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MAPPA 06 - 07

WEST MIDLANDS
MULTI AGENCY PUBLIC PROTECTION ARRANGEMENTS West Midlands

ANNUAL REPORT 2006-07

MAPPA and the Prision Service • Page 3 The MAPPA Conference Report • Page 7 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
THE MANAGEMENT of individuals who Effective links have continued with the
Government’s continued commitment to these arrangements.
commit sexual and violent crimes has Prison Service which remains a key
Protecting the public from dangerous offenders is a core aim for the
remained the subject of public attention. partner in planning for the release of
Last year saw the publication for the those individuals who, under current
new Department. Just as the effectiveness of MAPPA locally depends
first time of the number of registered sex legislation, have served their lawful on the quality of working relationships, we will work with the Home
offenders living in the West Midlands sentence and are now released on a Office, the Police, and others, to develop the best possible framework
broken down to each Police operational compulsory period of supervised license within which the MAPPA can operate.
area. This was an important within the community. Last year saw the
development which whilst allowing introduction of a single Offender On 13 June, the Government published a Review of the Protection of
greater transparency also showed that Manager (Probation Officer) for prisoners Children from Sex Offenders. This sets out a programme of actions
individuals subject to MAPPA are classified as high risk. Their role working which include developing the use of drug treatment for sex offenders
located across all parts of the West with Prison colleagues and MAPPA and piloting the use of compulsory polygraph testing as a risk
Midlands, reinforcing the importance of where appropriate, has been to plan and management tool, enhancements to the regime operating at Approved
public awareness and education in oversee a detailed sentence plan aimed Hilary Thompson Premises, and also a range of actions impacting directly upon the way
working with the agencies to help keep at reducing the risk an individual poses Chief Officer
the MAPPA work. I want to highlight two of them here.
communities safe. upon release. This work continues West Midlands Probation Area
following release but with additional
Firstly, research tells us that the arrangements are already used
There has also been a particular focus restrictive conditions on the individual,
successfully to disclose information about dangerous offenders but we
upon those offenders who commit aimed at reducing any risk they may
offences against children, and the represent to the local community. think this can be improved upon. MAPPA agencies will be required to
Government have undertaken a wide consider disclosure in every case. We will pilot a scheme where parents
ranging review on the best way of The year has also seen Courts making will be able to register a child-protection interest in a named individual
managing this particular group including use of the new sentences for Public with whom they have a personal relationship and who has regular
careful consideration around the Protection where the offender has unsupervised access to their child. If that person has convictions for
possibility of introducing a version of committed a violent or sexual offence child sex offences and the child is at risk, there will be a presumption
‘Megan’s Law’. The review was and is considered to represent a risk to that the offences will be disclosed to the parent.
published in June this year and has the public. These offenders will not be
introduced a number of measures which released until considered by the Parole Secondly, as MAPPA has developed over the past six years, best
will impact upon the future management Board to have reached the point where practice models have been identified which show that specific roles
of such cases, including the piloting of they can be managed safely within the and approaches are required to ensure it is managed effectively. We are
an increased level of public disclosure in community. At that point their Sir Paul Scott-Lee committed to strengthening MAPPA arrangements and ensuring that
some cases. supervision will be overseen by MAPPA Chief Constable robust performance management is in place. To achieve this, we intend
with the offender subject to an extended West Midlands Police
to introduce new national standards, which will ensure a consistent
The West Midlands MAPPA Strategic period of license and subject to prison
Management Board (SMB) has recall.
approach across Areas and we will be making available £1.2million to
contributed to the review both from the support Areas in implementing the standards.
view point of staff employed by the Although serious, violent and sexual
relevant agencies and through the two offending makes up a small proportion We aim to do everything that can reasonably be done to protect people
lay advisers appointed to the Board. of all recorded crime it inevitably causes from known, dangerous offenders. We know that there is always room
Over the coming year the SMB will the greatest concern. Whilst risk can for improvement. I commend this annual report to you as an indication
oversee the detail of the proposed never be totally eliminated it can be of the commitment, skills and achievements of the professionals, and
changes and ensure that where required managed, with Public Protection a lay advisers, in managing and monitoring this essential, often difficult
changes are made to practice and priority for every agency involved in the area of business.
procedures. The review has also MAPPA arrangements. Through effective
proposed the development of a joint working between the agencies
community awareness programme concerned individualized plans for the Maria Eagle MP
Sue McAllister
aimed at providing improved child management of offenders can be drawn Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
West Midlands Area Manager
protection advice. The West Midlands together to reduce risk and manage
HM Prison Service
will be one of two areas involved in individuals within their community.
taking this forward with the scheme
managed by Barnados, and building
upon the successful Stop It Now
campaign.
INSIDE - MAPPA WALLCHART PAGE 4 & 5
What is MAPPA? by Paul Manning MAPPA Coodinator MAPPA and the Prison Service
by HMPS West Midlands Area Risk Manager Lorraine Mosson-Jones
THE WEST MIDLANDS PRISONS AREA includes prisons in Staffordshire,
MAPPA stands for Multi-Agency Public What about confidentiality? West Mercia, West Midlands, and has links with services and agencies in
Protection Arrangements. There are 19
Information shared at MAPPA panels is Warwickshire. In our prison area there are 12 public sector prisons in all:
sets of MAPPA panels in the West Midlands,
one for each Operational Command Unit confidential to the agencies represented and
(OCU) area (as defined by the police) will only be used as agreed for the
outside of Coventry, whilst the three local protection of the public. Birmingham Blakenhurst Brinsford
Coventry OCUs have merged their panel Brockhill Drake Hall Featherstone
meetings in one. Each agency represented is responsible for Hewell Grange Shrewsbury Stafford
ensuring the information and documentation Stoke Heath Swinfen Hall Werrington
