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Surrey Probation Area

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements


Annual Report 2003-4
In this report
Page

3: The risks that cannot be ignored


Foreword by Denis O’Connor and Karen Page

4 / 5: How many Cs in MAPPA ?

5: Case file: Soothing a village’s fear of fire

6 / 7: Management by MAPPA

7: Case file: The horrified victim who threatened to tell

8 / 9: Beef up the board


by Howard Barlow and Carol Parsons

9: Case file: The sinister face of a baby-sitter’s friendship

10: Keeping the critical few critical

11: Working together builds confidence and trust


by Jenny Guven

Case file: The night away that ended in jail

12: Tightening the deadlines


by Paul Falconer

Case file: MAPPA nips a network in the bud

13: ViSOR keeps offenders in view


by Paul Falconer

Why we are pleased to be aboard


by Caroline Hewlett and Simon Smith

14: High Down fast-tracks serious offenders


by Simon Langston

Case file: Explosives and alcohol trigger MAPPA alert

15: Statistics

16: Contacts
The risks that cannot be ignored
This is the third annual report on the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements
(MAPPA) for Surrey. It highlights the achievements made as a result of effective
collaboration between the criminal justice agencies.

At the heart of MAPPA is the desire to prevent future victims by assessing risk thoroughly,
by working together to manage risk and wherever possible, by engaging offenders to reduce
their own risks by working on their offending behaviour.

At a strategic level, Surrey has been fortunate in having the benefit of lay members to offer
independent oversight of MAPPA and help move initiatives forward. In addition, the co-
operation of the prison service, who have recently joined police and probation in the
‘responsible authority’ for this multi-agency work, has added value to reintegrating offenders
into the community. We are also fortunate this year to be able to look forward to even more
help and cooperation from a wide range of other agencies.

We live in a society that is constantly being told of the latest risk, whether to our health,
wealth or waistlines. Often as individuals we choose to ignore some such warnings but as
a society, there are some risks that cannot be ignored.

The MAPPA are a positive step to learn from the lessons of the past and build something
that helps to protect the most vulnerable in our communities. The progress made by the
Surrey MAPPA is illustrated in this report and represents an enormous amount of hard work,
endeavour and commitment by those involved. We are sure they will continue to build on
that foundation in the year to come.

Denis O’Connor Karen Page


Chief Constable Chief Officer
Surrey Police National Probation Service
Surrey

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How many Cs in MAPPA ?
Four - and the first is C for co-operation

he Multi-Agency Public governing governor of HMP Surrey – in fact recorded sex

T Protection Arrange-
ments, or MAPPA, in
Surrey are proving to be
High Down near Banstead.
Also represented are local
authorities, social services,
offences fell slightly during
2003–2004 to 585 from the 598
of the previous year.
one of the most significant housing, and the county’s youth It is due to the fact that
steps ever taken between offending team. Representation offenders are joining the
agencies to protect the public is still settling into a consistent register faster than they leave
against offenders who threaten pattern. it. This is due in part to the long
most harm. periods of registration which
While other agencies are Threat in can be for life. Although
involved, it is particularly true proportion eventually, the size of the
b e t we e n t h e p o l i c e a n d register is expected to level out,
probation services. Regular and Other accounts in this report nobody yet knows when.
rapid communication has been give the details of activity Additionally, the eventual
established in an atmosphere of within the MAPPA. Of the effects of the 2003 Sexual
trust and confidence. 410 cases dealt with within Offences Act are uncertain.
MAPPA in the county last Statistically, Surrey is one of
Targeted year, only 14 or 3.5% the safest counties. However, it
offenders r e q u i r e d a c t i o n by M u l t i has borne its share of tragedy
Agency Public Protection through crime in the last four
This partnership has been Panels, or MAPPPs. These years particularly with the
further strengthened in the last panels are the highest level of deaths of Milly Dowler who
year by the launching of a management for the most lived in Walton and Sarah
targeted offender’s scheme. serious cases. That figure Payne who lived in Hersham.
This concentrates on persistent helps to keep the actual threat Sarah’s death was also a
offenders but can target serious to the public in proportion. tragedy for Sussex where she
o n e s t o o. Ta r g e t i n g a l s o Ninety per cent of cases dealt lost her life.
depends on sharing information with by the MAPPA are
and working together. registered sex offenders. The Critical
MAPPA is the responsibility of remainder have been con- friends
the Responsible Authority, victed of other sex or violent
which is set up by law. (See offences. As expected, the Sarah’s case in particular led
Keeping the critical few critical number of registered sex to demands for more public
Page 10). It was made up offenders has continued to participation in the management
originally of police and rise, increasing from 277 to of offenders who cause serious
probation and now includes the 371. (See Management by harm. Government responded
prison service. MAPPA, Page 6). by appointing lay members to
T h e a u t h o r i t y ’s S t r a t e g i c Strategic Management Boards.
Management Board meets Eventual Surrey was chosen as one of
four times a year. It consists effects eight pilot sites.
of senior police and probation Throughout the year, our lay
managers. They were joined The increase is not due to an members, Howard Barlow and
earlier this year by the, explosion of sex offending in Carol Parsons have been

