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South Yorkshire

Multi Agency Public Protection


Arrangements, MAPPA
Annual Report 2005–06
South
Yorkshire
MAPPA
Annual
Report
2005-06
South Yorkshire MAPPA Annual Report 2005-06 Contents
1. Foreword 4
2. Introduction 5
3. Key achievements In 2005-06 6
4. How the MAPPA operate locally 8
5. Case studies 10
6. Statistical information 13
7. Further information 14
8. MAPPA Strategic Management Board (SMB) 16
9. Contacts 17
10. Websites 18
11. MAPPA notes 19

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1 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-
Foreword by agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) is so important. The supervision and
management of sexual and violent offenders who pose the highest risk of serious
Gerry Sutcliffe 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 multi-agency 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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Protecting the public is one of the highest priorities of law enforcement agencies.
This publication outlines the specific work that is being carried out in South Yorkshire in
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relation to certain potentially dangerous sexual and violent offenders in our local
communities.
Introduction
This work is a multi-agency approach, led by the probation service, police and prisons
(who make up the ‘Responsible Authority’), but also heavily dependent on close
partnerships with other agencies such as social services, housing, mental health services
and youth offending teams.
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) have been in place since 2001 and
are constantly developing and strengthening, both nationally and locally. This publication
gives an overview of developments during 2005-06, a time when MAPPA arrangements
have come under closer scrutiny than ever before in a number of high-profile national cases.
Making sure that proper referral systems are in place to ensure that all offenders subject to
MAPPA are known and managed appropriately by the right staff in the right agencies is a
crucial part of our work.
The Public Protection Unit (PPU), a police and probation team who oversee all MAPPA cases
in South Yorkshire, has conducted an extensive review of all current cases and procedures
and are implementing a wide-ranging training programme for relevant staff.
The strategic direction of the work of the PPU and other aspects of MAPPA in South
Yorkshire are overseen by a Strategic Management Board (SMB) – a body with a
membership drawn from the Responsible Authority as well as other agencies that are part
of MAPPA. They are joined by two Lay Advisers, who provide an invaluable perspective as
representatives of the wider public of South Yorkshire.
During 2005-06, the SMB was restructured to focus on specific pieces of work needed to
improve and further hone MAPPA arrangements. A Communications and Training Sub-
Group has been formed to review current training arrangements within each agency and to
explore the potential for joint multi-agency training programmes and work to improve
general awareness of MAPPA work.
A Quality Assurance Sub-Group has also been formed to review the work done in specific
cases, particularly those we class as the ‘critical few’ (those offenders who pose the highest
risk). The group also reviews the management of all cases where offenders under probation
supervision have gone onto commit serious further offences.
We appreciate the public’s concerns about the idea of potentially dangerous people living in
local communities, and we recognise the need to demonstrate more effectively how we are
working together to manage the risk these individuals pose.
MAPPA represents a genuine success story for the criminal justice agencies in South
Yorkshire. We can never guarantee that none of the offenders subject to MAPPA will go on
to re-offend, and we would never seek to minimise the harm these offences cause.
But we have a demonstrable track record in identifying and preventing future offending, in
protecting the interests of victims and ensuring the safe and successful rehabilitation and
reintegration of many offenders who have previously posed much higher risks to local
communities.
In this report, you will find examples of how daily co-operation between police, probation,
prisons and other key agencies have successfully prevented re-offending and led to arrest
and conviction or return to prison of high risk offenders.
You will also find statistics which give you the facts about the types of offenders we deal
with, the offences they have committed and the measures we are taking to manage them in
the community.
We cannot entirely eliminate the risk that every individual may pose, but as the figures will
demonstrate, we can manage these risks through joint working, careful assessment,
supervision and monitoring. In doing this we are contributing towards making South
Yorkshire a safer place.

