MAPPA

M U LT I - A G E N C Y PUBLIC Ministerial Foreword by Baroness Scotland
THE work being undertaken to improve the safety of communities through the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) is vitally important and a priority for government. The annual reports for 2004/5 provide evidence of that active engagement. Violence and sexual abuse are unacceptable wherever they occur and it is evident that through MAPPA such offenders are identified and better managed than ever before. As the number of offenders within MAPPA continues to grow as expected there is clear evidence that the Responsible Authority, that is the local police, probation and the Prison Service, is addressing these additional demands by strengthening local partnerships, using new statutory powers to restrict the behaviour of offenders, returning offenders to custody where they breach their licence or order, and using the findings of research and inspection to strengthen national guidance and local practice. Although it is never possible completely to eliminate the risk posed by dangerous offenders, MAPPA is helping to ensure that fewer people are re-victimised. The active implementation of the Criminal Justice Act (2003) during the last year has clearly enhanced the ability of a number of agencies including health, social services and housing to work collaboratively with the Responsible Authority in assessing and managing those sexual and violent offenders in our communities who pose the highest risk of serious harm. For the continued success of MAPPA this collaboration together with the scrutiny of policy and practice must become the hallmark of these arrangements. Similarly MAPPA must integrate with other public protection mechanisms dealing with child abuse, domestic abuse and racial abuse. For me one of the most exciting developments in this arena in the last 12 months has been the appointment of lay advisers to assist the Responsible Authority in the oversight of the arrangements. As ordinary members of the public these lay advisers represent a diverse, able and committed group of people who are now helping the statutory agencies to oversee the work being undertaken through MAPPA and communicate with the public more effectively. Without a growing sense of public knowledge and confidence about this work much of the benefits of the public protection arrangements will be lost. I hope this annual report will be useful, informative and re-assuring to local communities. The agencies and individuals who have contributed to the achievement of MAPPA locally are to be commended.

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ARRANGEMENTS

PROTECTION

Keeping Communities Safe
SEXUAL and violent offences are 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. Public Protection and Community Reassurance are a priority for every agency involved in Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) in the West Midlands. Although serious, violent and sexual offending makes up a small proportion of all recorded crime, it inevitably causes the greatest concern. The communities of the West Midlands should feel confident and reassured that through our strong partnerships approach and stringent management of offenders we are reducing crime and making our communities safer. Our fourth Annual Report on MAPPA outlines the positive progress that we continue to make and underlines the accountability and transparency of the multi-agency approach to managing violent, sexual and dangerous offenders in the community and reducing risk to the public. Our partnership has been strengthened by the addition of the Prison Service as a member of the Responsible Authorities and their inclusion is helping to further develop and improve the MAPPA in the region as a result. Effective partnership working is the key to Public Protection and the development of a Duty to Co-operate protocol with agencies other than the Responsible Authority has formalised and strengthened existing arrangements. Improvements that we have made to some of the systems in place to assess and manage sexual and violent offenders have enabled us to focus on the highest risk category of offender and concentrate even more on those ‘critical few’. By tightening criteria for the high risk group we have enlarged the membership of the second tier and drawn upon local agencies’ contribution to the management of offenders being dealt with at this level. The changes we have made ensure that we focus our time and efforts to the best effect in accordance with the type of risk posed by individual offenders. The MAPPA Strategic Management Board (SMB) has continued to scrutinise and review existing arrangements to ensure we have a rigorous and robust approach. The role and purpose of the SMB will be further strengthened by the development of a Three Year Strategic Plan which will provide clear strategic guidance to all the agencies involved in MAPPA supported by prioritised delivery plans. Progress against the Strategic Plan will be updated upon in next year’s report. This report reflects the contributions made by all of the agencies involved in MAPPA and how the West Midlands area continues to deliver a high quality service. We will continue to explore new ways of working together more effectively and to face the challenges of public protection work with a determination and commitment which demonstrates that protecting all our communities will always be of paramount importance.

