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MAPPA Annual Report 2002

1. Introduction

On 1 April 2001 sections 67 & 68 of the Criminal Justice & Court Services Act 2000
placed a duty on the Police and Probation Services to make joint arrangements for
the assessment and management of the risks posed by sexual, violent and other
offenders who may cause serious harm to the public.

The statutory requirement builds on multi-agency arrangements that have existed

for several years in Dorset for the assessment and management of those who pose
a serious risk of harm to the public. Multi-agency protocols agreed by Police,
Probation, Health, Housing and Social Services for the assessment and
management of sex offenders and other potentially dangerous offenders have been
revised to take account of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000.

The established system for multi agency conferences on sexual and violent
offenders and other offenders who pose a serious risk of harm to the public has
been revised. There is now a two tier structure. Multi Agency Public Protection
Panels (MAPPPs) consider the most serious cases, where the risk of serious harm
is considered to be imminent. Risk Assessment and Management Panels (RAMPs)
consider cases requiring multi agency involvement but harm is not considered to be

This annual report provides details of local arrangements and gives contact points
for any additional enquiries including agencies other than Police and Probation.

2. Summary of roles and responsibilities

In this first year steps have been risk to a specific child is identified, A member of the Dorset Forensic
taken both to consolidate and to a child protection conference is Team attends RAMPs on patients
extend the local arrangements required unless the risk is who are currently under the
made for public protection, in line immediately alleviated by the caseload of the Dorset Forensic
with guidance issued by the intervention of Social Services Team. A member of the Dorset
Secretary of State. Recognising and it is evident that there is no Forensic Team also attends
that better public protection can continuing risk. RAMPs on individuals who are
only be achieved through currently not engaged with the
collaborative arrangements the Social Services also have a Mental Health Services but have
Police Service and the Probation specific role when: been assessed by the Dorset
Service have negotiated with Forensic Team within the last
other agencies, services and • A child who is looked after by year.
authorities whose responsibilities the Authority is convicted of
can contribute substantially an offence under the Sex PRISON SERVICE
towards effective public Offenders Act 1997;
protection. Those involved in • A sex offender is subject to Prison representatives attend
addition to the Police and detention in hospital or a MAPPP and RAMP meetings
Probation Services are: guardianship order under the prior to the release of a prisoner
Mental Health Act 1983 in appropriate cases.
SOCIAL SERVICES following conviction or
DEPARTMENTS cautioning for relevant EDUCATION
The duties and responsibilities of Schools and other educational
Social Services Departments Social Services are represented establishments have a direct
include services to vulnerable at Multi Agency Public Protection interest and involvement if a
groups, both adults and children. Panels (MAPPPs) or Risk convicted offender is:
This applies to children in need Assessment and Management
and their families, older people, Panels (RAMPs). • A young person of
disabled people, and those with compulsory school age or
mental health needs. The YOUTH OFFENDING TEAMS who is a pupil in a school 6
services promote safety and form/or a student at a college.
welfare, which balance the needs The Youth Offending Teams work
and wishes of individuals with the with all young offenders aged 10 • Known to have connections
safety of the wider community. In to 17. Young offenders may be with the school.
conjunction with the Departments’ subject to MAPPP or RAMP
role in working with other conferences. • Living near the school or
agencies through the Area Child loitering in the vicinity of a
Protection Committees and the MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES school.
Adult Protection Committee there
is a commitment to work together The Multi-Agency Mentally The nominated Education
with other agencies in the Disordered Offenders Strategy representative will consider the
management of risk and the Group is responsible for the implications and will arrange for
protection of the public. development of strategies for the relevant person to attend the
interventions with mentally MAPPP or RAMP. The Head or
Social Services Departments disordered offenders. other relevant person will seek
receive notifications on adults advice from the person
and young people convicted of The Dorset Forensic Team nominated by their Education
offences against children. A represented by the forensic Authority. As a result this
response is made to ensure any psychiatrist and psychologists nominated person will make
child protection issues are attend all MAPPPs. There is no contact with the local Probation
considered. There is consultation requirement for the offender to office or Police as appropriate, or
with Police, Probation, Youth have had a history of contact with will agree who from the school
Offending Teams, and any other psychiatric services. staff will undertake this action.
agency relevant to the
circumstances. When potential

