Suffolk Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements

Annual Report 2005-2006

Contents
Ministerial foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 2 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 3 Key achievements in 2005/2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 4 How MAPPA operates locally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 8 Statistical information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 13 The strategic management of MAPPA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 14 Annex A Suffolk MAPPA business plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 17

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aking 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 multiagency 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 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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Foreword

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e are pleased to introduce this year’s report of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) operating in Suffolk. There have been four years continuous work to establish the MAPPA as an effective force for public protection in the county. This report highlights further developments to MAPPA both locally and nationally and demonstrates the effectiveness of the arrangements in managing dangerous offenders.

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Introduction

The work of the MAPPA is vital to the assessment and management of offenders in the community. In acknowledgement of this increased resources have been dedicated to the co-ordination and administration of the MAPPA across Suffolk funded by the multi-agency partnership. Suffolk Constabulary have in addition undertaken a planned review of their public protection function and have increased the numbers of Public Protection Officers across the county with the addition of dedicated managerial and administrative support. The year has seen continued development of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) bringing the Probation Service and Prison Service together to improve the management of offenders. The focus upon domestic abuse has continued through the success of the Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme and plans for the national roll out of the Violent Offender and Sex Offender Register (ViSOR) are well advanced. These developments all support the effectiveness of MAPPA and its continuous improvement. This report provides an insight into how the MAPPA operates locally and it demonstrates our strong commitment to protecting the public, giving reassurance that these arrangements are established and working in Suffolk.

The protection of the public remains our highest priority and we are aware that our work is increasingly scrutinised in the media, by politicians and through inspection. The management of dangerous offenders in the community is therefore an issue that residents of Suffolk should be informed about. We understand that this group of offenders can cause concern and sometimes increase the “fear of crime”. Through the publication of this annual report we hope to increase your knowledge of the MAPPA and give you confidence that dangerous offenders are being robustly managed and the risks they pose are minimised as a result.

The publication of this report demonstrates that MAPPA has gone from strength to strength and the priority given to protecting the public and working with victims of crime. It is a further example of the excellent co-operation between the Probation Service in Suffolk, Suffolk Constabulary, the Prison Service and other statutory agencies.

John Budd, Chief Officer, Suffolk Probation Area

Alastair McWhirter, Chief Constable, Suffolk Constabulary

Danny McAllister, Area Manager HM Prison Service

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The Prison Service has developed a protocol throughout the East of England Area, setting out its role within the M A P PA , a n d e s t a b l i s h i n g i n t e r d e p a r t m e n t a l r i s k m a n a g e ment meetings within prison establishments which identify and assess the risks offenders pose and where necessary they are referred into the community based MAPPA meetings prior to release. Staff working in the prison and in the community routinely communicate with one another and attend meetings in order to co-ordinate and manage the risks posed by some offenders.

ast year the Prison Service became part of the responsible authority for MAPPA, joining the Police and Probation Service, placing a statutory responsibility upon them to ensure the MAPPA are implemented reviewed and their effectiveness monitored. As expected, the involvement of the Prison Service has led to greater continuity of public protection work, supported by the joint use of the Offender Assessment System (OASys) used by Prisons and Probation, to identify, assess and manage high risk offenders.

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Strengthening the Role of the Prison Service

Key Achievements in 2005/6

Following national research and joint inspections of MAPPA by the police, probation and prison inspectorates strategic management boards are required to publish an annual business plan in order that the MAPPA consistently delivers against its key objectives, which are listed in the box below. • Monitoring and evaluating the operation of MAPPA, particularly that of the Multi Agency Public Protection Panels.

The Strategic Management Board Annual Business Plan

• Preparing and publishing the annual report and promoting the work of MAPPA locally.

• Establishing connections which support effective operational work with other public protection arrangements eg Safeguarding Children Boards.

• Planning the long term development of MAPPA in light of regular reviews and with respect to l e g i s l a tive and wider changes in the criminal justice system.

• Identifying and planning to meet common training and developmental needs of those working in MAPPA. 4

The annual business plan for the Suffolk strategic management board is contained at Annex A of this report and sets out the key objectives and milestones for the next year in order to achieve the common aims outlined here.

