Keeping Communities Safe

West Midlands
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements Annual Report 2003-04

Introduction
We are pleased to present the third Annual Report about the work of West Midlands Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements. The publication of the report underlines the accountability and transparency which is at the foundation of the partnership approach to managing violent, sexual and dangerous offenders in the community and reducing the risk to the public. This report reflects the combined activities of ourselves as the Responsible Authority and our partners in education, health, housing, social services, and the Youth Offending Service. We welcome the Prison Service to the partnership as

a member of the Responsible Authority from April 2004 and look forward to strengthening the MAPPA as a result. In addition to the inclusion of the Prison Service as a member of the Responsible Authority, the Criminal Justice Act 2003 has re-enacted the original MAPPA legislation and strengthened it by introducing a duty to co-operate. In many respects, this formalises what already takes place within the West Midlands MAPPA. The duty to co-operate will be defined in a memorandum drawn together by ourselves and the bodies it binds in the West Midlands. The MAPPA Strategic Management Board (SMB) has continued to scrutinise the existing arrangement to assess and manage offenders to ensure that there is

a rigorous and robust approach. Accordingly, existing procedures are being adjusted to ensure that we focus on those offenders who pose the greatest and most immediate risk to the community. The West Midlands MAPPA has successfully piloted the inclusion of Lay Advisors as members of the SMB, and a national recruitment campaign is now underway. Public safety and community reassurance are key objectives for every agency involved in MAPPA and the West Midlands continues to develop best practice for the effective management of a group of offenders that give rise to public concern. This report outlines the positive progress we continue to make. We commend this report to you.

Paul Scott-Lee Chief Constable West Midlands Police

Hilary Thompson Chief Officer West Midlands Probation Area

Managing Risk through MAPPA

What is MAPPA ?
MAPPA stands for Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements. There are 21 MAPPPs in the West Midlands, one for each Operational Command Unit (OCU) area (as defined by the police). A MAPPP (Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel) is a regular meeting of agencies concerned with the management of registered sex offenders, violent offenders and other offenders who present the highest levels of risk. The purpose of the meeting is to enable information to be shared between the agencies so that the best possible assessment of risk can be made in respect of these offenders. An agreed risk management plan is then developed for each offender based on their risk assessment.

What is the legal authority for MAPPPs ?
The Sex Offender Act 1997 required the police to establish arrangements for assessing and managing the risk posed by registered sex offenders. The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 placed a legal requirement on all areas to establish Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels in order to assess and manage offenders who pose a high risk of serious harm to the public. Police and Probation were defined as the Responsible Authority required to lead on this. The Criminal Justice Act 2003 has re-enacted and strengthened the MAPPA legislation, engaging the Prison Service as part of the Responsible Authority and placing a Duty to Cooperate with MAPPA on a range of other agencies and organisations.

requirements, sharing of information, advice to the offender or potential victims or co-ordination of contact arrangements. In addition, the police will discuss applications for Sexual Offences Prevention Orders with the panel, Panels are also a forum for considering any form of public disclosure.

What about confidentiality ?
Information shared at MAPPPs is confidential to the agencies represented and will only be used as agreed for the protection of the public. Each agency represented is responsible for ensuring the information and documentation are handled and stored securely.

Do victims have direct access to MAPPPs ?
No - the meeting itself is confined to representatives from agencies and organisations involved in MAPPA. However, the views and concerns of victims are crucial in helping the agencies decide on the most appropriate strategies for managing individual offenders, and depending on the circumstances of the case one or more of the MAPPA agencies - eg Social Services, NSPCC, probation, police - will be able to represent the interests of victims and to make their views known.

Who sits on MAPPPs ?
Each panel is chaired by the OCU's crime manager, a detective chief inspector, and core members are the police, probation service, social services and housing. Education, health, the prison service and other professionals attend as appropriate to the individual cases under discussion.

