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Lincolnshire

MAPPA Annual Report 2002


Contacts
Lincolnshire Probation Area Address Phone

Job Title : National Prob Service : Lincolnshire 01522 520776


Chief Officer 7 Lindum Terrace
Lincoln
LN2 5RP

Job Title : Lincs Police Headquarters 01522 558668


Multi Agency Public Protection Panel Manager Nettleham
Lincoln
LN5 7PH

Job Title National Prob Service : Lincolnshire 01522 520776


Assistant Chief Officer (Public Protection) 7 Lindum Terrace
Lincoln
LN2 5RP

Lincolnshire Police Address Phone

Job Title Lincs Police Headquarters 01522 532222


Chief Constable Nettleham
Lincoln
LN5 7PH

Job Title (As above) (As above)


Assistant Chief Constable

Job Title
Detective Chief Inspector (As above) (As above)
Crime Support Headquarters

Email address
enquiries@lincs.police.uk
1. Introduction

1.1 Statutory agencies within Lincolnshire have a strong


history of collaborative working arrangements which have
focussed upon the protection of the public from dangerous
offenders. In January 1997 formal arrangements were
made operational between Lincolnshire Police and the
Probation Service in Lincolnshire to hold structured
meetings in relation to dangerous individuals. Both
agencies work within three co-terminus operational
divisions; South, East and West. These meetings were
held divisionally and their purpose was defined in the
following statement of intent:

“Lincolnshire Probation Service and Lincolnshire Police


will work together to establish local panels with the aim of
managing the risk … offenders pose of serious harm to
the public. They will seek to involve other agencies who
may have a contribution to make in reducing the risk of
further offences being committed.”

Local meetings made a significant impact upon the


abilities of the police and probation service to assess
individuals and manage the risks posed by them. The
meetings were successful in involving representation from
other agencies where this was appropriate. There was a
strong commitment from the Police and Probation Service
in Lincolnshire to build upon the success achieved by the
local panels.

1.2 In March 1999 the Lincolnshire Multi Agency Public


Protection Panel (MAPPP) was established. The project is
a formal partnership between the following agencies in
Lincolnshire:
• Police
• Probation
• Health
• Social Services
• Education
• Housing Authorities.
The establishment of the Multi Agency Public
Protection Panel acknowledged that risk of harm to
the public is not restricted to offenders who are
subject to supervision by the Probation Service or
involvement of the Police. The recognition and
management of that risk is a multi agency
responsibility. On that basis it was decided that the
agencies listed above would work together to identify
people, including children and young people, who are
considered to be dangerous in accordance with
criteria which were defined. The establishment of a
Multi Agency Public Protection Panel aimed to
manage the risk of serious harm those individuals
represented to the public in general and to children
and vulnerable adults in particular. It was the stated
intention of the approach to concentrate on those
individuals who pose a major risk to public safety.

1.3 Consequently Lincolnshire has the benefit of a tiered


approach to the assessment and management of
dangerous offenders.

• Routine information is shared about prisoners


released from custody

• Locally operated Divisional Risk Meetings are held in


respect of the majority of offenders assessed as
posing a risk to the community.