Hilary Thompson Chief Officer West Midlands Probation Area

Paul Scott-Lee Chief Constable West Midlands Police

Baroness Scotland
Minister of State for Criminal Justice and Offender Management

Bryan Payling HM Prison Service Manager for West Midlands Region

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What is MAPPA?
MAPPA stands for Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements. There are 21 MAPPPs (Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels) in the West Midlands, one for each Operational Command Unit (OCU) area (as defined by the police). A MAPPP 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. with the panel, Panels are also a forum for considering any form of public disclosure.

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.

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.

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 reenacted 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.

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.

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:

Tougher sentences for high risk offenders
VIOLENT and sexual offenders could be jailed indefinitely following changes to the way high risk offenders are managed. The new ‘Public Protection’ sentences will provide Courts with the option of indeterminate sentences for offenders convicted of serious violence or sexual assault. In additon there will be sentences which will subject these offenders to far longer periods of supervision in the community. During the last year the future management of High Risk Offenders has been significantly impacted by new proposals put forward through the Criminal Justice System and subsequently the new Criminal Justice Act 2003. Under the new proposals the work of the Prison Service and Probation Service will become more effectively linked with the introduction of ‘Offender Managers’ who will oversee the case from Court through to release on licence back into the community. This seamless approach to offender management will also involve greater participation by the voluntary and independent sector. There will be a clear focus on targeting resources upon those who present the highest level of risk in terms of re-offending or causing serious harm to the community. A Regional Offender Manager will have oversight of all custodial and community offender provision and commission services from agencies with the clear aim of reducing re-offending. These developments will come into being alongside new sentencing provision within the Criminal Justice Act 2003, which applies to offences committed after 4th April 2005. The Parole Board will have a key role to play in assessing risk for those under consideration for release and therefore the role of MAPPA will be crucial to this process.

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 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

Level One - Single Agency Intervention
Where offenders who do not require multiagency 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;

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New appointment strengthens MAPPA
THE development of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) has continued to flourish over the past 12 months with the appointment of a full-time Coordinator within the West Midlands Area. Based at the Joint Public Protection Unit at West Midlands Police HQ, MAPPA Coordinator Paul Manning (pictured), a Senior Probation Officer, provides professional support and advice to colleagues across a range of agencies, which include Probation, Police, Youth Offending Teams, Health, Housing, Education, Social Services and Prisons. Paul says: “The new position is seen as a key role in an area as large as the West Midlands where there is a need to develop consistency of operation, identify and share good practice and formulate common systems and procedures.” Working alongside Police colleagues, Paul manages a small Probation team which provides risk assessments to support the management of offenders deemed to pose some significant risk of harm to the public. Paul’s role is also connected to equivalent roles and posts in neighbouring counties and across the country, as well as providing a central point of reference for national contacts with the Home Office in London. Paul has significantly contributed to the focusing of local MAPPA attention upon the small number of individuals considered to pose the most potential risk of harm to the public, sometimes known as the Critical Few or Level Three, which has been another achievement during the past year. These cases are discussed within Multi Agency Public Protection Panels (MAPPPs) across the 21 Police operational command units (OCUs) within the West Midlands Area. Paul intends to contribute to enhancing public protection within the area, thus seeking to build public confidence and reassurance.

Lay Advisors - the public’s ‘eyes and ears’
THE involvement of Lay Advisors in the Strategic Management Board (SMB) continues to be successful as they are seen as a critical component for training staff, improving Probation West Midlands practices and ensuring that procedures are consistently followed. West Midlands Lay Advisor Jacqui Francis is passionate about her role and sees advisors as “critical friends” who are “the eyes and ears of the public”. She explains: “I’m always questioning and challenging the SMB on behalf of the public. For example – ‘Is there a better way to say this? How would you explain this to a man or woman in the street?’. “At the SMB we have discussed the best way to target our resources and to identify employees’ training needs. We identify the common practices that are required to ensure everyone is following the same procedures. “We are committed to sharing best practice with other lay advisors from across the region. For example, I recently combined with other Lay Advisors to run a workshop for MAPPA representatives.” Jacqui is already looking to the future. She says: “I’m aware that an Annual Report is supposed to look back at what has been achieved but I want to look forward. I intend to visit a local Multi Agency Pubic Protection Panel (MAPPP) meeting which is Chaired by a Police Crime Manager for that area, known as an Operation Command Unit (OCU). Core members of the meeting are the police, probation social services and housing. The experience would better inform my discussions with the Strategic Management Board.”