A MAPPA panel is a regular meeting of are handled and stored securely.
agencies concerned with the identification,
risk assessment and risk management of Do victims have direct access to MAPPPs?
registered sex offenders, violent offenders
and other offenders who present the highest No - the meeting itself is confined to The Prison Service continues to be committed to the Multi-Agency Public
levels of risk of harm to the public. representatives from agencies and Protection Arrangements in the West Midlands area. The prisons in our area
organisations involved in MAPPA. However, have clearly identified senior managers with responsibility for public protection,
The purpose of the meeting is to enable the views and concerns of victims are
and have Risk Management Teams that manage those prisoners who present
information to be shared between the crucial in helping the agencies decide on
most risk. The Risk Management Teams ensure that the different departments
agencies so that the best possible the most appropriate strategies for
managing individual offenders, and within the prison work together and that information is shared effectively with
assessment of risk can be made in respect MAPPA in the community.
of these offenders. An agreed risk depending on the circumstances of the case
management plan is then developed for one or more of the MAPPA agencies - e.g.
Social Services, NSPCC, probation, police - During 2006-7 the Prison Service has been involved in two key pieces of work
each offender based on their risk.
will be able to represent the interests of to further protect the public in West Midlands area.
victims and to make their views known.
What is the legal authority for MAPPPs? (1) Offender Management: The Prison Service and Probation Service have
The Sex Offender Act 1997 required the Do offenders attend MAPPPs? worked very closely to implement a single, shared system for the
police to establish arrangements for management of offenders. Since November 2006, those offenders
assessing and managing the risk posed by No - again, the meeting itself involves only
the MAPPA agencies. Offenders' views will presenting the highest risk of serious harm to the public have been
registered sex offenders.
usually be known by police and/or managed under this new system. The new model means less duplication
The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act probation. They are informed that they are and brings a coherence and consistency to management of offenders
2000 placed a legal requirement on all areas being managed through a presenting a high risk. There will be improved information sharing
to establish Multi-Agency Public Protection multi-agency process, and key decisions between the two services resulting from this change in approach.
Panels in order to assess and manage about managing the risk they pose will
offenders who pose a high risk of serious usually be passed on to them by their
(2) Risk to Children: The Prison Service has been working closely with other
harm to the public. Police and Probation probation officer or the police offender
agencies involved in safeguarding children to develop an improved system
were defined as the Responsible Authority manager - unless this information is
sensitive and needs to be kept confidential for sharing information to protect children from those presenting a risk to
required to lead on this. them.
in order to protect known victims or the
The Criminal Justice Act 2003 has public at large.
re-enacted and strengthened the MAPPA
legislation, engaging the Prison Service as The Management Process
part of the Responsible Authority and
Since June 2004, a revised three tier system
placing a Duty to Cooperate with MAPPA on
has been implemented in the West Midlands
a range of other agencies and organisations.
to further ensure that the most dangerous
offenders receive the greatest degree of Keeping Victims at the heart of MAPPA
Who sits on MAPPPs? scrutiny and oversight:
Each panel is usually chaired by the OCU's PROBATION WEST MIDLANDS’ Area Victim Liaison Unit (AVLU) is continuing to
crime manager, a detective chief inspector, Level One – Ordinary Case Management protect victims of serious sexual and violent crime from future harm, while providing
who may share this responsibility with a a main link to the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).
Where offenders who do not require
probation district manager. Core members
formal multi-agency panel management are
are drawn from a number of departments of
dealt with by one or more agencies often At the heart of Public Protection work is the need to protect victims. The Criminal
the police, probation service and social
with police or probation taking a lead.
services. 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
Education, health, housing, the prison Level Two – Multi Agency Risk Action Victim Support and Victim Witness Care through what can be a lengthy and difficult
service and other professionals attend as Planning (MARAP) panel
appropriate to the individual cases under period of time.
discussion. Where identified offenders are actively
managed by lead agencies, with ‘added After conviction the AVLU will write to identified victims to offer the facility of
value’ intervention and support from a
What can a MAPPP panel do? contact and information. If willing, victims receive basic information covering the
multi-agency group.
A panel can advise particular agencies of offender’s progress whilst in custody and can have their views taken into account
action they might take to improve public Level Three – Multi Agency Public Protection by authorities which consider release on any form of licence. This can lead to
protection and effectively manage risk in Panel (MAPPP) additional licence conditions that may restrict direct contact or exclude offenders
individual cases. Usually the agencies from certain clearly defined geographical areas. Victim staff may continue to be
present will agree a range of measures, Where the highest level ‘risk of harm’
involved in the MAPPA process after the prisoner has been released and serve to
which collectively form a public protection offenders, often referred to as the ‘critical
plan. few’, usually requiring the most resource ensure that victim needs are taken into account when considering how best to
intensive responses are assessed, managed manage individuals within the community.
This might include, for example, restrictions and reviewed by all relevant agencies.
or controlling measures, accommodation, Under the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, the AVLU
supervision or treatment requirements,
has statutory responsibility for victim work in cases of serious sexual and violent
sharing of information, advice to the
offender or potential victims or co-ordination crime where the offender receives a prison sentence of 12 months or more.
of contact arrangements. 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
In addition, the police will discuss and violent offences, where offenders have been made the subject of hospital
applications for Sexual Offences Prevention
orders with restriction. The unit also undertakes work with some victims of sex
Orders with the panel. Panels are also a
forum for considering any form of public offenders not covered by this statutory obligation.
disclosure.
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.

