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CONTACTS
National Probation Service Baah Opong, Assistant Chief Officer Walter Tull House, 43-47 Bridge Street Northampton, NN1 1NS (Phone 01604 658000)

Northamptonshire Police Temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Fell, Commander Crime and Community

Mere Way, Northampton, NN4 8BE (Phone 08453 700700)

HM Prison Service Bob Perry Area Manager HM Prison Service East Midlands Region MAPPA Manager Elizabeth Hewitt

Empriss House, Unit C, Harcourt Way, Meridian Business Park, Leicester LE19 1WP (Phone 0116 281 4016)

Block 4, Mere Way, Northampton NN4 8BE (Phone 08453 700700)

Northamptonshire Victim Support Scheme

Angel Street, Northampton, NN1 1ED (Phone 01604 603477 )

Sunflower Centre Northampton

7-8 Mercers Row, Northampton, NN1 2QL (Phone 01604 233684)

Sunflower Centre Corby

C/o The Volunteer Bureau, Elizabeth Street, Corby, NN17 1PN (Phone 01536 204691)

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements Annual Report 2005-2006

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All general pictures featured in this report have been used to give a pictorial representation of the work of the MAPPA in Northamptonshire. No person shown in street scenes or pictured commercial or council buildings are connected with the MAPPA.

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MINISTERIAL FOREWARD
Making our communities safer and reducing re-offending is our highest priority and one of our biggest challenges. That is why the work undertaken through these multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) is so important. The supervision and management of sexual and violent offenders who pose the highest risk of serious harm, whether in the community or in custody, is complex and challenging; and is an aspect of public service where the public rightly expects all reasonable action to be taken. Although we have made significant progress in the last five years with the development of MAPPA across England and Wales, the review this year of a number of tragic incidents where people have been murdered or seriously injured reminded us of the importance of reviewing performance, improving practice and learning lessons. It is vital that these tasks are undertaken by the probation, police and prison services, as well as by those other agencies that contribute to the assessment and management of offenders. The publication of MAPPA Business Plans by each Area in this year’s annual reports offers a helpful and necessary programme of local development and review and must lead to enhanced practice. It will be essential that this progress is transparent and shared with local communities. In addition to this, however, it is important that no opportunity is missed to consider other measures that will further enhance public safety. That is why we are undertaking the Child Sex Offender Review, to look at how a particular group of offenders, who provoke anxiety for many, are best managed in the community. The review is consulting a wide range of practitioners and key stakeholders including the MAPPA lay advisers, and will report around the end of the year. Finally, in commending this report to you, I want to take the opportunity to thank all those involved locally in working with sexual and violent offenders, or in ensuring that these arrangements are fit for purpose. Where MAPPA is working well it is based on maintaining high professional standards and effective multiagency collaboration in the delivery of robust risk management plans. While it is not possible to eliminate risk entirely, where all reasonable action is taken the risk of further serious harm can be reduced to a minimum and fewer victims will be exposed to repeat offending.

Gerry Sutcliffe MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Criminal Justice and Offender Management

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The management of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements involves the Police, Probation and Prison Services as the Responsible Authority. These three services are supported by other agencies, which have a Duty to Co-operate in the management of violent and sexual offenders. The Strategic Management Board oversees the three operational levels of MAPPA. The board members are all senior managers and officers from the Responsible Authority and Duty to Co-operate agencies. Lay Advisors, who bring a community perspective to the meetings, also sit on the board. The management of risk is clearly demonstrated in the three case histories that are featured in the annual report. This year there has been a predictable increase in the number of Registered Sex Offenders residing in Northamptonshire. The figure was 344 on 31st March 2006, an increase of 34 compared to the previous year. The local rise reflects the national trend. These figures are expected to increase as registration periods are lengthy – sometimes for life. The number of sex offenders cautioned or convicted of breaching their registration requirement was 12. The number of violent offenders managed at Level 2 is consistent with the previous year, but the figure for sex offenders at this level has risen to 30. The figure reflects the increased number of sex offenders required to register. New developments during the year have included the introduction of a Probation programme to target domestic abuse. MAPPA offenders include men who have committed acts of violence against female partners. There has also been a MAPPA review of its operational processes to further improve working practices, and generate increased confidence in the effectiveness of the Multi-Agency Risk Management.

Elizabeth Hewitt MAPPA Manager

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CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION UNDERSTANDING MAPPA KEY DEVELOPMENTS OPERATION OF MAPPA ROLE OF THE AGENCIES INVOLVED WORK WITH VICTIMS CASE EXAMPLES MAPPA STATISTICS VIEW FROM THE SMB CHAIR LAY ADVISOR CONTRIBUTION PLANNING THE FUTURE STRATEGIC BUSINESS PLAN CONTACTS

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INTRODUCTION
Welcome to the fifth annual report of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements for Northamptonshire. This report details how during the last 12 months the statutory agencies have worked together, with other key organisations, in the management of sex and dangerous offenders living in the community. The protection of the public is our Number One priority and the commitment and role of each agency within the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) is crucial to ensure that the Arrangements remain a potent force in the work we undertake to make our communities safe. Northamptonshire Police have been working closely with partnership agencies, both within the county and on a national level. These working relationships have enabled the Police Service to be robust in its dealings with offenders assessed - by agencies within MAPPA - as likely to commit further violent or sexual offences. A series of Police operations has resulted in a number of offenders - whose behaviour indicated intentions to re-offend - being recalled to prison. Northamptonshire Police have widened the availability of the ViSOR - the Violent and Sexual Offenders’ Register - database in both policing areas enabling Police staff to maximise its use. The database includes details of all sex offenders who fall within the MAPPA criteria. Police Officers and staff are now better equipped than ever before to effectively manage sex offenders and prevent recidivism. Police representatives now have improved systems for interviewing victims of sexual crime and providing them with support through the Criminal Justice System. This improved approach, coupled with ongoing successes in the detection of sex crimes, has produced a significant increase in the number of Registered Sex Offenders living in the County. Police and civilian staffing levels in the central Public Protection Unit have been further increased to manage this growth and to further support the MAPPA process. In Northamptonshire the Strategic Management Board has commissioned a comprehensive review of our MAPPA work, which is ongoing, and we have embarked on the implementation of further initiatives to improve effectiveness of the Arrangements for managing dangerous offenders. We recognise that there is a degree of commonality in the policing of public protection disciplines, such as domestic violence, child protection and missing persons. A project is underway to examine the best way forward in this area, which centres on the construction of a wider, more efficient multi-agency protection model, with increased effectiveness concerning information sharing. The Prison Service is committed to its key role within MAPPA. High risk offenders are assessed and prioritised for all appropriate and available interventions during their time in custody.