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Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrange

West Midlands Police Operational Command
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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: 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

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Prison Service Regional Office Tel: 01743 284560

Chief Officer Probation West M 1 Victoria Square Birmingham B1 1BD Tel: E-mail: Internet:

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Victim Support Help Line - Tel

ements (MAPPA) in the West Midlands
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

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F1 Operational Command Unit Steelhouse Lane Police Station Steelhouse Lane Birmingham B4 6NW

MAPPPs

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

F2 Operational Command Unit Rose Road Police Station 53 Rose Road Harborne Birmingham B17 9LL

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

F3 Operational Command Unit Thornhill Road Police Station Handsworth Birmingham B21 9BT

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

M3 M1
STONEY STANTON

Dudley
J1 Operational Command Unit Brierley Hill Police Station Bank Street Brierley Hill DY5 3HD

LITTLE PARK STREET

J2 Operational Command Unit Halesowen Police Station Laurel Lane Halesowen B63 3JA

Stourbridge PPT 44 New Road Stourbridge DY8 1PA Tel: 01384 440682

Fletchamstead CHACE AVENUE

M2

Willenhall

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

Midlands

Wolverhampton
G1 Operational Command Unit Wolverhampton Police Station Bilston Street Wolverhampton WV1 3AA

Midlands

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

248 6650 nquiries@west-midlands.probation.gsx.gov.uk 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 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.

l: 0845 303 0900

Managing Risk through MAPPA
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Hi-tech Violent and Sex Offender Register
A NEW nationwide intelligence database that provides current profiles of offenders is to be used by the police and probation services. The Violent and Sex Offender Register (ViSOR) will provide both agencies with a national register to assess and manage sex offenders, as well as violent offenders and others that may cause serious harm to the public. ViSOR is designed to facilitate the management and tracking of violent and sex offenders. Within the West Midlands it is currently only available to the police, but over the next few years the National Offender Management Service (probation and prisons) will have a complete national and up to date picture of the offenders they need to manage. For example, this means intelligence added by a probation officer in Birmingham will become immediately available to a police officer making a routine visit to an offender in Bournemouth. The Sexual Offences Act places a joint responsibility on the police and probation services, as well as the prison service, to jointly manage these categories of offenders. The ViSOR system fully supports the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements.

Case Study: Linking MAPPA in Prisons to the Community
NEW arrangements which link MAPPA work in prisons to the community have produced positive results thanks to effective management of offenders and sustained and positive communication. In this case study, a man was located at HMP Birmingham following a breach of his parole licence. He had a previous history of sexual offending, committed against victims on a random basis. He had already been identified as a most serious offender requiring multi-agency cooperation to actively manage the risks he presented. The prison acted in a number of ways to manage the man: a) Collecting and sharing information b) Assessment and c) Treatment. information internally within the various prison departments. This ensured that relevant departments were aware of the man’s level of risk so that they could monitor and manage him appropriately. He was also discussed at the prison’s own Risk Management Team meeting. the man for a further period of time so that specialist assessment could be facilitated and to limit possible further delays to the process by him moving to another prison outside of the area. Meanwhile, the prison’s Health Care Services liaised with external psychological/ psychiatric services to progress the assessment. The prison then submitted reports and assessments to the parole board to support decisions the board would make about his release.