AREA OF BUSINESS ACTIVITY PLANNED ACTIVITY (06/07) PROGRESS TO DATE

Practice development • Apply revised national guidance • Revised national guidance has been delayed and is due in
• Review Administrative support for MAPPA October 2007. Contributions have been made to an early
draft and offers to pilot new procedures made.
• Implement Youth Panel Policy
• Administrative support has been reviewed and some
additional support has been obtained.
• Policy has been implemented and is being rolled out
across all areas.

Diversity and Community Impact Issues • Reinforce links to Local Criminal Justice Board and its • The MAPPA plan has been presented to the Board but
diversity group work has not yet started with its diversity group.
• Ensure linkages to Local Authority Community Safety • A central event held for all LA Community Safety Reps was
Strategies held to highlight work of MAPPA.

Effective Risk management of High risk Offenders • Resources focussed according to risk levels • Resources have continued to be focussed on those
• Review information sharing with job Centre Plus assessed as potentially posing high levels of risk
• Develop Circles of Accountability and Support • 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.

Review audit arrangements for MAPPA operation • Monitor numbers at different levels • Numbers are monitored on a regular basis – see stats
• Case Audit section.
• Monitor attendance of partner agencies • Whilst cases are audited by individual agencies detailed
multi agency audit is not yet in place. Draft proposal has
• Monitor diversity profile of level 2/3 offenders
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.

Communications and Strategic Partnerships • To promote work of MAPPA and SMB to both internal and • Annual report distributed across the area with media
external audiences coverage and presentations made to a number of groups.
• Ensure effective partnerships with safeguarding boards Communications strategy agreed by SMB.
• Safeguarding (child Protection) a standing item on SMB
agenda. See article on page 6.

Training • To promote work of MAPPA and SMB to both internal and • Briefing events have been run for a variety of staff. The
external audiences area is also represented on a national committee aimed at
• Ensure effective partnerships with safeguarding boards promoting best practice / training and this will be further
developed over the coming year.

