Teesside

MULTI-AGENCY PUBLIC PROTECTION ARRANGEMENTS Annual Report 2002

Teesside

Contacts
Teesside Probation Area Assistant Chief Officer Address Probation House 2 Longlands Road Middlesbrough TS24 2JL Phone 01642 230533

Cleveland Police Detective Inspector

Address PO Box 70 Ladgate Lane Middlesbrough TS8 9EH

Phone 01642 301450

Victim Support Services Co-ordinator

Address Victim Support and Witness Services Teesside Briargate 4 Longlands Road Middlesbrough TS4 2JL

Phone 01642 293000

7 Statistical Information
i. The number of registered sex offenders on 31 March

Number of offenders
266

1 Introduction
Local arrangements in Teesside began in September 1997 in response to the Sex Offenders Act 1997. Cleveland Police and National Probation Service Teesside began to make joint arrangements for the assessment of registered sex offenders. We have built on those arrangements over the past few years and we now have multi-agency protocols agreed by Police, Probation, Health, Housing and Social Services for the assessment and management of sex offenders and other potentially dangerous offenders. The first multiagency protocol was introduced in March 1999 and is currently under review, due to be relaunched in Summer 2002. This document will provide further details of arrangements in Teesside, in light of Home Office guidance following the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000. The protocol includes contact points for all agencies who are committed to protecting the public through multi-agency working together.

ii. Registered sex offenders (RSOs) per 100,000 population

48

iii. The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement, between 1 April and 31 March iv. The number of sex offender orders applied for and gained between 1 April and 31 March: (a) The total number applied for

2

1

(b) The number granted (c) The number not granted

0 0

(d) The number of applications still in progress

1

v. The number of offenders considered under the arrangements prescribed by sections 67 & 68 of the Act

565

Any other offender considered under the local multi-agency arrangements because they were assessed as posing a high risk of serious harm to the public (but who did not fall within either of the two categories immediately above)

8

vi. Cost of Local Arrangements

COST

The costs over the last 12 months are as follows: Staff costs Other costs Total expenditure Income

Probation Board £31,249.39 £4,251.74 £35,501.13 £0

Police £3,000.00 £7,400.00 £10,400.00 £0

Net Expenditure Set up costs included in net expenditure

£35,501.13 £1,655.59

£10,400.00 £0

2 Summary of Roles and Responsibilities
Cleveland Police and the National Probation Service - Teesside have dedicated Public Protection Units, and both organisations recognise the need to foster close working relationships to improve the management of potentially dangerous offenders who may cause serious harm to the public. Both Cleveland Police and the National Probation Service Teesside had put in place structures to deal with dangerous offenders on a multi agency basis prior to the legislation. Police and Probation workers have a common understanding of each others roles which leads to a complementary approach to dealing effectively with some difficult offenders living in the community. Risk assessment commences at the earliest opportunity when an offender comes to the attention of the Police. The Probation Service seeks to monitor and manage offenders behaviour from the first point of contact, which is usually at Pre Sentence Report stage. Cleveland Police and the National Probation Service - Teesside work with other agencies to conduct risk assessments. This approach of ensuring other agency involvement with for example Social Services, NSPCC, Health, Education, Local Authority Housing, Prisons and Department of Work and Pensions has enabled information gathering and sharing to contribute to good risk assessment and hence risk management. The willingness of all agencies to share information previously held as confidential within an organisation has proved vital in determining action plans to manage any risk to the public. Clearly information is shared appropriately ensuring the Human Rights of individuals. 4 A registered sex offender was admitted to hospital due to illness. His offending history raised concerns about any access to a child within the hospital environment. The hospital management team were informed of the risks and implemented a risk management strategy to prevent any possible harm.

6 Victims Work
National Probation Service Teesside has a responsibility within Section 69 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 to offer victims the opportunity to receive information regarding different stages in an offenders custodial sentence. Victims’ views are also sought in respect of any continued risk to them on the release of an offender. This information assists in ensuring appropriate risk management plans to supervise offenders in the community. Two Victim Liaison Officers, one appointed specifically to deal with additional work following the new legislation, are based in the Public Proctection Unit. They liase closely with case supervisors to share relevant information about victim issues. They attend Multi Agency Risk Management Meetings and Multi Agency Public Protection Panels representing the victims’ views in relevant cases. They also have close contact with Victim Support Services across the area to assist victims who require further help in order to cope with the after effects of offences perpetrated against them. Victim Support is the national charity for people affected by crime. It is an independent organisation, offering a free and confidential service, whether or not a crime has been reported. Trained staff and volunteers at local branches offer information and support to victims, witnesses, their families and friends. Victim Support provides the Witness Service, based in every criminal court in England and Wales, to offer assistance before, during and after a trial. You can also call the Victim Supportline - 0845 30 30 900 - for information and support and details of local services and other relevant organisations. The local contact number for Victim Support Services can be found at the back of this document.