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The work with offenders is aimed at reducing the risk that the individual presents to the public on release. Interventions in prison include: participation on offending behaviour programmes; individual work with the offender; health (including mental health) interventions along with educational/work and life skills to help them develop the skills required to resettle successfully in the community. The involvement of partner agencies during the custodial period of the sentence is vital. Through the Offender Manager and the MAPPA, the Prison Service shares information with partner agencies on the progress made by individual high risk offenders during their time in custody. Wherever possible a Prison representative, who is familiar with the offender’s case, attends the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel (MAPPP) and in some instances MAPPA Level 2 meetings. Otherwise, a report is submitted. The 2005-2006 annual report gives a comprehensive review of the complex and challenging work that is managed by the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements. We welcome the views of our Lay Advisors who sit on the Strategic Management Board and bring a local community perspective to our discussions. The case examples in this report illustrate how the agencies work together.

Peter Brown, Chief Officer of Probation

Peter Madison, Chief Constable Northamptonshire Police

Bob Perry, Area Manager, HM Prison Service, East Midlands Region

A national overview of the development of the MAPPA has been produced by the Responsible Authority National Steering Group (RANSG). To view please visit the website: www.probation.homeoffice.gov.uk/output/page30.asp

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UNDERSTANDING MAPPA
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements known as MAPPA were formally established by the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000. The Responsible Authority involves three key agencies – Police, Probation and the Prison Services. The Responsible Authority is supported by a range of organisations, which have been charged with a Duty to Cooperate in the management of MAPPA offenders in the community. These include: Youth Offending Teams; Local Health Authorities and Trusts; Housing Authorities and Social Landlords; Social Services Departments; Social Security and Employment Service Departments; Local Education Authorities; and Electronic Monitoring Providers who manage offenders subject to electronic ‘tagging’. MAPPA deals with Three Categories of Risk. CATEGORY 1 - All sex offenders in the community who are required to register with the Police. Registration covers a range of offences including those convicted or cautioned for downloading pornographic images of children from the internet. Periods of registration are lengthy and in many cases sex offenders must register indefinitely. When their registration period ends, they are no longer Category 1 MAPPA offenders. CATEGORY 2 - Offenders who have received a prison sentence of 12 months or more for particular violent crimes or for some offences of a sexual nature, which do not require them to register with the Police. When they are released from prison on licence they remain Category 2 offenders during their period of supervision with the Probation Service. This category also applies to men and women who have committed offences, which warranted a custodial sentence, but are committed to hospital under the Mental Health Act instead of prison. They remain Category 2 offenders whilst they are subject to Conditional Discharge and are supervised in the community by Mental Health Services. When their compulsory supervision ends, they are no longer Category 2 MAPPA cases. CATEGORY 3 - Other offenders who have been referred to MAPPA and have been assessed by the Responsible Authority as posing a risk of serious harm to the public. It must be established that the offender has a conviction for an offence, which demonstrates that he or she is capable of causing serious harm to the public. Category 3 offenders are de-registered at the point at which, in the assessment of the Responsible Authority, the offender no longer poses a serious risk of harm that requires management by MAPPA.

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LEVELS OF RISK
There are three levels at which risk is managed under MAPPA.

Level 3
Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel Management: high/very high risk cases assessed by the Responsible Authority as “the Critical Few”. Cases in which the effective management of the risk posed requires the close co-operation of agencies at a senior level due to the complexity of the case/or because of the unusual resource commitments it requires. This work is co-ordinated by a multi-agency risk management plan agreed by panel members.

Level 2
Local Inter-Agency Management: high risk cases which are assessed by the Responsible Authority as requiring the active involvement of more than one agency to effectively manage the risk posed by the offender.

Level 1
Ordinary Risk Management: low/medium risk cases are usually managed by a single agency such as the Probation Service.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS
(1st April 2005 – 31st March 2006)

Baah Opong was appointed Assistant Chief Officer, Northamptonshire Probation Area, with responsibility for MAPPA and Public Protection in June 2005. He is Co-Chair of the Strategic Management Board with Temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Fell – Commander, Crime and Community.

Establishment of IDAP – The Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme
MAPPA offenders include men who have committed acts of violence against their female partners. The Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme (IDAP) has been developed to challenge abusive attitudes and violent behaviour to effect change. The first IDAP group in Northamptonshire was started in July 2005. The programme is currently being delivered to three groups comprising of a combined total of twenty male offenders. IDAP explores how relationships can be built and developed on a non-violent and nonthreatening basis with respect, support and trust for their partners.

Baah Opong Victims and current partners (victims may be expartners) are offered the support of a Women’s Safety Worker. Women’s Safety Workers are provided by the Sunflower Centre. All staff at both the Northampton and the Corby Sunflower Centres have undertaken IDAP Awareness Training (as have all Northamptonshire Area Probation staff) and training in the use of Spousal Assault Risk Assessment (SARA). The Spousal Assault Risk Assessment has been developed specifically for use in incidents of domestic violence.

Paul Fell

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Sunflower is in a unique position to quickly gain information concerning further incidents of domestic abuse committed by IDAP participants, and to inform the relevant staff at Northamptonshire Probation Area. After participants have completed the programme, further prevention work is undertaken with individual offenders to avoid any relapse into abusive ways of behaving. This work is undertaken by the offender’s supervising Probation Officer, called an Offender Manager. In the future Northamptonshire Probation Area intends to expand the delivery of IDAP in partnership with RELATE. It is planned that workers from RELATE will facilitate groups with a mix of statutory and voluntary participants. It is proposed that RELATE workers will also undertaken the management of voluntary participants, including safety work to support female partners, and the completion of follow up work after the programme ends.

“Sunflower Centre staff have been working with victims of domestic abuse since 2000, and have developed good practice skills and excellent links with other service providers such as Women’s Aid, Housing and Children’s Services. IDAP referrals are often already known to SFC or other local DA organisations and are therefore easier to engage with.”
Manager of Northampton Sunflower Centre

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS
The Violent and Sex Offender Register (ViSOR)
The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 places a joint responsibility on Police and Probation to improve the way violent offenders and sex offenders are monitored. A national data base is therefore being developed to assist with this task. Northamptonshire Police have introduced ViSOR, which is now fully established in relation to sex offenders and is in both Basic Command Unit areas. The ViSOR database is currently administered by the Public Protection Unit Administration Assistant, who is the force’s central point of contact. The ViSOR database has been designed to include all MAPPA registered offenders.