The role of a Sex Offender Manager by PC Jeff McIntosh, Sex Offender Manager
TO be regarded as a Registered Sex Offender a person address for any length of time. Again, failure to do this requirements and the impact in the local area.
must be convicted by a Court for a sexual offence. This leaves the offender liable to arrest. All MAPPA partners are there to work as a collective to the
may be a physical offence or a non-contact offence like same end, assess any risks presented and to work on a
inappropriate texting or downloading images. I strongly believe that my role as the local Sex Offender Risk Management plan which should not be seen as a
Manager is an important one, which is supported by the further punishment of the offender, but an achievable plan
Once a person has been convicted at Court their inclusion Violent and Sex Offender Joint Management Team as well set in place to protect the public.
on the sex offender register is then set by the sentence as the other Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangement
they receive from five years to life on the register. agencies. I know that this job can be frustrating, stressful and
intimidating, but I realise that the rewards outweigh all the
Once the offender has signed the register they have Although I am based at Handsworth Police station, every negatives. I get a real sense of achievement when I can
various obligations to meet. These are to register with the Operational Command Unit has its own Sex Offender use all the intelligence systems at our disposal to track
Police on release from custody or on conviction, to notify Managers. I work with another Officer and together we visit down unregistered offenders and keep the registered ones
the Police of any changes of names/addresses and to the Sex offenders in their homes and liaise with other on their toes. I have seen first hand the fallout a victim has
register in any case every year. If an offender fails to give Agency partners to manage the risk the offender poses to to endure after being the subject of sexual abuse; this
notification in three days, they will be liable to arrest the community. gives me the incentive to do the best I can, and to make
a difference.
Offenders must declare any foreign travel and under The local knowledge of the Sex Offender Manager is one
certain circumstances the offender must also notify the not to be overlooked. I am able to assist other Officers and
Police if he or she intends to be away from their home agencies, impart my knowledge of the offender, their
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangeme
West Midlands Police
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Operational Command
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Wednesbury
Kingstanding
Sedgley K1
Tipton D2
Walsall Rd
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THORNHILL Castle Vale
Kingswinford Dudley ROAD
Erdington
Holyhead Rd
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BRIERLEY HILL K2 Vyse St Shard End
Nechells Green
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F2 Ladywood Digbeth Green STECHFORD
J2 Quinton
Coventry Rd Solihull
ROSE North
Halesowen ROAD
Edward Rd BELGRAVE RD D3
Sparkhill Acocks
STOURBRIDGE Woodbridge Green
Rd E3
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My MAPPA contact is..........................................................................................

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

Keeping Communities Safe - Victim Support Help Line - Tel: 0845 303 0900 - Man
4 MAPPA annual report 2005 - 06
ents (MAPPA) in the West Midlands 06 - 07
The 21 Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels (MAPPPs)

Birmingham
Units (OCUs) D1 Operational Command Unit
Queens Road Police Station
E1 Operational Command Unit
Bournville Lane Police Station
F1 Operational Command Unit
Steelhouse Lane Police Station
Queens Road, Aston 341 Bournville Lane Steelhouse Lane
Public Protection Panel) Birmingham B6 7DN Birmingham B30 1QZ Birmingham B4 6NW

D2 Operational Command Unit E2 Operational Command Unit F2 Operational Command Unit


Lichfield Road Police Station Kings Heath Police Station Rose Road Police Station
Sutton Coldfield B74 2NR High Street, Kings Heath 53 Rose Road, Harborne
MAPPPs Birmingham B14 7SP Birmingham B17 9LL
D3 Operational Command Unit
key Stechford Police Station
338 Station Road
E3 Operational Command Unit
Belgrave Road Police Station
F3 Operational Command Unit
Thornhill Road Police Station
Operational Command Stechford Belgrave Road, Edgbaston Handsworth
Birmingham B33 8RR Birmingham B5 7BP Birmingham B21 9BT
Units
Other police stations
Erdington Homeless Offenders Resettlement Hamstead Road
Stuart Court, 73/75 Station Road Unit (HORU) 326/328 Hamstead Road
Erdington B23 6UG 11-15 Lower Essex Street B5 6SN Handsworth B20 2RA
Tel: 0121 248 5600 Tel: 0121 248 6460 Tel: 0121 248 6500
Probation Selly Oak Saltley Greencoat House
Units 826 Bristol Road 12 High Street
Saltley B8 1JR
259 Stratford Road
Sparkbrook B11 1QS
Selly Oak B29 6NA
Tel: 0121 248 6680 Tel: 0121 248 6150 Tel: 0121 248 5611