What can a MAPPP do ?
A panel can advise particular agencies of action they might take to improve public protection and effectively manage risk in individual cases. Usually the agencies present will agree a range of measures, which collectively form a public protection plan. This might include, for example, restrictions or controlling measures, accommodation, supervision or treatment

Do offenders attend MAPPPs ?
No - again, the meeting itself involves only the MAPPA agencies. Offenders' views will usually be known by police and/or probation. They are informed that they are being managed through a multiagency process, and key decisions about managing the risk they pose will usually be passed on to them by their probation officer or the police offender manager - unless this information is sensitive and needs to be kept confidential in order to protect known victims or the public at large.

How is MAPPA managed ?
The Management Process
Since January 2003, a three tier system has been introduced in the West Midlands to ensure the most dangerous offenders receive the greatest degree of scrutiny and oversight: refer a case to the MAPPP will be made by police and probation staff working together in the Joint Public Protection Unit; Reducing the number of offenders discussed at each MAPPP so that 'the critical few' receive closer scrutiny; Enlarging membership of the Level Two Panels to ensure that all agencies can make a full contribution to the management of the large number of offenders who will be dealt with at Level Two; Creating a specialist Youth Panel, led by police and the Youth Offending Service, which will undertake assessments and develop risk management plans on all young people convicted of serious sexual and violent offences. One of the consequences of these developments will be that during 2004-05 the numbers of offenders managed by the Level Three MAPPP will reduce significantly, whilst the numbers dealt with by the expanded Level Two Panels will increase. This is an important step forward in ensuring that we focus our time and efforts to best effect in accordance with the level and type of risk posed by individual offenders. We will report more fully on the changing face of our statistical returns in next year's Annual Report. partners such as housing, education, health and social services, but will also include Jobcentres Plus, registered social landlords who accommodate MAPPA offenders and electronic monitoring providers (who run electronic tagging schemes). Finally, Lay Adviser appointments, like those in the successful West Midlands pilot, will be made nationwide. Work on the duty to co-operate has been taken forward by two separate and complementary initiatives. First, in many areas the duty to co-operate formalises what has already begun to be established as good practice. Secondly, the relevant Central Government Departments and the Welsh Assembly have been involved in developing the Guidance that the Home Secretary issued on the duty to co-operate. The reform of the way in which child protection is organised, following the public inquiry into the tragic death of Victoria Climbie, will reinforce the importance of effective joint working between different agencies that the MAPPA has itself promoted.

Level One - Single Agency Intervention
Where offenders who do not require multi-agency management are dealt with by one agency (usually police or probation);

Level Two - Risk Action Plan
Where the majority of offenders are jointly managed by police and probation, with input from a multi-agency group;

Level Three - MAPPP
Where the highest risk offenders, often referred to as 'the critical few', are assessed, managed and reviewed by all relevant agencies. The three tier system ensures MAPPPs can devote more time and resources to the highest risk offenders - ensuring maximum protection for the community.

Other Legislative Measures
In addition to this work to strengthen the MAPPA, the Government has also begun to strengthen other statutory provisions, the most significant of which is the Criminal Justice Act 2003, and the measures to introduce new sentences for 'dangerous' offenders which will keep them in custody until they no longer pose a serious risk to the public. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 overhauls the many antiquated sexual offences and plugs loopholes in the law. In updating sexual offences, it strengthens the law on rape and on sex offences against children. It introduces new offences of 'sexual grooming' and extends the protection from exploitation in prostitution or pornography to children up to the age of 18. For the first time, it will be an offence to buy sexual services from a child below this age, targeting those who abuse children in this way. The Sexual Offences Act also strengthens the Sex Offenders' Register, which has proved a valuable means by which the police can monitor convicted sex offenders within their area, and introduces new civil orders to help prevent further offences from being committed.