In 2005 HM Inspectorate of Probation, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Prisons undertook an inspection of eight police, probation and prison nationally in which Suffolk featured. The joint inspection aimed to provide a “snapshot” of progress being made towards more co-ordinated working by police, probation and prison staff. The inspection highlighted that “this is difficult and challenging work for organisations that see the worst of human behaviour and the ability of people to change and develop their potential”. Much was seen to have been achieved since the inception of MAPPA in 2001 and it was acknowledged that the fieldwork inspection took place at a time of major change for all agencies involved. In general the findings revealed encouraging examples of effective practice but there was a clear need for improvement in aspects of casework to ensure that all involved in public protection can demonstrate that work is of the highest quality and completed in the required timescales. The Strategic Management Board welcomed its inclusion in the inspection and the publication of the final report in September 2006. The detailed findings of the report will be fully considered by the SMB and areas for improvement will inform the SMB business plan and ongoing developments within the Responsible Authority organisations. The full inspection report can be accessed on the HMIP website: Inspectorate.homeoffice.gov.uk/hmiprobation

“Putting Risk of Harm in Context”: An inspection promoting public protection.

u r i n g t h e r e p o r t i n g y e a r S u ff o l k Proba tion Area has rolled out across the county the Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme (IDAP) This programme has c l o s e link s wit h the MAPPA, with all p a r ti c i pants being discussed at a multi-agency meeting in an acknowledgement of the potential risks to victims when offenders are challenged about their behaviour and because the programme is designed in such a way that multi-agency managem e n t i s r e q u i r e d . L o c a l o p e r a t i o n a l i n f o r m a tion sharing protocols have been agreed with the Police and each IDAP case is discussed with i n volvement of the Police Victim Care Centres, Social Care Services, Probation Staff and women’s safety workers. The IDAP programme has provided an additional resource to those working with the perpetrators of domestic abuse. It has enhanced the effectiveness of risk managem e n t plans through the offender ’s attendance at the group which is designed to develop greater internal controls over their behaviour. By sharing information and developing risk management plans in a co-ordinated way, which includes the victim, the risks posed can be more comprehensively managed.

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Further work with perpetrators of domestic violence

iSOR is designed to support the MultiAgency Public Protection Arrangements by storing, sharing i n f o r m a t i o n a n d i n t e l l i gence on those individuals who have been identified as posing a high risk of serious harm to the public. ViSOR is currently being used by all police forces in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, along with HM Forces and o th e r s p e c i a l i s t p o l i c e u n i t s . T h e N a tional Offender Management Service ( N O M S ) p l a n s t o d e p l o y t h e s y s t e m t o p r i s ons and probation offices during 2006 and 2007. ViSOR provides a UK-wide shared database of information and intelligence on dangerous persons, so that full details a r e available to public protection p r o f e s sionals wherever an offender travels to or resides. The system is very secure and rated a t C O N FIDENTIAL level within the Government Protective Marking Scheme, to ensure that the details of both offenders and those contributing intelligence to the system are kept safe. It is only used by specially trained and security cleared public protection professionals. ViSOR is currently being used in Suffolk very s u c c e s s f u l l y b y t h e p o l i c e t o m a n age Registered Sex Offenders and other MAPPA offenders. It is regularly used nationally in the investigation of serious violent or sexual offences.

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Violent and Sex Offenders Register - ViSOR

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Jack: a domestic violence case study

Jack had to live in an approved probat ion host el, rep or t r e g u larly to h is pro bation o f f i cer and take part in c o m m u nity programmes on domestic violence, thinking skills and sex offending. Jack’s family moved after MAPPA was able to speed up their request to be re-housed. He was also obliged to go to a doctor for a psychiatric assessment and undergo any treatment recommended.

MAPPA imposed a range of c a r e f u l l y t h o u g h t o u t c o n d i tions, including a ban on living in the same town as his ex-wife and family and from contacting them.

After taking part in domestic violence, thinking skills and sexual offending courses, he was released on an extended l i cence and put o n t he s ex offenders’ register.

W h i l e h e w a s i n j a i l h e m a d e a n a p p l i c a tion for parole which was turned down because probation officers consid ered he needed to do further work to address his offending behaviour and reduce future risk of harm.

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a ck already had a lon g his tory of domes tic violence when he was sent to prison for six years for ra ping h is es tranged wife.

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Every month Jack’s case was discussed at a MAPPA meeting where each agency involved in managing his release was able to discuss his progress. After nine months at the hostel, Jack was successfully re-integrated into independent accommodation, under the watchful eye of a probation officer, police public protection officer and community psychiatric nurse.

He has complied with all aspects of his licence and has caused no further harm or distress to his ex-wife.