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playing the role of “critical housing, social services and
Soothing
friends”. Mr. Barlow and social landlords.
a village’s
Ms. Parsons have made In some agencies, duty to
fear of fire
recommendations about the cooperate may raise conflicts,
working of the system. Their particularly around confiden- Residents of a Surrey village
own report of their mixed tiality of information. However, worried at the thought of
Y. returning home from jail.
observations at strategic and in Surrey co-operation is
He had been given seven
operational level can be read already good. Housing and years for a spate of arson
on Pages 8/9. social ser vices managers, attacks. The most serious
Earlier this year, the Home psychiatrists, forensic psy- was on the local shop with
Secretary extended the lay chologists, community mental flats above. Everybody was
members scheme across the health workers and even Surrey evacuated; luckily nobody
was hurt.
country. They are to be known Fire and Rescue Service
as lay advisors. already attend the lower tier Relative
Risk Assessment and
Chart way Management Panels or He used his time in prison
forward RAMPs either regularly or well including completing
as required. (See Manage- major programmes in anger
control and reasoning skills.
Two more developments ment by MAPPA, Page 6).
He also admitted other
intended to further strengthen A meeting of chief executives offences he had previously
the MAPPA operation have is planned for mid-summer denied.
been the appointment by the 2004 to char t the way During sentence, his family,
board of a MAPPA administrator forward. the local police beat officer
and by Surrey Probation of a and probation officer kept in
contact.
public protection manager. Consensus
Before his release, arrange-
The Strategic Management preferred ments were made for him to
B o a r d fa c e s t wo m a j o r live with a relative in another
challenges in 2004/05. The first MAPPA brings together three part of the county.
is adjusting to its increased criminal justice and now a
responsibilities in the 2003 range of social agencies into Fire service
Criminal Justice Act. These are what is essentially a co-
He was released on parole at
fully described on Page 10. operative of care for the public the earliest opportunity. He
Among other things, they and control for those who offer was assessed as unlikely to
involve the Board making undue harm. cause further serious harm
arrangements to assess and It does not override agencies’ unless his circumstances
manage the risks caused by authority nor take over their changed and the case was
monitored by the RAMP. The
offenders who have received responsibility. It asks them to
close liaison between family,
12 months or more custody for cooperate together and co- police beat officer, probation
any one of 153 violent or ordinate their activity. It does not officer and other agencies
sexual offences. Working out impose decisions but seeks continued and they all met
strategy to accomplish this will consensus wherever possible. with Y. to discuss his future.
be a priority for the board. It seeks only commitment to Surrey Fire and Rescue
ser vice gave him eight
The second is engaging with decisions jointly made.
sessions on fire awareness
the wide range of other The four Cs of MAPPA are and safety. He still lives away
agencies which are now duty- therefore - Co-operation, Co- from home but gradually, he
bound to cooperate. ordination, Consensus and is being introduced into his
These include the health ser- Commitment. They are its own community, safely and
vice, social security, education, strength and pillars of protection. successfully.