Local Developments in 2003-04
From 1 April 2004 we will be changing some of the systems we have in place to assess and manage sexual and violent offenders in the West Midlands. These changes, which have been subject to wide consultation amongst the MAPPA agencies prior to approval by the SMB, are being introduced in order to: Focus even more attention on 'the critical few' - those offenders who pose the most serious and immediate risk to the community; Involve all the MAPPA agencies more fully in the management of a larger group of offenders; Establish a better set of arrangements for assessing and managing young people (i.e. those under 18) who commit serious crimes. Briefly, the changes will involve: Centralising and streamlining access to the Level Three MAPPP - all decisions to

National Developments in 2003-04
Sexual and violent offences are dreadful crimes that deeply affect the lives of victims and their families and inspire fear in local communities. Their impact can be profound and long lasting, leaving victims feeling unsafe even in their own homes. The Government regards tackling sexual and violent crimes as one of its highest priorities and in the last year has done a great deal to strengthen MAPPA and the wider public protection framework.

Strengthening MAPPA
National developments include the implementation of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, some of which have been outlined above. The Prison Service becomes part of the Responsible Authority, alongside police and probation, from April 2004. The duty to co-operate includes current MAPPA

The work of Sub-Committees
The Strategic Management Board of MAPPA meets every two months to monitor and review the effectiveness of local MAPPPs, to ensure consistency of practice and procedure, to promote communication and information sharing between the agencies involved in MAPPA, and to act as a focal point for consultation and communication with the wider community. To help achieve these goals, the SMB has set up three sub-committees, each with a specific brief. They are: Production of an information leaflet on MAPPA for all staff working in relevant agencies and organisations - the leaflet has been completed and is in the process of being distributed; Review of the MAPPA information sharing protocol to bring it in line with new legislation and developments in how we run the MAPPA in the West Midlands - a draft revised protocol is almost completed and will need to be agreed over the next few months with chief executives and chief officers of all the MAPPA agencies; Drafting of a communication strategy to keep the public better informed about the work of the MAPPA - a draft plan has been developed and will be submitted to the SMB for approval; Development of a media strategy to guide the MAPPA agencies in how to publicise our work through the press and to respond appropriately to press interest in individual cases - a draft strategy has been produced and will be submitted to the SMB for endorsement.

Quality Assurance, Audit And Serious Case Review Sub Committee
The purpose of this sub committee is to ensure that MAPPPs adopt a consistent, rigorous approach to protecting the public from dangerous sexual and violent offenders. The work undertaken by MAPPPs is about managing and reducing the risk and when an individual reoffends, it is the responsibility of that offender not those agencies involved. However there are always lessons to be learned whether its applauding and reinforcing good practice or improving the ways in which local agencies have worked together. One of the ways the West Midlands MAPPA has identified to monitor this is to undertake reviews of cases where an offender who has been a subject to a MAPPP has reoffended. A model similar to this is used by Area Child Protection Committees. The sub committee have reviewed three cases this year. This required senior managers, from each agency involved with the offender, to produce a critical review of the actions that their agency took. The sub committee then produce an overview report. The overview report includes a summary and analysis of intervention and recommendations for individual agencies and the SMB to improve practice. The recommendations have included: Proposals for a template for minutes of MAPPPs; Training for staff in probation hostels and new members of MAPPPs; Guidance to trigger rapid response contingency plans when risk management appears to be failing. Audits undertaken by the committee have included a review of the minute format and attendance at meetings. In one area this has resulted in an agency reconsidering their representation to the MAPPPs and has improved attendance.

Training And Development Sub Committee
The West Midlands MAPPA Training and Development Sub Committee is made up of representatives from the police, probation, social services, education, Youth Offending Service and the NSPCC. Our aim is to provide training in all aspects of MAPPA and in the last twelve months we have provided training on risk assessment, risk management, defensible decision making, third party disclosure, Sex Offender Orders and the new law. This training is aimed at the professionals within the public protection arena and is provided to assist them in identifying the risk an individual offender poses and how best to manage that risk using all the resources available to us. During the next twelve months we aim to provide further training to all new staff involved in public protection, including registered social landlords and prison staff.

Links with ACPC
The SMB has recognised the experience and knowledge of the Area Child Protection Committee in multi agency working together and the need to establish links between the Board and those Committees. To this end a meeting was convened with the chairs of ACPC within the West Midlands to formalise those links and establish improved communications. An example of this is in Birmingham, where presentations have been given to Birmingham ACPC outlining the working of the MAPPPs and SMB and formally identifying formally the professional links between the two committees. A reciprocal presentation was undertaken at the SMB with an anonymised part eight case review discussed. It is envisaged that further initiatives will include joint training ventures and events to raise awareness.