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Terry:a sex offender case study

Whilst in custody Terry completed a Sex Offender Treatment Programme and work in relation to alcohol misuse. Assessments showed that he had developed an understanding of why he offended and some skills to control his behaviour in the future. Concerns still remained about the risk Terry would pose upon release and a comprehensive risk management plan would be required to minimise the risks posed. Before his release Terry was referred to the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel attended by senior managers from Police, Probation, Housing and Social Cares Services. A management plan to reduce Terry’s risk of re-offending included intensive monitoring by both police and probation. Strict licence conditions and the Sexual Offences Prevention Order were designed to control Terry’s behaviour. A housing support group was convened to support and monitor Terry in his accommodation after a period of residence at a supervised hostel.

erry is a registered sex offender who is managed at level 3 of MAPPA. He was sentenced to a period of four years in custody for breaching the conditions of his sexual offences prevention order because he approached a child under the age of 16.

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For several months Terry’s behaviour caused no concern. However at a MAPPP meeting to review the risk management plan staff from Probation, Police and Housing reported similar concerns about Terry’s behaviour, in particular that he had begun drinking heavily which increased the risk he posed. It was agreed that the Police would monitor Terry’s behaviour very closely and visits to him were increased and the concerns of MAPPA given to police officers patrolling the area. Within a number of days, evidence was provided by the police that Terry had breached his Sexual Offences Prevention Order and his prison licence having been detected loitering in a park. He was immediately recalled to prison by the Probation Service where he will serve the remainder of his sentence.

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he Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) are underpinned by the knowledge that in order to manage and minimise the risk posed by violent and sexual offenders, effective communication and information sharing is essential. Three categories of offender are defined as falling within the remit of the MAPPA.

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How MAPPA operates locally: MAPPA in Suffolk

Category 1: Category 2: Category 3:

Other offenders not in either of the above categories, but who are considered to pose a risk of serious harm to the public.

Violent and other sex offenders (not required to register with Police) who have received a sentence of imprisonment of 12 months or more.

Registered sex offenders who are required to register with the Police.

MAPPA meetings are convened monthly in Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft and Ipswich to review and a s ses s the man agem ent o f cases and e nsu re the risk managem e n t p l a n i s b e i ng imple mented. They are attended by a core representation from Probation, Police, Social Care Services and Local Mental Health partnerships. Where other agencies are involved they will be invited to attend the MAPPA meeting, for example, Prison Service, Housing, Youth Offending Service and Education. that resources can be targeted in the most e ff e c tive and efficient manner. In order to achieve the deployment of resources to the management of the

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangement meetings have operated in Suffolk since 2001 and have developed through the co-operation of agencies who have agreed protocols to share information and implement risk management plans on those offenders considered to pose an imminent and high risk of serious harm to the public.

The aim of the MAPPA meetings is to identify, using established risk assessment tools, those offenders who pose the highest and most imminent risk of causing serious harm so

most serious offenders or the “critical few” as they are known, guidance has been developed by the Public Protection Unit (PPU) which identifies three levels of risk management through 8

“The aim of the MAPPA meetings is to identify, using established risk assessment tools, those offenders who pose the highest and most imminent risk of causing serious harm so that resources can be targeted in the most effective and efficient manner.”

the MAPPA. The structure is based on the principle that offenders should be managed at the lowest level consistent with the risks they pose and in order to demonstrate a defensible risk management plan.

The three levels of risk in MAPPA

Level 1:

Ordinary risk management. This is the level used in cases where the risks posed by the offender can be managed by one agency without significantly involving other agencies. Local inter-agency risk management. This level of management is used where active involvement of more than one agency is required. Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels (MAPPPs). This level is reserved for the “critical few” offenders who are assessed as posing the highest and most imminent risk of serious harm; and they present risks that can only be managed at a senior management level due to the complexities of the case and/or because of the unusual resource commitments required. Additionally, cases, which are exceptional because of high media scrutiny or public interest and there is a need to ensure public confidence in the criminal justice system is sustained, are dealt with at Level 3.