MAPPA Review
Northamptonshire MAPPA has taken note of the findings of recent national inspections and research concerning the effectiveness and efficiency of MAPPA. Northamptonshire is committed to developing “Best Practice” and has embarked on a comprehensive review of MAPPA’s development and operational processes to further strengthen multiagency support, establish a single point of contact with other partner agencies – and to ensure that procedures are sufficiently robust to maintain partner/public confidence in the effectiveness of multi-agency risk management. As part of this exercise a Multi-Agency Risk of Harm/MAPPA Training Programme is currently being delivered in Northamptonshire. The programme aims to achieve a better understanding of: - Risk definitions, risk management procedures and the victim’s perspective. - The link between good practice, risk assessment and public protection. - Factors that can increase and decrease risk. - The purpose of MAPPA. - What works in MAPPA/positive outcomes.

A total of four local intelligence officers have been trained in its use, and will be responsible for recording the visits to low and medium risk offenders, as well as using ViSOR as an analytical tool in the detection of reported sex crime. The MAPPA Manager and the MAPPA Administrator in Northamptonshire will receive training in the use of ViSOR.

Comment from Children and Young People’s Service Panel Member. “MAPPA is a good forum for managing risk. I found the recent MAPPA/Risk of Harm Training Event, really helpful.”

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Protocol with Local Housing Authorities
A key factor in reducing the risk of re-offending is to provide offenders with appropriate accommodation that helps stabilise their lifestyles. This supports the work of other criminal justice agencies, whose staff are working with the offender to address his or her criminal behaviour and attitudes. The joint objective is to protect the public by reducing offending. Although the 2003 Housing Protocol directs our approach to accommodation provision, the protocol does not provide a comprehensive solution to the provision of housing for homeless MAPPA offenders. The protocol is being reviewed and it needs to be extended to include other housing providers e.g. Social Landlords such as Housing Associations. Voluntary housing projects also offer valuable resources as accommodation provision varies across Northamptonshire. The issues surrounding the provision of housing for MAPPA offenders in Northamptonshire are complex.

The Government programme, entitled Supporting People, is funding an initiative to provide support to high risk MAPPA offenders. This support will help them develop the skills needed to maintain their accommodation and to successfully resettle in the community without re-offending. This additional support package may encourage more housing providers to offer accommodation to MAPPA offenders who can be supervised and worked with to build stable lives.

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THE OPERATION OF MAPPA
The Structure
The Strategic Management Board (SMB) oversees all three levels of MAPPA. The Board members are all senior managers and officers from the Responsible Authority and Duty to Co-operate agencies. The Chair of the Strategic Management Board is drawn from the Responsible Authority – Police, Probation and Prison Services. The position of SMB Chair in Northamptonshire, is currently shared between Police and Probation. In addition to representatives from the Responsible Authority, the following agencies are represented both at SMB and at the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel: Youth Offending Service; Children’s Services; Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Local Authority Housing. Two Lay Advisors have also attended SMB meetings.

Lay Advisors
Lay Advisors have a role in bringing their local perspective and understanding as members of local communities to the SMB. The appointment of Lay Advisors is in accordance with Section 326 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. Lay Advisors have undertaken training on a local, regional and national basis.

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MAPPA In Practice
The MAPPP (Level 3) meets monthly in Northampton. Inter-Agency Risk Assessment and Risk Management Meetings (Level 2) are held weekly alternating between the north of the County and Northampton. The MAPPA Manager chairs both MAPPP and the Inter-Agency Risk Assessment and Risk Management Meetings. The MAPPA Manager is accountable to the SMB and reports to the Board on a quarterly basis. The MAPPA Administrator has responsibility for all of the MAPPA administration and produces minutes of all MAPPA meetings and SMB meetings. Public Protection work is for the most part carried out by each of the partner agencies in their normal duties. Good quality risk assessment and clear risk management plans, together with appropriate professional input, ensures offenders are assessed and risk managed appropriately. Offenders are offered the opportunity to gain an understanding as to why they offend, and are supported to develop new approaches and strategies to control or change their behaviour.

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THE OPERATION OF MAPPA
Risk Assessments Referrals
An inter-agency risk assessment and risk management meeting may be arranged in response to a referral. Key practitioners, who have contact with the offender, are obliged to attend and line managers are also encouraged to participate. This meeting will consider the assessment of risk, agree the level of risk management required and formulate an inter-agency risk management plan. The risk management may include a range of additional licence conditions, which the offender must keep to. These conditions can include a requirement to reside at an Approved Premises managed by the Probation Service; attend a particular probation programme to target his/her offending behaviour etc, and deal with victim issues e.g. no contact with the victim. The conditions imposed for those convicted of sexual offences against children routinely prohibit association with any persons under 18 years. The Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel (MAPPP) is involved with the management of risk in the minority of cases requiring multi-agency involvement at a senior level (Level 3) due to the nature of the risk, and the resources required to effectively manage that degree of risk in the community. Cases risk managed at Level 2 and at Level 3 are reviewed regularly to consider whether the risk continues to require multi-agency or interagency management, the effectiveness of the risk management plan and any changes, which may be required. An offender who meets the MAPPA criteria will be managed on an inter-agency or multi-agency basis if effective risk management requires the active involvement of two or more agencies.

When an agency has a concern about an offender, who meets the MAPPA criteria, they can refer to the MAPPA. At this stage a full risk assessment is undertaken using a risk assessment tool. The risk assessment tool used will vary according to the agency. The Probation Service and the Prison Service use the Offender Assessment System - OASys that looks at an offender’s criminal history, current circumstances and contains a section to assess the potential risk of harm to others. This assessment is continuously reviewed to reflect changes in circumstances and behaviour, which may increase or decrease risk of harm. The Probation Service additionally uses the Risk Matrix assessment tool in relation to offenders convicted of sexual offences, as do the Police. Risk Matrix looks at particular static (unchangeable) factors in an offender’s history, which are known to have a significant link to the likelihood of reconviction for offending. ASSET is an assessment system used by the Youth Offending Teams. Risk assessment tools are used to help inform the decisions made concerning risk management levels and risk management plans.

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ROLE OF THE AGENCIES INVOLVED - AN OVERVIEW NATIONAL PROBATION SERVICE

HM PRISON SERVICE

POLICE

AG E N C I E S W I T H A D U T Y TO C O - O P E R AT E

Mental Health Services Due to the complexity and range of statutory and non-statutory responsibilities within the Trust and with Social Care staff, there are two core panel members representing Psychiatric Services.

Housing The provision of suitable accommodation is necessary for the effective management of MAPPA offenders, but in some cases the offenders will have a history of aggression and anti-social behaviour.

Youth Offending Teams Undertake a specialist criminal justice role that cuts across the work of the Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and those agencies involved in safeguarding children and young people.

Social Services Adults are served by Community Services while children and their families are served by the Children and Young People's Service (CYPS).

Specialist Victim Contact Officers Victims are entitled to be kept informed of the release arrangements for the offender, the month in which the offender will be released, general location, and details of any licence conditions that restrict the offender’s movements and reduce the impact on the victim. Victims are entitled to be informed if the offender is discussed at MAPPP.