Policy And Procedure Sub Committee
The Committee has undertaken four main pieces of work this year:

MAPPA in action
Case Study One
A 45 year old man who has targeted children under the age of five years for sexual assault and indecent photographs was placed on a three year Community Rehabilitation Order (CRO) A CRO is a community sentence under Probation Service supervision and this one included a condition to attend a Community Sex Offender Group Work Programme (CSOGP). The order also required the offender to live where directed by his probation officer, and to participate in any psychological testing, assessment and therapeutic intervention necessary to address his sexual offending. During the initial week on the induction module of the treatment programme, an offender's level of risk is fully assessed and factors that would either increase or decrease risk are explored. It was during this stage that probation officers facilitating the group identified that this man had a high level preoccupation with abusive sexual behaviour. It was decided to inform the local police that risk may be increasing. The police sex offender manager made more frequent home visits and maintained regular weekly contact with the supervising probation officer, as well as attending group sessions. The probation officer identified a risk that the offender was, once again, using a digital camera - a known factor in previous offending. Police and probation liaison led to discussion at the MAPPP about increased risk and it was decided that a Sex Offender Order was necessary to prohibit the use of camera equipment and contact with children. As the court requires an assessment from probation prior to granting an order, case records were reviewed and current risk factors analysed by police and probation officers in the Joint Public Protection Unit. A report was prepared citing concerns, risk and an explanation of the need and benefits of this order in protecting the public. Joint monitoring continues and the benefits of partnership working are clearly identified as risks can be dealt with quickly. For example, during a weekend home visit by the police liaison officer the offender showed signs of depression and talked about self-harming. This was passed onto the probation officer who was able to liase with a mental health team that had knowledge of the man, thus ensuring he was cared for and the risk did not escalate. As part of the multi-agency plan to reduce and manage this man's risk, work was also undertaken with the NSPCC in partnership with his wife - giving her information on his offending and his treatment. This enabled her to be aware and alert of his risky behaviours and to know who to contact if these occurred. This work also enabled child protection agencies to identify children within the family, who he might have contact with, and to ensure any risk to them was addressed.

Case Study Two
Checks on the JPPU prisoner database that lists men due for release within the next six months, together with an identification of the level of risk posed, flagged up a man with previous convictions assessed as high risk of further offending. Investigations with the prison established that he had made threats to abuse another child on release, stating 'I have nothing to lose'. Despite concerns about the level of risk he posed the man had completed the sentence imposed by the sentencing court. He had been eligible for parole 12 months prior to his release but the probation service did not support this application, due to the risk of reoffending, and recommended he remain in custody until the end of the sentence period. Liaison with his supervising probation officer began and a probation hostel was identified for release to maximised supervision and monitoring. An OASys document, the approved probation and prison offender assessment tool, was completed and made available to all involved in monitoring this man in order to facilitate the sharing of information. Appropriate licence conditions were identified to strengthen supervision, including no contact with children. The police, both at the local and force wide intelligence level, were alerted to the very high level of risk and intelligence was assessed to identify the level of monitoring necessary to prevent the threatened offence. To ensure all agencies were fully briefed, the man was listed at a MAPPP meeting two months prior to his release. This advance planning reduced risk as the offender was closely monitored and the need for additional restraints, such as a Sex Offender Order, was constantly reviewed. It was known for this man to visit his mother at weekends and in the past he had been seen to approach teenage girls in the neighbourhood. Following discussion at a MAPPP meeting, it was agreed that probation and police officers would jointly visit the mother's home and provide her with sufficient information to encourage her to feel confident in recognising any risky behaviours and reporting these to the local police offender manager. The police also conducted regular monitoring of his mother's address. This provided an extra safety measure to ensure that risk was controlled effectively. In addition, the long term accommodation needs of the offender were discussed with local housing providers at the MAPPP and agreement reached on finding stable, sheltered accommodation. Here, the support of a local warden in reporting any concerns was secured, hence ensuring that the offender moved to a location that maximised the protection afforded to children.