3 Outline of the Arrangements Made
Cleveland Police and the National Probation Service - Teesside have developed multi-agency arrangements for the assessment and management of sexual, violent and other dangerous offenders. Whenever a joint or multi-agency approach would improve public protection, police, probation and any other relevant agency will share information and make joint plans if necessary. Both the Police and Probation Service have delivered the increased responsibilities under the legislation. NPS - Teesside appointed a middle manager specifically to manage Public Protection work, and liaise with the Police Public Protection Unit which was established prior to April 2001. An area wide protocol provides arrangements for convening Public Protection meetings at two levels: • Multi-Agency Risk Management Meetings (MARMM) to manage the risk posed by those people whose level of risk is below that as defined in the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, but whose management would benefit by being carried out on a MultiAgency footing rather than a single agency approach. These meetings are chaired either by a Probation Manager or Detective Sergeant from either service’s Public Protection Unit depending on which service has primacy over the potentially dangerous offender. • Multi Agency Public Protection Panels (MAPPP), for the critical few who are considered to pose a risk of serious harm to the public. These meetings are chaired either by an Assistant Chief Officer of Probation or Police Inspector of either service’s Public Protection Unit depending on which service has primacy over the potentially dangerous offender. The purpose of Multi-Agency Risk Management Meetings and MultiAgency Public Protection Panels is to: • Bring together and analyse, in a multi-agency setting, the information that has led to concern about any individual. • Make informed judgements about the likely risk that an individual poses to the public and in particular to whom. • Decide what future risk management strategy is needed to reduce the risk. • Review any disclosure issues. • Agree a media strategy where appropriate. • Review progress of any risk management strategy.

4 Strategic Management Arrangements
The Teesside Public Protection Steering Group has been established since 1999 with terms of reference to oversee and direct the work of the Public Protection system across Teesside. Currently it meets on a monthly basis, this reflects the developing nature of Public Protection work following recent guidance and the commitment by all the agencies across Teesside. Senior Managers from statutory bodies and voluntary agencies inform practice and agree protocols to be used in the public protection system. The members of the group are able to make decisions on behalf of their organisations directly or following consultation with the heads of their agency. The Chief Officer - National Probation Service - Teesside has met with the Assistant Chief Constable from Cleveland Police to discuss and review progress under the new statutory duty for joint arrangements for the assessment and management of sexual, violent and other offenders who may cause serious harm. An area for development currently under discussion includes a joint Cleveland Police and National Probation Service - Teesside Public Protection Unit. The Steering Group has sponsored multi-agency training events with guest speakers from across the country. It continues to provide professional guidance in working in public protection particularly in terms of best practice and the implications for agencies around information sharing and human rights issues. The Steering Group comprises the following membership: • Cleveland Police • National Probation Service Teesside • Social Services • Local Authority Housing • Local Authority Community Safety Partnership Representatives • NSPCC • Health • YOT Representatives • Prison Service Any individual considered to be a very high risk or a high risk of serious harm to the public will be placed on both Cleveland Police and the National Probation Service Teesside Register of Dangerous Offenders. All those considered under the MultiAgency Risk Management Meeting and Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel arrangements are reviewed at least every three months via a formal multi-agency review meeting. Cases are also reviewed by Cleveland Police and the National Probation Service - Teesside through management oversight on an ongoing basis. Figure 1 explains the procedure for agencies to follow should a worker identify an individual who they consider poses a risk of serious harm. The involvement of line management as early as possible in assessment of such individuals is important. Following joint assessment by the worker and their line manager a referral can be made into the Public Protection procedures. The NPS - Teesside is the first point of contact for all referrals and it is at this point that a further assessment takes place between Police, Probation and the referring agency as to how to proceed in the management of the risks an individual poses. In cases where the decision is to proceed to a MARMM or MAPPP, these will be arranged either by Police or Probation, with invitations extended to agencies currently involved with the individual, and any other agencies identified that should become involved. There are standard procedures for meetings which include set agendas, minute taking and an agreement to share relevant information. A risk management plan is agreed at the meeting and will include measures to monitor behaviour, possibly involving police surveillance, and hostel accommodation. Other actions may include for example psychiatric assessments, sex offender treatment, domestic violence programmes and other methods of intervention aimed at helping individuals work with the relevant agencies to reduce the risk they pose to others. Figure 2 describes the review process in cases where MARMM and MAPPP meetings have taken place in respect of individuals who pose a risk of serious harm. Cases registered as potentially dangerous and dangerous are regularly reviewed in order to assess progress in implementing the agreed risk management plan and to take account of changed circumstances. At every review a decision will be made as to whether continued registration remains justified. The multi-agency public protection protocol is reviewed annually to ensure its effectiveness in managing potentially dangerous and dangerous individuals living in the community.