Outside the prison

MAPPA came to the fore by supporting the Public Protection Co-ordinator who collated and disseminated information externally through the MAPPA process and liaised particularly with the supervising probation area. Meanwhile, the Public Protection Coordinator presented information gathered within the prison to a community-based MAPPA meeting.

Treatment

Assessment

Information Sharing Within the prison

The prison’s own Public Protection Co-ordinator collated and disseminated

After evaluation it was agreed that further specialist medical reports were required to assess the man’s treatment needs for the remainder of his sentence or any further licence period. The prison agreed to hold

The prison is now involved in further reviews of the man’s case and liaison with other agencies to determine his specific treatment needs in relation to his offending and his behaviour and to determine the most effective means of delivering that treatment.

Case Study - Effective Partnership Work
A 40 YEAR OLD man completed his licence period without being recalled to prison for the first time in his long criminal past following effective partnership work by MAPPA agencies. The man had a history of being in and out of prison. As a result he had become very institutionalised and had great difficulties living in the community as he had always depended upon his brother who was in prison and committed crime to survive within the community. His situation was made worse by his strong reliance upon drink and drugs, whilst his behaviour was difficult and frequent threats were made to Probation and Police Officers. As a result of these factors he was regarded as an offender who represented a significant risk of harm. His Probation Officer worked very closely with Police and the local Community Alcohol and Drug Action Teams to address his substance misuse. These actions, along with the involvement of other MAPPA partners helped him to avoid a return to prison life.

Prison Service inclusion in MAPPA seen as vital
THE INCLUSION of the prison Service as part of the Responsible Authority with police and probation in each of the 42 Areas across England and Wales is one of the important ways in which the Criminal Justice Act (2003) has strengthened the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). The Prison Service has been given this enhanced role in recognition of the important part it plays in protecting the public by keeping offenders in custody; helping them to address the causes of their offending behaviour; and by undertaking other work to assist their successful resettlement. As part of the Responsible Authority the Prison Service is now represented on each of the Strategic Management Boards (SMBs) in the 42 Areas. The Prison estate is configured differently from Police/Probation areas in that its establishments are contained within only 12 geographical areas and two functional areas; the High Security estate, and Contracted Prisons. For this reason arrangements for Prison Service representation on SMBs vary across the country, but each Prison Service Area Manager has entered into an agreement with the SMBs on how the Service will contribute both strategically and operationally to the MAPPA. The main focus of the Prison Service contribution is at an operational level. A number of measures have been put in place across the prison estate to ensure that this will be effective and result in: • Prompt identification of MAPPA offenders so that their details can be used in sentence planning arrangements, including interventions to manage and reduce risk • Regular monitoring of the behaviour of those assessed as presenting the highest risk, and sharing information with police and probation colleagues • All relevant risk management information being provided to multi agency meetings which help plan an offender’s release • At least three months notification to police and probation of the expected release dates of those offenders who have been referred to the multi-agency public protection panel (MAPPP), and at least six weeks notification of those being managed at level 2 risk meetings • No changes to release dates or arrangements being made without prior consultation with police and probation Playing an effective role in the multi-agency risk management of MAPPA offenders requires good communication between criminal justice partners. In response to this the Prison Service has taken steps to ensure that there are dedicated points of contact for public protection at both Area level and in every prison establishment, and that these are published together with police and probation contacts to ensure better communication across the Responsible Authority. With the ever increasing MAPPA population and proportion of those received into prison likely to grow with the introduction of the new public protection sentences, the inclusion of the Prison Service as part of the Responsible Authority will continue to be vital in protecting the public.

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The work of the Training And Development Sub Committee
A GROUP of experts has formed to assist professionals within the public protection arena to identify, deal with and manage risks posed by offenders. The West Midlands Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) Training and Development Sub Committee is coordinating training for all member agencies in all aspects of MAPPA. It aims to help public protection professionals to identify the risk an offender poses and how best to manage that risk.

a conference in Birmingham, while also attending combined conferences in Europe. The Birmingham conference was organised by West Midlands MAPPA with funding provided by the EC, under the DAPHNE project and was attended by delegates from Belgium and Eire. Delegates addressed the behaviour of juvenile sex offenders and followed it up with reciprocal arrangements for conferences in Antwerp and Dublin where members of the West Midlands MAPPA were invited to make presentations. Training has been delivered by the Lucy Faithful Foundation, a charity concerned with the management and treatment of sex offenders.