A closer look at MAPPA Partners
Previous West Midlands MAPPA Annual Reports have set out the daily duties and responsibilities of the partner agencies, with a particular focus on West Midlands Police and Probation West Midlands. In this report, we take a closer look at some of our less well-known partners, and show how their contributions complete the MAPPA picture. services to help the offender settle into stable accommodation and maintain an acceptable lifestyle. There are also a range of other support services provided by specialist organizations that are designed to help deal with drug and alcohol problems that could contribute to increased risk to the public.

Strategic Level
At strategic level, the addition of representatives from the voluntary sector to the Strategic Management Board has broadened the knowledge and skills base of the Board and provided useful perspective on some of the newer issues emerging as the MAPPA develop nationally and within the West Midlands Some of the organizations involved: The National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC); Housing associations; Charities. The key area of housing is being affected by legislation that has resulted in a changing pattern of housing provision as local authorities decide on how to deal with their own housing stock. The Supporting People Programme came fully on stream in 2003 and this will certainly have an impact on specialist supported accommodation. The organisations involved bring specialist knowledge and experience of offenders or victims that complements the work of the statutory agencies within the Strategic Management Board.

The Prison Service
With effect from April 2004, the Prison Service becomes part of the statutory framework for the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements; joining the Police and Probation Services as the third party in the 'Responsible Authority'. The Prison Service will contribute to MAPPA at two key levels, joining the Strategic Management Board but also providing important continuity between the management of offenders in prison and the community. The Prison Service will ensure that prisoners subject to MAPPA are identified as early as possible within their sentence and referred to the MAPPA co-ordination process. OASys (Offender Assessment System), a national risk assessment tool developed jointly by prison and probation, will be used to carry out initial and subsequent assessments of risk of harm to others. Prisons will also provide information about release dates and, where relevant, about prison behaviour to ensure that the MAPPA risk assessment process is informed about factors relating to risk. Officers of appropriate grades will also contribute to the development of risk management plans and attend all MAPPA panels. Finally, the Prison Service will ensure resources are targeted where possible to assist with reducing risk (e.g. in the delivery of accredited offending behaviour programmes) for prisoners subject to MAPPA. The Prison Service is looking forward to working collaboratively with its partners in MAPPA and to contributing to the decision-making that is central to the MAPPA process; and is already working to become more consistent and co-ordinated in its own strategy and practice.

offenders, providing relationship focussed treatment for offenders and their partners to reduce further risk, or via group work services to carers and partners to increase their capacity to protect children and respond appropriately to risk. Housing associations, which are providing extra services to help manage the risk of particular individuals, are regularly invited to contribute to the work of the MAPPPs. This may take the form of the provision of accommodation, particularly where there needs to be some sensitivity of location. This is often linked to accompanying support services in

Operational Level
The use of the voluntary sector at operational level is illustrated by the wider attendance at local Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel meetings. The improved quality of working relationships has led to more effective work with offenders. The NSPCC's contribution for the protection of children and young people from sexual harm from adults covers a wide spectrum of services. These include undertaking risk assessments of sexual abusers, delivering offence-focused group work treatment in partnership with the Probation Service and sharing information and decision-making in Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels (MAPPPs) and Area Child Protection Committees (ACPCs). The NSPCC also work with partners of

supported housing or, in certain cases, extra support in the form of ‘floating support’. The term 'floating support' is used to describe the task of specialist workers who visit offenders when they are released into the community. The term 'floating' refers to the ability of the worker to transfer the services to and from offenders at any address as requested by the MAPPP. The service 'floats' with the offender until being redirected by the MAPPP. 'Support' is the provision of the