5 Disclosure
Disclosure is recognised as a tool to protect the public and is used with care to ensure alarm and distress does not ensue. There are procedural guidelines for disclosures, which involve: • Authority by Police Senior Management. • The mandate of a multi-agency public protection meeting. • On occasions where there are immediate disclosure issues discussion will occur between the lead agencies and any referring agency. Disclosure may be a two stage process. Working practice in Teesside is to immediately challenge any concerning behaviour with an offender prior to formal disclosure. This allows the individual to be challenged at an early stage and has been carried out with good effect where registered sex offenders have sought inappropriate employment. Disclosure to the public has taken place on four occasions by means of a target disclosure to sections of the public who were thought to be at particular risk. This was identified as a positive supporting step to the risk management plan. No further action has been required since the disclosure has taken place. The four occasions of disclosure have been as follows: 1 An offender deemed to be dangerous by the MAPPP process, had a history of sexual offending towards children and young persons, the offender took up residence adjacent to a school against the advice of the Public Protection Unit. A limited disclosure was authorised to staff at the school. The information made them aware of an increased risk and the mechanism to report any concerns. 2 A MAPPP meeting became aware that an offender who was convicted of sexual offences towards children was employed, working with young persons and vulnerable adults. The organisation concerned were made aware and invoked new procedures for vetting and terminated the employment of the offender. 3 A MAPPP meeting became aware of the release from prison of an offender who had a history of offending against young prostitutes. A Barnardo’s project working with prostitutes was informed of the heightened risk caused by his release and a description of the person was provided for a targeted circulation to those deemed at risk.

FIGURE 1 TEESSIDE MULTI-AGENCY PUBLIC PROTECTION PROCEDURES Individual Agencies identify an individual who poses a risk of serious harm. TEESSIDE MULTI-AGENCY PUBLIC PROTECTION PROCEDURES REVIEW MEETING PROCESS

FIGURE 2

Internal discussion with person responsible in their Agency for Public Protection matters. If the agreement, following discussion with the nominated individual above, indicates that the Agency is unable to manage the risk:

MARMM and MAPPP Review Meeting Process (at least quarterly)

A referral should be made under Multi-Agency Public Protection Protocol.

Review progress against risk management strategy and share any current concerns. Re-assess Risk level

Contact the National Probation Service (Teesside) Public Protection Unit on 01642 247438. Possible Outcomes

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment between Probation/Police & referring agency

Details of the individual and the concerns that led to the referral. (If done verbally, this must be followed up with full written information using standard referral within 24 hours)

Considered to be Medium/Low Risk

Considered High Risk

Considered to be Very High Risk

Outcome

• Remove from register and recommend single agency action to manage risk.

• Continue registration as potentially dangerous offender. • Formulate updated protection plan. • Set review date.

• Continue registration as dangerous offender. • Formulate updated protection plan. • Set review date.

No further action

Single Agency management of individual

MARMM convened

MAPPP convened

Low Risk No significant current indicators of risk.

Medium Risk There are identifiable indicators of risk of harm. The offender has the potential to cause harm, but is unlikely to do so unless there is a change of circumstances.

High Risk There are identifiable indicators of risk of serious harm. The potential event is not imminent but could happen at any time and the impact could be serious.

Very High Risk There is imminent risk of serious harm. The potential event is more likely than not to happen imminently and the impact could be serious.