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Management by MAPPA
Vigilance protects the public through
Surrey’s MAPPPs and RAMPs

lmost every week health, hostel staff, probation on the register as offenders

A somewhere in Surrey,
staff from the police
and probation services, hous-
victim workers and the youth
offending team. Information is
shared and risk is assessed by
were added faster than they
were taken off. Sex offender
registration starts at the point of
ing departments, social ser- the actuarial Thornton 2000 conviction. Its length depends
vices and other agencies Risk Matrix used by the police. on sentence length and can
meet in a police station or The probation service use the be from five years to life.
probation office. national Offender Assessment Juveniles serve half the adult
Their purpose is to review the System (OASys) soon to be registration period.
behaviour and progress of more adopted by the prison service.
than 400 offenders in the county Ninety per cent of the cases dis- Pose most risk
subject to the Multi-Agency cussed in the RAMPs are regis-
Public Protection Arrangements tered sex offenders. The remain- The register is expected to go
(MAPPA). der are offenders usually on on growing until more cases
probation supervision who have are eligible for removal.
Lower level committed violent serious harm Removals of the first five year
and might repeat it. registrations began in 2002.
The meetings are Risk Offenders thought to pose the This year the first seven-year
Assessment and Management highest risk are reviewed most registrations will expire.
Panels or RAMPs. They form frequently. In 2003-2004 staff Surrey RAMP meetings have
the lower level of MAPPA pro- held 700 case reviews - dis- evolved from the previous multi-
tection and deal with offenders cussing many cases several agency reviews of offenders on
whose risk to others is either rel- times. the sex offenders’ register.
atively low or under control. They are being used increas-
The meetings are chaired by the Added faster ingly frequently as an efficient
inspectors in charge of the vul- opportunity to include first-tier
nerable persons’ units of Surrey They concluded that more than meetings of Multi-Agency
police’s four divisions. They are half the offenders had a medium Public Protection Panels or
attended by their Registration or low risk of re-offending MAPPPs on offenders who
and Assessment officers, according to the police risk pose most risk.
(RAOs), the local probation assessment tool.
manager and social services However, the risk of re-offending Little warning
and housing managers. of a third - according to the
Whenever possible, probation police assessment method - was This has been made possible
case managers handling cases high. Seventeen offenders in the mainly by probation case man-
under discussion also attend. system were in custody when agers identifying very high risk
their cases were reviewed. prisoners well before release.
Risk matrix Only fourteen offenders com- However, where such offenders
pleted their sex offender regis- move into Surrey with little warn-
Other agencies attend by tration in the county during the ing or where the threat level
request. They include forensic year. This mainly accounts for a increases in a previously lower
psychology, community mental 34% increase from 277 to 371 risk case, MAPPP meetings are

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called at short notice - some-
times as little as a day or two.
The horrified victim
They are given priority by all the
agencies. Police and probation
who threatened to tell
attend them all as do usually,
housing and social services. The young rape victim was F. had bad health and was
Other agencies with an interest horrified to learn that F., the partly disabled. A local hostel
- or with information - are also man who attacked her and and a local authority housing
invited to contribute. Levels of another girl, was being department offered short term
cooperation and understanding considered for parole. He was accommodation - which also
are high. less than five years into his ke p t h i m u n d e r b e t t e r
seven year sentence. She surveillance. Later, he was to
wrote an impassioned letter to be offered a longer-term home
Critical few
the Parole Board describing which met his health needs
her distress and threatening to but kept him well away from
Offenders discussed at MAPPP publicise the case “by any children. Managers prepared a
meetings have been described means “should he be freed media statement just in case.
as “the critical few “ who create near her. Probation victim workers and
most risk. Generally, they are the police RAO visited the
offenders who have committed Hive of activity victims and their families to
“serious” life-threatening harm explain the measures taken to
F. had wanted to return to the protect them. The victims felt
and are assessed as likely to do
area where he had lived, reassured.
so again. They may also be where his offences were F. was released in December
notorious offenders likely to committed - and where both 2003 when arrangements
attract the attention of the media the victims lived. were in place. There was no
or arouse public concern. There followed a hive of publicity.
(See Keeping the critical few activity between the various
critical, Pages 10/11) agencies involved in the Instant recall
MAPPP meetings are usually management of this case.
In particular probation and All agencies worked extremely
chaired by a probation manager,
probation victim liaison, hard to ensure the safety of
otherwise by a police detective
police, housing and a hostel the victims and reassure them
chief inspector. coordinated their work through so they did not feel the need
MAPPP meetings. for the protection of the press.
Threat subsides F. did not try to contact them;
Victims’ safety he was told it would have
The MAPPP continues to meet meant instant recall to prison.
as often as is needed until the Luckily, one of the police He has settled into his new
Registration and Assessment home where his is trying to
risk of committing serious harm
Officers (RAOs) had been rehabilitate himself.
subsides. Then the case can
involved in the original case This case highlights the close
be referred back to the level and knew the victim who wrote working relationship which
two RAMP for monitoring and the letter. has developed between all
review. Priority was to ensure the agencies that form part of the
In the year ending March safety of the victims and MAPPA process. This has
30, fourteen offenders were dis- reassure them. Parole licence been brought about by the
cussed at 40 MAPPP meetings conditions, drafted in con- greater understanding of each
across Surrey. One offender sultation with the other other’s roles and the trust
agencies, excluded F. from that has developed over
was the subject of nine MAPPP
parts of three towns where he time between the individuals
meetings and three others were might meet the victims. involved.
each the subject of five.

