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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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Foreword

M 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 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 publica-
tion 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 commu-
nities.
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 ro-
bust 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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Introduction

W 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 continu-
ous 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.
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 fur-
ther example of the excellent co-operation between the Probation Service in Suffolk, Suf-
folk Constabulary, the Prison Service and other statutory agencies.
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 manage-
ment of dangerous offenders in the community is therefore an issue that residents of Suf-
folk 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 an-
nual 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 min-
imised as a result.
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 man-
agement 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 Vio-
lent Offender and Sex Offender Register (ViSOR) are well advanced. These develop-
ments 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 arrange-
ments are established and working in Suffolk.

John Budd, Chief Officer, Alastair McWhirter, Chief Constable, Danny McAllister, Area Manager
Suffolk Probation Area Suffolk Constabulary HM Prison Service

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Key Achievements in 2005/6
Strengthening the Role of the Prison Service
L 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.
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.

The Strategic Management Board


Annual Business Plan
Following national research and joint inspections of MAPPA by the police, probation and
prison inspectorates strategic management boards are required to publish an annual busi-
ness 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 Pan-
els.
• Establishing connections which support effective op- The annual business
erational work with other public protection arrange- plan for the Suffolk
ments eg Safeguarding Children Boards. strategic management
board is contained at
• Preparing and publishing the annual report and pro- Annex A of this report
moting the work of MAPPA locally. and sets out the key
objectives and mile-
• Planning the long term development of MAPPA in
stones for the next
light of regular reviews and with respect to
year in order to
l e g i s l a tive and wider changes in the criminal justice
achieve the common
system.
aims outlined here.
• Identifying and planning to meet common training and
developmental needs of those working in MAPPA.

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Further work with perpetrators of
domestic violence
D 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
Violent and Sex
Offenders Register - ViSOR

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county the Integrated Domestic Abuse Pro-
gramme (IDAP) This programme has c l o s e iSOR is designed to support the Multi-
link s wit h the MAPPA, with all p a r ti c i - Agency Public Protection Arrangements
pants being discussed at a multi-agency meet- by storing, sharing i n f o r m a t i o n a n d i n -
ing in an acknowledgement of the potential t e l l i gence on those individuals who have
risks to victims when offenders are chal- been identified as posing a high risk of
lenged about their behaviour and because serious harm to the public.
the programme is designed in such a way that ViSOR is currently being used by all police
multi-agency managem e n t i s r e q u i r e d . forces in England, Wales, Scotland and North-
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 ern Ireland, along with HM Forces and o th e r
protocols have been agreed with the Police 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
and each IDAP case is discussed with i n - Offender Management Service ( N O M S )
volvement of the Police Victim Care Cen- 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
tres, Social Care Services, Probation Staff and and probation offices during 2006 and 2007.
women’s safety workers.
The IDAP programme has provided an ad- ViSOR provides a UK-wide shared data-
ditional resource to those working with the base of information and intelligence on dan-
perpetrators of domestic abuse. It has en- gerous persons, so that full details a r e
hanced the effectiveness of risk managem e n t available to public protection p r o f e s -
plans through the offender ’s atten- sionals wherever an offender travels to or
dance at the group which is designed to de- resides.
velop greater internal controls over their The system is very secure and rated a t
behaviour. By sharing information and C O N FIDENTIAL level within the Govern-
developing risk management plans in a co-or- ment Protective Marking Scheme, to ensure that
dinated way, which includes the victim, the the details of both offenders and those con-
risks posed can be more comprehensively tributing intelligence to the system are kept
managed. safe. It is only used by specially trained and
security cleared public protection profes-
“Putting Risk of Harm in Context”: An sionals.
inspection promoting public protection. ViSOR is currently being used in Suffolk very
In 2005 HM Inspectorate of Probation, HM Inspec- 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
torate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Prisons
Registered Sex Offenders and other MAPPA
undertook an inspection of eight police, probation and
prison nationally in which Suffolk featured. The joint in- offenders. It is regularly used nationally in
spection aimed to provide a “snapshot” of progress the investigation of serious violent or sexual
being made towards more co-ordinated working offences.
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 re-
port 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

