
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. Police 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 system. The police also are responsible for monitoring the registered sex offenders who live in our area. Probation

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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 trained to use OASys [Offender Assessment System].They also supervise the offender, make sure that he/she complies with the sentence requirements, and work with other agencies when relevant. Prison Service The prison service staff also assesses risk and they share information with the probation service and police service before release. Prison representatives attend MAPPA meetings when relevant.There is no prison in North Wales and the probation service has developed very close links with Altcourse Prison in Liverpool.

Adapted from: Keeping children safe from sex offenders. Leaflet published by Home Office 2007

N NHS Trusts throughout North Wales

N All the Local Authorities in North Wales N All North Wales Housing Associations N Jobcentre Plus N Youth Offending Services in North Wales N Serco Monitoring

MAPPA also has a number of ‘Duty to Co-operate agencies’ who work closely with the responsible Authority. These include: N Local Authority Health Boards throughout North Wales

The diagram above shows how the MAPPA process is supported by the various agencies that are required to provide information about offenders

N North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

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THE VICTIMS VIEWS

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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.

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STATISTICAL INFORMATION

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1. Category 1 MAPPA offenders : Registered Sex Offenders (RSO)
i) The number of RSOs living in North Wales This year’s figure has been further broken down by BCU. Eastern Western Central : : : 165 98 145 2005/06 6 2006/07 17 2005/06 395 2006/07 405 +2.5%

ii) The number of RSOs cautioned or convicted for breaches of requirement

iii) The number of SOPOs applied for and granted in year

2005/06 5 0 5

2006/07 45 1 28

Applied For: Interim Orders Full Orders:

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 (a) Applied for (b) Interim Notification Orders granted (c) Full Notification Orders imposed by the courts in your area 2005/06 0 0 0 2006/07 0 0 0

v) The number of Foreign Travel Orders

2005/06 0 0

2006/07 0 0

(a) Applied for (b) Imposed by the courts

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.

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STATISTICAL INFORMATION

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2. Category 2 MAPPA Offenders : Violent and Other Sexual offenders
vi) The number of violent and other sexual offenders (as defined by Section 327(3),(4) and(5) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003) 2005/06 127 2006/07 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 (2)(b) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003) 2005/06 145 2006/07 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 multiagency meetings are separate from the MAPPA process.

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STATISTICAL INFORMATION

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viii) Identify how many MAPPA offenders in each of the three categories have been managed through MAPPP (Level 3) and through local inter-agency risk management (Level 2)

4. Offenders managed through Level 3 (MAPPP) & Level 2 (local inter-agency management)
2005/06 2006/07 Level Level Level Level 2 3 2 3 102 115 143 7 12 2 90 67 87 10 3 2

RSO (Cat 1) V & O (Cat 2) Oth O (Cat 3)

Of the cases managed at levels 3 or 2, how many whilst ix) managed at that level:

2005/06

2006/07

Were returned to custody for a breach of licence? Were returned to custody for a breach of a restraining order or a sexual offences prevention order? Were charged with a serious sexual or violent offence?

Level Level Level Level 2 3 2 3 51 2 1 6 0 1 38 1 0 4 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.

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CASE STUDIES

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N Ensure consistency with licence conditions relating to the victim

Case Study 1

Over 20 offenders have been sentenced to prison for committing a number of offences against a single victim.These offenders are being managed through the MAPPA process by co-operation between Police, Probation, Social Services, and Local Authority housing and other agencies as necessary. While the offenders were in prison a special MAPPA meeting was held. Before this meeting the Victim Liaison Officer met with Social Services to ensure that the victim’s views regarding the future licence conditions of each of the offenders that would relate to her would be taken into account and also ensure that she was given any relevant information that she requested. A number of Probation Officers from North Wales, Prison staff, the investigating police officer and the Victim Liaison Officer attended this meeting.The purpose of the MAPPA meeting was to:

Following this initial meeting their have been a number of MAPPA Level 2 meetings held regarding the individual offenders. For each offender a meeting is held prior to release from prison where the nature and extent of the risk posed by each offender is discussed. A number of agencies contribute to this meeting which aims to make sure that the best release plans are in place that will N Protect the victim’s interests and the public in general N Ensure that the joint work of Probation Staff and the Police and will effectively monitor each offender and make sure the licence conditions are being enforced N Ensure interventions are in place to assist each offender change his behaviour Following release the individual offenders cases continue to be reviewed in MAPPA meetings when relevant. Any concerns regarding their behaviour are discussed and appropriate action taken. KEY FACTORS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THESE CASES N Respecting the victim’s wishes regarding licence conditions that relate to her

N Share relevant information

N Ensure all Probation staff were clear about the victim’s wishes N Identify any specific risk issues posed by individual offenders N Ensure that all the Probation Officers had the information they needed to draw up an effective risk management plan for each offender

N Continuous liaison between key agencies

N Multi-agency co-operation in regular reviews

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CASE STUDIES

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enforced licence conditions the monitoring and assessment continued. His case was now managed at MAPPA Level 2.

Case Study 2
Anthony Anthony had served a prison sentence for committing a sexual offence against his partner. He was released from prison to Approved Premises. However he was recalled following evidence that he had breached his licence conditions. He had also formed a relationship with a new partner who had children.This relationship finished however as a result of allegations about his behaviour during this period on licence, the police applied for, and obtained, a SOPO (Sexual Offences Prevention Order).This will protect past victims and also reduce the risk to others in the future. On his re-release he was initially managed at MAPPA Level 3.These meetings involved Police and Social Services working closely together with Probation Staff, for the purpose of sharing 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 Premises in South Wales. They were involved in the information sharing and discussions around risk management, and joined the meetings in North Wales via a video link.This facility has meant that all staff involved in South Wales (Probation staff and Police staff) could join the North Wales meeting without several individuals making the journey to North Wales. After monitoring and assessment in the South Wales Approved Premises, Anthony was escorted to a hostel in North Wales, where under strictly

Social Services were involved with his new partner’s family to make certain they understood his offending history and to assess any risk to children in his new partner’s extended family. Additionally the police closely monitored Anthony’s behaviour as he is a Registered Sex Offender and also subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order. Over the following months, with close assessment, monitoring and with the agreement of MAPPA Level 2 meetings, he was allowed ‘home leave’ from the hostel and eventually he was allowed to move to live with his new partner. He also found work. His Offender Manager discussed his job requirements with his employer and the MAPPA meeting assessed the suitability of the employment. KEY FACTORS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THIS CASE N Good information sharing between Probation Staff and Police and Social Services across North Wales N Effective collaboration with Police, Probation and Approved Premises in South Wales N Close monitoring following his release from prison N Strict enforcement of licence conditions

N Good multi-agency co-operation in all reviews

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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: N referral processes into MAPPA N structure of MAPPA minutes N transfer of cases into Wales and between areas

N format and circulation of the SMB Annual Reports N training for partner agencies N video conferencing N administration

N notification of the release of offenders not subject to supervision

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.

N contact information concerning partner agencies

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MAPPA SMB REVIEW OF BUSINESS PLAN 2006-07
Strategic Aim 1. MAPPA Infrastructure Development Delivery Plan Actions

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N Introduce new 1.2 Improve record keeping of MAPPA procedures for activity in line with referral and national guidance recording of meetings

N Establishment of All Wales Responsible Authority N Review existing 1.1 Consolidate Development Group arrangements arrangements for MAPPA between N Review of Public Protection arrangements by co-ordination Responsible and administration North Wales Police Authority members N New record keeping format introduced in April 2006 and further refined during year in light of new demands and learning. N Timetable delayed – expected roll out to Probation 2007-08 N Continuing review and update of local procedures. Wales MAPPA Co-ordinators meeting on regular basis to share good practice and introduce greater consistency across Wales. Still awaiting update of national guidance (expected October 2007)