NHS Trust – Safeguarding Children Representative A designated nurse for Safeguarding Children links the panel with Health Services and with the Area Safeguarding Children Board.

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ROLE OF THE AGENCIES INVOLVED
Northamptonshire Police
The local Public Protection Unit (PPU) is staffed by a Detective Sergeant, two Detective Constables, two Detective Support Officers and an Administration Assistant. The PPU role is two-fold: firstly the preparation of risk assessments on newly released sex offenders by using an actuarial risk assessment tool, and by examining a number of dynamic risk factors. Actuarial risk factors can refer to an individual’s offending history, which cannot be altered. Dynamic risk factors can be changed and include basic skill deficits, substance abuse, and finding and maintaining work. Secondly, PPU Officers visit Registered Sex Offenders at home to get a realistic picture of their circumstances to accurately assess continued risk factors. The officers are then able to share relevant information with other agencies such as Probation and Social Services. Through these assessments, the Police discover individuals whose risk indicates the need for co-operation between two or three partner agencies. The Police work closely with the Probation Service and officers from the two services frequently undertake joint visits to offenders’ homes as appropriate. The Police identify individuals for referral to the MAPPA, and crucially have a key role in carrying out risk management plans. This work covers a variety of techniques including: - supply of alarms to potential victims, - disclosure of information to members of the public and - provision of support and advice to offenders. The Detective Sergeant from the Public Protection Unit and Detective Superintendent, Director of Intelligence from Crime and Community are Core MAPPA Panel Members.

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Community-based Police Inspectors and Sergeants routinely attend Inter-Agency Risk Management Meetings in their local areas. Additionally, Domestic Violence Officers attend both Level 2 and Level 3 meetings as appropriate in respect of cases in which they are involved. In Northampton and Corby these officers are based at the Sunflower Centres. The PPU is involved in supporting the local Basic Command Units by providing advice on the investigation of relevant crime, and in the application for Sexual Offences Prevention Orders. An order can prohibit an offender living in a household with children and/or working with children. The unit continues to drive forward with new practices and ideas. These include the development of a Dynamic Risk Assessment tool (DRAM) for use in initial visits. The Police’s DRAM considers the actions which led to the crime, the offence and its consequences as well as the offender’s family relationships, employment status, accommodation, leisure pursuits etc. New ideas also include a weekly Risk Assessment Meeting (RAM), as well as a number of planned force training seminars later this year. There are now designated Inspectors with responsibility for Police participation at InterAgency (Level 2) MAPPA meetings in respect of Category 2 and 3 offenders.

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ROLE OF THE AGENCIES INVOLVED
National Probation Service, Northamptonshire
The Probation Service uses the Offender Assessment System (OASys) to risk assess defendants appearing at court, who require a court report, and offenders supervised by the service. Additionally, specialist risk assessment tools are used when assessing offenders convicted of specific crimes such as sex offences and domestic violence. The national Public Protection Unit oversees the supervision of sex offenders and offenders assessed as high or very high risk of harm. Violent offenders and sex offenders sentenced to imprisonment of 12 months or more can be subject to additional licence conditions upon release from prison. The conditions aim to reduce the risk they pose to the community e.g. prohibit contact with victims. Community sentences and post release licences are rigorously enforced with breaches resulting in court action or recall to prison. The Northamptonshire Probation Area delivers the Community Sex Offender Groupwork Programme for men who have committed sexual offences. The 240 hour long programme has been developed to enable the participants to gain an understanding of their offending, identify the triggers and develop strategies to control their abusive behaviour. A further Sex Offender Groupwork Programme, adapted for men who have learning difficulties, is also available. This programme is being delivered jointly by the Probation Area with the Forensic Psychology Partnership. The Probation Area is also involved in a pilot project involving the use of a polygraph with sex offenders. The polygraph, which has been described as a “truth facilitator”, checks breathing, cardiovascular activity and sweating as a series of questions are asked. The questions are agreed beforehand and each one is asked three times. Three or four of the questions are relevant to their offending. It is used at the start of the Sex Offender Treatment Programme to elicit disclosure, and subsequently (usually six monthly) to monitor compliance and areas of concern. The polygraph is used on a voluntary basis as it is a pilot project. The Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme runs for domestic violence cases (see Key Developments). Additional interventions include CALM (anger management programme) and Priestly One-to-One (general offending programme). The supervising Probation Officer normally attends all MAPPA Meetings.

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The Prison Service
The Prison Service is represented on the Northamptonshire Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel (MAPPP) by the Head of Resettlement from a local prison. The agreed protocol between the Prison Service in the East Midlands Region and the Strategic Management Board (SMB), sets out the expectations in terms of information sharing and level of attendance at MAPPA meetings. OASys is also the risk assessment tool used by the Prison Service in England and Wales. Prison staff identify prisoners who fit the MAPPA criteria and ensure that this is recorded on the Local Inmate Data Base System (LIDS). Inter-departmental team meetings are staged to update staff concerning offender risk assessments, which are kept under review. Relevant information is passed to the supervising officer and in respect of Level 3 cases to the MAPPA Manager. Assessment information is also given to the receiving prison when prisoners are transferred. Whilst serving their sentence in prison, offenders have the opportunity to attend specialist programmes that assist participants to address their offending behaviour including the Sex Offender Treatment Programme. Prison representatives make a valuable contribution to MAPPA pre-release work as they are able to give information as to the offender’s attitudes and progress. They share information about the offender’s discipline record, education opportunities etc. to assist in the planning and management of risk. The Prison Service can also access resources such as psychiatric assessments whilst the offender is in custody.

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ROLE OF THE AGENCIES INVOLVED
Mental Health Services
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust and seconded Social Care staff provide a variety of services to the population of Northamptonshire. Each of the multi-disciplinary specialist teams represent a range of professions, including Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists. Due to the complexity and range of statutory and non-statutory responsibilities within the Trust and Social Care staff, there are two core panel members representing Psychiatric Services. One of them is the Community Service Manager for the Criminal Justice and Community Forensic Team, and the other is the County Manager for Approved Social Work (A.S.W.) Service. The Mentally Disordered Offenders’ Service pools the expertise of Health and Social Care professionals who work with a range of mentally disordered offenders in a variety of settings. This includes: community (enhanced CPA), in-patient, prisoners (both remand and sentenced) and Probation and Youth Justice. The Service works closely with its main stakeholders in the Criminal Justice and Mental Health arena and is skilled in mental health risk assessments. The Service can identify the links both practical and theoretical between mental health and offending. Both panel members are very experienced in their own respective areas of work, but because of the overlap in several aspects of their individual specialism, they make a significant contribution to the panel regarding local and regional facilities, mental disorders, legal aspects and risk management. Senior managers within the Trust recognise the importance of their representation on the MAPPA Panel and endorse continued attendance.