Youth Offending Service
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continued from facing page proportion of sexual offences are committed by children and young people aged between 10 and 17. Research has also shown that a small proportion of those will go on to commit further offences as adults unless treatment is provided at an early stage. In the West Midlands young people committing sexual offences have until now been dealt with by the same MAPPA as for adults. From next year, however, we intend to establish separate Youth Panels, the members of which will possess special expertise in the assessment and management of young people who display sexually inappropriate behaviour from an early age. One particular response to the issue of

sexual offending by young people, developed by the Birmingham Youth Offending Service, is the creation of an Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour Team. Supported by funding from Birmingham Children's Fund, and by input from colleagues in Birmingham Social Care and Health, Police, Education, Heath Service and the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Programme, the team is in the process of establishing a service to provide assessment and treatment of such young people. The project, which will be in operation from spring 2004, will take referrals from professionals working with young people both through criminal justice and child protection routes, as well as accepting referrals from young people. to evaluation by a Home Office research team and has been declared a success. As a result, one of the provisions in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 is a requirement on all police/probation areas to recruit and train two lay advisers (as they will now be called) to sit on the SMB. A national recruitment process is about to commence. In the West Midlands our existing Lay Advisers will be invited to continue with their role for an initial period. the benefits it brings to the work of public protection. But it takes co-operation, lots of discussion and a shared understanding of the common goal of the MAPPA. "A year of sitting on the Strategic Management Board has given me the confidence and background to be able to make a contribution on the Serious Case Review Committee. This will allow me to see how well the policies, protocols and procedures we develop at the Strategic Management Board are working. What do they achieve in practice ? Do they work ? Are they practical or too complicated ? What are their shortcomings ? "My focus continues to be how does this contribute to protecting the members of the public in the West Midlands ? "As always there's a balance I try to maintain. I don't want to become an expert, there are enough professionals on the Strategic Management Board. My role is to keep asking the simple questions."

Lay Advisers
The West Midlands has been one of eight areas piloting the involvement of two Lay Advisers in the Strategic Management Board. The Lay Advisers have attended meetings of the SMB and have played a full and active role in its work. They have provided feedback on ideas for new developments and changes to our current arrangements, and have challenged agency representatives to think about how and why we are doing things the way we are. Most recently they have joined the Audit and Serious Case Review Committee, where they will have the opportunity to participate in examining individual cases in order to improve our practice in the future. Overall, their contribution to the work of the SMB has been greatly appreciated by other members of the Board. The Lay Adviser pilot has been subject

Adds Lay Adviser Jacqui Francis:
"One year on and I'm trying to get a better understanding of MAPPA and the role of the Lay Adviser. What surprises me is the complexity involved in interagency working. It's not enough to tell agencies that they must work together. No one would disagree with the idea, and attendance at court. These initiatives will help toward another key Government target, that of improving public confidence in the Criminal Justice System. The Government is underpinning this work in its Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill that is currently going through Parliament. The Bill will create a new independent post of Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses to be a champion and voice for all victims of crime. There will also be a new statutory Victims' Code of Practice (to be

The Focus on Victims
In addition to all this work to tackle offenders, the Government has rightly placed much greater emphasis upon meeting the needs of victims. The victims of sexual offending are identified as a priority group within the National Victims and Witnesses Strategy. This strategy which was published in July 2003, aims to improve support and protection for victims and witnesses by: Reducing the adverse effects of crime on victims and witnesses, and preventing secondary victimisation; Encouraging more victims and witnesses to come forward; and Offering more options to victims and witnesses, including alternatives to

implemented in April 2005) which will build on the existing Victims' Charter and set out specific responsibilities that each criminal justice service agency and Victim Support must provide to victims.

Facts and Figures
Number of Offenders
i) The number of registered sex offenders on 31 March 2004: 1,647 ii) The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement, between 1 April 2003 and 31 March 2004: 62 iii) The number of Sex Offenders Orders applied for and gained between 1 April 2003 and 31 March 2004: a) Total number of Sex Offenders Orders applied for b) The total number granted c) The total number not granted 0 iv) The number of Restraining Orders issued by the courts between 1 April 2003 and 31 March 2004 for offenders currently managed within MAPPA: 3 v) The number of violent and other sexual offenders considered under MAPPA during the period 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004: 1,984 vi) The number of ‘other offenders’ dealt with under MAPPA during the period 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004 as being assessed by the Responsible Authority as posing a serious risk of harm to the public (but who did not fall within either of the other two categories, as defined by s.67) 46 vii) 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 b) MAPPP - violent and other sex offenders c) MAPPP - other offenders 445 80 47 9 (7) 2