Perry Barr Harbourne Lower Essex Street


76 Walsall Road 4 Albany Road 18-28 Lower Essex Street
Birmingham B42 1SF Birmingham B17 9JX Birmingham B5 6SN
Tel: 0121 248 6340 Tel: 0121 248 6230 Tel: 0121 248 6400

Coventry Solihull
M1 Operational Command Unit M3 Operational Command Unit L Operational Command Unit
Little Park Street Police Station Stoney Stanton Police Station Solihull North Police Station
Little Park Street Stoney Stanton Road Ceolmund Crescent, Chelmsley Wood B37 5UB
Coventry CV1 2JX Coventry CV6 6DG Solihull Probation Unit
Homer Road, Solihull B91 3RD
M2 Operational Command Unit Coventry Probation Unit Tel: 0121 248 6849
Chace Avenue Police Station 70 Little Park Street
Chace Avenue, Willenhall, Coventry CV1 2UR East Birmingham Probation Unit
Coventry CV3 3PS Tel: 0247 663 0555 252 Mackadown Lane, Birmigham B33 0LQ
Tel: 0121 248 3660
M3
M1 STONEY STANTON Dudley
J1 Operational Command Unit J2 Operational Command Unit Stourbridge Probation Unit Dudley Probation Unit
Brierley Hill Police Station Halesowen Police Station 44 New Road Suite 5, Trafalgar House
LITTLE PARK STREET Bank Street, Brierley Hill Laurel Lane, Halesowen Stourbridge DY8 1PA 47-49 King Street, Dudley
DY5 3HD B63 3JA Tel: 01384 440682 DY2 8PS
Tel: 01384 326020
M2 Willenhall
Fletchamstead
CHACE AVENUE
Sandwell
K2 Operational Command Unit K1 Operational Command Unit West Bromwich Probation Unit
Smethwick Police Station West Bromwich Police Station 14-16 New Street
Piddock Road, Smethwick, New Street West Bromwich B70 7PN
Warley B66 3BW West Bromwich B70 7PJ Tel: 0121 533 4500

Walsall
bation West Midlands H1 Operational Command Unit H2 Operational Command Unit Walsall Probation Unit
Walsall Police Station Bloxwich Police Station Midland Road
ef Officer Green Lane Station Road Walsall, WS1 3QE
bation West Midlands Walsall WS2 8HL Bloxwich WS3 2PD Tel: 01922 721341

ctoria Square
mingham B1 1BD Wolverhampton
G1 Operational Command Unit G2 Operational Command Unit Wolverhampton Probation Unit
0121 248 6666 Wolverhampton Police Station Wednesfield Police Station Prue Earle House, Union Street,
Bilston Street, Wolverhampton Alfred Squire Road, Wednesfield Wolverhampton, WV1 3JS
ail: wm.enquiries@west-midlands.probation.gsx.gov.uk WV1 3AA Wolverhampton WV11 1XU Tel: 01902 576000
rnet: www.westmidlands-probation.gov.uk
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 Sharing Information by Sergeant Tessa Hawkes
Vulnerable Persons Unit If a high risk offender attends a Church, then the
WEST MIDLANDS POLICE have formed a new unit that will Disclosure may be made to the Church Child Protection
lead their response to extremely serious sexual crime and officer or Senior clergy, again to manage the offender’s
related incidents. activities. Everyone has a right to worship, but actually
where and how might need to be controlled.
The West Midlands Police Public Protection and Vulnerable
It is paramount that the public, including former victims
Persons Unit was formed in March 2007. It combines a
and potential victims are protected from high risk
number of previously existing teams that had responsibilities
offenders – not only sex offenders - but this needs to
in the vulnerability and safeguarding arenas. The teams have be carried out in a reasoned and controlled manner. In
been restructured and renamed, they are: many cases high profile features and ‘outings’ in the
national press only serve to force the offenders into
• Child, Adult, and Domestic Abuse Team hiding, to run away and change identities. ‘Missing’
offenders pose a far greater risk than those managed
• Violent and Sex Offender Joint Management Team
through the Multi agency Public Protection
• Child Exploitation Investigation Team
Arrangements.