The committee, which is made up of representatives from the police, probation, social services, education, Youth Offending Service and the NSPCC, has been busy over the past twelve months organising

Meanwhile, risk assessment training for local managers continues to be updated and most recently the introduction of ViSOR (the Violent and Sex Offenders Register) to West Midlands Police has identified an ongoing training requirement. ViSOR considerably enhances the ability of all agencies to manage violent and sex offenders wherever they might travel within the United Kingdom and there is a considerable training commitment to enable its effective use. The MAPPA Strategic Management Board is undertaking a multi agency training needs analysis and the committee will ensure that all training is delivered efficiently, effectively and economically.

Key Aims for Public Protection
The WEST Midlands MAPPA Strategic Management Board (SMB) is engaging in a planning process that will assist in identifying and prioritising its strategic aims and objectives over the next three years.

The SMB is made up of senior representatives from the Responsible Authorities (Police, Probation, and Prison Service) and other agencies including Social Services, Health, Education, Housing and Youth Offending Services. They meet regularly to consider how the public protection arrangements for the area are being implemented, has concentrated on the development of the multi-agency policy and procedures aimed at continuously improving the local Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel (MAPPP) service delivery. They are also responsible for monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of local MAPPPs. The SMB Strategic Plan will focus on its strategy for MAPPA Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Partnership Development, Communication and Training. The Strategic Plan will be supported by the SMB sub-groups who will be responsible for overseeing the actioning of specific
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delivery plans in each of the key strategic areas. The Plan will help ensure a consistent and structured approach to the development of MAPPA through the planning process and its implementation which will adapt the principles and techniques of the Police

Intelligence Model, while at the same time being responsible for driving the work of the SMB over the next three years. A summary of the plan and progress made against it will form part of next year’s 2005/06 Annual Report.

The work of the Policy & Procedure Sub Committee
THE POLICY and Procedure Sub Committee has produced an information leaflet which has been produced and distributed to front line staff explaining the purpose and operation of the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). Additionally, an information leaflet has also been produced explaining the work of local accommodation floating support schemes, which provide additional support for offenders in helping them sustain accommodation as part of an overall offender management plan. Work has also continued in collaboration with regional colleagues in respect of information sharing protocols between agencies and specifically between the Police, Prison and Probation Service to ensure effective management of those prisoners released on licence and, where necessary, speedier recall to prison. Furthermore, work has begun on developing a media protocol aimed at developing working relationships with the local media especially in connection with high risk offenders.

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)
What is MAPPA ?
MAPPA stands for Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements. There are MAPPPs covering each of the 21 Operational Command Units (OCUs) in the West Midlands. A MAPPP (Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel) is a regular meeting of agencies concerned with the management of registered sex offenders, and other dangerous 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 the risk they present.
The Criminal Justice Act 2003 places a legal requirement on all areas to establish MultiAgency Public Protection Panels in order to assess and manage the risk posed by relevant sexual and violent offenders. Police, probation and prisons are the lead agencies.
This might include, for example, restrictions or control, accommodation, supervision or treatment requirements, sharing of information or advice to the offender or potential victims. 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.

Who sits on MAPPPs ?
Responsiblity for chairing the panels is shared by the OCU’s crime manager and the probation district manager. The other core panel member is the social services department. Education, health, housing, the prison service, the Youth Offending Service and other professionals attend as appropriate to the individual cases under discussion.

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.

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.

What is the legal authority for MAPPPs ?
The Sex Offender Act 1997 requires the police to establish arrangements for assessing and managing the risk posed by registered sex offenders.