HOUSING In reaching decisions about the The NSPCC liaises with the
type and location of Police and Probation Services,
Housing Authorities and accommodation the following is Youth Offending Teams and
Associations may have a role in taken into account: other relevant Agencies,
connection with: providing assessment reports as
• Location of any victims of the necessary. The NSPCC attend
• Housing applicants/tenants sex/violent offender. MAPPPs and RAMPs as
who have been/are convicted requested.
of sex offences or other • The nature of the offences
dangerous offences. committed and the offending During the course of intervention,
pattern. if it comes to the attention of the
• Housing applicants/tenants NSPCC that there may be a risk
who live in proximity to a NSPCC to a child, liaison immediately
person convicted of a sex takes place with the relevant
offence or other dangerous The NSPCC in partnership with agencies.
offence. Poole and Dorset Social Services
and the National Probation The NSPCC also have a role in
• Applications from persons Service Dorset Area, provides a undertaking assessment and
convicted of sexual offences treatment programme for both intervention work with young
or who are deemed to be convicted and unconvicted sex people aged 10-17 who sexually
dangerous offenders. offenders within the County. offend. These may be within or
Offenders will be engaged in the outside the Criminal Justice
When these factors arise, the accredited Thames Valley Sex system and subject to the same
Housing Authority/Housing Offender Treatment Programme if NSPCC checks and procedures
Provider is invited to the MAPPP they meet the criteria. as those which apply to adult
or RAMP. abusers.


3. Outline of the arrangements made

There is an integrated system of Service are managed by the Where any of the following
mechanisms and structures in Dorset Probation Area Sex criteria are present a case is
Dorset aimed at assessing the Offender Team. The team referred to a MAPPP:
risks posed by potentially
dangerous offenders, which applies the Matrix 2000 •
involves all relevant agencies assessment tool and the Risk of • there is an imminent risk of
sharing information and working Serious Harm section of the new serious harm. The potential
closely together in order to National Probation Service event is more likely than not
protect the public whenever this Offender Assessment System to happen imminently and the
appears to be necessary. (OASys). The specialist Police impact would be serious.
and Probation Service sex This will include cases due to
All registered sex offenders are offender teams work closely be released from prison.
initially assessed by the Dorset together.
Police Sex Offender Investigation • a notification is required to be
Unit using the Matrix 2000 With regard to violent offenders, made to the Home Office
assessment tool. This process all of those who serve sentences prior to release of an offender
involves liaison with other of 12 months or more are from prison because of the
professionals, such as Probation released under the supervision of degree of concern (Probation
Officers and Social Workers who the Probation Service. The risks Circulars 15/1999 and
may be involved. posed by all such offenders are 27/2000.)
assessed using the Risk of
All sex offenders subject to Serious Harm section of OASys. • there is a need to involve
supervision by the Probation other agencies not usually