“We have welcomed the opportunity to work collaboratively to assess, manage and reduce the risk of high risk offenders and to offer consultation, County Manager for assessment and Approved Social ongoing management. Work Service This practice has resulted in some specific joint case management of high risk mentally disordered offenders in the community, and joint operations with Police and Probation around recall issues regarding conditions of licence. This is a difficult and challenging area of work, but one that is essential. Resources are, of course, always an issue, but clearly MAPPA matters are routinely prioritised and the continued development of multiagency working with these individuals is a continuing challenge we will work towards.”

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Housing
Northamptonshire has seven Local Authorities. The individual Local Authorities have identified a MAPPA contact within their own housing departments. Part of the MAPPA review has underlined the need for a core representative from housing to attend the MAPPP. The provision of suitable accommodation is necessary for the effective management of MAPPA offenders, but this has to be balanced with the key priority of protecting the public. In some instances the offender will have a history of aggression and anti-social behaviour towards housing providers. Given these circumstances, the shortage of appropriate housing is understandable and has been a prime area of concern for the MAPPA. The 2003 Housing Protocol is being reviewed and improved. A working party has examined how systems can be further developed to accommodate MAPPA offenders appropriately and has linked in with the Supporting People initiative. One proposal put forward would involve designing individual packages of support for high risk offenders that would be funded by the Supporting People programme. Better support and management of offenders living in their own accommodation is expected to highlight problems before they become major issues that would end in the termination of an offender’s tenancy. HOUSING SERVICES Housing Advice: Local Authorities provide advice about housing options including council housing, housing associations and private lettings. The councils also provide advice to individuals making enquiries concerning housing applications, including those looking for transfers or mutual exchanges. The Housing Register does not prevent anyone (regardless of tenure or location within the UK) from joining the waiting list. Applicants’ circumstances are assessed using the Local Authority Housing Allocations & Lettings Policy. Local Authority Homeless Services: Advice on all aspects of housing is provided. The aim is to provide advice and assistance in the short term and to ensure tailored support is achievable in the long term. Most homeless applications are from people with dependent families, although there are also significant numbers of single people with support needs. The Homeless Legislation of 2002 and the Code of Guidance are used by housing staff to assess homeless applicants. Applicants are assessed under 5 criteria, they are: 1. Eligibility, 2. Actual Homeless or threatened within 28 days, 3. Priority Need, 4. Local Connection, and 5. Intentionality. If an applicant is accepted and not assessed as intentionally homeless under the legislation, then temporary accommodation is secured, whilst a more permanent solution is sought. Otherwise, advice is given to assist the applicant to find accommodation independently.

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ROLE OF THE AGENCIES INVOLVED
Youth Offending Teams
Youth Offending Teams manage young offenders who may present a risk to the public and who may have been damaged by childhood experiences. These experiences may make them vulnerable and in need of protection. Youth Offending Teams undertake a specialist criminal justice role that cuts across the work of the Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and those agencies involved in safeguarding children and young people. A Manager of the Youth Offending Team represents the YOT on both the Senior Management Board and the Level 3 Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels. The YOT is also represented at Level 2 on a case by case basis. The Youth Offending Team has recently introduced a risk policy, which addresses the risk posed by young people to the community. As a result of the new policy, risk procedures require the YOT to hold internal panel meetings that categorise the level of risk. The identification process is via ASSET, the assessment tool used by the YOT. The same process identifies the vulnerability of young people and referrals are made either to MAPPA or the child protection process, depending on the levels of risk or vulnerability identified.

Social Services
Northamptonshire County Council provides Social Services to the local community. Adults are served by Community Services while children and their families are served by the Children and Young People's Service (CYPS). One of the panel members is a Team Manager in the Northampton Referral Team, which is part of CYPS, and his role within the organisation is to manage and oversee child protection investigations as well as assessments regarding children in need. The CYPS works closely with our statutory and non-statutory agencies delivering services to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the county. The Team Manager provides a link for other MAPPA agencies to Social Workers within CYPS and contributes to the panel from a child protection perspective.

NHS Trust – Safeguarding Children Representative
A designated nurse for Safeguarding Children links the panel with Health Services (Community Midwives, Health Visitors and General Practitioners) and with the Area Safeguarding Children Board.

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WORK WITH VICTIMS
The Probation Service has a statutory duty to contact victims - in cases where a sentence of twelve months or more has been given for a sexual or violent offence - to ask if they wish to be consulted about release arrangements. Specialist Victim Contact Officers deal exclusively with the victims of crime. The Victim Contact Officers make extensive efforts to locate victims to ascertain if they wish to be kept informed. When a victim chooses to be consulted, the Victim Contact Officer will arrange to meet them at a time and place convenient to them. The officer can then feedback their views and concerns. Victims are entitled to be kept informed of the release arrangements for the offender, the month in which the offender will be released, general location, and details of any licence conditions that restrict the offender’s movements and reduce the impact on the victim. Victims are entitled to be informed if the offender is discussed at MAPPP. The MAPPP has acted on concerns of victims and supported licence conditions that prevent offenders from entering specific areas within Northamptonshire and prohibiting contact. Police have acted to protect victims and reduce their fears by the installation of alarms in victim’s homes. Victim Contact Officers link victims to Victim Support Services, which operate separately from the Probation Service.

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CASE EXAMPLES
Case 1 Partnership working to successfully manage risk in the community

Mr A was convicted of sexual offences against children. His offending included contact offences and taking indecent photographs of a child. In order to offend he befriended his victims and bought them presents. Loneliness and feelings of isolation were identified as factors, which increase his risk of re-offending. He completed the Adapted Sex Offender Treatment Programme in custody and presented no behavioural problems in prison. The panel agreed that Mr A should be managed at Level 3. He was placed in Approved Premises upon release, and he was subject to strict licence conditions and curfews. He was not allowed to have contact with any child under the age of eighteen. Mr A complied with further intensive work on an individual basis with his supervising officer, and he also participated in a further groupwork programme to reduce his risk. Mr A voluntarily continued to participate on the Community-based Adapted Sex Offender Programme when his licence conditions expired. His move to accommodation was carefully selected by the Probation Service and a housing provider to ensure that where he lived did not give him easy access to children. Following the expiry of his licence supervision, Mr A continued to receive visits from Police and Probation, which were reduced in frequency over time. He remains subject to Sex Offender Registration requirements and he will continue to be monitored and visited by Police Officers over an indefinite period. As the panel is satisfied that his risk of harm to the public is sufficiently reduced, his risk management level is now Level 1 - single agency management by Police. Mr A has been in the community for over two years since his release from prison during which time he has not committed any further offences.