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Jack: a domestic violence
case study

J 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.
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.
After taking part in domestic violence, thinking skills and sexual of-
fending courses, he was released on an extended l i cence and put
o n t he s ex offenders’ register.
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.
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 pro-
grammes on domestic violence, thinking skills and sex offending.
He was also obliged to go to a doctor for a psychiatric assessment and
undergo any treatment recommended.
Jack’s family moved after MAPPA was able to speed up their request to
be re-housed.
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.
r After nine months at the hostel, Jack was successfully re-integrated into
independent accommodation, under the watchful eye of a probation offi-
cer, 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

T 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 ap-
proached a child under the age of 16.
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 con-
trol 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 Protec-
tion 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.
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 li-
cence having been detected loitering in a park. He was immediately re-
called to prison by the Probation Service where he will serve the
remainder of his sentence.

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How MAPPA operates locally:
MAPPA in Suffolk

T he Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) are underpinned by the knowl-


edge 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.

Category 1: Registered sex offenders who are required to register with the
Police.

Category 2: Violent and other sex offenders (not required to register with
Police) who have received a sentence of imprisonment of 12
months or more.

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.

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.
MAPPA meetings are convened monthly in Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft and Ipswich to re-
view 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.
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 “The aim of the MAPPA meetings is to identify,
targeted in the most
using established risk assessment tools, those of-
e ff e c tive and efficient
manner. fenders who pose the highest and most imminent
In order to achieve the de- risk of causing serious harm so that resources
ployment of resources to can be targeted in the most effective and efficient
the management of the manner.”
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

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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.

Level 2: Local inter-agency risk management. This level of management is


used where active involvement of more than one agency is required.

Level 3: Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels (MAPPPs). This level is re-


served 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 be-
cause 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.

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.
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.

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“Serious harm to partner and
child”: MAPPA acts - a case study
A
T
man recently convicted of a serious IN COURT
violent assault upon his pregnant
he court made a community sentence,
partner was assessed as posing a risk of
which required, apart from
serious harm to both partner and their
r e g u l a r s u p e r vision, attendance at
unborn child.
the new Domestic Abuse Programme
MAPPA members had to plan for the (IDAP).
protection of the two victims, and also to
Non attendance would result in
control and, if possible change the
i m m e d i ate enforcement action and
o ffender’s behaviour.
return to court.
Victim Support Suffolk provided a trained
The programme aims to give offenders
volunteer, both to listen to and to give
more insight, and control over their
information to help the victim through the
violent behaviour.
aftermath of the crime. When the case
came to court, they handed over to W h i l e P r o b a t i o n m a n aged the
c o l leagues in the Witness Service who o f fender’s risk, the Police Vi c t i m
were there for her throughout the case. Contact Officer encouraged the victim
to seek legal advice and protect herself
A child protection case conference
through applications to the courts.
produced a robust child protection plan,
which required the offender to agree to a The case continues to be reviewed by
contract about his behaviour when the MAPPA, with progress reported regularly.
child was born.

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Working to protect Victims
C 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.
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.

Victim fears prisoner’s release:


case study
A high risk of re-offending combined
with a victim’s concerns which
were made clear to both Proba-
assessment and be tested regularly for
excessive alcohol misuse. Both these
issues had been major contributors to his
t i o n v i c tim contact officers and the offending in the past.
police, were uppermost in the thinking He was also closely monitored by Police
of MAPPA meeting members when Public Protection Officers, through his
p l a n n i n g for the r eleas e of a s ex sex offender registration.
o ffender recently
NO CONTACT
First Victim Support were involved,
providing the calm sympathetic and Stringent licence conditions were applied,
realistic support that is very much including non contact with the victim and
needed. In the meantime, MAPPA set up exclusion from anywhere in the victim’s
a risk management plan which required home town.
active responses from a number of Probation Victim Contact Officers
agencies, including Mental Health, continue to support this man’s victim.
Housing, Police and Probation. She has reported no problems. The
The offender was directed to reside in a offender is complying with the conditions
hostel where strict rules and curfews of his release.
apply. He had to undergo a psychiatric