• unusual resource allocation resources, such as the this is the case. However, where
may be required authorised allocation of a place at a the Panel takes the view that
by Senior Management from Probation hostel and the such disclosure would increase
a range of agencies. provision of appropriate the risks to potential victims or
services and methods of the public in general then this
• there are serious community intervention (psychiatric information can be withheld.
concerns/media implications. assessments, sex offender
treatment programmes etc.) Cases registered by the MAPPP
Any agency with concerns may aimed at helping subjects are regularly reviewed in order to
request a MAPPP conference by work with the relevant assess progress in implementing
contacting the Police or the agencies to reduce the risks the agreed risk management plan
Probation Service. they pose to others. and to take account of changed
The Multi-Agency Public • considers the need for
Protection Panel (MAPPP) meets community disclosure and In addition to any review that the
every month to consider those other community issues. MAPPP may undertake, the
cases, which are assessed as supervising Probation Officer
posing the highest and most • agrees a media strategy prepares a review of the
imminent risk of harm to others. where appropriate. supervision plan for the offender
All cases are considered by a at least every four months. The
group of senior managers from a • determines if the case should degree of risk is reassessed. The
range of agencies relevant to the be placed on the Dorset plan is presented at a supervision
case. Staff directly involved in the Police/Dorset Probation meeting between the Probation
case and their immediate line Service Very Dangerous Officer and Senior Probation
managers are required to attend Offender Register. Officer who endorses or amends
as are representatives from the the plan. It is then passed to the
Probation Service Victim Liaison In order to ensure consistency Assistant Chief Officer
Unit, if appropriate. Attendees and objectivity, all MAPPP (Probation) and Police
are required to provide a written meetings adopt a standard Superintendent or Detective Chief
summary and submit key agenda. MAPPP meetings Inspector. They discuss and
information and/or documents in usually take between an hour and endorse the review or refer it
advance of the Panel Meeting. an hour and a half to consider back to the Senior Probation
As well as their respective each case. Typically, three cases Officer for further action.
experience and expertise, each will be considered by the Dorset
Senior Management Panel MAPPP each month. Some of Violent and sexual offenders not
Member has the authority to these will be previously considered to pose a risk of
make an initial commitment of considered cases that are due for immediate serious harm may be
resources to a risk management review. considered by a RAMP. Such
plan aimed at reducing, conferences are convened
containing or managing the risks The panel is chaired by either an following consultation between a
posed by subjects considered by Assistant Chief Officer local Detective Inspector or
the Panel. (Probation), Police Detective Sergeant of the Sexual
Superintendent or Detective Chief Offences Investigation Unit and a
Consideration is given to all Inspector. local Senior Probation Officer
available reports, actuarial who is a team manager. They
calculations and the views of MAPPP meetings are minuted in frequently involve other agencies.
agencies. The Panel: order to record exactly what Meetings are arranged on the
information was considered and, basis of demand.
• decides on the level of risk therefore, on what basis
posed by the offender. decisions were made. MAPPP Offenders considered by RAMPs
minutes are considered highly are reviewed at least every four
• agrees the action necessary confidential documents and will months and are discussed by the
to manage the risk including only be shared with parties not Probation Officer and Senior
any contingencies. Risk attending MAPPP meetings Probation Officer who endorses
Management plans will where this is necessary in order or amends the proposed plan.
include, for example, to protect the public. The Police and any other agency
measures to monitor involved are contacted to
behaviour, sometimes People whose names are placed ascertain if there is further
involving police surveillance, on the very dangerous offender relevant information.
as well as the provision of register are usually informed that

In the case of registered sex prior to the review assessment as Police will consider arranging a
offenders where the prison required by the Sex Offender MAPPP or RAMP to involve the
licence or period of community Registration Act 1997. If the Probation Service and any other
supervision has expired, then the information received or the home relevant agency.
Police consult relevant agencies visit raises cause for concern the


