MAPPA 06 - 07

MAPPA and the Prision Service • Page 3 The MAPPA Conference Report • Page 7 THE MANAGEMENT of individuals who commit sexual and violent crimes has remained the subject of public attention. Last year saw the publication for the first time of the number of registered sex offenders living in the West Midlands broken down to each Police operational area. This was an important development which whilst allowing greater transparency also showed that individuals subject to MAPPA are located across all parts of the West Midlands, reinforcing the importance of public awareness and education in working with the agencies to help keep communities safe. There has also been a particular focus upon those offenders who commit offences against children, and the Government have undertaken a wide ranging review on the best way of managing this particular group including careful consideration around the possibility of introducing a version of ‘Megan’s Law’. The review was published in June this year and has introduced a number of measures which will impact upon the future management of such cases, including the piloting of an increased level of public disclosure in some cases. The West Midlands MAPPA Strategic Management Board (SMB) has contributed to the review both from the view point of staff employed by the relevant agencies and through the two lay advisers appointed to the Board. Over the coming year the SMB will oversee the detail of the proposed changes and ensure that where required changes are made to practice and procedures. The review has also proposed the development of a community awareness programme aimed at providing improved child protection advice. The West Midlands will be one of two areas involved in taking this forward with the scheme managed by Barnados, and building upon the successful Stop It Now campaign. Effective links have continued with the Prison Service which remains a key partner in planning for the release of those individuals who, under current legislation, have served their lawful sentence and are now released on a compulsory period of supervised license within the community. Last year saw the introduction of a single Offender Manager (Probation Officer) for prisoners classified as high risk. Their role working with Prison colleagues and MAPPA where appropriate, has been to plan and oversee a detailed sentence plan aimed at reducing the risk an individual poses upon release. This work continues following release but with additional restrictive conditions on the individual, aimed at reducing any risk they may represent to the local community. The year has also seen Courts making use of the new sentences for Public Protection where the offender has committed a violent or sexual offence and is considered to represent a risk to the public. These offenders will not be released until considered by the Parole Board to have reached the point where they can be managed safely within the community. At that point their supervision will be overseen by MAPPA with the offender subject to an extended period of license and subject to prison recall. Although serious, violent and sexual offending makes up a small proportion of all recorded crime it inevitably causes the greatest concern. Whilst risk can never be totally eliminated it can be managed, with Public Protection a priority for every agency involved in the MAPPA arrangements. Through effective joint working between the agencies concerned individualized plans for the management of offenders can be drawn together to reduce risk and manage individuals within their community.

West Midlands

Lay Advisers • Page 7

Working Together for Safer Ministerial Foreword Communities in the West Midlands
THESE ARE the sixth MAPPA annual reports, and the first with a foreword by the Ministry of Justice. I want, first of all, to underline the Government’s continued commitment to these arrangements. Protecting the public from dangerous offenders is a core aim for the new Department. Just as the effectiveness of MAPPA locally depends on the quality of working relationships, we will work with the Home Office, the Police, and others, to develop the best possible framework within which the MAPPA can operate.

Hilary Thompson Chief Officer West Midlands Probation Area

On 13 June, the Government published a Review of the Protection of Children from Sex Offenders. This sets out a programme of actions which include developing the use of drug treatment for sex offenders and piloting the use of compulsory polygraph testing as a risk management tool, enhancements to the regime operating at Approved Premises, and also a range of actions impacting directly upon the way the MAPPA work. I want to highlight two of them here. Firstly, research tells us that the arrangements are already used successfully to disclose information about dangerous offenders but we think this can be improved upon. MAPPA agencies will be required to consider disclosure in every case. We will pilot a scheme where parents will be able to register a child-protection interest in a named individual with whom they have a personal relationship and who has regular unsupervised access to their child. If that person has convictions for child sex offences and the child is at risk, there will be a presumption that the offences will be disclosed to the parent. Secondly, as MAPPA has developed over the past six years, best practice models have been identified which show that specific roles and approaches are required to ensure it is managed effectively. We are committed to strengthening MAPPA arrangements and ensuring that robust performance management is in place. To achieve this, we intend to introduce new national standards, which will ensure a consistent approach across Areas and we will be making available £1.2million to support Areas in implementing the standards. We aim to do everything that can reasonably be done to protect people from known, dangerous offenders. We know that there is always room for improvement. I commend this annual report to you as an indication of the commitment, skills and achievements of the professionals, and lay advisers, in managing and monitoring this essential, often difficult area of business.