The unit will represent the police at many forums, national There have been instances of large scale public
Sergeant Tessa Hawkes
groups, and multi-agency bodies. It also has the disorder with offenders homes being attacked and the
responsibility for conducting internal audits and thematic WHEN the public or sections of the public are told potential for injury and danger to many people, not only
about an individual’s previous conviction, this the offender. You may recall a while ago when the
reviews, and the completion of Serious Case Reviews across
information sharing process is known as ‘disclosure’. home of a paediatrician was attacked in the mistaken
its areas of responsibility.
belief that he was a paedophile.
The disclosure of information about high risk offenders
Detective Superintendent Hannon is clear about the aims of has always been an emotive issue and the decision to There are procedures and processes in place to ensure
the unit. She explains: “The unit will work In collaboration disclose someone’s previous history must always be disclosure is made appropriately, as one cannot just
with partners to reduce victimisation of vulnerable people. carefully considered. There is a balance between walk into a Police Station and ask if someone is a sex
protecting the public, protecting potential victims and offender. Any reference to disclosure must be made via
We will provide leadership, consultancy and promote best
perhaps controversially ‘protecting’ the offender. the Multi Agency Public Protection process, as this
practice to the 21 Operational Command Units that our force
ensures all of the relevant facts are known and
is divided into. This will be in relation to managing and If there is a pressing need and the disclosure is relevant discussed as well as how to manage the information.
investigating offenders, protecting children and adults, and proportionate then a persons previous convictions
investigating serious sexual offences and conducting serious can be disclosed to someone who is in a position to Disclosures are made on a regular basis to many
case reviews. manage the information. different people in order to assist in protecting the
public from high risk offenders.
For example; a disclosure may be made to any
“The links between the areas of responsibility we have are
employer, that employer would then need to be in a Tessa Hawkes
very clear, and by bringing them together we are reflecting
position to ensure that the offender was not placed in Sgt. Violent and Sex Offender
the view taken nationally by the police service and its multi- a position to place any person at risk. Joint Management Team
agency 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
Keeping the Public in Public Protection
is essential to effectively managing and reducing the risk that by Nigel Byford, Assistant Chief Officer Probation West Midlands
such offenders present to the public. The joint police and
ALTHOUGH MAPPA oversees work with all violent and sex offenders, a key area of public concern will
probation team is located at West Midlands Police
always be around those who have a propensity to offend against children. Every MAPPA panel therefore has
headquarters, and has proved to be very effective in
a representative from social services present so that any potential concerns can be identified, planned for
providing the support and co-ordination that is fundamental
and appropriate action taken. Senior Managers from Social Services and NSPCC sit on the Strategic
to the MAPPA process. Management Board (SMB) and Safeguarding (child protection) is a standing item for consideration.

“The co-location of teams from different public sector West Midlands MAPPA is also keen to promote the work of partner agencies such as the NSPCC, Barnados
agencies to address specific issues such as this is also an and Stop It Now in their work to promote public awareness. This is crucial to not only protect children from
emerging approach in Child Protection, and Neighbourhood those who may have offended in the past but also those who have not yet come to the attention of the
Policing; I believe that it has given us a great opportunity to authorities. As part of the Home Secretary’s review into the management of child sex offenders it was
understand the role of our partners, while using our joint announced that the West Midlands and Surrey would be pilot areas for a public awareness initiative led by
skills and experience to resolve issues and meet challenges Stop It Now! This work is aimed to increase public awareness about child safety and offender management
together.” 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 www.stopitnow.org.uk or
contact office@stopiitnow.org.uk or call 01527 598 184
Lay Advisers by Martin Burnett, MAPPA Lay Adviser Joined up working to
protect children
MAPPA is all about protecting the is protected are accountable to own particular professional skills
by Steve Morgan HM Prison Service West Midlands
public from the dangers posed by the public for how that is done. and experience, Jacqui and I have
and Tina Wakfer Social Care Birmingham
violent and sexual offenders. a wider brief, looking at the
A WEST MIDLANDS Regional working party was established to
For that accountability to be business of protecting the public
improve effective understanding between Social Care, Police,
Those people and agencies who properly earthed there is a legal from a different perspective – that
Probation, Prison and Youth Offending Services. The focus was
are part of MAPPA and who have requirement for each MAPPA area of the public at large. The Lay upon each agencies assessment and information sharing on
the duty to make sure the public to have members of the public, Adviser is not, and does not offenders felt to pose a risk to children with a view to streamlining
known as Lay Advisers, who are pretend to be, a Probation Officer, processes.
involved in the process of making a Social Worker or a member of
Autumn 2007 sees the launch of the Persons Presenting a
these vital decisions. the Police Force, and so can look
Risk to Children (PPRC) West Midlands Region Multi Agency
at these issues with a fresh pair of
Guidance Manual. This manual sets out the roles and responsibility
In the West Midlands there are eyes. of each agency in the identification and assessment of those
two Lay Advisers - Jacqui Francis identified to pose a risk to children.
and myself. We play a full part in With this public perspective as
The manual has already attracted interest from local authorities in
all meetings and decisions of the part of the process of making
other regions, Prison Service HQ and the Probation Service at a
Strategic Management Board, these important choices, we
national level.
and are involved with the Serious believe that MAPPA can be more
Case Review Sub Committees. effective in its job of protecting This working group was unique in its wide representation of
the public from the very real agencies and geographical spread, as well as in the terms of
While the professionals involved dangers of sexual and violent reference. The success of the group reflects the knowledge, skills
and commitment of the individuals involved and the drive from all
Martin Burnett in MAPPA bring with them their crime.
agencies to improve working together practices.