Heather Harker Meredydd Hughes Paul Whitfield


Chief Officer South Yorkshire Chief Constable Governor Prison Service
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Probation Area South Yorkshire Police Yorkshire & Humberside Area
3 Significant progress was made in the development of Multi-Agency Public
Protection Arrangements in South Yorkshire during 2005-06.
Key
Achievements The Public Protection Unit (PPU)
in 2005-06 The Public Protection Unit (PPU) is based at South Yorkshire Police headquarters in Sheffield.
It is jointly staffed by police and probation staff, including a detective sergeant, detective
constable, senior probation officer and administrative staff.
In 2004, the PPU completed a restructuring of the risk management levels used to classify
offenders subject to MAPPA. The unit has made Levels Two and Three (which include more
serious offenders requiring management by more than one agency) more rigorous – both in
the seriousness of the individual’s offending history and the level of management required.
This restructuring has ensured that the resources available (particularly staff time) more
closely follow the level of risk they pose.
As part of this restructuring, work continues on improving the process for Level Two MAPPA
referrals (where more than one agency is involved). This is to ensure that the right cases are
reaching the unit and all agencies are working together properly.
A new structure for Level Three cases (‘the critical few’) is now more fully established and
ensures more senior management involvement in the cases of the most serious offenders.
A protocol ensures each agency is represented by virtue of what is required for the case. A
detective superintendent, probation divisional manager, and a prison governor are present
at all Level Three meetings.
In addition, the probation service’s senior forensic psychologist is a core member of all Level
Three meetings to advise on risk assessment and provide a psychological perspective on
their offending behaviour. This clinical and forensic analysis of the behaviour reported by
staff from all the agencies present brings great expertise and oversight to these ‘critical few’
cases.
The PPU has also started a program of training for police and probation staff, using a
package for working with sex offenders that has been jointly developed in conjunction with
the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. The aim of the training package is to ensure that police and
probation are working to the same standards and understanding of how sex offenders
operate in the community.
The Unit is also preparing a foundation package for all probation officers, who will then
only work with sex offenders after completing it, ensuring only appropriately qualified staff
are working with offenders at all times. Another advanced program is also being developed
for probation staff looking at the skills, techniques, and knowledge required to manage
internet offending and female offending.

Youth Offending Teams

The Public Protection Unit is working with Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) in South Yorkshire,
and has developed a package for engaging with them in 2006-07. This will include training,
development and work on their referral process to ensure that YOTs are fully engaged as a
criminal justice agency within MAPPA, and signed up to the duty to co-operate
arrangements.
Each YOT team have had to look at their structure for risk management and are introducing
risk management and practitioner panels for review of cases under their supervision.
This will be the route by which they refer cases to MAPPA and the source of all referrals.
YOT staff (most of whom are seconded from other agencies such as police, probation and
social services) will have to take a case to their YOT’s own panel in the first instance.
The risk management and practitioner panels will act as a quality assurance board to review
the work that has already been done at Level One (where an offender is managed by a
single agency) and decide whether to refer the case to Levels Two or Three.

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Circles of Support 3
Another promising MAPPA development in South Yorkshire has been the introduction of Key
‘Circles of Support’ – a collaborative project with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation.
Achievements
Volunteers from within a local community are recruited and trained to work with a specific
offender being resettled in that area. They provide an additional support network for this in 2005-06
individual, working in close conjunction with the statutory MAPPA agencies. This system
allows police and probation to have more of an insight into an offender’s lifestyle and to
improve the response to changes in behaviour.