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n the last 12 months, the Howard Barlow and Carol Parsons were appointed lay

I operational staff from the


agencies represented in
the Responsible Authority in
members of the Surrey Strategic Management Board
18 months ago as part of a pilot project to involve the
public in MAPPA. This year the scheme went nation-
Surrey and others have al. They find MAPPA works well - but that the board
continued to work positively needs more resources. Their advice is
and effectively to monitor the
list of people who fall within
the MAPPA remit.

Beef up
As lay members, we have
observed a number of routine
monthly reviews ( RAMPs) in
all the police divisions of
the county.

Effective
exchange

We have found there is an


the board
effective exchange of information community that we would like constrained and has inevitably
within the Responsible Authority to see represented on the delayed both the development
agencies and with other agencies Strategic Management Board and the implementation of
who have attended. We have (SMB). Their inclusion, we strategic actions. Additionally,
advised police and probation of believe, will strengthen working the ability to enhance rep-
this positive effort and together by the agencies. We resentation on the SMB with
recommended a standard format also believe they have an impor- people from agencies outside
for all divisional RAMPs. This tant perspective to give. the Criminal Justice System to
standard is in process of being date has been affected by the
introduced in the coming year. lower priority given to the
Inevitable MAPPA by those agencies.
delays
Areas to
improve We also observe that of the Significant
agencies who do attend the improvements
Our attendance at Multi-Agency board now, somewhat incon-
Public Protection Panel meet- sistent attendance by some has We hope that the implementa-
ings (MAPPPs) has been fairly meant that progress between tion of the Duty to Cooperate
limited due to the small one board meeting and the next by key organisations will, in
number held and their timing. has been painfully slow at times. addition, increase the interest
Our experience of these has Both probation and police have and contribution at this strategic
also been of positive communi- appeared to be too shor t level of process.
cation and effective information o f resource in the senior That said, in the last quarter of
sharing. management area to fully the year, representation has
At a strategic level, we feel that implement the SMB activities improved and it is hoped that a
there are some areas that could and needs. full SMB will make significant
be improved upon. There are The resource, be it people or improvements strategically in
some key agencies in the budget, has always been the coming year.

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Wholehearted The sinister face of
involvement
a baby-sitter’s friendship
We hope that the recent
recruitment of a public protection
G. is now 70. He was police, probation, housing
manager by the probation service
convicted in 1996 for a number and social services.
will have a significant impact on
of indecent assaults on girls
the senior management time under 16. He was sentenced In July 2003 during a review,
available for MAPPA issues. to five years and is on the sex the local authority disclosed
During the coming year, we plan offenders’ register for life. that they had heard that
to continue to enhance our G. befriended a family. Whilst G. was involved with local
knowledge and understanding baby-sitting he groomed a families. Limited disclosure
of the Arrangements through nine year old by allowing her to approved by the MAPPA was
education and attendance at all watch pornographic videos. made to key persons within the
families in order to safeguard
levels of meetings. This will
Media interest the children.
include attending more
MAPPPs and some RAMPs. He indecently assaulted her Police enquiries showed later
We plan to continue with many times over several that G. had regular contact
regular contact with advisors years. G.’s conviction resulted with several children. In
in other areas so that Surrey from an historical allegation October 2003, a MAPPP
can continue to receive the from one of his victims. meeting agreed unanimously
benefits from the exchange of Following that, numerous that a sex offender order was
allegations were received from needed. Statements and
ideas. We remain convinced
other females. There was also reports were obtained and
that wholehearted involve-
some media interest. further enquiries made by
ment from all the relevant G. was released from prison all agencies involved.
agencies at every level is the on a licence to the proba-
most effective way of reducing tion service, which required Working closely
the likelihood of re-offending him to complete the pro-
in the often-complex cases bation sex offender treat- In January 2004, a court
dealt with in this process. ment programme. He com- granted a 10 year sex offender
pleted it but made no order prohibiting G. from con-
significant progress. G. tact with children and associa-
completed his licence and tion with any location or activ-
Thanks moved to Surrey. ity where children might be.
also to Tim Bryan, Karen This successful case required
Cairns, Lesley Cross, Bob Family contact the close co-operation of
Jenkin, James Jolly, Sally police, probation, social
Jones, Brenda Lane, Alison G. became subject to Multi services and local authority
Mileson, Tom Ruddy, Jill Agency Public Protection housing. It demonstrates how
Shipp and Kate Windless Arrangements (MAPPA) and well in Surrey the agencies in
for their contributions or was assessed as being at the Responsible Authority are
high risk of re-offending. He already working closely with
other help in producing
was monitored by the police other agencies within the
this report. and reviewed frequently by MAPPA.