MAPPA Conference a great success by Inspector David Murcott


ON TUESDAY 21st November West focus on those that have directly
Midlands Police hosted a very impacted upon this area in the last
successful ‘Multi Agency Public twelve months.
Protection Arrangements’ (MAPPA)
conference for over 200 delegates Lisa-Marie Smith, the force’s Deputy
from appropriate agencies across the Solicitor, provided additional
whole force area. information on the above topics, to
support the previous speakers and
Superintendent Philip Ball, head of specific information concerning court
Force Community Safety Bureau orders that are available to control
(FCSB), chaired the event and guest the behaviour of sex offenders.
speakers with a national perspective
provided valuable information on a Workshops were also held to enable
number of topics: greater interaction between
delegates interested in the specific
Professor Gill MacKenzie, a visiting areas of: offender housing;
professor from De Montfort inappropriate sexual behaviour;
University in Leicestershire, mental health and risk of harm;
presented ‘Risk of Harm’, which managing risk.
addressed the difficult issue of
balancing the offender’s human The event was organised by police
rights with the much broader need to and probation officers and staff in
protect the public. the Public Protection and Vulnerable
Persons Unit, which is part of FCSB
Dr Heather Simmons, a Consultant in Lloyd House on behalf of the
Psychiatrist, from Kent Psychiatric Strategic Management Board.
Services, presented ‘Mental Health
and MAPPA’, which provided Superintendent Philip Ball said after
valuable information on how the two the event: “This was an ideal
are linked, and addressed issues opportunity for representatives of all
concerning the disclosure of agencies to meet and discuss the
information from one to the other. very important issues affecting the
Multi Agency Public Protection
Nigel Byford, Assistant Chief Officer, Arrangements. I am delighted with
West Midlands Probation Area, who the very positive feedback and it is
chairs the MAPPA Strategic clear that MAPPA in this area is
The MAPPA Conference
Management Board (SMB), provided beginning to receive the attention it
an overview of relevant issues from deserves."
around the country, with specific
MAPPA 06 - 07