1.3 Implement revised N Review and update national guidance procedures and protocols

N Implement fully VISOR when available

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Monitoring and Evaluation N Produce draft report N Annual Report produced on time N Publish final report N Produce regular report N Respond to SMB requests in respect of developing trends N MAPPA Co-ordinator’s regular report to SMB, including part year statistical data, analysis of other relevant factors (eg attendance and offender profiles)

2.2 Provide SMB with quarterly analysis of MAPPA activity 2.3 Develop quality assurance arrangements

2.1 Publication of Annual Report 2005/06

N Review of thresholds, N MAPPA Co-ordinator’s report to SMB on attendance and attendance and agency contribution. Greater agency contribution attention given by probation staff to ensure cases N Review processes managed at appropriate level

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MAPPA SMB REVIEW OF BUSINESS PLAN 2006-07
Strategic Aim 2.4 Introduce arrangements for case reviews 3. Communication and Strategic Partnerships Delivery Plan N SMB agree criteria N Delivery reports to SMB Actions N Case discussions at 2 SMB meetings during year

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3.2 All Wales collaboration

N Develop Responsible N Carried forward into 2007/08 3.1 Review existing arrangements Authority agreement between N Review DtoC Responsible Memorandums in Authority members line with new and DtoC bodies national guidance

N Produce plan for 3.3 Develop media and communication SMB endorsement strategies 4. Training 4.1 Support training and development needs of Lay Advisors

N Establishment of All Wales Responsible Authority N Contribute to Group initiatives to improve N Meeting of Lay Advisors in September 2006 consistency and share good practice N Development of both police and probation All Wales Groups N Carried forward into 2007/08

4.2 Ensure practitioners N Link with agency in all relevant training officers and agencies are plans sufficiently aware of MAPPA 4.3 Identify and support N As above training needs of key workers in MAPPA agencies

N Meeting of Wales Lay Advisors in September 2006 N Provide continuing opportunities for Lay N Lay Advisors’ National Conference February 2007 Adviser oversight of N Development of Lay Advisors’ Good Practice MAPPA activities Guidance (agreed 2007) N Support All Wales group N Contributions made by MAPPA Co-ordinator, Police Public Protection Co-ordinator and others to briefings of staff in a number of agencies and to local authority members in 2 counties N Carried forward to 2007/08

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MAPPA STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT BOARD BUSINESS PLAN 2007/08
Strategic Aim 1. MAPPA Infrastructure Development March 2008 Responsible Authority lead Officers Delivery Plan Milestones Resources

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Outcome

1.1 Consolidate N Review arrangements organisational between arrangements in Responsible light of local Authority members ongoing & national developments N Develop All Wales initiatives

Greater efficiency in use of resources

Quarterly meetings throughout year December 2007

Responsible Authority lead Officers Responsible Authority lead Officers

Consistent approach taken to issues by all 4 Wales MAPPA SMBs Greater clarification about respective responsibilities.

N Develop protocol between the 3 members of the Responsible Authority in North Wales. 1.2 Improve record N Develop existing keeping of MAPPA record keeping to activity in line with meet expectations in national guidance relation to disclosure N Introduce new national record keeping arrangements N Probation to implement use of ViSOR 1.3 Improve offender N All Police and assessment through Probation staff to be the use of Risk trained to use Matrix 2000

July 2007

MAPPA Co-ordinator

Accountability for decision making

October 2007 MAPPA (or when Co-ordinator published) March 2008 Probation staff

National consistency and exchange of data Improved sharing of intelligence Consistent measure of risk of re-offending in place across both agencies.

December 2007

Police and Probation staff

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MAPPA STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT BOARD BUSINESS PLAN 2007/08
Strategic Aim 2. Monitoring and Evaluation N Provide statistical analysis N Draft report for consideration of SMB N Publish final report 2.2 Provide SMB with quarterly analysis of MAPPA activity N Produce regular report N Respond to SMB requests in respect of developing trends N Develop further performance indicators 2.3 Develop quality assurance arrangements N Monitoring of thresholds, attendance and agency contribution N Run quality assurance exercise May 2007 July 2007 October 2007 Quarterly SMB meetings Quarterly SMB meetings Quarterly SMB meetings Quarterly SMB meetings December 2007 MAPPA Co-ordinator MAPPA Co-ordinator / Chair SMB MAPPA Co-ordinator / Chair SMB MAPPA Co-ordinator Delivery Plan Milestones Resources