Level 2:

Level 3:

This system of risk assessment and categorisation allows the risks posed by offenders to be accurately identified and managed appropriately. It targets finite resources as effectively as possible. Of course, the system is not infallible but is designed to ensure risks are managed in a logical and responsible fashion. The decisions that are taken have to be reasonable and defensible and are clearly documented as to how they were arrived at. The strength of the MAPPA is that all decisions are made and agreed collectively at the meetings and there is accountability to ensure actions are carried out. Within the agencies attending the MAPPA meetings, managers and supervisors have the responsibility to ensure that priority is given to cases where offenders are assessed as high risk so that risk management plans are carried out. 9

Levels 1 and 2 are discussed at the pre-arranged monthly meetings with Level 3 offenders being discussed at the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels which require the attendance of senior managers who can commit resources and take organisational responsibility for managing an offender who poses the highest risk.

man recently convicted of a serious violent assault upon his pregnant partner was assessed as posing a risk of serious harm to both partner and their unborn child. MAPPA members had to plan for the protection of the two victims, and also to control and, if possible change the o ffender’s behaviour.

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“Serious harm to partner and child”: MAPPA acts - a case study

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IN COURT

he court made a community sentence, which required, apart from r e g u l a r s u p e r vision, attendance at the new Domestic Abuse Programme (IDAP). Non attendance would result in i m m e d i ate enforcement action and return to court.

A child protection case conference produced a robust child protection plan, which required the offender to agree to a contract about his behaviour when the child was born.

Victim Support Suffolk provided a trained volunteer, both to listen to and to give information to help the victim through the aftermath of the crime. When the case came to court, they handed over to c o l leagues in the Witness Service who were there for her throughout the case.

W h i l e P r o b a t i o n m a n aged the o f fender’s risk, the Police Vi c t i m Contact Officer encouraged the victim to seek legal advice and protect herself through applications to the courts.

The programme aims to give offenders more insight, and control over their violent behaviour.

The case continues to be reviewed by MAPPA, with progress reported regularly.

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oncern for and helping victims is central to the M A P PA a n d t h e d e v e l o p m e n t o f r i s k m a n a g e ment plans. Dedicated Victim Contact Officers within Police and Probation are in contact with the victims of violent and sexual crime and are aware how deeply victims and their families can be affected. They keep victims informed about plans made to protect them from the person that has harmed them and their views are taken into consideration when agreeing risk management plans.

Working to protect Victims

For 30 years Victim Support Suffolk has been helping victims of crime in the county. It is an independent charity which provides a free and confidential s e r v ice. Its trained volunteers offer emotional support, information and practical help to victims (whether or not they have reported the crime to the Police). The charity offers a Witness Service volunteer to all witnesses in criminal trials in the county. (See local and national contact details.)The Area Manager for Victim Support, Suffolk, John John Doylend, Area Manager for Victim Doylend, is a member of the Strategic Management Support Suffolk. Board.

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First Victim Support were involved, providing the calm sympathetic and realistic support that is very much needed. In the meantime, MAPPA set up a risk management plan which required active responses from a number of agencies, including Mental Health, Housing, Police and Probation. The offender was directed to reside in a hostel where strict rules and curfews apply. He had to undergo a psychiatric

high risk of re-offending combined with a victim’s concerns which were made clear to both Probat i o n v i c tim contact officers and the police, were uppermost in the thinking of MAPPA meeting members when p l a n n i n g for the r eleas e of a s ex o ffender recently

Victim fears prisoner’s release: case study

He was also closely monitored by Police Public Protection Officers, through his sex offender registration.

assessment and be tested regularly for excessive alcohol misuse. Both these issues had been major contributors to his offending in the past.

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Probation Victim Contact Officers continue to support this man’s victim. She has reported no problems. The offender is complying with the conditions of his release. 11

Stringent licence conditions were applied, including non contact with the victim and exclusion from anywhere in the victim’s home town.

Facts and figures
he number of Registered Sex Offenders has increased from 368 in 2005 to 393 in 2006. This increase can be attributed to the fact that owing to the length o f r e g i s t r a tion on the Sex Offender Register, the numbers will increase as more offenders are registered on conviction than leave the register at the expiry of their registration period. Registered Sex Offenders who pose a significant risk of harm are monitored under the Multi-Agency Public Protection A r r a n g e ments. Only 21 of the 393 Registered Sex Offenders living in the community in 2005-06 were considered to pose a high risk, none of whom went on to commit a serious further offence. Compliance with Sex Offender registration remains high with only 2.7 % having been dealt with for a breach of r e g i s tration eg failure to notify change of address.

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Registered Sex Offenders

393 ...... Registered sex offenders ......of which 21 were considered high risk.....

64 offenders at MAPPA levels 2 and 3.... of whom.... ....16 were returned to custody ....forbreachoftheirlicenceconditions..