Sir Paul Scott-Lee Chief Constable West Midlands Police

Sue McAllister West Midlands Area Manager HM Prison Service

Maria Eagle MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State



What is MAPPA? by Paul Manning MAPPA Coodinator
MAPPA stands for Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements. There are 19 sets of MAPPA panels in the West Midlands, one for each Operational Command Unit (OCU) area (as defined by the police) outside of Coventry, whilst the three local Coventry OCUs have merged their panel meetings in one. A MAPPA panel is a regular meeting of agencies concerned with the identification, risk assessment and risk management of registered sex offenders, violent offenders and other offenders who present the highest levels of risk of harm to the public. 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.

MAPPA and the Prison Service
by HMPS West Midlands Area Risk Manager Lorraine Mosson-Jones
THE WEST MIDLANDS PRISONS AREA includes prisons in Staffordshire, West Mercia, West Midlands, and has links with services and agencies in Warwickshire. In our prison area there are 12 public sector prisons in all:

What about confidentiality?
Information shared at MAPPA panels 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.

Birmingham Brockhill Hewell Grange Stoke Heath

Blakenhurst Drake Hall Shrewsbury Swinfen Hall

Brinsford Featherstone Stafford Werrington

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 - e.g. Social Services, NSPCC, probation, police will be able to represent the interests of victims and to make their views known. The Prison Service continues to be committed to the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements in the West Midlands area. The prisons in our area have clearly identified senior managers with responsibility for public protection, and have Risk Management Teams that manage those prisoners who present most risk. The Risk Management Teams ensure that the different departments within the prison work together and that information is shared effectively with MAPPA in the community. During 2006-7 the Prison Service has been involved in two key pieces of work to further protect the public in West Midlands area. (1) Offender Management: The Prison Service and Probation Service have worked very closely to implement a single, shared system for the management of offenders. Since November 2006, those offenders presenting the highest risk of serious harm to the public have been managed under this new system. The new model means less duplication and brings a coherence and consistency to management of offenders presenting a high risk. There will be improved information sharing between the two services resulting from this change in approach. Risk to Children: The Prison Service has been working closely with other agencies involved in safeguarding children to develop an improved system for sharing information to protect children from those presenting a risk to them.

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.

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 multi-agency 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.


The Management Process
Since June 2004, a revised three tier system has been implemented in the West Midlands to further ensure that the most dangerous offenders receive the greatest degree of scrutiny and oversight:

Keeping Victims at the heart of MAPPA
PROBATION WEST MIDLANDS’ Area Victim Liaison Unit (AVLU) is continuing to protect victims of serious sexual and violent crime from future harm, while providing a main link to the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). At the heart of Public Protection work is the need to protect victims. The Criminal Justice System has devoted increased attention to victim issues over recent years with additional support being provided through the arrest and pre court stage by Victim Support and Victim Witness Care through what can be a lengthy and difficult period of time. After conviction the AVLU will write to identified victims to offer the facility of contact and information. If willing, victims receive basic information covering the offender’s progress whilst in custody and can have their views taken into account by authorities which consider release on any form of licence. This can lead to additional licence conditions that may restrict direct contact or exclude offenders from certain clearly defined geographical areas. Victim staff may continue to be involved in the MAPPA process after the prisoner has been released and serve to ensure that victim needs are taken into account when considering how best to manage individuals within the community. Under the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, the AVLU has statutory responsibility for victim work in cases of serious sexual and violent crime where the offender receives a prison sentence of 12 months or more. This has been further extended under sections 36 - 44 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 to include victims or victims' families of serious sexual and violent offences, where offenders have been made the subject of hospital orders with restriction. The unit also undertakes work with some victims of sex offenders not covered by this statutory obligation.