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Keeping the critical few critical
Why MAPPA takes serious harm so seriously

he priority of the Multi- Assessment System, OASys, it MAPPP management is that the

T Agency Public Protection


Arrangements (MAPPA)
is to identify offenders who
is defined as harm that is “ life-
threatening and/or traumatic
whether physical or psycho-
offender must have caused
serious or potentially serious
harm. Also the offender must
create an exceptional risk to logical, and from which be more likely than not to cause
others - the critical few - and recovery, can be expected to be it again either imminently or at
concentrate attention on them. difficult or impossible”. It has any time.
But the task of the Responsible been characterised as harm Cases likely to arouse extra
Authority, made up of the police, that is life taking, life public concern or media interest
probation and from April 2004, threatening, life violating or also go to the MAPPPs to
the prison service, is wider and life changing. decide strategy. Senior man-
has been made wider still by the agers from the agencies attend
2003 Criminal Justice Act. Violence to the panels in case extra
children resources are needed.
Assess and The 14 Surrey offenders
manage the risks Examples of “serious harm” managed by MAPPPs last year
offences include homicides; had been convicted of armed
The Act requires the rape; violence causing per- robbery, indecent assaults and
Responsible Authority to manent injury; sexual offences gross indecency involving chil-
establish arrangements to and violence against children, dren, rape, arson, man-
assess and manage the risks young people or other vulner- slaughter, forced imprisonment
posed by offenders subject to able people; arson which and threats to kill.
sex offender registration. Also endangers life; kidnapping and
included are other offenders hostage taking; aggravated Help with
who have received 12 months or burglary; offences involving accommodation
more custody or detention for lethal weapons and conspiracy
any one of 65 violent offences or attempts to commit these A minority of MAPPP-level
including murder and 88 sexual offences. offenders who are excep-
offences. They are specified in tionally risky or notorious and
Sch 15 of the Act. Anyone else Extra public are likely to attract the
the Responsible Authority concern attention of the national media
considers may cause serious are referred to the Public
harm due to offending is also its As referred to in earlier articles, Protection and Courts unit
responsibility. MAPPA divides into three levels of the National Probation
of management. These are level Directorate as Critical Public
Recovery one relatively-low risk cases Protection Cases. They have
impossible handled by a single agency, been dubbed “the critical few
higher risk cases handled by the of the critical few”.
“Serious harm” is defined by the level two RAMPs and the most The unit can offer extra funding
Act as “death or serious serious managed by level three for specialised accommodation,
personal injur y, whether MAPPPs. the shortage of which is often a
physical or psychological”. In In order to concentrate on “the serious problem.
the probation service’s Offender critical few”, the threshold for