WEST MIDLANDS
West Midlands

MULTI AGENCY PUBLIC PROTECTION ARRANGEMENTS


ANNUAL REPORT 2006-07

MAPPA Stats for 2006 – 2007 Statistical Commentary


i) Registered Sex Offenders: This figure relates to RSOs living in v) Foreign Travel Orders : A further civil order from the SOA 2003 discussions for just the very small number of eligble cases.
the community in this area as at 31st March 2007. The numbers seeking to prevent Registered Sex Offenders travelling abroad to
have again decreased, by just under 4% against last year’s target potential victims overseas. There has been a significant decrease in total Level 2 cases of
recorded figures (1925). The difference from last year again over 187 (24%) against last years Level 2 figures. Total eligible
appears to be due to several factors. Firstly is that vi) Violent and other sexual offenders : This total is to record those MAPPA cases increased by only 25 (less than 1%). This year we
many will have been returned to custody for breach of offenders convicted to 12 months or more incarceration for have thus discussed 23% of eligible cases at panel compared to
licence/order requirements during the year and secondly that specified violent or non-registerable sex offences, who are now 29% last year.
almost 10 years after the introduction of Registration more RSO’s subject to community supervision by Probation, Youth Offending
will have reached the end of original registration periods. Teams and Mental Health Services. The 12.7% increase both There has been a significant decrease in registered sex
reflects better information gathering from YOT sources and a rise offenders who have been discussed at local Level 2 panels and a
ii) Breaches of registration requirements : There has been a in the number of offenders receiving community licence slightly greater number of Violent offenders under discussion
decrease of 48 cases against last years figure (147). However supervision following incarceration of 12 months or more compared to past years. This is because during the year we have
this still illustrates the preparedness of Criminal Justice Staff during the year. continued to apply local criteria protocol to ensure that we
including Police, CPS and Court Service to enforce Registration remove any inappropriate cases discussed at Level 2 so that
requirements. It again demonstrates the continuing effectiveness vii) Other Offenders : This figure has increased from last year panel meetings continue to offer efficient and effective risk
of a robust approach to the management of registered offenders, (16).This continues to reflect our understanding and assessment and risk management.
the continuing majority of whom (99.4% in WM Police Area) implementation of the guidance definition which is that offender
remain fully compliant with the requirements of the Sexual must have past relevant MAPPA type conviction for violence or ix) Breaches and further offending: (a) a predominantly similar
Offences Act 2003. sexual offending and be seen to pose significant risk of number of MAPPA offenders were returned to custody for breach
serious harm, yet not be subject to current sex offender of licence this year(3 less than 2006), suggesting vigilance and
iii) Sexual Offences Prevention Orders : These replaced both Sex registration or licence supervision. effective offender management in dealing with breaches in
Offender Orders and Restraining Orders with effect from 1st May agreed licence conditions. (b) There has been double the number
2005. There have also been further related civil orders made viii) Offenders managed through MAPPA panels at Level 3 or 2: This of those returned to custody for breaching Civil Sexual Offences
available to the police via courts. The total number imposed has figure counts the number of relevant offenders who have been Prevention Orders (last year 2) still suggesting that most
again increased significantly from last year (31). within the community at some stage during the recording period offenders are becoming more familiar and compliant with MAPPA
This is due to both an increase in applications for such orders by This year’s figures have been changed to include counts for both requirements and better managed under such systems. (c) The
local Police districts as well as an increasing trend for courts to types of local MAPPA panel. As mentioned within last year’s number of individuals convicted of further serious offences
impose them during sentencing exercises. report, the breakdown of area figures have altered substantially remains the same as last year. Although 1 was recorded in the
following significant work locally to focus resources and target report this was an error and it was agreed with the Home Office
iv) Notification Orders : This is a new civil order available under the responses appropriately based upon rigorous risk assessment to clarify this in this year’s report. Any serious offending is
Sexual Offences Act 2003 for sex offenders with no relevant and robust risk management. regrettable but local arrangements continue to minimise the risk
convictions within England and Wales but relevant posed by those under MAPPA arrangements.
and related convictions abroad. Our application for 2 this year This year at Level 3 we have discussed a total of 31 relevant
shows our vigilance in ensuring that those convicted abroad will offenders, a drop of almost 33% compared to last year’s total
be subject to registration here in the UK. figure(46). This shows vigilance in maintaining Level 3

MAPPA Statistics for 2006 - 2007


Registered Sex Offenders (RSO) as at 31st March 2007 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
Per Operational Command Unit (OCU)
Birmingham
D1 119 ii) The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who viii) The number of offenders in each of the three categories managed
were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirements

Editor: Gavin Pearce - Senior Communications Officer Probation /30171 West Midlands Police 2007
D2 88 through the MAPPP level 3 and Level 2 inter-agency panels
D3 127 between 1st April 2005 and 31st March 2006 - 99 between 1st April 2006 and 31st March 2007
E1 117
E2 78 Level 3 Level 2
E3 83
F1 40 iii) The number of Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) applied RSO 18 381
F2 79 for and granted between 1st April 2005 and 31st March 2007 V&O 9 180
F3 61 a) Applied for 61 OthO 4 27
Wolverhampton b) Number of interim orders granted 4
G1 78 c) Number of full SOPOs imposed 61
G2 128 ix) Of the cases managed through viii) during this reporting year the
numbers that were
Walsall
iv) The number of Notification Orders applied for and granted between
H1 79
1st April 2006 and 31st March 2007 Level 3 Level 2
H2 80
a) Applied for 2
Dudley a) Returned to custody for breach of licence
b) Interim Orders made 2
J1 95 c) Full Notification Orders 2 7 99
J2 84
Sandwell b) Returned to custody for breach of Restraining Order
K1 99 or Sexual Offences Prevention Order
K2 117 v) The number of Foreign Travel Orders made between 1st April 2006
and 31st March 2007 2 2
Solihull
L 104 a) Applied for 0
b) Granted 0 c) Charged with a serious violent or sexual offence
Coventry 0 2
M1 72
M2 62 The number of Category 2 MAPPA Offenders: Violent Offenders and
M3 60 other sexual offenders (V&OS) living in the area between 1st April 2006
Total: 1850 and 31st March 2007 - 807