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Facts and figures

393 ...... Registered sex offenders

T
Registered Sex Offenders
......of which
he number of Registered Sex Offenders
21 were considered high risk.....
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
64 offenders at MAPPA levels 2 and 3....
of whom....
than leave the register at the expiry of
their registration period.
....16 were returned to custody
....forbreachoftheirlicenceconditions..
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

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Registered Sex Offenders living in the Managing risk recall to prison
community in 2005-06 were considered
to pose a high risk, none of whom went on his year 60 offenders were managed at
to commit a serious further offence. level 2 and four at level 3 of MAPPA.
Compliance with Sex Offender registration Sixteen were returned to custody following
remains high with only 2.7 % having been MAPPA involvement for being in breach of
dealt with for a breach of r e g i s tration their licence conditions. Recall to prison is
eg failure to notify change of address. swift and ensures
that of- “Recall to fenders are
clear about the
prison is swift

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Sexual Offences Prevention Orders risks they pose and
that they and e n s u r e s must com-
n the past year greater use has been ply with that offenders their condi-
made of recent legislation allowing for tions of are clear about release.
Sexual Offences Prevention Orders
Of the the risks they five “critical
(SOPOs) to be imposed at the point of con-
viction. Eight such orders were imposed few” of- pose and that fenders
by the courts during 2005-06. managed they must at level 3 of
MAPPA, comply with their two offend-
Successful applications were made to the ers were recalled to
courts by the police on four occasions, thus conditions of re-
prison for non-compli-
preventing convicted sex offenders from ance, lease.” whilst the
having access to children. The penalty for other three were
breaching these orders can be imprison- managed successfully by MAPPA in the
ment for a max imum of five years. Of- community.
fenders are moni tored by Police Public
Protection Officers to ensure compliance.

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

The number of Registered Sex Offenders per 100,000 of population 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

Category 3: MAPPA offenders: Other Offenders (OthO)

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 14
2006

MAPPP cases

The number of offenders in each of the three categories above: (a) RSOs, (b) violen t and Level 3 Level 2
other offenders, and (c) other offenders, who have been ma n aged through the (a) 4 (a) 17
MAPPP (Level 3) and through local inter-agency risk management (Level 2) between 1 April (b) 1 (b) 29
2005 and 31 March 2006 (c) 0 (c) 14

Of the cases managed at Level 2 or 3 between 1 April 2005 and March 31 2006, how many,
while managed at that level:

Level 3 Level 2
were returned to custody for breach of licence
2 14
were returned to custody for breach of a restraining order or sexual offences
prevention order
0 0

were charged with a serious sexual or violent offence 0 0

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The strategic management of
MAPPA

T he Strategic Management Board (SMB)


is chaired by Assistant Chief Officer of
Probation, Martin Garside, and meets
• Commit resources operationally and
strategically to ensure the MAPPA can
be delivered consistently across Suffolk
q u a r t e r l y . It brings together senior to an equally high standard.
managers from the responsible authority, • Approve and publish the MAPPA
t h e d u t y to co-operate a g e n cies ( Yo u t h annual report and develop a supporting
O f f e n d i n g Teams, Job- media strategy.
centre P l u s , l o c a l
e d u c a tion a u thorities, • Take forward the development of
local housing authorities, national and local strategies for the
registered social land- improvement of public protection
l o r d s , l o c a l a u thority through the MAPPA annual business
social care services, plan.
l o c a l h e a l t h p a r t ner- • Review cases managed at level 2 & 3
ships and electronic of MAPPA, where a serious further
monitoring providers) offence has taken place in order that
and lay advisors. learning and action points are identified
The SMB undertakes to ensure the MAPPA are continually
the following tasks: Martin Garside improved and reviewed.
• Evaluate the day to day operation of The SMB has well developed links with other
MAPPA in Suffolk. public protection procedures and a number
of its members are involved in or contribute
• Ensure strong links are maintained for to the Safeguarding Children Board, Crime
information sharing between the and Disorder Partnerships and the Suffolk
relevant agencies within MAPPA and Criminal Justice Board.
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.