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The night away Working together builds
that ended
back in jail trust and confidence
P. was sentenced to a long It also shares the load avoiding exhaustion
period of imprisonment for a and mistakes, says Jenny Guven.
series of grave sexual
offences. He moved into y job involves attend- We have found that there is a
Surrey after the completion
of his licence and was
monitored on the Sex
Offender register. We were
M ing the monthly Risk
Assessment and
Management Panel (RAMP) for
great deal to be gained by the
first post release licence
appointment for sex offenders
the Woking area. and other offenders threatening
able to find some back-
Over a period of time my serious harm to be conducted
ground information on him.
team and I have developed jointly with a police RAO. This
excellent working relationships allows tight boundaries to be set
Pornography
with our police Registration and regarding reporting and
Assessment officers (RAOs). behaviour and demonstrates a
P. was seen leaving his car
joint approach to risk
overnight at an address
which he had not registered Highest protection management.
with the police. The police To illustrate, a sex offender
Registration and Assessment It has enabled a higher level of disengaged from drug and
officers investigated. They monitoring of sex offenders and alcohol services. He failed to
eventually removed P.’s potentially dangerous offenders keep an appointment with his
computer on which was on our shared caseloads. s u p e r v i s o r a n d wa s n o t
discovered downloaded child The RAMPs allow for a multi- answering his door.
pornography. He was later agency involvement in the assess-
jailed for this offence and for ment and management of risk. Speedy breach
conspiracy to indecently This allows a comprehensive
assault a child. plan to be developed that will A call to the RAO resulted in
provide the highest level of police gaining access and
Probation hostel public protection. finding him heavily under the
influence of alcohol - a trigger to
MAPPPs were called before Spirit of trust his offending - and speedy
and after release. P. left breach action followed.
prison earlier this year for a Understanding the roles and The close and trusting working
local probation hostel. responsibilities of the other relationships developed through
Eventually, safe private agencies makes it easier to dis- the RAMPs has allowed us to
accommodation was cuss the offender issues that respond speedily to situations of
a p p r ove d by the MAPPP.
cause anxiety within a spirit of increased risk. It delivers, I
P. was allowed to move in.
trust. This multi-agency believe, the sort of protection
He remains under super-
approach means that no one that the public deserves and in
vision on licence and is
person is left carrying all the which it can have confidence.
reviewed regularly at RAMP
responsibility and concerns
meetings although MAPPPs
regarding a high risk offender
will be called again if there is Jenny Guven is probation
which can lead to emotional
any suspicion that risk may court and community super-
have increased. exhaustion and the potential for
vision manager at Woking.
mistakes to be made.

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Tightening the deadlines
Paul Falconer of Surrey Police’s Public Protection Strategy
Unit reviews the effects of the 2003 Sexual Offences Act

he Sexual Offences people. Some offences have Bigger impact

T Act, implemented in
M ay, t i g h t e n s u p
restrictions on registered sex
sentencing thresholds triggering
registration.
The Act also introduces a raft of
However, the caseload
is expected to increase until
offenders which make up 90% new orders. They include expiring orders balance new
of the Surrey Multi-Agency Notification Orders obliging ones. The Home Office
Public Protection caseload. people who offend abroad to though is expecting a much
The Act modernises the law notify their details as if they had bigger impact from improved
and closes loopholes. offended in this country. Sexual policing, changes in police
The time given to sex offenders Offences Prevention Orders priorities and big operations
to tell the police of changes replace the previous Sex into Internet crime such as
in their circumstances has Offender Orders. Such orders Operation Ore.
been cut from 14 days to three. can be made by a court at the
Offenders have to disclose time of conviction or on
any address they stay at for application by the police.
more than seven days in a year, MAPPA nips
Breaches can no longer be dealt
halving the previous threshold. a network
with by conditional discharges.
Foreign travel orders can stop in the bud
Spiking drinks
offenders travelling abroad to
harm children. Risk of Sexual J. posed a high risk to
Newly-registered offenders will
Harm Orders are designed to children. After a lengthy
have to disclose their National
prison sentence it became
Insurance numbers. Offenders restrict grooming for sexual
apparent on licence that
already on the register will activity.
he was still interested in
have to disclose theirs when children. He was discussed
they comply with another new Two years’ delay
at a RAMP. The probation
requirement, obliging them to officer and police
The new offences and orders
confirm their details annually. Registration and Assessment
are not expected by the Home
For the first time, a conditional Officer visited him together.
Office to increase the MAPPA
discharge will be considered a Police and probation moni-
caseload much, at least not for
conviction for purposes of tored him closely and shared
the first two years. This is
registering. The Act creates 80 disclosures. We suspected
largely because offenders
new offences including he was developing a network
convicted of some of the new of like-minded men and we
meeting children after
grooming them; trafficking for offences would also have been called a MAPPP. We are now
sexual exploitation; spiking convicted of the old offences working towards a Sex
drinks with intent to commit an and would have entered the Offender Prevention Order.
offence under the Act and caseload anyway. Additionally, The speedy exchange of
voyeurism. the Act will only apply to infor mation has helped
offences committed after May 1 contain J.’s behaviour. He
2004. The effect will only be felt knows he is being monitored
Travel orders
as offenders come to court and by both the police and the
The Act has also special are given community sentences probation service.
provisions to protect vulnerable or are released from prison.