Successful applications were made to the courts by the police on four occasions, thus preventing convicted sex offenders from having access to children. The penalty for breaching these orders can be imprisonment for a max imum of five years. Offenders are moni tored by Police Public Protection Officers to ensure compliance. 12

n the past year greater use has been made of recent legislation allowing for Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) to be imposed at the point of conviction. Eight such orders were imposed by the courts during 2005-06.

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Sexual Offences Prevention Orders

his year 60 offenders were managed at level 2 and four at level 3 of MAPPA. Sixteen were returned to custody following MAPPA involvement for being in breach of their licence conditions. Recall to prison is swift and ensures that offenders are “Recall to clear about the prison is swift risks they pose and that they and e n s u r e s must comthat offenders their condiply with tions of are clear about release.

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Managing risk recall to prison

the risks they Of the five “critical few” ofpose and that fenders managed they must at level 3 of MAPPA, comply with their two offenders were recalled to conditions of reprison for non-complilease.” ance, whilst the other three were managed successfully by MAPPA in the community.

The statistics
Category 1 MAPPA offenders: Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) From April 1 2005 - 31 March 2006 The number of Registered Sex Offenders living in Suffolk on 31 March 2006 The number of Registered Sex Offenders per 100,000 of population By basic command unit: West, 106; Southern, 172, Eastern, 115. Total, 393. 58

The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches or the requirement, 11 between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 The number of (a) Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) applied (a) 4 for, (b) interim SOPOs granted and (c) full SOPOs imposed by the (b) 2 courts in Suffolk between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 (c) 12 The number of (a) Notification Orders applied for, (b) interim Notification (a) 0 Orders granted, and (c) full Notification Orders imposed by the courts in (b) 0 Suffolk between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 (c) 0 The number of Foreign Travel Orders (a) applied for, and (b) imposed by (a) 0 the courts in Suffolk between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 (b) 0 Category 2: MAPPA offenders: Violent offenders and Other Sexual offenders (V&OS) 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 109 Suffolk between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 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

Category 3: MAPPA offenders: Other Offenders (OthO)

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MAPPP cases

Of the cases managed at Level 2 or 3 between 1 April 2005 and March 31 2006, how many, while managed at that level: were returned to custody for breach of a restraining order or sexual offences prevention order were charged with a serious sexual or violent offence were returned to custody for breach of licence
Level 3

The number of offenders in each of the three categories above: (a) RSOs, (b) violen t and Level 3 other offenders, and (c) other offenders, who have been ma n aged through the (a) 4 MAPPP (Level 3) and through local inter-agency risk management (Level 2) between 1 April (b) 1 (c) 0 2005 and 31 March 2006

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The strategic management of MAPPA
• Commit resources operationally and strategically to ensure the MAPPA can be delivered consistently across Suffolk to an equally high standard.

he Strategic Management Board (SMB) is chaired by Assistant Chief Officer of Probation, Martin Garside, and meets q u a r t e r l y . It brings together senior managers from the responsible authority, t h e d u t y to co-operate a g e n cies ( Yo u t h O f f e n d i n g Teams, Jobcentre P l u s , l o c a l e d u c a tion a u thorities, local housing authorities, registered social landl o r d s , l o c a l a u thority social care services, l o c a l h e a l t h p a r t nerships and electronic monitoring providers) and lay advisors. The SMB undertakes Martin Garside the following tasks: • Evaluate the day to day operation of MAPPA in Suffolk.

• Approve and publish the MAPPA annual report and develop a supporting media strategy. • Take forward the development of national and local strategies for the improvement of public protection through the MAPPA annual business plan. • Review cases managed at level 2 & 3 of MAPPA, where a serious further offence has taken place in order that learning and action points are identified to ensure the MAPPA are continually improved and reviewed.

• Ensure strong links are maintained for information sharing between the relevant agencies within MAPPA and that memorandum of understanding is adhered to. • Monitor the involvement and p a r t i c i p a tion of all agen c ies in r e l e vant MAPPA meetings.

The SMB has well developed links with other public protection procedures and a number of its members are involved in or contribute to the Safeguarding Children Board, Crime and Disorder Partnerships and the Suffolk Criminal Justice Board.