Tim Sykes, Suffolk MAPPA manager


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.

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Lay advisors

L ast year two lay advisors, Jane Chevous


and Caroline Gumble, were appointed to
the Strategic Management Board to assist it
to the MAPPA and ask questions which
professionals involved closely with the work
would not necessarily think of asking. Lay
in its duty to review and oversee the MAPPA. Advisors therefore act as a “critical friend” to
Lay advisors are appointed to help review those agencies involved in operating the
MAPPA functions and are not directly MAPPA, helping to develop good practice
i n volved in operational decision making. and operating as full members of the SMB to
The value of Lay Advisors is as “informed ensure the MAPPA are working locally and
observers” who bring an objective oversight are regularly reviewed.

“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 re-
sources 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 pris-
ons 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 “criti-


cal friends” to the staff responsible for MAPPA in Suf-
folk. 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 partic-
ularly reassured by the care and attention given to each indi-
vidual 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 inspec-
tion. I have a particular interest in the perspective of vic-
tims of serious crimes and will continue to monitor that this is considered in the local
arrangements.
Jane Chevous Lay Advisor

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MAPPA contacts
Suffolk Constabulary Local Health Partnerships/NHS Trust
Detective Chief Inspector (Operations) Service Manager – East Locality
Crime Management Department St Clements Hospital
Force Headquarters Foxhall Road
Martlesham Heath Ipswich IP3 8LS
Ipswich IP5 3QS (01473) 329216
(01473) 613806 Suffolk Youth Offending Service
Suffolk Probation Area Locality Manager
Assistant Chief Officer (Public Protection) W Suffolk Youth Offending Service
Foundation House St Margarets
34 Foundation Street 7 The Churchyard
Ipswich IP4 1SP Bury St Edmunds IP33 1RZ
(01473) 408130 (01284) 352378
HM Prison Service Suffolk Victim Support
Governor Area Manager
HMP Highpoint 5 Regent Road
Stradishall Lowestoft NR32 1PA
Newmarket CB8 9YN (01502) 582310
(01440) 823105 Premier Monitoring Services
Suffolk Social Care Services Assistant Director, Operational Support
Head of Safeguarding Children Austin House
Children and Families Stannard Place
Endeavour House St Crispins Road,
Russell Road Norwich, NR3 1Y
Ipswich IP1 2BX (01603) 428300
(01473) 264731 Local Education Authority
Suffolk Housing Officers Group Assistant Education Officer (Family
SHOG Support)
c/o Head of Housing Suffolk County Council,
Mid-Suffolk District Council Endeavour House,
Council Offices Russell Road
131 High Street Ipswich, IP1 2BX
Needham Market (01473) 264723
Ipswich IP6 8DL
(01449) 720711

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

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ANNEX A Suffolk MAPPA business plan 2006-2007
Strategic Aim Delivery plan Milestones Resources Outcome Progress

1. MAPPA DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY


a) Achieve dedicated - In cr e a s e d M APPA 1.4.06 Budget review By 1.7.06 agree revised
MAPPACo-ordination M a n ager post from 4 to 5 budget for MAPPA
and Administration days/week 2007-08 and contributions
across Suffolk from each agency