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ViSOR Why we are pleased
keeps
offenders
to be aboard
Caroline Hewlett and Simon Smith
in view explain why forensic mental health teams
by Paul Falconer should be working with MAPPA agencies

he Violent and Sex o some of the public, at Chertsey, at Redhill and our

T Offender Register or
ViSOR computer system
will help the risk assessment
T patients suffering from
mental disorders, -
psychosis, personality dis-
own based at the Ridgewood
Centre in Camberley.
Currently the teams operate as
and management of such order, or the disorders of separate entities within their
offenders. sexual desire - represent the own NHS Trusts.
It will be a central national greatest threat to public safety.
application with links into the The reality is though that the Single trust
Police National Computer majority of sexual and violent
(PNC). Surrey police are offenders are not suffering from a On 1st April 2005 the mental
already using an interim version mental disorder within the mean- health Trusts will reconfigure to
and the final version is expected ing of current mental health legis- form a single mental health
later this year. lation and would not be treated Trust for the people of Surrey,
ViSOR will enable both police by mental health services. North-east Hampshire and
and probation services to Croydon.
register offenders and maintain Stopped medication In Surrey/Hampshire Borders
an up-to-date, shared store of we have accepted the need for
information on these offenders, Where patients suffering from an identified link between
including risk assessments and psychosis offend, they have criminal justice agencies includ-
their movements. often stopped medication. The ing MAPPA and the Trust. This
victims are often people nearest liaison and advisory role
By users for users to them such as their family and between the criminal justice
friends. That said, mental health agencies and mental health
It will also provide an audit trail patients occasionally pose a teams for risk management of
so that the authorities can threat to public safety and for the few cases has been identi-
ensure effective offender some years we have worked fied within the Community
monitoring is taking place. with colleagues from other Forensic Service.
ViSOR has been designed by agencies to support the patient Over the year the Trust has taken
users for users and is based and protect others. the ‘duty to co-operate’ seriously
around familiar web-based The Criminal Justice Act 2003 and will continue to develop joint
technology. Its introduction will imposes ‘a duty to co-operate’ working with MAPPPA in accor-
reduce administration as and gives greater clarity to the dance with the Act.
information will only need to be role of the NHS in public
entered once. protection. Closer working rela- Simon Smith is a consultant
The database complies with tionships between the forensic forensic clinical psychologist;
current legislation, including teams and criminal justice Caroline Hewlett is a senior
the Human Rights Act and the agencies need to be developed in approved social worker practi-
tioner and acting team man-
Data Protection Act. It also order to meet this duty.
ager of the Surrey/ Hampshire
supports MAPPA. There are three forensic mental Borders forensic team.
health teams based in Surrey -

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High Down fast-tracks Explosives and
alcohol triggers
serious offenders MAPPA alert
by Simon Langston
H. is fascinated by weapons
and explosives. He has
risons can make a sig- Planning for release. Partner

P
convictions for possessing
nificant contribution to agencies including health, firearms and ammunition. He
the MAPPA process and police, probation and social has also a long history with
HMP High Down takes its new services are invited to risk the mental health services
role as part of the Responsible management meetings. The and an alcohol problem.
Authority very seriously. offender’s community and cus- He has been assessed as a
Senior Officer Jill Shipp has todial history is discussed and high risk of serious harm to
been appointed as High Down’s risk reduction strategies are the public. He was the
Public Protection Manager. She agreed to prepare for release. subject of a MAPPP and is
oversees and co-ordinates our We are also attending more and monitored by the RAMP.
multi-disciplinary risk reduction more MAPP panels in the com-
procedures for offenders convic- munity and we are always Mini bombs
ted of harassment, violence or pleased to be invited.
sexual offences. He sees his probation officer
High Down’s Public Protection Underpinned frequently and regularly and
strategy has three main elements:- sees the forensic community
Identifying offenders who In prison, we are able to mental health team. His risk
r e q u i r e P u bl i c P r o t e c t i o n observe with whom prisoners to the public is monitored by
m e a s u r e s. A l l t h e p r i s o n associate, with whom they frequent liaison between
disciplines take part. maintain contact outside and probation, mental health
Reducing the risk in custody. how they conduct themselves staff, police and fire service.
This involves making sure every day. He knows the agencies
offenders are prevented from The whole strategy is under- work together.
causing distress to a previous pinned by our monthly multi- Earlier this year, his mental
victim or grooming a future discipline public protection meet- health deteriorated. He
one. This can include mail ings. Case reviews are carried appeared very low in mood
monitoring, telephone and visit- out on every offender who with persistent thoughts of
ing restrictions and intelligence creates a public protection risk. causing harm.
He bought some camping
gathering. High Down enjoys an estab-
gas canisters and implied he
lished and constructive rela-
could use them as mini
Transfers tionship with both Surrey police
bombs. The MAPPA agen-
and probation but half our
cies reacted urgently, con-
We also make sure these offen- prisoners are released to other
cerned at the combination of
ders benefit from the specific areas. We are working with
mental instability, alcohol
prison accredited programmes them to make sure our links are
misuse and explosives. H.
designed to reduce risk. We just as good.
was admitted to hospital as
prioritise them for Sentence
an emergency and later
Planning and Jill Shipp works
detained under a section of
closely with Sentence Manage- Simon Langston is Head the Mental Health Act for
ment to arrange transfers of Resettlement at HMP more than a month.
to prisons which offer the High Down.
programmes.