Statistical Commentary
i) Registered Sex Offenders: The numbers have increased significantly from last year's figure (1,312) for two reasons. First, there is likely to be an annual increase every year for the foreseeable future because of the way the registration requirements work. Each year all newly convicted or newly released sex offenders are added to the register, whilst very few offenders come off the register as the periods of registration are quite long - from a minimum of five years to a maximum of life. Second, this year in particular the West Midlands figure has been boosted by the success of Operation Ore, which has resulted in large numbers of Internet-using sex offenders being added to the list. ii) Breaches of registration requirements: The reduction from last year's figure (80) illustrates the effectiveness of our robust approach to the management of offenders on the register, the vast majority of whom fully comply with the requirements of the Sex Offender Act. iii) Sex Offender Orders: Of the nine applied for this year, seven are still being processed through the Courts. We anticipate that all of them will be granted. iv) Restraining Orders: The numbers of offenders made subject to Restraining Orders continues to be very low. With effect from 1 May 2004, Restraining Orders and Sex Offender Orders will be replaced by a single new order, the Sexual Offences Prevention Order. This will create the opportunity for the purpose and proper use of the new order to be considered within the MAPPA. v) Violent and other sexual offenders: The substantial reduction from last year's figure (3,560) reflects the fact that this year we were required to declare only those offenders currently in the community; in previous years the requirement was to include also those still in custody. vi) Other offenders: this figure has increased from last year (8) reflecting the inclusion within MAPPA of more offenders who are regarded as dangerous even though they may not have been convicted of sexual or violent offences. vii) Offenders dealt with by the MAPPP: The increased number of offenders managed by the full MAPPP is broadly commensurate with the increase in the total numbers of registered sex offenders. This figure is likely to decrease significantly next year as we are currently reshaping the MAPPA in the West Midlands in order to make sure that the MAPPP has the time and resources to focus on 'the critical few' offenders who pose the greatest risk. From next year onwards a larger proportion of offenders will be dealt with at the second tier, and we are strengthening multi-agency representation at Level 2 to ensure that these offenders are subject to appropriate management. viii) Breaches and further offending: fewer MAPPA offenders were returned to custody for breach of licence this year, suggesting that over time offenders are becoming more familiar and compliant with MAPPA requirements. The figure for those convicted of further serious offences (2) is the same as last year. Whilst any further offending is of course cause for concern, a figure of just two from an already convicted population of over 500 high risk offenders who were managed by MAPPA is an indication of how successful the MAPPA are in managing those offenders who pose the greatest threat to the community.

viii) Of the cases managed by the MAPPP during reporting year what was the number of offenders: a) who were returned to custody for breach of licence b) who were returned to custody for breach of a Restraining Order or Sex Offender Order c) charged with a serious sexual or violent offence 32 5 2

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) in the West Midlands
West Midlands Police Operational Command Units (OCUs)
(Each of the 21 OCUs has a Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel)

The 21 Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels (MAPPPs)
Birmingham
D1 Operational Command Unit Queens Road Police Station Queens Road Aston Birmingham B6 7ND E1 Operational Command Unit Bournville Lane Police Station 341 Bournville Lane Birmingham B30 1QZ E2 Operational Command Unit Kings Heath Police Station High Street Kings Heath Birmingham B14 7SP E3 Operational Command Unit Belgrave Road Police Station Belgrave Road Edgbaston Birmingham B5 7BP Homeless Offenders Resettlement Unit (HORU) 11-15 Lower Essex Street B5 6SN Tel: 0121 248 6460 Saltley PPT 12 High Street Saltley B8 1JR Tel: 0121 248 6150 F1 Operational Command Unit Steelhouse Lane Police Station Steelhouse Lane Birmingham B4 6NW F2 Operational Command Unit Rose Road Police Station 53 Rose Road Harborne Birmingham B17 9LL F3 Operational Command Unit Thornhill Road Police Station Handsworth Birmingham B21 9BT