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Case 2 This case highlights how planned effective monitoring gave an early warning of an offender’s increased risk of re-offending – and eventual successful recall.

Mr B was a transferred to Northamptonshire from another area where his case was managed at Level 3. At the point of his release from custody for a violent offence, he was subject to a short period of supervision on licence by the Probation Service. As there was a history of extreme violence, and Mental Health Services had been involved, the panel agreed that he should continue to be managed at Level 3 in Northamptonshire. In addition to supervision by the Probation Service, there was a high level of intervention by the Community Forensic Mental Health Team working jointly with the Community Mental Health Assertive Outreach Team. Social Services also had an interest in relation to child protection concerns and worked in tandem with the other services involved under MAPPA. For several months he appeared to be settled and the family situation seemed stable. The Panel was involved in supporting a housing transfer for the family. His mental health ultimately deteriorated, and Mental Health Services alerted MAPPA accordingly. It was reported that he had breached an additional licence condition to keep all of his appointments with his Psychiatrist. There were indications that he was becoming psychotic and that his risk of harm was increasing. There were also child protection issues. Community Psychiatric Nurses were visiting him daily and reported their concerns. The Probation Service consequently initiated recall. Police and the Community Mental Health Services worked jointly to persuade Mr B, and his family, that recall was in the best interests of all concerned. The Police were able to execute the recall without further incident. Community Mental Health Services alerted Health Care at the receiving prison in advance and made preparations for him to be assessed for transfer to hospital. This was achieved.

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CASE EXAMPLES
Case 3 This case demonstrates the effectiveness of Approved Premises management and how agencies share vital information to protect the vulnerable.

Mr C was referred to MAPPA – Level 2 Inter-Agency Risk Management – whilst subject to licence conditions for acquisitive offences involving violence and threats of serious harm to female victims. He also has a conviction for an offence against a child. Trigger factors in his offending included his drug and alcohol abuse. He was released on licence and there were additional conditions that included a requirement to reside at an Approved Premise, and address his alcohol and drug use. There were also conditions to have no association with any child without prior approval of his supervising officer, and he was prohibited from residing in the same household as a child. Mr C was recalled for his failure to return to the hostel by curfew and he tested positive for drugs. He was subsequently released on a further period of licence and was subject to additional licence conditions. On this occasion he supplied an address, which was approved. His licence conditions prohibiting association with children and staying in the same household as a child - even for one night remained in place. His supervising officer discovered that he breached the condition that prohibited him from staying overnight in the same place as a child. Mr C had begun a new relationship with a partner who had children. Social Services were alerted and his supervising Probation Officer recalled him. Through their participation in MAPPA, Children’s Services were fully aware of the circumstances and have visited him in prison, with the Probation Officer, to discuss his release plans. Children’s Services will remain fully involved concerning child protection issues.

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MAPPA STATISTICS

There has been a predictable increase in the number of Registered Sex Offenders residing in Northamptonshire from 310 on 31st March 2005 to 344 on 31st March 2006. This follows a national pattern. It must be remembered that registration periods are lengthy – sometimes for life therefore de-registrations are much fewer in number than those required to register. Anyone convicted or cautioned for a Specified Sexual Offence is required to register. This includes offenders convicted or cautioned for ‘downloading’ offences. The number of Sex Offenders cautioned or convicted of breach of their registration requirement over the period has increased to 12. There were seven during the previous year and eight in the period from 1st April 2003 – 31st March 2004.

Category 2 numbers have remained fairly consistent over the twelve-month period as have the number of Category 3 cases. However, a significantly larger proportion of Category 2 cases have been managed at Level 3. There has been a corresponding reduction in the number of Category 3 (Other Offenders) managed at Level 3 and an increase in the number of Category 3 cases managed at Level 2. The number of violent offenders managed at Level 2 is consistent with the previous year, but the number of sex offenders managed at this level has increased substantially from 13 to 30 which reflects the increased number of sex offenders required to register. The number of sex offenders managed at Level 3 has remained consistent at 13 (14 the preceding year). Although the total number of cases managed at Level 3 at some point over the period 1st April 2005 – 31st March 2006 reflect a reduction of only one – the number managed at this level on 31st March 2006 was 10.

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MAPPA STATISTICS
1. Category 1 MAPPA offenders: Registered Sex Offenders (RSO)
i) The number of RSOs living in the Northamptonshire Area on 31st March 2006. 344 Number of RSOs living in the individual Basic Command Units are – North: 137, West: 207

a) The number of RSOs per 100'000 head of population. 55

ii) The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement, between 1st April 2005 and 31st March 2006. 12

iii) The number of (a) Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) applied for (b) interim SOPOs granted and (c) full SOPOs imposed by the courts in the Northamptonshire Area between 1st April 2005 and 31st March 2006. (a) 4 (b) 1 (c) 2

iv) The number of (a) Notification Orders applied for (b) interim Notification Orders granted and (c) full Notification Orders imposed by the courts in the Northamptonshire Area between 1st April 2005 and 31st March 2006. (a) 0 (b) 0 (c) 0

v) The number of Foreign Travel Orders (a) applied for and (b) imposed by the courts in the Northamptonshire Area between 1st April 2005 and 31st March 2006. (a) 0 (b) 0

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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 Section 327 (3), (4) and (5) of the Criminal Justice Act (2003)) living in the Northamptonshire Area between 1st April 2005 and 31st March 2006. 151

3. Category 3 MAPPA offenders: Other Offenders (OthO)
vii) The number of ‘other offenders’ (as defined by Section 325 (2)(b) of the Criminal Justice Act (2003)) between 1st April 2005 and 31st March 2006. 16

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MAPPA STATISTICS
4. Offenders managed though Level 3 (MAPPP) & Level 2 (local inter-agency management)
(viii) Identify how many MAPPA offenders in each of the three Categories (i.e. (1)- RSOs, (2)- V&O and (3)- OthO above) have been managed through the MAPPP (Level 3) and through local inter-agency risk management (Level 2) between 1st April 2005 and 31st March 2006. Level 3 Cat. 1 - 13 Cat. 2 - 11 Cat. 3 - 3 Level 2 Cat. 1 - 30 Cat. 2 - 18 Cat. 3 - 13

(ix) Of the cases managed at Levels 3 or 2 (i.e. (viii)) between 1st April 2005 and 31st March 2006 how many, whilst managed at that level: (a) Were returned to custody for a breach of licence? Level 2 – 9, Level 3 – 6 (b) Were returned to custody for a breach of a restraining order or sexual offences prevention order? Level 2 – 0, Level 3 – 0 (c) Were charged with a serious sexual or violent offence? Level 2 – 0, Level 3 – 0

For these purposes a serious sexual and violent offence is one of the following (i.e. the same offences as used to trigger reporting in the National Probation Service as a ‘serious further offence’): a Murder; b Attempted murder; c Arson (where there is an intent to endanger life); d Manslaughter; e Rape; f Kidnap/abduction or attempted kidnap/abduction. g Any other very serious violent or very serious sexual offence, armed robbery (defined as robbery involving a firearm), assault with a deadly weapon or hostage taking. h Any other violent or sexual offence where the offender/ offence is likely to attract significant media interest or which raises wider issues of national interest.