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Statistical Information No. of Offenders
2002–2003 2003–2004

i. The number of registered sex offenders on 31 March 277 371

ii. The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who


were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement, 4 6
between 1 April and 31 March

iii. The number of Sex Offender Orders applied for and gained between
1 April and 31 March

(a) The total number of Sex Offender Orders applied for 2 1

(b) The total number granted 0 1

(c) The total number not granted 2 0

iv. The number of violent and other sexual offenders considered under
MAPPA during the year 1 April 2003 and 31 March 2004 (as defined by 77
section 68 [3], [4] and [5])

v. The number of “other offenders” dealt with under MAPPA during the year
1 April and 31 March as being assessed by the Responsible Authority as
9 4
posing a risk of serious harm to the public (but who did not fall within
either of the other two categories, as defined by s.67 [2b])

vi. For each of the three categories of offenders covered by the MAPPA
(“registered sex offenders”, “violent and other sex offenders” and
“other offenders”), identify the number of offenders that are or have
been dealt with by:

(a) MAPPP – registered sex offenders 16 8

(b) MAPPP – violent and other sex offenders 9 6

(c) MAPPP – other offenders 3 0

viii. Of the cases managed by the MAPPP during the reporting year what
was the number of offenders:

(a) who were returned to custody for breach of licence 4 3

(b) who were returned to custody for breach of a Restraining Order or Sex
0 0
Offender Order

(c) charged with a serious sexual or violent offence 1 1

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Contacts
Organisation Address Phone

Surrey Probation Area Bridge House 01483 860191


Director of Operations and Public Flambard Way
Protection Manager Godalming
Surrey GU7 1JB

Surrey Police Mount Browne 01306 676803


Public Protection Strategy Unit Sandy Lane
Guildford
Surrey GU3 1HG

Surrey Women’s Aid 01483 776822


and Domestic Violence Helpline

Prison Service Surrey & Sussex Room 604 02072 172538

Printed by A3 Design & Print (01252) 737222


Area Office Cleland House
Page Street
London SW1P 4LN

Youth Offending Team Churchill House 01483 723922


Mayford Green
Woking
Surrey GU22 0PW

Victim Support Scheme Addresses and Telephone Numbers

East Surrey VSS Epsom & District VSS Waverley VSS


Reigate Police Station The Pines 8 Dolphin Close
79 Reigate Road 2 The Parade Haslemere
Reigate RH2 0RY Epsom KT18 5DU GU27 1PU
01737 766323 01372 743650 01252 573351

Esher & District VSS Guildford VSS Runnymede & Elmbridge VSS
Claygate Centre PO Box 26 c/o Adlestone Police Station
Elm Road Guildford Garfield Road
Cobham KT10 0EH GU1 4XN Addlestone, KT15 2NW
01372 470690 01483 503173 01932 855110

Mole Valley VSS North West Surrey VS Staines & Woking


c/o Dorking Police Station 80a Rydens Way Magistrates Court Witness Service
Moores Road Old Woking Staines Magistrates Court
Dorking RH4 2BQ Woking GU22 9DN Knowle Green
01306 875866 01483 770457 Staines TW18 1XH
01784 492299

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