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Outcome

2.1 Publication of Annual Report 2006/07

Achieved To enable comment and improvement Increase public awareness Greater awareness and ownership of information by SMB Greater awareness and ownership of information by SMB Greater awareness and ownership of information by SMB Ensure MAPPA arrangements operating effectively Improved quality of work

MAPPA Co-ordinator

MAPPA Co-ordinator MAPPA Co-ordinator / RA members MAPPA Co-ordinator / SMB members

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MAPPA STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT BOARD BUSINESS PLAN 2007/08
Strategic Aim 2.4 Consolidate arrangements for case reviews Delivery Plan N SMB to receive periodic case presentations Milestones Resources

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Outcome Improved awareness of SMB members & share good practice Ensure SMB able to receive report on cases as required

4 cases per MAPPA year at SMB Co-ordinator meetings MAPPA Co-ordinator

September N Framework for 2007 review of problematic cases developed for use as required 3. Communication and Strategic Partnerships N Review 2005 format December 2007 March 2008

3.1 Review existing Duty to Cooperate Memorandum

SMB

Ensure all MAPPA agencies aware of contribution required Ensure all MAPPA agencies aware of contribution required SMB to have consistent approach to publicity Agency websites to be linked / contain MAPPA information

N Ensure all DtoC agencies signed up

All SMB members

3.2 Develop media and N Produce plan for communications SMB endorsement strategies N Develop use of electronic media to promote MAPPA

October 2007

Responsible Authority members

Throughout All agencies year

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MAPPA STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT BOARD BUSINESS PLAN 2007/08
Strategic Aim 4. Training Delivery Plan N Implement local and national arrangements developed by Lay Advisor Group N Develop links with agency Training Officers and plans N Consider MAPPA Conference / promotional event N Develop links with agency websites N Support the development of Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) in North Wales Milestones October 2007 Resources Responsible Authority members / Lay Advisors

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Outcome Achieve greater clarity and consistency of Lay Advisor role

4.1 Support training and development needs of Lay Advisors 4.2 Ensure practitioners in all relevant agencies are sufficiently aware of MAPPA

Throughout MAPPA Co-ordinator year Date to be SMB / Work determined Group Throughout All agencies year December 2007

Increased staff awareness Increased profile for MAPPA Agency websites to be linked / contain MAPPA information Greater awareness of MAPPA by COSA administrator and volunteers

MAPPA Co-ordinator

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LAY ADVISORS

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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 public. Margaret Batty Alun Jones

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CONTACTS

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Matthew Driver Assistant Chief Probation Officer North Wales Probation Area Alexandra House Abergele Road Colwyn Bay LL29 9YF Tel: 01492 513413 Alan Green Detective Superintendent North Wales Police Headquarters 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 Headquarters Glan y Don Colwyn Bay Tel: 01492 517171

Chair of North Wales MAPPA SMB and overall Probation responsibility for MAPPA

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LINKS
N www.homeoffice.gov.uk

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N Report “Review of the Protection of children from sex offenders” (June 2007) N Leaflet “Keeping Children Safe from Sex Offenders (How Sex Offenders are Managed)” (June 2007) N www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/socialcare/safeguarding gives details about what the Government is doing to protect children N www.thinkuknow.co.uk gives advice to parents and children about how to stay safe on line HMSO. ISBN 978-1-84726-285-1 and on the above website HMSO. ISBN: 978-1-84726-283-7 and on above web site

N www.ceop.gov.uk for information about child exploitation and on line protection. It offers advice to parents and children N www.stopitnow.org.uk gives adults confidential information, advice and support to prevent child sex abuse. Also freephone number 0808 1000900 N www.justice.gov.uk N www.northwalesprobation.gov.uk N www.north-wales.police.uk N www.hmprisonservice.gov.uk

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