Who sits on MAPPPs?
Each panel is usually chaired by the OCU's crime manager, a detective chief inspector, who may share this responsibility with a probation district manager. Core members are drawn from a number of departments of the police, probation service and social services. Education, health, housing, the prison service and other professionals attend as appropriate to the individual cases under discussion.

Level One – Ordinary Case Management
Where offenders who do not require formal multi-agency panel management are dealt with by one or more agencies often with police or probation taking a lead.

Level Two – Multi Agency Risk Action Planning (MARAP) panel
Where identified offenders are actively managed by lead agencies, with ‘added value’ intervention and support from a multi-agency group.

What can a MAPPP panel 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 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.

Level Three – Multi Agency Public Protection Panel (MAPPP)
Where the highest level ‘risk of harm’ offenders, often referred to as the ‘critical few’, usually requiring the most resource intensive responses are assessed, managed and reviewed by all relevant agencies.

Report on Business Plan by Nigel Byford, Assistant Chief Officer Probation West Midlands
In last year’s annual report we outlined the key aims for Public Protection through MAPPA outlined in our business plan. The plan is a rolling three year plan and we are pleased to report progress against the broad areas identified in last year’s report.
Practice development

• Apply revised national guidance • Review Administrative support for MAPPA • Implement Youth Panel Policy

• Revised national guidance has been delayed and is due in October 2007. Contributions have been made to an early draft and offers to pilot new procedures made. • Administrative support has been reviewed and some additional support has been obtained. • Policy has been implemented and is being rolled out across all areas. • The MAPPA plan has been presented to the Board but work has not yet started with its diversity group. • A central event held for all LA Community Safety Reps was held to highlight work of MAPPA. • Resources have continued to be focussed on those assessed as potentially posing high levels of risk • Information sharing protocol agreed with Job Centre Plus. • SMB have taken decision to await the outcome of national evaluation on this approach but remain committed to promoting activity that works to reduce risk. • Numbers are monitored on a regular basis – see stats section. • Whilst cases are audited by individual agencies detailed multi agency audit is not yet in place. Draft proposal has been agreed by SMB. • Partner agencies attendance is recorded locally and as part of revision to data collection this will be centrally collated over the next year. • Diversity profile information is held by each agency but will form part of the centrally collated data for next year. • Annual report distributed across the area with media coverage and presentations made to a number of groups. Communications strategy agreed by SMB. • Safeguarding (child Protection) a standing item on SMB agenda. See article on page 6. • Briefing events have been run for a variety of staff. The area is also represented on a national committee aimed at promoting best practice / training and this will be further developed over the coming year.

Diversity and Community Impact Issues

• Reinforce links to Local Criminal Justice Board and its diversity group • Ensure linkages to Local Authority Community Safety Strategies • Resources focussed according to risk levels • Review information sharing with job Centre Plus • Develop Circles of Accountability and Support

Effective Risk management of High risk Offenders

Review audit arrangements for MAPPA operation

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Monitor numbers at different levels Case Audit Monitor attendance of partner agencies Monitor diversity profile of level 2/3 offenders

Communications and Strategic Partnerships

• To promote work of MAPPA and SMB to both internal and external audiences • Ensure effective partnerships with safeguarding boards


• To promote work of MAPPA and SMB to both internal and external audiences • Ensure effective partnerships with safeguarding boards