Do offenders or victims have access to MAPPPs ?
No - the panel itself is confined to representatives from agencies and organisations involved in MAPPA. Relevant agencies will normally be able to represent the interest and concerns of both victims and offenders.

Information Leaflet
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MAPPA Stats for 2004 - 2005 Statistical Commentary
i) Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs): Changes
to the number of offences under which offenders become Registered Sex Offenders has contributed to an increase in the number since last year. As the registration period itself can last a long time the numbers will continue to show an increase as deregistration will occur at a slower rate.

vi) Violent and other sexual offenders: This

ii) Breaches of registration requirements:

The reducing trend seen last year continues, showing a drop from last year’s figure (62). Based on the current number of RSOs this is both a large numerical and percentage drop. This again illustrates the continuing effectiveness of a robust approach to the management of registered offenders, the continuing majority of whom fully comply with the requirements of the Sexual Offences Act.

total is to record those offenders sentenced to 12 months or more imprisonment for specified violent or non-registerable sex offences, who have been subject to community licence supervision by Probation, Youth Offending Teams and Mental Health Services within the last year. The substantial drop from last year’s figures(1984) reflects the fact that this figure now only counts those out in the community.

reduction on last year’s total figure(572). However the majority of the difference, plus newly some registered sex offenders have now been discussed at local Level 2 panels. Work continues to ensure that this total number (664) continues to be subject to efficient and effective risk assessment and risk management.

ix) Breaches and further offending: (a) A

vii) Other Offenders: This figure has dropped

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.

from last year(46) by more than 55%. This reflects a more robust understanding and implementation of the guidance definition. This is that an offender must have a past relevant MAPPA conviction for violence or sexual offending, yet not be subject to current registration or licence supervision but be seen to still pose significant risk of serious harm to the public.

viii) Offenders managed through MAPPA

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.

v) Foreign Travel Orders: A further civil order

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. The unit also undertakes work with some victims of sex offenders not covered by this statutory obligation.

1. Category 1 MAPPA offenders: i) Registered Sex Offenders (RSO) as at 31st March 2005 ia) The number of RSOs per 100,000 head of population ii) The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirements between March 04 and 1st April 05

2158 82

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iii) The number of Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) applied for and granted between 1st May 2004 and 31st March 2005 a) Applied for 4 b) Number of interim orders granted 2 c) Number of full SOPOs imposed. 5 iv) The number of Notification Orders applied for and granted between 1st May 2004 and 31st March 2005 a) Applied for 1 b) Interim Orders made 0 c) Full Notification Orders 1 v) The number of Foreign Travel Orders made between 1st May 2004 and 31st March 2005. a) Applied for b) Granted

0 0

vi) The number of Category 2 MAPPA Offenders: Violent Offenders and other sexual offenders (V&OS) living in the area between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2005 516 vii) The number of Category 3 MAPPA Offenders : Other Offenders living in the area between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2005 21 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 2004 and 31st March 2005 Level 3 Level 2 RSO 31 592 V&O 13 53 OthO 2 19 ix) Of the cases managed through viii) during this reporting year the numbers that were Level 3 Level 2 a) Returned to custody for breach of licence 12 56 b) Returned to custody for breach of Restraining Order or Sexual Offences Prevention Order 1 0 c) Charged with a serious violent or sexual offence 1 1

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from the SOA 2003 seeking to prevent Registered Sex Offenders travelling abroad to target potential victims overseas.

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 risk management. This year we have discussed a total of 46 relevant offenders at level 3, a substantial

larger number of MAPPA offenders were returned to custody for breach of licence this year (compared with 32), suggesting vigilance and effective offender management in dealing with breaches in agreed licence conditions. (b) There has been a significant drop in those returned to custody for breaching Civil Sex Offender Orders (last year 5) suggesting that offenders are becoming more familiar and compliant with MAPPA requirements and better managed under such systems. (c) The number of individuals convicted for further serious offences is the same as last year (2) against a 24% increase in numbers locally managed under MAPPA.