Plans for 2006-07

Next year, the PPU will complete their review by looking at Level One structures (where
offenders are managed by a single agency) to ensure all cases are being managed at the
right levels. By then, we will have a full picture of all MAPPA cases in South Yorkshire.
This has been made possible by extensive improvements to CRAMS, the probation service’s
computerised case management system which has enabled more accurate recording of all
Level One MAPPA cases. CRAMS will be replaced in 2007 by another system called C-
NOMIS, which promises further improvements in the handling of information.
Another major restructure within probation will impact positively on the management of
MAPPA cases. The introduction of the Offender Management Model, which classifies
offenders in one of four tiers, has seen a reorganisation of all probation teams into
Offender Management Units (OMUs).
OMUs are led by senior probation officers and have a mix of staff at other levels, including
probation officers and admin support, to enable them to manage any offender (at any tier)
from their first court appearance to the completion of their sentence.
The PPU is currently in the middle of reviewing all police Level One MAPPA cases. This is to
ensure consistency in the management and monitoring of registered sex offenders by the
sex offender liaison officers in divisional Public Protection Units (PPUs).
The review is in readiness for the introduction of standards for police for working with sex
offenders and other public protection cases. Level One panel meetings will be led by police
with senior probation officers and social services where they are jointly involved in working
with particular offenders on the register.
During 2006-07, there will also be full integration of domestic abuse offenders into MAPPA,
with the Joint Public Protection Unit providing a structure for co-ordinating Multi-Agency
Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) meetings in line with national guidelines.
MARACs are part of a new approach to working with victims and offenders, linked to a new
group work programme for offenders under probation supervision who have committed
acts of domestic abuse.
While these offenders do not automatically come under MAPPA arrangements ordinarily, the
multi-agency response required to manage them and reduce the risk of harm to their
victims will benefit from the close co-operation and working relationships that have been
developed under MAPPA.
Other communications and training plans include a conference, in November 2006, for core
MAPPA members, staff from all agencies and their senior managers, looking at national
developments in risk management and how they will affect the work being done locally.
The PPU will also roll out a full training package for core members at Levels two and three.
The PPU will also be implementing the findings from the Rice & Monckton Reports,
prepared by the probation inspectorate following high-profile serious further offences
committed by offenders under probation supervision.

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3 Within MAPPA in South Yorkshire, it is felt that we have the right offenders managed at the
right levels but a review will be conducted to check local practices and procedures against
Key the recommendations. In the Monckton case, one offender was identified as needing to go
to MAPPA but was not referred. In Rice, the inspectors felt that the focus of the risk
Achievements management plans prepared by probation service on these offenders lost sight of the public
in 2005-06 protection concerns in those cases. We must ensure that these mistakes could never be
made in South Yorkshire.
Finally, South Yorkshire will be early adoptees of the national ViSOR (violent and sex offender
register) database which will enable the more effective sharing of all information on high
risk offenders between police and probation staff.

4 The Public Protection Unit (PPU)


How the • Based at police headquarters and consists of a multi-agency public protection
MAPPA manager who is a senior probation officer, a detective sergeant, a detective constable
and administrative support staff;
operate locally • All public protection arrangements are led centrally by the public protection unit;
• The key roles of the unit are to convene multi-agency meetings to discuss known
offenders who could pose a risk to the public; oversee the arrangements agreed to
monitor and manage these offenders; maintain the sex offender register; provide
information and intelligence when requested.

Responsible Authority

• The work is led by a ‘responsible authority;’ consisting of the police, probation


service and prisons. Various staff from all three of these agencies are heavily involved
in this work.

Strategic Management Board

• Chaired by the chief officer of the probation service and consisting of representatives
from; the police, prisons, social services, housing, mental health services, youth
offending teams, victim support, community safety partnership and an independent
risk expert from Sheffield University and two lay advisers;
• The board meets quarterly to support the work of the unit by advising and reviewing
the work undertaken.

An insight - how does MAPPA work?

When an offender, who has committed a serious violent or sexual offence, is nearing the
end of their prison sentence the probation service carry out a thorough assessment to
establish the risk they may pose to the public upon release and what sort of supervision and
interventions they will require. If it is felt that a multi-agency approach is needed the case is
referred to the public protection unit.
Individual agencies can all refer a case to the public protection unit if they assess an
offender to be a potential danger to the public, but the vast majority are referred by the
probation service. Other key agencies involved in MAPPA are:

• Health • Social services • Accommodation • Youth Offending Teams

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MAPPA has three levels of offender management, with Level Three being for the ‘critical few’
who are considered the most serious cases:
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How the
• Level One – Offender is managed by one of police, probation or social services; MAPPA
• Level Two – Police, probation, prisons, social service, mental health, housing and operate locally
education (also Youth Offending Teams if a young offender is involved);
• Level Three – Same core members but only invited if directly involved in case (also
youth offending teams if a young offender is involved).

Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham each hold multi-agency public protection
meetings once a month to discuss individual cases. These meetings are chaired by the
South Yorkshire MAPPA manager and usually include the supervising probation officer, a
police representative, a representative from the prison where the offender is currently
imprisoned and any other persons relevant to that particular case such as a victim liaison
officer, psychologist or someone who has previous knowledge of the offender such as social
services.
The overall aim of the meeting is to put in place arrangements to manage the offender in
the community, so that they pose a minimal risk to the public. These arrangements may
include:

• A requirement to live at a particular address, such as a probation approved premises,


and abide by a curfew;
• Prohibited contact with certain individuals, groups of people or geographical areas;
• Specific restrictions relating to the wishes or concerns of any known victims;
• Restrictions on the type of employment they may pursue;
• Restrictions on certain public areas such as schools or playgrounds;
• Requirement to take part in a particular programme designed to reduce re-offending.

All these conditions can be added as part of the offender’s licence – if they break these
conditions they are returned to prison. The case studies which follow help build a clearer
picture of what this work entails and how it works in practice.

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5 The following case studies illustrate examples of where offenders have been successfully
managed under MAPPA arrangement in South Yorkshire during 2005-06. They include
Case Studies examples where further offending has been prevented through the swift exchange of
information between agencies, where individuals are being successfully re-integrated into
communities after a history of offending, and where victims are being actively protected
from further harm by multi-agency co-operation.

Case Study 1
The case of a man who had been sentenced in 1998 for buggery and indecent assault
on a child was referred to MAPPA arrangements. Meetings started in 2002, while he
was still in prison, in order to prepare for his release. He was then released on licence
but this was revoked after minor breaches of his licence and he was returned to prison
to serve the remainder of his sentence.
He was released again in 2005 without any supervision requirements, after serving his
full sentence, but was then re-sentenced for a common assault offence in another part
of the country and received a three-year Community Rehabilitation Order. This was a
sentence to be served in the community with a condition of residence at a South
Yorkshire approved premises (hostel), managed by the Probation Service.
While living in the hostel he is subject to regular monitoring and supervision by the
police and probation service. In addition, he has been introduced to a group of
community volunteers who provide a ‘Circle of Support’. Popular in North America,
Circles of Support is being piloted in South Yorkshire in conjunction with the Lucy
Faithfull Foundation. The volunteers provide extra help in monitoring this man’s
activities and mentor him while he works on the changes he needs to make to avoid
re-offending.
The reason for this is that since originally being considered a very high-risk offender,
he has undertaken considerable work with his supervising probation officer. He has
undertaken work with a voluntary agency to look at his training needs and education.
He has also complied with all the requirements to take the medication prescribed to
him.
Circles of Support have been a major factor in this change. The volunteers have held
regular meetings with him, establishing a package of activities for him during the day
and liaising closely with the PPU, probation and police locally.
The progress he has made with this entire package of measures put in place has been
successful and as a consequence of that, coupled with his integration into the
community, his risk management level has been reduced to Level One. This does not
mean the work will stop but there has been a tangible reduction in the risk posed and
he can now be managed more effectively at a lower level.