• For the critical few cases that pose the most serious
risk of causing harm the Area Multi Agency Public
Protection Panel takes responsibility for the
assessment and management of risk.
2. Summary of Roles and Responsibilities
2.1 Lincolnshire Police the most vulnerable groups have direct involvement with
The protection of life and in society, including children the most serious dangerous
property is a fundamental in need and their families, offenders attend relevant
aim and purpose of the older people, disabled area Multi Agency Public
Police Service. Lincolnshire people and their carers and Protection Panels. A senior
Police are committed to the mentally disordered, manager acts as a core
improving the quality of life both in their homes and panel member at all
in the county and making the communities and by the meetings of the area Multi
community safer by targeting provision of day care and Agency Public Protection
and reducing crime, disorder care away from home. It is Panel.
and anti-social behaviour in the range of responsibilities
partnership with local for vulnerable people which 2.4 Lincolnshire Health
authorities and other is at the heart of the Lincolnshire Health Services
agencies. This includes Directorate’s role in public are committed to providing
identifying dangerous and protection. effective support and
high risk offenders, sharing services within the
information with other The staff of the Social community where
agencies and taking joint Services Directorate appropriate. Assessment
decisions as to any participate in relevant and risk management
subsequent actions. Divisional Risk Meetings in procedures will continue to
relation to dangerous be developed in conjunction
The Sex Offender Act 1997 offenders. Staff with with other relevant agencies
places a responsibility on the involvement with the most in order to provide a co-
Police Service to work with serious dangerous offenders ordinated approach to this
other agencies in carrying attend relevant area Multi issue.
out risk assessments in Agency Public Protection
relation to offenders required Panels. A senior manager Health staff participate in
to comply with the Act and acts as a core panel relevant Divisional Risk
managed that risk on a multi member at all meetings of Meetings in relation to
agency basis. the area Multi Agency Public dangerous offenders. Staff
Protection Panel. with involvement with the
Police Officers participate in most serious dangerous
all Divisional Risk Meetings 2.3 Lincolnshire Education offenders attend relevant
in relation to dangerous and Cultural Services area Multi Agency Public
offenders. Staff with Education and Cultural Protection Panels A senior
involvement with the most Services form an integral manager acts as a core
serious dangerous offenders part of the child protection panel member at all
attend relevant area Multi network alongside other meetings of the area Multi
Agency Public Protection agencies which make up the Agency Public Protection
Panels. A senior manager Area Child Protection Panel.
acts as a core panel Committee. It plays a
member at all meetings of significant role through
the area Multi Agency Public schools, Youth Services and 2.5 Lincolnshire Housing
Protection Panel. the Education Welfare Authorities
Service in not only child The Housing Act 1996
2.2 Lincolnshire Social protection but also crime changed the legal framework
Services prevention and education for for the allocation of social
The Social Services citizenship and against housing in England and
Directorate has a wide range substance misuse. Wales. Allocations from the
of duties and responsibilities waiting list or housing
to provide services for The staff of the Education register are covered in Part
individuals and families. The and Cultural Services are VI of the Act and the
services the Directorate responsible for convening responsibilities of local
provide encompass people and participating in all authorities towards
of all agencies, abilities and Divisional Risk Meetings in homeless people are
social groupings. They relation to dangerous contained in Part VII.
include services to some of offenders. Staff who may
Lincolnshire Housing Meetings in relation to courts, local authorities,
Authorities are committed to dangerous offenders. A health education, housing
ensuring offenders senior manager acts as a and a wide range of
rehousing needs are core panel member at all independent and voluntary
assessed with other meetings of the area Multi sector partners. The NPS
agencies including the Agency Public Protection Lincolnshire discharge
police, probation and social Panel. statutory responsibilities
services to identify the risk towards the victims of the
particular groups of people most serious violent,
pose to the community. 2.6 National Probation Service including sexually violent,
Lincolnshire crimes.
Enforcing the tenancy Lincolnshire Probation
agreement and combating Service became a part of the The staff of NPS
anti-social behaviour on newly formed National Lincolnshire are responsible
housing estates is also a Probation Service on 1 April for convening and
fundamental aim of the 2001. The National participating in all Divisional
Housing Authorities to Probation Service (NPS) is a Risk Meetings in relation to
improve the quality of life law enforcement agency dangerous offenders. Staff
and make the communities a delivering community with responsibility for the
safer place to live. This can punishments, supervising supervision of a the most
only be done in partnership and working with offenders serious dangerous offenders
with other agencies and within the terms set by the attend relevant area Multi
includes the sharing of Court or Parole Board in Agency Public Protection
information and making joint ways that help offenders to Panels. A senior manager
decisions on proposed reduce their re-offending and acts as a core panel
action in relation to better protects the public. member at all meetings of
dangerous and high risk The National Probation the area Multi Agency Public
offenders. Service, Lincolnshire works Protection Panel.
in a highly collaborative way
The staff of Housing with police and prison
Authorities participate in colleagues, as well as the
relevant Divisional Risk Crown Prosecution Service,

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3. Outline of Arrangements Made