MAPPPs

D2 Operational Command Unit Lichfield Road Police Station Sutton Coldfield B74 2NR

Key
Operational Command Units Other police stations

D3 Operational Command Unit Stechford Police Station 338 Station Road Stechford Birmingham B33 8RR Erdington PPT Stuart Court 73/75 Station Road Erdington B23 6UG Tel: 0121 248 5600 Selly Oak PPT 826 Bristol Road Selly Oak B29 6NA Tel: 0121 248 6680

PPTs

Hamstead Road PPT 326/328 Hamstead Road Handsworth B20 2RA Tel: 0121 248 6500 Greencoat House PPT 259 Stratford Road Sparkbrook B11 1QS Tel: 0121 248 5611

Coventry
M1 Operational Command Unit Little Park Street Police Station Little Park Street Coventry CV1 2JX M2 Operational Command Unit Chace Avenue Police Station Chace Avenue Willenhall Coventry CV3 3PS M3 Operational Command Unit Stoney Stanton Police Station Stoney Stanton Road Coventry CV6 6DG Coventry PPT 70 Little Park Street Coventry CV1 2UR Tel: 0247 663 0555

Chelmsley Wood
L Operational Command Unit Solihull North Police Station Coelmund Crescent Chelmsley Wood B37 5UB Chelmsley Wood PPT The Old Post Office Bosworth Drive Chelmsley Wood B37 5EX Tel: 0121 779 6528

Dudley
J1 Operational Command Unit Brierley Hill Police Station Bank Street Brierley Hill DY5 3HD J2 Operational Command Unit Halesowen Police Station Laurel Lane Halesowen B63 3JA Stourbridge PPT 44 New Road Stourbridge DY8 1PA Tel: 01384 440682

Sandwell
K1 Operational Command Unit West Bromwich Police Station New Street West Bromwich B70 7PJ K2 Operational Command Unit Smethwick Police Station Piddock Road Smethwick Warley B66 3BW West Bromwich PPT 27 High Street West Bromwich B70 8ND Tel: 01121 525 5225

Walsall
H1 Operational Command Unit Walsall Police Station Green Lane Walsall WS2 8HL H2 Operational Command Unit Bloxwich Police Station Station Road Bloxwich WS3 2PD Walsall PPT Midland Road Walsall WS1 3QE Tel: 01922 721341

West Midlands Police Chief Constable PO Box 52 Lloyd House Colmore Circus Queensway Birmingham B4 6NQ Tel: 0845 113 5000 E-mail: mailmaster@west-midlands.police.uk Internet: www.west-midlands.police.uk

Joint Public Protection Unit West Midlands Police Community Safety Bureau 3rd Floor Lloyd House Colmore Circus Queensway Birmingham B4 6NQ Tel: 0121 609 6954

Probation West Midlands Chief Officer Probation West Midlands 1 Victoria Square Birmingham B1 1BD Tel: E-mail: Internet: 0121 248 6650 wm.enquiries@west-midlands.probation.gsx.gov.uk www.westmidlands-probation.gov.uk

Wolverhampton
G1 Operational Command Unit Wolverhampton Police Station Bilston Street Wolverhampton WV1 3AA G2 Operational Command Unit Wednesfield Police Station Alfred Squire Road Wednesfield Wolverhampton WV11 1XU

Wolverhampton PPT Prue Earle House Union Street Wolverhampton WV1 3JS Tel: 01902 576000

West Midlands Police divides the area into 21 Operational Command Units (OCU), based on existing local communities. Each OCU has it’s own MAPPP, chaired by the local Detective Chief Inspector. Listed above are the 21 OCUs, a guide showing which Public Protection Teams (PPTs) of Probation West Midlands cover which MAPPP and relevant addresses and contact numbers. For West Midlands Police stations please ring 0845 113 5000.

Keeping Communities Safe

Victim Support Help Line - Tel: 0845 303 0900

Managing Risk through MAPPA