Case Study 2
This case study is an example of effective inter-agency working to stop the commission
of a crime taking place. It involves a very high-risk offender registered as a ‘critical few’
case in London and was managed at Level Three.
The offender previously received a four year prison sentence, with four years extended
licence, for possessing indecent photographs of children and breach of his sex offender
order. But he also has a significant previous history of offending as well, including
convictions for indecent assault and gross indecency.
He was released in December 2005 with strict licence conditions which included
restrictions on his movements and access to children. It was quickly established that he
was associating with another known sex offender and police intelligence reports
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A police surveillance operation, sanctioned by a Level Three MAPPP meeting, was
conducted gathering a lot of information of what this man was doing, where he was
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doing it and how he was doing it. Case Studies
This led to a joint police operation with social services, who intervened to gain
information from the children that had been coming to the house. As a result of the
information received police were able to establish that he had breached his licence
conditions and alleged breaches of his sex offender order which constituted a recall.
This was an example of how the system works when everybody knows what their
objective is – to stop the man from committing further offences at the earliest possible
opportunity. This was achieved by policing his licence and order, sharing information as
quickly as possible (events were changing hour by hour) and the agencies acting at the
earliest possible juncture. He has now been recalled on his prison licence and is
awaiting trial for breach of his Sex Offender Prevention Order.

Case Study 3
This case study involves a man under the supervision of adult mental health trust.
Before coming to MAPPA, this individual had spent some time in the community and
had many previous convictions for assaults and theft. He was living in a low security
mental health facility, part of mental health arrangements for release into the
community which are the responsibility of the Home Office.
Allegations were made of an assault and breaches of his conditions of release.
There were also concerns about the risk he posed to his then partner and increased
risks of breach of other forms of his licence requirements following his release from
hospital. He was therefore recalled to hospital under the Home Office discharge
arrangements.
Following this, the police, mental health trust and Home Office worked in close
collaboration to establish appropriate licence conditions for his next release. In
particular, all agencies ensured that the police were clear about the mental health
diagnosis for this man, how they would deal with him in the future and who they
would deal with in the future to ensure any future breaches were picked up by the
appropriate mental health service.
This care programme approach (part of mental health trust requirements for
supporting people living in the community) also involved a consultant psychiatrist,
mental health workers and a community psychiatric nurse. Their role is to ensure that
he continues with his proper medication, undertakes therapy as required and to
monitor his progress in the community.
Police were fully alerted to all the issues in the case, records were updated and
bulletins provided to police in the district to be aware of this man. A release plan was
established and he was released into the community, monitored closely with no
deterioration observed in his behaviour upon release.
This was a good example of engaging with an agency that doesn’t fit squarely in the
criminal justice system but works with a very difficult client group. MAPPA has
provided a forum in which integration of mental health services and the criminal
justice system has been effective.

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5 Case Study 4
Case Studies In this case both the offender and his partner (who was also his victim) have alcohol
problems and there is a pattern of domestic abuse. The man has been convicted of
common assault on his partner and then assault on a police officer. The man has
received short periods of imprisonment and is currently on a Community Rehabilitation
Order until 2007.
A requirement of his probation supervision is to attend the Integrated Domestic Abuse
Programme (IDAP), a groupwork programme for offenders. Given his background of
heavy drinking, the probation service has been in regular contact with his victim
throughout his order.
In consultation with the police, his victim has now been moved to a new address that
the offender isn’t aware of. Because of concerns highlighted in a MAPPP meeting held
when he was last in prison, plans were put in place to further safeguard his victim.
Police officers were put on alert on the day of his release and monitored the address at
which he had been resident when they lived together, and also her new address.
This plan was agreed as part of the management of this individual as a Level Two
MAPPP offender. Police and probation have worked closely with a Women’s Safety
Worker, employed by the probation service, who visits the victim regularly to ensure
that no contact has been made by this offender. Her views and wishes are relayed into
the meeting and to ensure that the victim’s perspective is fully taken into account
when considering the risk posed by this offender.
The plan that has been developed requires close liaison between police, probation and
housing to continue to support the victim in her new property and to ensure that
nothing is taking place there that would jeopardise her tenancy. At the same time, we
are ensuring that the offender also has access to accommodation that will enable him
to live a law abiding life in the community.
Finally, as alcohol is seen as a significant factor in his offending, work is being done by
his probation officer to reduce his alcohol consumption.