The role of a Sex Offender Manager
TO be regarded as a Registered Sex Offender a person must be convicted by a Court for a sexual offence. This may be a physical offence or a non-contact offence like inappropriate texting or downloading images. Once a person has been convicted at Court their inclusion on the sex offender register is then set by the sentence they receive from five years to life on the register. Once the offender has signed the register they have various obligations to meet. These are to register with the Police on release from custody or on conviction, to notify the Police of any changes of names/addresses and to register in any case every year. If an offender fails to give notification in three days, they will be liable to arrest Offenders must declare any foreign travel and under certain circumstances the offender must also notify the Police if he or she intends to be away from their home address for any length of time. Again, failure to do this leaves the offender liable to arrest. I strongly believe that my role as the local Sex Offender Manager is an important one, which is supported by the Violent and Sex Offender Joint Management Team as well as the other Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangement agencies. Although I am based at Handsworth Police station, every Operational Command Unit has its own Sex Offender Managers. I work with another Officer and together we visit the Sex offenders in their homes and liaise with other Agency partners to manage the risk the offender poses to the community. The local knowledge of the Sex Offender Manager is one not to be overlooked. I am able to assist other Officers and agencies, impart my knowledge of the offender, their

by PC Jeff McIntosh, Sex Offender Manager
requirements and the impact in the local area. All MAPPA partners are there to work as a collective to the same end, assess any risks presented and to work on a Risk Management plan which should not be seen as a further punishment of the offender, but an achievable plan set in place to protect the public. I know that this job can be frustrating, stressful and intimidating, but I realise that the rewards outweigh all the negatives. I get a real sense of achievement when I can use all the intelligence systems at our disposal to track down unregistered offenders and keep the registered ones on their toes. I have seen first hand the fallout a victim has to endure after being the subject of sexual abuse; this gives me the incentive to do the best I can, and to make a difference.

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My MAPPA contact is..........................................................................................
West Midlands Police Chief Constable PO Box 52, Lloyd House Colmore Circus Queensway Birmingham B4 6NQ Tel: 0845 113 5000 E-mail: Internet: Prison Service Regional Office PO Box 458 HMP Shrewsbury The Dana Shrewsbury SY1 2WB Tel: 01743 284560 Public Protection and Vulnerable Persons Unit West Midlands Police Community Safety Bureau 3rd Floor Lloyd House Colmore Circus Queensway Birmingham B4 6NQ Tel: 0121 609 6954 Prob Chie Prob 1 Vic Birm Tel: E-m Inter

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The 21 Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels (MAPPPs)

Units (OCUs)
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D1 Operational Command Unit Queens Road Police Station Queens Road, Aston Birmingham B6 7DN D2 Operational Command Unit Lichfield Road Police Station Sutton Coldfield B74 2NR D3 Operational Command Unit Stechford Police Station 338 Station Road Stechford Birmingham B33 8RR 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 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


Operational Command Units Other police stations

Probation Units

Erdington Stuart Court, 73/75 Station Road Erdington B23 6UG Tel: 0121 248 5600 Selly Oak 826 Bristol Road Selly Oak B29 6NA Tel: 0121 248 6680 Perry Barr 76 Walsall Road Birmingham B42 1SF Tel: 0121 248 6340

Homeless Offenders Resettlement Unit (HORU) 11-15 Lower Essex Street B5 6SN Tel: 0121 248 6460 Saltley 12 High Street Saltley B8 1JR Tel: 0121 248 6150 Harbourne 4 Albany Road Birmingham B17 9JX Tel: 0121 248 6230

Hamstead Road 326/328 Hamstead Road Handsworth B20 2RA Tel: 0121 248 6500 Greencoat House 259 Stratford Road Sparkbrook B11 1QS Tel: 0121 248 5611 Lower Essex Street 18-28 Lower Essex Street Birmingham B5 6SN Tel: 0121 248 6400

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 Probation Unit 70 Little Park Street Coventry CV1 2UR Tel: 0247 663 0555

L Operational Command Unit Solihull North Police Station Ceolmund Crescent, Chelmsley Wood B37 5UB Solihull Probation Unit Homer Road, Solihull B91 3RD Tel: 0121 248 6849 East Birmingham Probation Unit 252 Mackadown Lane, Birmigham B33 0LQ Tel: 0121 248 3660