4. Strategic management arrangements

Dorset Police and National cost of establishing agencies about operational

Probation Servi ce (Dorset Area) arrangements, definitions and thresholds for
have formed a Strategic Public intervention,
Protection Steering Group. • determine community and
media communication, • works in conjunction with the
The Steering Group has: Dorset, Bournemouth and
• prepare the Annual Report Poole Area Child Protection
• established a Multi-Agency and statistics as required by Committees, the countywide
Public Protection Panel the Probation Board and Adult Protection Committee,
(MAPPP) for the highest risk Chief Constable of Police. the Mentally Disordered
cases. This includes young Offenders Strategy Group
offenders. The Dangerous Offenders and Housing strategy groups,
Multi-Agency Strategy Group
• convened a Dangerous includes representation at a • improves local ways of
Offenders Multi-Agency senior level from the Police, working in the light of
Strategy Group. Probation, Social Services, knowledge gained through
Health, Housing, Education, national and local experience
The Steering Group will: Youth Offending Teams, NSPCC and research, and ensures
and Dorset Prisons. that any lessons learned are
• ensure that Strategic shared, understood and
Management Arrangements The group: acted upon,
for reviewing and monitoring
the effectiveness of the • develops and agrees local • helps to improve the quality
arrangements are made and policies and procedures for of public protection work and
are revised as necessary or inter-agency work to protect of inter-agency working
expedient, the public within national through specifying needs for
guidance, inter-agency training and
• establish and agree systems development, and ensuring
and processes to ensure that • encourages and helps to that training is delivered,
only those critical few develop effective working
offenders that require that relationships between • audits and evaluates how
additional consideration are different services and well local services work
referred to a Multi-Agency professional groups, based together to protect the public,
Public Protection Panel on trust and mutual
(MAPPP), understanding, • reports to the Steering Group,

• consider Police/Probation • ensures that there is a level

resource allocation and the of agreement and
understanding across


5. Disclosure

As part of the wider risk Examples of third parties are the offending history related to
management process, one of the NSPCC, other child protection offending against young girls
strategies that can be adopted to charities, partners of offenders, within a family or relationship
reduce risk is to disclose an employers, head teachers, situation. One conviction related
offender’s convictions to housing providers and voluntary to sexual offences against two
individuals, groups or sections of organisations. In exceptional stepdaughters and in the other
the community if it is felt that this circumstances it may include sex offences against the
is proportionate and justifiable. parents whose children may daughters of a close friend.
come into contact with a sex Information was received that he
Community disclosures are only offender or carers of vulnerable had developed a relationship with
made where there is a pressing adults. a mother of two young girls. He
need and each decision on had recently dropped out of a
whether or not to disclose has to Three examples of disclosure NSPCC Sex Offenders’
be justified on the basis of the are: programme designed to address
likelihood of the harm which non- a) Police, Probation and Social his sexual offending. He
disclosure might otherwise cause. Services became concerned acknowledged that he still had
regarding the activities of a sexual desires towards young
Whilst it is the role of the MAPPP convicted sex offender. His nine girls.
to recommend community convictions related to ten sexual
notifications based on the careful offences against young children. In both cases, disclosure to the
and rigorous examination of all Information was received that he parents was authorised, as it was
information shared at the was baby-sitting young children in considered proportionate and a
meeting, the ultimate decision to the area and on at least one necessary response in order to
make the disclosure rests with a occasion a child had stayed with protect the children and minimise
senior police officer within the him overnight. A young boy had the risk to them, by allowing the
Dorset Police. informed his mother that the adult parents to make an informed
had shown him gay pornography decision regarding the protection
Where an agency considers an and given him pills to help him of their children.
offender may pose a risk to sleep.
children or other people, a risk c) Disclosure has been made in
assessment is conducted which b) Police, Probation and Social two sex offender cases to local
will establish whether or not there Services became concerned job centres in order to prevent the
should be a disclosure of regarding the activities of a offender seeking inappropriate
information to a third party. convicted sex offender. His employment.


6. Victims work

Section 69 of the Criminal Justice The Dorset Probation Victim the wishes of the victim to be
and Court Services Act 2000 Liaison Unit offers a county-wide involved in the conduct of the
places a statutory duty upon the service from its Poole office base. case.
National Probation Service, The Unit is staffed by a full-time
Dorset to contact victims of Victim Liaison Officer with Victims are offered information
violent and sexual offenders support from a Probation Officer about the sentence, the prison
sentenced to 12 months custody colleague. system, and general public
or more. Victims are asked if protection strategies. Victims are
they wish to be consulted about Extensive efforts are made to invited to contribute to a
the release arrangements for the locate victims and an approach is discussion about the kind of
offender. made in a manner which respects licence conditions which will