The work of all local SMBs is overseen nationally by the Responsible Authority National Steering Group (RANSG). An overview of the first five years of MAPPA produced by RANSG can be found at www.probation.homeoffice.gov.uk. 14

Tim Sykes, Suffolk MAPPA manager

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Lay advisors
to the MAPPA and ask questions which professionals involved closely with the work would not necessarily think of asking. Lay Advisors therefore act as a “critical friend” to those agencies involved in operating the MAPPA, helping to develop good practice and operating as full members of the SMB to ensure the MAPPA are working locally and are regularly reviewed.

ast year two lay advisors, Jane Chevous and Caroline Gumble, were appointed to the Strategic Management Board to assist it in its duty to review and oversee the MAPPA. Lay advisors are appointed to help review MAPPA functions and are not directly i n volved in operational decision making. The value of Lay Advisors is as “informed observers” who bring an objective oversight

“Having completed my training and induction to assist in fulfilling the duties of Lay Advisor (critical friend), and attending SMB meetings I feel that the arrangements put in place for Suffolk are as reassuring as they can be with the current resources allocated. I have been very impressed by the high level of dedication shown by the professionals within the responsible agencies. However, as members of the public we must be realistic in understanding that once an individual is released back into the community, there are no guarantees that they will not re offend. The professionals are diligent in conducting risk assessments and putting certain safety measures in place to reduce the risk of further re offending, furthermore with a high population of prisons and secure premises within our region many ex offenders are selecting to settle in Suffolk, which puts further pressure on lean resources. I feel reassured seeing Suffolk’s statistics for 2005.’’ Caroline Gumble Lay Advisor “As voluntary lay advisors, our role is to be independent “critical friends” to the staff responsible for MAPPA in Suffolk. Our thorough induction and training has provided a clear picture of the current arrangements both nationally and locally and how they are working on the ground. I was particularly reassured by the care and attention given to each individual risk assessment at the local MAPPP meetings. The statistics in this report bear testament to the commitment and competence of our local staff in all services in handling complex cases to ensure the protection of the public. I look forward to working with the SMB in the coming months to implement any recommendations from the recent inspection. I have a particular interest in the perspective of victims of serious crimes and will continue to monitor that this is considered in the local arrangements. Jane Chevous Lay Advisor 15

Suffolk Probation Area Assistant Chief Officer (Public Protection) Foundation House 34 Foundation Street Ipswich IP4 1SP (01473) 408130 HM Prison Service Governor HMP Highpoint Stradishall Newmarket CB8 9YN (01440) 823105

Suffolk Constabulary Detective Chief Inspector (Operations) Crime Management Department Force Headquarters Martlesham Heath Ipswich IP5 3QS (01473) 613806

MAPPA contacts

Suffolk Youth Offending Service Locality Manager W Suffolk Youth Offending Service St Margarets 7 The Churchyard Bury St Edmunds IP33 1RZ (01284) 352378 Suffolk Victim Support Area Manager 5 Regent Road Lowestoft NR32 1PA (01502) 582310

Local Health Partnerships/NHS Trust Service Manager – East Locality St Clements Hospital Foxhall Road Ipswich IP3 8LS (01473) 329216

Suffolk Housing Officers Group SHOG c/o Head of Housing Mid-Suffolk District Council Council Offices 131 High Street Needham Market Ipswich IP6 8DL (01449) 720711

Suffolk Social Care Services Head of Safeguarding Children Children and Families Endeavour House Russell Road Ipswich IP1 2BX (01473) 264731

Premier Monitoring Services Assistant Director, Operational Support Austin House Stannard Place St Crispins Road, Norwich, NR3 1Y (01603) 428300 Local Education Authority Assistant Education Officer (Family Support) Suffolk County Council, Endeavour House, Russell Road Ipswich, IP1 2BX (01473) 264723

Further Information and contacts National Association of Victim Support website: www.victimsupport.com The national helpline for victims provides a service at local call rates on: 0845 30 30 900. This is available: Mondays to Fridays, 9.00am to 9.00pm, weekends, 9.00am to 7.00pm and bank holidays, 9.00am to 5.00pm. Police and Probation: telephone numbers can be found in the contact section of this report and in local telephone directories Home Office: customer services 0870 000 1585 16

ANNEX A Suffolk MAPPA business plan 2006-2007
Delivery plan Milestones Resources Outcome Progress 1.4.06 By 1.7.06 agree revised budget for MAPPA 2007-08 and contributions from each agency Budget review

1. MAPPA DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

Strategic Aim

a) Achieve dedicated MAPPACo-ordination and Administration across Suffolk 1.7.06 1.7.06 1.4.06 Monitor timeliness from 1.4.06 Budget review