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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 Probation Unit 44 New Road Stourbridge DY8 1PA Tel: 01384 440682 Dudley Probation Unit Suite 5, Trafalgar House 47-49 King Street, Dudley DY2 8PS Tel: 01384 326020




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K2 Operational Command Unit Smethwick Police Station Piddock Road, Smethwick, Warley B66 3BW K1 Operational Command Unit West Bromwich Police Station New Street West Bromwich B70 7PJ West Bromwich Probation Unit 14-16 New Street West Bromwich B70 7PN Tel: 0121 533 4500

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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 Probation Unit Midland Road Walsall, WS1 3QE Tel: 01922 721341

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 Probation Unit 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 MAPPA panel, chaired by the local Detective Chief Inspector/Probation District Manager.

naging Risk through MAPPA

Listed above are the 21 OCUs, a guide showing which Probation Units of Probation West Midlands cover which MAPPA panel and relevant addresses and contact numbers. For West Midlands Police stations please ring 0845 113 5000.

Public Protection and Vulnerable Persons Unit
WEST MIDLANDS POLICE have formed a new unit that will lead their response to extremely serious sexual crime and related incidents. The West Midlands Police Public Protection and Vulnerable Persons Unit was formed in March 2007. It combines a number of previously existing teams that had responsibilities in the vulnerability and safeguarding arenas. The teams have been restructured and renamed, they are: • Child, Adult, and Domestic Abuse Team • Violent and Sex Offender Joint Management Team • Child Exploitation Investigation Team The unit will represent the police at many forums, national groups, and multi-agency bodies. It also has the responsibility for conducting internal audits and thematic reviews, and the completion of Serious Case Reviews across its areas of responsibility. Detective Superintendent Hannon is clear about the aims of the unit. She explains: “The unit will work In collaboration with partners to reduce victimisation of vulnerable people. We will provide leadership, consultancy and promote best practice to the 21 Operational Command Units that our force is divided into. This will be in relation to managing and investigating offenders, protecting children and adults, investigating serious sexual offences and conducting serious case reviews. “The links between the areas of responsibility we have are very clear, and by bringing them together we are reflecting the view taken nationally by the police service and its multiagency partners. West Midlands Police is currently engaged in reviewing the way in which we deliver our public protection services and address vulnerability issues on a local basis. Our unit is central to this process, and will be instrumental in implementing the recommendations and changes that arise from it. “The approach to managing Violent and Sex Offenders is a key priority for us; the partnership approach to this process is essential to effectively managing and reducing the risk that such offenders present to the public. The joint police and probation team is located at West Midlands Police headquarters, and has proved to be very effective in providing the support and co-ordination that is fundamental to the MAPPA process. “The co-location of teams from different public sector agencies to address specific issues such as this is also an emerging approach in Child Protection, and Neighbourhood Policing; I believe that it has given us a great opportunity to understand the role of our partners, while using our joint skills and experience to resolve issues and meet challenges together.”

Sharing Information by Sergeant Tessa Hawkes
If a high risk offender attends a Church, then the Disclosure may be made to the Church Child Protection officer or Senior clergy, again to manage the offender’s activities. Everyone has a right to worship, but actually where and how might need to be controlled. It is paramount that the public, including former victims and potential victims are protected from high risk offenders – not only sex offenders - but this needs to be carried out in a reasoned and controlled manner. In many cases high profile features and ‘outings’ in the national press only serve to force the offenders into hiding, to run away and change identities. ‘Missing’ offenders pose a far greater risk than those managed through the Multi agency Public Protection Arrangements. There have been instances of large scale public disorder with offenders homes being attacked and the potential for injury and danger to many people, not only the offender. You may recall a while ago when the home of a paediatrician was attacked in the mistaken belief that he was a paedophile. There are procedures and processes in place to ensure disclosure is made appropriately, as one cannot just walk into a Police Station and ask if someone is a sex offender. Any reference to disclosure must be made via the Multi Agency Public Protection process, as this ensures all of the relevant facts are known and discussed as well as how to manage the information. Disclosures are made on a regular basis to many different people in order to assist in protecting the public from high risk offenders. Tessa Hawkes Sgt. Violent and Sex Offender Joint Management Team