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STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT BOARD

Baah Opong Co-Chair of the SMB

The Strategic Management Board (SMB) oversees all three operational levels of the MAPPA. The number of MAPPA registered offenders is increasing, as are the demands on the Responsible Authority to manage these cases effectively and safely. The Chair and the SMB member representing Children and Young People’s Service, also sit on the Local Safeguarding Children Board. They have a close working relationship and provide a strong link at senior management level between Safeguarding Children and MAPPA. In response to growing demands, the SMB commissioned a review of our local MAPPA to ensure that future developments will further strengthen partnership work, and ensure that resources are used in the most effective manner to protect the public from harm. A key role for the SMB is to support each contributing agency as it works to prioritise and strengthen its commitment to the Arrangements. To maintain and further build public confidence in the role of the MAPPA, it is imperative that we are transparent about our working practices, the issues presented by our work with dangerous offenders and our future objectives.

In the coming year we will ensure that each agency participating in the MAPPA clarifies and strengthens its commitment to the Arrangements, and that membership is further reviewed to see if additional partnerships can be created. We have welcomed the contributions of our two Lay Advisors who are active members of our local communities. They have contributed to the SMB by bringing a local perspective and understanding to the discussions. The concerns raised by one of our Lay Advisors, which is featured in this report, must spur us on to make sure that the Northamptonshire MAPPA contribute to local and national debates to ensure that we make effective use of the allocated resources. The SMB is proud of how we have consolidated our partnership approach and look forward to achieving greater cohesion in our future performance.

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LAY ADVISOR CONTRIBUTION

Lay Advisor, Northamptonshire MAPPA.

Being the critical friend
As I write these few words the national headlines are consumed with another Government initiative aimed at reassuring the public that steps are being taken in response to a spate of re-offending by violent and sex offenders being monitored by the probation departments and the police. Having been a part of the arrangements as one of two ‘critical friends’ on the Strategic Management Board for over a year now, I am concerned. The arrangements for dealing with such cases between multiple public bodies and the judicial system are frighteningly complex. Supervision and surveillance are massively expensive and therefore has to be carried out according to best evidence as to who are the most risky offenders. This is a matter of professional judgement assisted by tools built from experience, not foolproof measures. We have heard discussions when recommendations have been made but resources are not always available to meet the identified need and therefore compromise ensues. Every agency appears stretched to its limits and despite good will on the most part, it is plainly impossible to closely monitor and supervise all of those who have the potential to go on to commit further crimes. As yet the evidence on predictability appears far from certain. When the judicial sentence has expired or early release is granted, by law, ex-offenders are free to return to their communities albeit with restrictions upon activities for some.

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Hostel placements and housing for offenders is severely limited which leads to difficulty in terms of their reintegration and resettlement within society. National proposals for further hostel places have also been trailed in the national news. The Strategic Management Boards themselves still appear to be struggling to become certain of their composition and confident in their purpose. An excellent, well co-ordinated national training programme is helping, but there appears to be a need for considerable further public investment in this area if it is to improve and not remain a rhetorical facet of national and local politics. Date: 25/4/06

Have a view to express to the SMB? Views and comments can be sent to: Lay Advisors Northamptonshire Probation Area Walter Tull House, 43-47 Bridge Street Northampton, NN1 1NS.

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MAPPA REVIEW
Planning the Future
Northamptonshire is in the process of streamlining procedures and revisiting operational agreements between agencies within the MAPPA structure to strengthen its effectiveness. SMB Business Plan The SMB Business Plan is attached as Appendix A. It covers four main areas.

1. How MAPPA will be ‘Developed’ in Northamptonshire Action - Review administrative roles and resources to ensure that there is the capacity required for the growing demands and smooth running of MAPPA. Action - Review of SMB membership and links with other relevant strategic bodies e.g. Local Criminal Justice Board, Safeguarding Board etc. Action - Implementation of revised national MAPPA guidance. Action - Identify key financial contribution to MAPPA – and manage services within budget. Action - Oversight of ViSOR implementation locally. The new National Offender Management Information System – NOMIS is being introduced at the Northamptonshire Probation Area. NOMIS has the capacity to interface with ViSOR which will benefit investigations and information sharing between the Police and Probation Services. Action - Further development of support structures for the management of convicted domestic violence offenders assessed as high risk of causing serious harm and developing arrangements for multi-agency domestic murder reviews. Action - Support for Public Protection Sentencing Measures and the use of Civil Orders e.g. nonmolestation orders to help protect victims and other members of the public. 2. How MAPPA will be monitored and assessed Action - Sub group to be established to monitor the Level 2 and 3 arrangements. Action - Serious Further Offences - management of such cases to be analysed by the SMB. Action - MAPPA performance indicators to be implemented once produced nationally.

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MAPPA REVIEW
3. Communication and Strategic Partnership Action - Improving communication with the public and within MAPPA. Action - Attendance of all agencies at National Conferences to ensure sound understanding of national priorities. Action - Seek to introduce – Leisurewatch, Stop it Now and Circles of Support. Action - Establish ‘Floating Support’ partnership via Supporting People Initiative.

4. Training Action - Development of further training for agencies involved with MAPPA at all levels.

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APPENDIX A
MAPPA NORTHAMPTONSHIRE: STRATEGIC BUSINESS PLAN 2006-2007

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MAPPA NORTHAMPTONSHIRE STRATEGIC BUSINESS PLAN 2006-2007

Northamptonshire Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements are established in accordance with Sections 32-327 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and Section 69 Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 for the purpose of assessing and managing the risks posed by sexual, violent and other dangerous offenders who may cause serious harm to the public, taking particular account of the needs and concerns of victims. The Business Plan identifies forward planning priorities for action by the Responsible Authority and co-operating partners during 2006-2007, aimed at achieving outcomes of: - Protection of the public, especially victims, children, vulnerable adults and additional ‘at risk’ persons. - Controlled criminality and the reduction of crime and re-offending. - Community safety. - Offender awareness of the effects of crime on victims and the public. - Public confidence in the Criminal Justice System and the public protection activity of agencies. - Compliance with the human rights of victims, offenders and communities.

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1. MAPPA DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

STRATEGIC AIM

DELIVERY PLAN

DELIVERY DATE

OWNER/RESOURCE

OUTCOME

1(i) Achieve dedicated MAPPA coordinator and administration capacity in accordance with national guidelines. Complete work by July 2006. Additional resour ces to be explored. Cost of administr ation of MAPPA 2 to be agreed.