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South Yorkshire MAPPA Statistics 2005-06 6
South Yorkshire
1. Category 1 MAPPA offenders: Registered Sex Offenders (RSO)
MAPPA
i) The number of RSOs living in South Yorkshire on 31 March 2006. 791 Statistics
a) The number of RSOs per 100,000 head of population. 61
2005-06
ii) The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who
were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement,
between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006. 20

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
South Yorkshire between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006. a) 20 b) 1 c) 16

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

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 South Yorkshire between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006. 349

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 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006. 55

4. Offenders Managed Through Level Three (MAPPP) & Level Two


(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 Three) and through local inter-agency risk management (Level Two) between 1
April 2005 and 31 March 2006.
1) RSOs 6 Level Three; 83 Level Two;
2) V&O 0 Level Three; 101 Level Two;
3) Others 1 Level Three; 54 Level Two.
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6 (ix) Of the cases managed at Levels Three or Two (i.e. (viii)) between 1 April 2005 and
31 March 2006 how many, whilst managed at that level:
Statistical (a) Were returned to custody for a breach of licence?
Information 1 Level Three; 12 Level Two.
(b) Were returned to custody for a breach of a restraining order or sexual offences
prevention order?
1 Level Three; 1 Level Two.
(c) Were charged with a serious sexual or violent offence?
0 Level Three; 0 Level Two.

5. Registered Sex Offenders listed by District

DISTRICT COMMUNITY CUSTODY TOTAL

Barnsley 12 (118) 27 139


Doncaster 233 (279) 60 293
Rotherham 157 (159) 32 189
Sheffield One 91 (88) 42 133
Sheffield Two 194 (192) 65 259
PPU 4 4 8
TOTAL 791 230 1,021

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


Information i) The number of RSOs living in South Yorkshire on 31 March 2006.
Another increase in registered sex offenders. This was anticipated and South Yorkshire is no
different to other areas who continue to see an increase in overall registered sex offenders
due to the impact of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. These measures require more offenders
to remain on the register either for life or for longer periods.
This doesn’t mean that there are more sex offenders, just that greater numbers are now
subject to rigorous risk assessment and risk management planning by a range of agencies.
Although the numbers have grown only 83 sex offenders are managed at Level Two, with
six managed at Level Three. The vast majority are managed at Level One.
ii) The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either
cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement, between 1 April 2005 and 31
March 2006.
We have seen a small increase in the number of registered sex offenders breaching their
requirements.
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 South Yorkshire between
1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006.
An objective last year was to increase the number of applications for SOPOs and we have
seen an increase that we hope will continue. The PPU now plays a central role in applying
for these orders, a factor that has contributed to the increase. This will remain a key area of
our work next year.

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3. Category 3 MAPPA offenders: Other Offenders (OthO) 7
Further
vii) The number of ‘other offenders’ (as defined by Section 325 (2)(b) of the Criminal
Justice Act 2003) between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006. Information
There has been a small increase in category three offenders reflecting the engagement of
these agencies with these arrangements and an increase in offenders not subject to the
other two categories who have been referred by the Probation Service.
Increased engagement with domestic abuse cases will continue this trend, as a number will
be subject to community orders and thus will not fall into the other categories.

4. Offenders Managed Through Level Three (MAPPP) & Level Two


(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
Three) and through local inter-agency risk management (Level Two) between 1 April
2005 and 31 March 2006.
It is difficult to make any analysis of these figures, but next year we will begin to see trends.
This is because we successfully restructured how we manage the different levels. Level Three
is reserved for the highest risk offenders known as the ‘critical few’. This is reflected in the
figures – seven offenders managed at Level Three in the entire year.
Overall, however, we have seen an increase in the total number of offenders managed at
both these levels from the figures available from last year. The total for this year is 245
compared to 199 from last year.

(ix) Of the cases managed at Levels Three or Two (i.e. (viii)) between 1 April 2005 and
31 March 2006 how many, whilst managed at that level:
(a) Were returned to custody for a breach of licence?
Although there has been a small decrease there is nothing significant to report on such a
small shift.
(c) Were charged with a serious sexual or violent offence?
Although rigorous risk management plans are maintained with all MAPPA offenders risk
cannot be entirely removed. However, this year no further offences were committed by
offenders subject to Level Two or Three MAPPA arrangements.