Sergeant Tessa Hawkes

WHEN the public or sections of the public are told about an individual’s previous conviction, this information sharing process is known as ‘disclosure’. The disclosure of information about high risk offenders has always been an emotive issue and the decision to disclose someone’s previous history must always be carefully considered. There is a balance between protecting the public, protecting potential victims and perhaps controversially ‘protecting’ the offender. If there is a pressing need and the disclosure is relevant and proportionate then a persons previous convictions can be disclosed to someone who is in a position to manage the information. For example; a disclosure may be made to any employer, that employer would then need to be in a position to ensure that the offender was not placed in a position to place any person at risk.

Keeping the Public in Public Protection
by Nigel Byford, Assistant Chief Officer Probation West Midlands
ALTHOUGH MAPPA oversees work with all violent and sex offenders, a key area of public concern will always be around those who have a propensity to offend against children. Every MAPPA panel therefore has a representative from social services present so that any potential concerns can be identified, planned for and appropriate action taken. Senior Managers from Social Services and NSPCC sit on the Strategic Management Board (SMB) and Safeguarding (child protection) is a standing item for consideration. West Midlands MAPPA is also keen to promote the work of partner agencies such as the NSPCC, Barnados and Stop It Now in their work to promote public awareness. This is crucial to not only protect children from those who may have offended in the past but also those who have not yet come to the attention of the authorities. As part of the Home Secretary’s review into the management of child sex offenders it was announced that the West Midlands and Surrey would be pilot areas for a public awareness initiative led by Stop It Now! This work is aimed to increase public awareness about child safety and offender management and is fully supported by the MAPPA SMB and Safeguarding Boards. In next year’s report we will outline the work achieved and also be reporting back to government about the impact of this work. Further information about the work of Stop It Now can be found at or contact or call 01527 598 184

Lay Advisers by Martin Burnett, MAPPA Lay Adviser
MAPPA is all about protecting the public from the dangers posed by violent and sexual offenders. For that accountability to be Those people and agencies who are part of MAPPA and who have the duty to make sure the public properly earthed there is a legal requirement for each MAPPA area to have members of the public, known as Lay Advisers, who are involved in the process of making these vital decisions. In the West Midlands there are two Lay Advisers - Jacqui Francis and myself. We play a full part in all meetings and decisions of the Strategic Management Board, and are involved with the Serious Case Review Sub Committees. While the professionals involved
Martin Burnett

Joined up working to protect children
by Steve Morgan HM Prison Service West Midlands and Tina Wakfer Social Care Birmingham
A WEST MIDLANDS Regional working party was established to improve effective understanding between Social Care, Police, Probation, Prison and Youth Offending Services. The focus was upon each agencies assessment and information sharing on offenders felt to pose a risk to children with a view to streamlining processes. Autumn 2007 sees the launch of the Persons Presenting a Risk to Children (PPRC) West Midlands Region Multi Agency Guidance Manual. This manual sets out the roles and responsibility of each agency in the identification and assessment of those identified to pose a risk to children. The manual has already attracted interest from local authorities in other regions, Prison Service HQ and the Probation Service at a national level. This working group was unique in its wide representation of agencies and geographical spread, as well as in the terms of reference. The success of the group reflects the knowledge, skills and commitment of the individuals involved and the drive from all agencies to improve working together practices.

is protected are accountable to the public for how that is done.

own particular professional skills and experience, Jacqui and I have a wider brief, looking at the business of protecting the public from a different perspective – that of the public at large. The Lay Adviser is not, and does not pretend to be, a Probation Officer, a Social Worker or a member of the Police Force, and so can look at these issues with a fresh pair of eyes. With this public perspective as part of the process of making these important choices, we believe that MAPPA can be more effective in its job of protecting the public from the very real dangers of sexual and violent crime.