Complete work to secure a stable ad ministra tive resource. Review administrative roles to e nsure complementary working arrangeme nts.

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1(ii) Review SMB membership to ensure most effecti ve representation. Complete review by September 2006 . Review may result in SMB members representing MAPPA on other bodies.

Consider representation in respect of CPS, Housing, Mental Health, LEA, CDRPs, CSS and PPO initiatives and victim’s representation. Review SMB membership to other relevant strategic bodies e.g. Criminal Justice Board, Safeguarding Board etc.

Strengthening of strategic partnership with agencies and other strategic bodies.

1(iii) Implement revised national MAPPA guidance. Within 3 months of national publication (or earlier if requir ed by the guidance) . Dependant upon national guidance.

Review guidance and create action plan to identify any change areas with timescales.

Improved national consistency.

1(iv) To pursue development of the full implementatio n of VISOR August 2006 Annual ACO Probation Finance

Ensur e the introduction and training of all relevant staff in the use of VISOR.

Funded via MAPPA Budget

Greater understanding and application of VISOR

Annual fund raising to be submitte d to the Board.

1(v) Identify key financial contribution to MAPPA

Delive ry of MAPPA as per budge t

Manage delivery of service within budget. Ongoing SMB Chair

1(vi) To oversee the fu ll implementation of VISOR June 2006

To strengthen the management of relevant offenders To provide additional monitoring information To improve inte r- agency public protection work To enhance oper ational performance

Police and Probation (MAPPA Co-or dination)

Application of VISOR for all MAPPA cases.

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2. MONITORING AND EVALUATION
DELIVERY DATE OWNER/RESOURCE OUTCOME

STRATEGIC AIM

DELIVERY PLAN

2(I) Create Audit/ Op SMB SubGroup. Group to be constituted by September 2006. Group to report to SMB mee tings quarterly. No addi tional resource required. Improved auditing arrangements.

MAPPP Manager Chair Sub Group to review and develop audit arr angemen ts regardin g Level 2 & 3 a nd advis e SMB.

Repor t to be app roved by SMB prio r to publication as previously achieved. Serious Further Offence reciprocal arrangements in place with East Midlands MAPPA. Sharing of Serious Further Offence reports needs confir mation with individual agencies or strateg ic bodies (e.g. Safeguarding Board).

Annual report to be published as requi re d nationally.

No addi tional resource required.

Bette r learning from critic al incident reporting.

SMB to receiv e analysi s of any case where a Serious Further Offence has occurred or there is a Seri ous Case Review.

2(ii) SMB to monitor: 1) Publication of Annual Report 2) Analysis of MAPPA offenders who commit serious further offences 3) Attendance and cooperation of agencies at Level 2 & 3 4) Profil e of offenders at Level 2 & 3.

Clarify Serious Further Offence procedures by all agencie s. Review relevant single ag ency or multi ag ency reports in relation to MAPPA offenders.

Continued attention to offen der profiling information received at SMB meetings

2(iii) Implement MAPPA performance indicators once pro duced nat ional ly. In line with national timescal es. Not kno wn.

Implement perfor mance framework and adapt SMB reports to capture performance info rmati on as required nationally.

National consi stency.

2(iv) Implement record ing and data collation in line with nat ional requirement s. In line with national timescal es.

Implement as required nationally.

Not kno wn. May requir e amendments to local protocol i n relation to confidentiality agreements etc.

National consi stency.

2(v ) Develop Serious Case Review procedures in line with national guidance.

Implement as required nationally.

In line with national timescal e.

Not kno wn.

National consi stency.

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Develop provi sion to support t he effectiv e management of ( convicted) high risk domestic violence offenders. Ensur e the arran gements incorporate the conduct of multi-agency domestic murder reviews.

As per national guidance

No addi tional resources

To ensure a greater confidence in MAPPA arrangements concerning Dome stic Violence and victims as per Domestic Violence and Victims Act 2004

2(v ii) To Support and Promote Public Prote ction Sentencing Measures, and the use of Civil Orders that contribute to the

Support and promote use of Disqualification Orders Notification Orde rs Sexua l Offences Prevention Orders

From April 2005

No addi tional resources

Ensure Greater Understanding and use of the Range of Initiatives available to MAPPA

public.

Risk of Sexual Harm Orders

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3. COMMUNICATION AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

STRATEGIC AIM

DELIVERY PLAN

DELIVERY DATE

OWNER/RESOURCE

OUTCOME

3(i) Publish improved MAPPA Annual Report in consultatio n with SMB and Lay Members with developed capacity for public engagement and understanding. In line with national timescal e. Financial costs to be minimised by use of electronic distribution where possible. Constant endeavour for improved dialogue with t he public.

Implement as previously with attention to improvements which can be made.

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3(ii) Ensure appropriate attendance at National MAPPA Conference In line with national timescal e. Staff time for partici pating agencies.

All agencies to give priority to appropriate attendance.

Better understanding of national priorities.

3(iii) Create communication system for the distribution of guidance and good practice which is shared from responsible authority national steering group. Immediately. None. To be achieved within business year. MAPPA staff and SMB member time.

To be devised by MAPPA administration.

More timely and str uctured communication.

In conjunction with the Northamptonshire Safeguar ding Children Board develop local initiatives, where possible, to implement: 1) Leisurewatch 2) Stop It Now 3) Circles of Suppor t

Seek introduction of all three Home Office supported initiatives and seek to pub licise where appropriate.

Greater public protection in relation to sex offenders.

3(iv) Consideration to the adoptio n of Supporting People floating support for High Risk

Implement as per presentation 01/06.

Within business year

Supporting People

Greater support for MAPPA Offenders re tenancy maintenance and reintegration.

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4. TRAINING STRATEGY

STRATEGIC AIM

DELIVERY PLAN

DELIVERY DATE

OWNER/RESOURCE

OUTCOME

4(i) Support the attendance of Lay Members at local and national training events. As required. Cost to be met by MAPPA partners via MAPPA budget Better equipped Lay Membe rs.

Lay Members to continue attendance at relevant national and loca l training events.

4(ii) Ensure appropriate attendance at nationa l MAPPA CoCoordinators Conference. As required. Cost to be met by partners.

MAPPA staff to attend as appropria te.

Better equipped co-ordinators.

4(iii) Develop training plan to incl ude: Strategy to be prod uced to SMB by August 2006 and reviewed October 2006. There may be co sts attached and these should be set out within the Plan.

MAPPA Manager, in consultation with Responsible Authority and Duty to Co-operate training departments to pr oduce train ing strategy which builds upon the present skills and knowledge of staff and SMB members.

Improved skill and knowledg e of staff and SMB members.

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