- Review Administrative 1.7.06 Budget review


Support requirements,
plan for increase

- Timeliness of notes being 1.7.06 Monitor timeliness


circulated from 1.4.06

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- Increasethemeetingcapacity 1.4.06
from 1 x 3/month to maxi-
mumof2x3/monthto meet
need, eg IDAP reviews
-Invite: 1.4.06 Nil All Duty to Co-operate
b) Develop Suffolk - JobCentre Plus agencies actively in-
M APPA SM B to -Social Care - volved in Suffolk
i n c l u d e representa- - Adults
MAPPA SMB by 3.07.
tion of all Duty to Co- to attend
operate agencies

c ) Im p l e m e n t - Revise MAPPA protocols 1.10.06 Nil


Protocols revised in line
N a tional MAPPA between Duty to Co-oper-
with current National
Guidance ate and Responsible Au-
MAPPA guidance and
p u b lished in Spring thority organisations
fully operational by
06 in Suffolk
1.4.07.
Strategic Aim Delivery plan Milestones Resources Outcome Progress
2. MONITORING AND EVALUATION STRATEGY
a) Suffolk MAPPA SMB Reporting to each
implement Business Plan Suffolk MAPPA SMB
which will incorporate - Im p l e m e n t n a ti o n a l g u i d - of statistics by the
monitoring arrangements ance issued 10.05 1.4.06 Nil MAPPA Manager in
to support: line with the national
guidance from 1.4.06.
- Publication of Annual - Report on Business Plan out-
comes in Annual Report An n u a l R e p o r t
Report 1.10.07
2006-07 C o s tings

- Analysis of use of - Agree SFO reporting arrange-


MAPPA risk manage- ments in revised protocols
ment thresholds at 1.4.06 Nil
Level 2 and 3

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- Analysis of MAPPA - Revise referral forms
offenders who commit 1.4.06 Nil
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 Responsible Authority VISOR in place in
agency public performance indicators Agencies Suffolk
p r o te ction performance - Develop appropriate locally 1.4.07
indicators agreed performance indicators
Strategic Aim Delivery Plan Milestones Resources Outcome Progress
c) Implement nationally
- Implement national Consistency and quality
agreed recording templates to support of recording improved in
Responsible Authority
and collation of information sharing, 1.4.06 l i n e w i th n a ti o n a l
Agencies
data for MAPPA m i n u te ta k i n g a n d g u i d ance to aid transfer
re view processes process
3. COMMUNICATION AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP STRATEGY
a)Preparation of the - Prepare Annual Report Pu b l i sh An n u a l Public confidence in
Suffolk MAPPA R e port – budget to M APPA i n Su ffo l k
Annual Report in be agreed e n hanced
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 – Public confidence in
improved and other material involving budget to be agreed M APPA i n Su ffo l k

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publicity material MAPPA Manager, Lay e n hanced
1.10.06
prepared Advisers, Suffolk CJB
and Police Public Rela-
tions staff
c) Develop - Multi-agency training Proactive engagement
C o m m u n i cations using national material with the Suffolk public
1.4.06 Nil
Strategy (see 4a) through the media

- Prepare
Funding to be agreed
Communications
1.10.06 by Responsible
Strategy
Au thorities
- Engagement of the duty
to co-operate with or-
ganisations, eg, referral
process to MAPPA
Strategic Aim Delivery Plan Milestones Resources Outcome Progress
- To promote MAPPA
- To manage the multi-
agency media strategy for
high profile MAPPA cases

4. TRAINING STRATEGY
a ) Imp l e m e n t th e - Review the operational National training pack
n a tional training deployment of the national deployed in Suffolk
material into Suffolk resource pack 1.4.06 Nil MAPPA training
MAPPA multi-agency
training
5. FINANCE STRATEGY

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a)Secure appropriate - MAPPA SMB to agree Secure budget to meet
funding for Suffolk budget for 2007-08 in line agreed requirements
M A P PA f r o m with the Development for 2007-08
R e s p o n sible Strategy outcome
Au th o r i ties and Duty 1.10.06 To be agreed
To C o - o p e r a t e
o r g a n i sations in line
with 1a) above