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MAPPA Conference a great success by Inspector David Murcott
ON TUESDAY 21st November West Midlands Police hosted a very successful ‘Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements’ (MAPPA) conference for over 200 delegates from appropriate agencies across the whole force area. Superintendent Philip Ball, head of Force Community Safety Bureau (FCSB), chaired the event and guest speakers with a national perspective provided valuable information on a number of topics: Professor Gill MacKenzie, a visiting professor from De Montfort University in Leicestershire, presented ‘Risk of Harm’, which addressed the difficult issue of balancing the offender’s human rights with the much broader need to protect the public. Dr Heather Simmons, a Consultant Psychiatrist, from Kent Psychiatric Services, presented ‘Mental Health and MAPPA’, which provided valuable information on how the two are linked, and addressed issues concerning the disclosure of information from one to the other. Nigel Byford, Assistant Chief Officer, West Midlands Probation Area, who chairs the MAPPA Strategic Management Board (SMB), provided an overview of relevant issues from around the country, with specific focus on those that have directly impacted upon this area in the last twelve months. Lisa-Marie Smith, the force’s Deputy Solicitor, provided additional information on the above topics, to support the previous speakers and specific information concerning court orders that are available to control the behaviour of sex offenders. Workshops were also held to enable greater interaction between delegates interested in the specific areas of: offender housing; inappropriate sexual behaviour; mental health and risk of harm; managing risk. The event was organised by police and probation officers and staff in the Public Protection and Vulnerable Persons Unit, which is part of FCSB in Lloyd House on behalf of the Strategic Management Board. Superintendent Philip Ball said after the event: “This was an ideal opportunity for representatives of all agencies to meet and discuss the very important issues affecting the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements. I am delighted with the very positive feedback and it is clear that MAPPA in this area is beginning to receive the attention it deserves."

The MAPPA Conference

MAPPA 06 - 07
i) Registered Sex Offenders: This figure relates to RSOs living in the community in this area as at 31st March 2007. The numbers have again decreased, by just under 4% against last year’s recorded figures (1925). The difference from last year again appears to be due to several factors. Firstly is that many will have been returned to custody for breach of licence/order requirements during the year and secondly that almost 10 years after the introduction of Registration more RSO’s will have reached the end of original registration periods. ii) Breaches of registration requirements : There has been a decrease of 48 cases against last years figure (147). However this still illustrates the preparedness of Criminal Justice Staff including Police, CPS and Court Service to enforce Registration requirements. It again demonstrates the continuing effectiveness of a robust approach to the management of registered offenders, the continuing majority of whom (99.4% in WM Police Area) remain fully compliant with the requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. iii) Sexual Offences Prevention Orders : These replaced both Sex Offender Orders and Restraining Orders with effect from 1st May 2005. There have also been further related civil orders made available to the police via courts. The total number imposed has again increased significantly from last year (31). This is due to both an increase in applications for such orders by local Police districts as well as an increasing trend for courts to impose them during sentencing exercises. iv) Notification Orders : This is a new civil order available under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for sex offenders with no relevant convictions within England and Wales but relevant and related convictions abroad. Our application for 2 this year shows our vigilance in ensuring that those convicted abroad will be subject to registration here in the UK. v) Foreign Travel Orders : A further civil order from the SOA 2003 seeking to prevent Registered Sex Offenders travelling abroad to target potential victims overseas. vi) Violent and other sexual offenders : This total is to record those offenders convicted to 12 months or more incarceration for specified violent or non-registerable sex offences, who are now subject to community supervision by Probation, Youth Offending Teams and Mental Health Services. The 12.7% increase both reflects better information gathering from YOT sources and a rise in the number of offenders receiving community licence supervision following incarceration of 12 months or more during the year. vii) Other Offenders : This figure has increased from last year (16).This continues to reflect our understanding and implementation of the guidance definition which is that offender must have past relevant MAPPA type conviction for violence or sexual offending and be seen to pose significant risk of serious harm, yet not be subject to current sex offender registration or licence supervision. viii) Offenders managed through MAPPA panels at Level 3 or 2: This figure counts the number of relevant offenders who have been within the community at some stage during the recording period This year’s figures have been changed to include counts for both types of local MAPPA panel. As mentioned within last year’s report, the breakdown of area figures have altered substantially following significant work locally to focus resources and target responses appropriately based upon rigorous risk assessment and robust risk management. This year at Level 3 we have discussed a total of 31 relevant offenders, a drop of almost 33% compared to last year’s total figure(46). This shows vigilance in maintaining Level 3