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8 The SMB has been restructured with a new chair from one of the Responsible Authorities –
the chief probation officer. It has published a strategic plan for 2006-09, reviewed
MAPPA membership and formed new sub-groups to look at particular issues requiring greater
attention. The SMB’s Annual Business Plan for 2006-07 includes the objective to expand
Strategic links to Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) and the South Yorkshire Criminal Justice
Board (CJB).
Management
To support this objective there is ongoing activity including presentations to LSCBs by SMB
Board (SMB) members and presentations to the CJB by members of the Public Protection Unit.
A member of the Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board also sits on the MAPPA SMB as a
county-wide representative of all four LSCBs in South Yorkshire. In addition the outgoing
chair of the MAPPA SMB, Heather Harker of South Yorkshire Probation Area, has also been a
member (and chair) of the South Yorkshire Criminal Justice Board and has done much to
foster improved links.

1. Quality Assurance Sub-Group

This is made up of police, probation, social services, Sheffield University, and the YOT.
The purpose is to review and monitor the work of MAPPA on behalf of the SMB. The group
looks at particular cases that have gone well, in order to draw upon any learning points.
The other objective is to review cases where a serious further offence (SFO) has been
committed where that offender is under probation supervision, once again to learn and
improve practice. That group reports directly to the chair of the SMB.

2. Communications & Training Sub-Group

This group is made up of relevant police and probation staff with a brief to look at training
and communications issues.
It will support and guide the development of this Annual Report, identify key messages and
audiences for communications plans linked to the SMB Development Plan, and look at other
effective means of communications to internal and external audiences.
On the training side, the group will identify minimum training requirements for those
carrying out roles in relation in MAPPA, identify opportunities for multi-agency training,
promote and provide continuous professional development for practitioners and capture
and evaluate the outcomes of any training event.

Lay Advisers Comments

This is our second year as Lay Advisers for South Yorkshire. We sit on the Strategic
Management Board and are also members of the Quality Assurance Group, which is still in
its early stages.
We have concentrated on attending MAPPA Level 3 meetings this year, where risk
management of the 'critical few' offenders in South Yorkshire is decided. As the MAPPA
manager establishes risk management plans for these offenders he is constantly up against
the lack of attendance of senior management from key agencies. We believe these agencies
must be held accountable for their attendance in the future to ensure the best risk
management plans can be put into place.
However, when all the senior management from these key agencies do attend the risk
management arrangements are detailed, well thought out and brilliantly managed.
Unfortunately the media seem only to publish bad press regarding serious, violent offenders
and their management, but there are lots of very dedicated agencies in South Yorkshire
working together to protect the public. The public need educating and informing more
about how they are being protected in South Yorkshire.

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MAPPA Manager Max Beatson 9
Public Protection Unit
South Yorkshire Police
Contacts
Snig Hill
Sheffield
S3 8LY
Tel: 0114 252 3703
E-mail: max.beatson@southyorks.pnn.police.uk

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Horner


South Yorkshire Police
Snig Hill
Sheffield
S3 8LY
Tel: 0114 220 2020
E-mail: peter.horner@southyorks.pnn.police.uk

Director of Operations Marion Wright


South Yorkshire Probation Area
45 Division Street
Sheffield
S1 4GE
Tel: 0114 276 6911
E-mail: Marion.Wright@south-yorkshire.probation.gsi.gov.uk

Governor Paul Whitfield


Her Majesty’s Prison Service - Yorkshire & Humberside Area
HMP & YOI Moorland
Bawtry Road
Hatfield
Woodhouse
Doncaster
DN7 6BW
Tel: 01302 523003
E-mail: paul.whitfield@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

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Websites
www.southyorks.police.uk

www.hmps.gov.uk

www.syps.org.uk

Also see
www.probation.homeoffice.gov.uk

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MAPPA
notes

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