- In cr e a s e d M APPA M a n ager post from 4 to 5 days/week

- Review Administrative Support requirements, plan for increase

- Timeliness of notes being circulated

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1.4.06 Nil 1.10.06 Nil

-Invite: b) Develop Suffolk - JobCentre Plus M APPA SM B to -Social Care i n c l u d e representa- - Adults tion of all Duty to Co- to attend operate agencies

- Increasethemeetingcapacity from 1 x 3/month to maximumof2x3/monthto meet need, eg IDAP reviews

All Duty to Co-operate agencies actively involved in Suffolk MAPPA SMB by 3.07. Protocols revised in line with current National MAPPA guidance and fully operational by 1.4.07.

c ) Im p l e m e n t N a tional MAPPA Guidance p u b lished in Spring 06 in Suffolk

- Revise MAPPA protocols between Duty to Co-operate and Responsible Authority organisations

2. MONITORING AND EVALUATION STRATEGY 1.4.06 Nil Reporting to each Suffolk MAPPA SMB of statistics by the MAPPA Manager in line with the national guidance from 1.4.06.

Strategic Aim

Delivery plan

Milestones

Resources

Outcome

Progress

a) Suffolk MAPPA SMB implement Business Plan - Im p l e m e n t n a ti o n a l g u i d which will incorporate monitoring arrangements ance issued 10.05 to support: 1.10.07 1.4.06 1.4.06 Nil Nil An n u a l R e p o r t C o s tings

- Analysis of use of MAPPA risk management thresholds at Level 2 and 3

- Publication of Annual Report

- Report on Business Plan outcomes in Annual Report 2006-07

- Agree SFO reporting arrangements in revised protocols

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1.4.07 Responsible Authority Agencies

- Analysis of MAPPA - Revise referral forms offenders who commit serious further offences - Analysis of attendance and level of co-operation of agencies contributing to Level 2 and 3 meetings - Analysis of diversity prof i l e o f o f f e n d e r s a s s e s s e d as Level 2 and 3 b)Development of multi- - Implement national agreed agency public performance indicators p r o te ction performance - Develop appropriate locally indicators agreed performance indicators

VISOR in place in Suffolk

Strategic Aim c) Implement nationally agreed recording and collation of data for MAPPA Public confidence in M APPA i n Su ffo l k e n hanced

Outcome Consistency and quality of recording improved in l i n e w i th n a ti o n a l g u i d ance to aid transfer process

Progress

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1.4.06 1.10.06 Nil Funding to be agreed by Responsible Au thorities

Delivery Plan Milestones Resources - Implement national templates to support Responsible Authority information sharing, 1.4.06 Agencies m i n u te ta k i n g a n d re view processes 3. COMMUNICATION AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP STRATEGY a)Preparation of the - Prepare Annual Report Pu b l i sh An n u a l R e port – budget to Suffolk MAPPA be agreed Annual Report in consultation with 1.10.06 Lay Advisers and in line with national guidance b)Annual Report is - Pr e p a r e p u b l i ci ty Publish material – improved and other material involving budget to be agreed publicity material MAPPA Manager, Lay 1.10.06 prepared Advisers, Suffolk CJB and Police Public Relations staff Public confidence in M APPA i n Su ffo l k e n hanced Proactive engagement with the Suffolk public through the media

c) Develop C o m m u n i cations Strategy

- Multi-agency training using national material (see 4a)

- Prepare Communications Strategy

- Engagement of the duty to co-operate with organisations, eg, referral process to MAPPA

Strategic Aim

- To promote MAPPA

Delivery Plan

Milestones

Resources

Outcome

Progress

- To manage the multiagency media strategy for high profile MAPPA cases National training pack deployed in Suffolk MAPPA training

4. TRAINING STRATEGY 1.4.06 Nil

5. FINANCE STRATEGY

a ) Imp l e m e n t th e n a tional training material into Suffolk MAPPA multi-agency training Secure budget to meet agreed requirements for 2007-08

- Review the operational deployment of the national resource pack

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1.10.06 To be agreed

a)Secure appropriate - MAPPA SMB to agree funding for Suffolk budget for 2007-08 in line M A P PA f r o m with the Development R e s p o n sible Strategy outcome Au th o r i ties and Duty To C o - o p e r a t e o r g a n i sations in line with 1a) above