West Midlands

MAPPA Stats for 2006 – 2007 Statistical Commentary
discussions for just the very small number of eligble cases. There has been a significant decrease in total Level 2 cases of over 187 (24%) against last years Level 2 figures. Total eligible MAPPA cases increased by only 25 (less than 1%). This year we have thus discussed 23% of eligible cases at panel compared to 29% last year. There has been a significant decrease in registered sex offenders who have been discussed at local Level 2 panels and a slightly greater number of Violent offenders under discussion compared to past years. This is because during the year we have continued to apply local criteria protocol to ensure that we remove any inappropriate cases discussed at Level 2 so that panel meetings continue to offer efficient and effective risk assessment and risk management. ix) Breaches and further offending: (a) a predominantly similar number of MAPPA offenders were returned to custody for breach of licence this year(3 less than 2006), suggesting vigilance and effective offender management in dealing with breaches in agreed licence conditions. (b) There has been double the number of those returned to custody for breaching Civil Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (last year 2) still suggesting that most offenders are becoming more familiar and compliant with MAPPA requirements and better managed under such systems. (c) The number of individuals convicted of further serious offences remains the same as last year. Although 1 was recorded in the report this was an error and it was agreed with the Home Office to clarify this in this year’s report. Any serious offending is regrettable but local arrangements continue to minimise the risk posed by those under MAPPA arrangements.

MAPPA Statistics for 2006 - 2007
Registered Sex Offenders (RSO) as at 31st March 2007
Per Operational Command Unit (OCU) Birmingham D1 119 D2 88 D3 127 E1 117 E2 78 E3 83 F1 40 F2 79 F3 61 Wolverhampton G1 78 G2 128 Walsall H1 79 H2 80 Dudley J1 95 J2 84 Sandwell K1 99 K2 117 Solihull L 104 Coventry M1 72 M2 62 M3 60 Total: 1850 i) The number of RSOs per 100,000 head of population - 71 vii) The number of Category 3 MAPPA Offenders : Other Offenders living in the area between1st April 2006 and 31st March 2007 - 31

iii) The number of Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) applied for and granted between 1st April 2005 and 31st March 2007 a) Applied for 61 b) Number of interim orders granted 4 c) Number of full SOPOs imposed 61


Level 3 18 9 4

Level 2 381 180 27

ix) Of the cases managed through viii) during this reporting year the numbers that were iv) The number of Notification Orders applied for and granted between 1st April 2006 and 31st March 2007 a) Applied for 2 b) Interim Orders made 2 c) Full Notification Orders 2 Level 3 Level 2 a) Returned to custody for breach of licence 7 99 b) Returned to custody for breach of Restraining Order or Sexual Offences Prevention Order 2 2 c) Charged with a serious violent or sexual offence 0 2

v) The number of Foreign Travel Orders made between 1st April 2006 and 31st March 2007 a) Applied for 0 b) Granted 0

The number of Category 2 MAPPA Offenders: Violent Offenders and other sexual offenders (V&OS) living in the area between 1st April 2006 and 31st March 2007 - 807

Editor: Gavin Pearce - Senior Communications Officer Probation /30171 West Midlands Police 2007

ii) The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirements between 1st April 2005 and 31st March 2006 - 99

viii) The number of offenders in each of the three categories managed through the MAPPP level 3 and Level 2 inter-agency panels between 1st April 2006 and 31st March 2007