ensure their future safety. This counselling, or protection in the local branches offer information
information is passed to the home. and support to victims, witnesses,
Probation Officer responsible for their families and friends.
preparing the offender’s parole or The Victim Liaison Officer is
pre-release report. Victims are currently undertaking mediation Victim Support provides the
also asked to specify the degree training, which will expand the Witness Service, based in every
to which they wish to be kept range of services available to criminal court in England and
informed about milestones in the victims of serious crime in Dorset. Wales, to offer assistance before,
offender’s sentence. during and after a trial. You can
also call the Victim Supportline -
Staff in the Unit ensure that Victim Support is the national 0845 30 30 900 - for information
victims have been offered charity for people affected by and support and details of local
appropriate help to recover from crime. It is an independent services and other relevant
the offence, and where organisation, offering a free and organisations. The contact
necessary, assist individuals to confidential service, whether or numbers for local victim support
obtain services such as criminal not a crime has been reported. Services are provided on page
injuries compensation, Trained staff and volunteers at 10.

7. Statistical information Number of offenders

The number of Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) in the
community on 31/03/02 (s68 (2) CJ &CS Act 2000) 281

The number of RSOs per 100,000 population 40

The number of SOs cautioned/ convicted for breaches of
registration requirement 01/04/01 – 31/03/02 15

The number of Sex Offender Orders 01/04/01 – 31/03/02

(a) Total applied for 3

(b) Granted 1

(c) Not granted 0

(d) Applications still in progress 2

The number of violent offenders and other sex offenders
01/04/01 – 31/03/02 (s68 (3)(4)&(5) CJ&CS Act 2000) 383

The number of other offenders 01/04/01 – 31/03/02 (s67 (2) (b)

CJ&CS Act 2000) 0

v. Additional Cost of Local Arrangements

Probation Police Other Total

Board Agencies
£’000 £’000 £’000 £’000

Staff costs 24 16 19.6 59.6

Other costs 3 4 2 9

Total Expenditure 27 20 21.6 68.6

Income 0 0 0 0

Net Expenditure 27 20 21.6 68.6

Set up costs included in net expenditure 3 3 2 8


Victim support services in Dorset

Victim Support Dorset,

Barnack Chambers, 9-9A West Street, Blandford, Dorset DT11 7AW
Supports victims, witnesses and family members who have experienced crime.

SAMM South
Christine and Ron
Tel/Fax:01305-787869. Offers support after murder, manslaughter or unlawful killing.

Rape Crisis Line

01202-547445. 24 hour ansaphone line offering confidential support to woman and girls who have been raped or
sexually abused.

Dorset Women’s Outreach Project

01305-768999. Confidential service for women and families with experience of domestic violence in West Dorset

Poole Domestic Violence Project

01202-710777. Confidential service for Women and Families

Bournemouth Women’s Helpline

01202-547755. Confidential 24hour Helpline with refuge and outreach facilities for women and families

Police Domestic Violence Co-ordinator


Police Domestic Violence Units:

Bournemouth Division 01202-222374
Poole Division 01202-227835
Eastern Division 01202-226253
Western Division 01305-226547

Social Services Departments:

Dorset County Council: Policy Officer for Child Protection

County Hall, Dorchester DT1 1XJ Tel: 01305-224643

Borough of Poole: Children and Families

14A Commercial Road, Poole, BH14 0JW Tel:01202- 735046

Borough of Bournemouth: Children’s Services

New Century House, 24 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3NL Tel: 01202 458000

StoP –
Supports mothers of children who have been sexually abused
PO Box 4493, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH1 4YZ Tel: 01202 773667
(24 hour answerphone, answered Monday and Tuesday 10.30-12.30)

National Probation Service Dorset Area contact for enquiries.

Job Title: Assistant Chief Officer (Public Protection) Wadham House 01305 224786
50 High West Street

Dorset Police contact for enquiries.

Job Title: Detective Superintendent HQ C.I.D Support Dorset Police 01929 462727
Force Headquarters