3.1 Certain routine information is people. dangerous offenders to
shared in relation to those Local Housing
individuals who are likely to • The National Probation Authorities where a
pose a risk to the Service Lincolnshire tenancy or application
community. For example; notifies Lincolnshire for tenancy exists.
Police of all offenders
• Channels of released into • Lincolnshire Police
communication exist in Lincolnshire from Divisional Intelligence
relation to all offenders prisons or Young Units and Probation
released from custody Offender Institutions case managers routinely
who are categorised subject to statutory exchange information
within schedule 1 of the supervision on licence. about risk.
Children and Young
Persons Act 1933 as • The National Probation
posing a potential risk to Service Lincolnshire 3.2 Offenders assessed as high
children and young shares information about risk of causing harm who are
managed by the NPS 3.6 A very small number of Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire are assigned to offenders are assessed as
Probation Officer Case posing an exceptionally high 3.7 In the event that an
Managers resourced to risk of causing the most individual is considered as
provide a higher level of serious harm. In these cases highly dangerous a referral
intervention than with other a referral is made to the is made to any Senior
offenders. The assessment Multi Agency Public Manager / Core Panel
of risk establishes the level Protection Panel (MAPPP). Member involved in the
of harm the offender is The Panel is a jointly funded MAPPP. If that Senior
assessed as capable of enterprise which has area Manager deems there is
causing and the likelihood of responsibility for offenders sufficient concern about the
that harm being perpetrated. living throughout case then a meeting is
A dangerous offender is at Lincolnshire. The Panel is convened by the MAPPP
real likelihood of causing governed by a written Manager and any staff from
serious harm. protocol which includes a agencies with involvement in
strict code of confidentiality. the case are invited to attend
3.3 Sex offenders liable to The MAPPP meets at least the meeting (in addition to
register their address with monthly and comprises of; the senior manger / core
the police are similarly panel members). Information
assessed in relation to their • MAPPP Manager who is about the individual is
likelihood of causing harm. a seconded senior shared within a strict code of
Sex Offenders and probation officer confidentiality and a decision
Dangerous Offenders made by the Core Panel
Liaison Officers (specialist • MAPPP Administrator Members as to whether the
police officers) are case should be registered
responsible for managing • Senior Manager / Core for the continued oversight
the registration of sex Panel Member from of the MAPPP.
offenders and prioritise their Lincolnshire Police
interventions towards those 3.8 Where a decision is made
offenders assessed as • Senior Manager / Core for the MAPPP to maintain
dangerous; that is, Panel Member from oversight of the case the
presenting a real likelihood Lincolnshire Social subject of the meeting will
of causing serious harm. Services Directorate normally receive a written
notification of this decision.
3.4 Officers within the • Senior Manager / Core In exceptional circumstances
Lincolnshire Police Service Panel Member from the where such notification is
and National Probation National Probation judged likely to exacerbate
Service Lincolnshire have Service Lincolnshire the risk of harm posed
received specialist training in notification will not occur.
the assessment of risk and • Senior Manager / Core Thereafter the case will be
utilise nationally accredited Panel Member from the reviewed on a regular basis,
risk assessment tools which Housing Authority normally at least 3 monthly.
provide an important
component of the risk • Senior Manager / Core A detailed written record is
assessment process. Panel Member from made of all meetings and
Lincolnshire Education distributed within the code of
3.5 Dangerous offenders are and Cultural Services confidentiality by which the
subject to review at meetings are governed.
Divisional Risk Meetings
• Senior Manager Core
which occur at least every 3 3.9 MAPPP meetings will
Panel Member from
months. These meetings determine actions to be
Lincolnshire Health
involve police and probation taken by agencies working
Services
staff as well as staff from together to reduce and or
other agencies who may manage the risk(s) posed by
The MAPPP is based at
have involvement with the the subject of the meeting.
Police Headquarters but
offender. All action points are
meets at venues throughout
monitored to ensure they are
carried out. In addition to appropriate, action will be 3.10 The MAPPP is rigorous in
interventions focussing upon taken to engage the relinquishing oversight of a
the subject of the meeting potential offender and / or case where the likelihood of
there is attention paid to the the potential victim(s) in dangerous behaviour is
protections which can be determining and participating assessed as being reduced
afforded potential victims. in these plans and actions. or adequately managed.
Wherever possible and

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4. Strategic Management Arrangements


4.1 The operation of the Multi Director of Education and Lincolnshire In Partnership
Agency Public Protection Cultural Services, Director of about the project. The
Panel and the development Planning and Performance MAPPP Steering Group has
of provisions within the (Health Authority), County received 6 monthly written
Criminal Justice and Court Manger of Adult Mental reports which include
Services Act section 67 and Health Services extensive statistical
section 68 are managed by (Lincolnshire Healthcare information about the work
the MAPPP Strategic NHS Trust) and the Director of the project.
Management Group of Housing and
(formerly the MAPPP Environmental Health 4.3 In 2002 a decision was
Steering Group) The (Lincoln City Council) made by the Chief
Strategic Management Executives at Lincolnshire In
Group has met bi-annually 4.2 The MAPPP Steering Group Partnership to resource the
since the inception of the was established by Multi Agency Public
area MAPPP and is chaired Lincolnshire in Partnership; Protection Panel on a
by the Assistant Chief a strategic forum for Chief permanent basis and the
Officer (Probation). Other Executives of statutory MAPPP Steering Group was
members of the Strategic agencies in Lincolnshire. re-assigned the MAPPP
Management Group are the The MAPPP commenced as Strategic Management
Assistant Chief Constable of a three year pilot in March Group accordingly.
Police, County Manager 1999 and the MAPPP
East of Children and Family Steering Group was
Services (Social Services), established to report to

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5. Disclosure
5.1 The MAPPP protocol Protection Committee Code family members.
acknowledges procedures of Practice and
already in place in relation to Supplementary Procedures The protocol also
disclosure and makes which gives guidance in acknowledges guidance
reference to: relation to Schedule 1 contained in Home Office
offenders and rules Circular 39/97 (in relation to
Lincolnshire Area Child regarding disclosure to the implementation of the
Sex Offender Act 1997) of risk management. The Before making any
which relates to disclosure of final decision about such disclosure the police will
information to third parties disclosure of information always be fully prepared to
who are not part of the rests with the Assistant Chief give advice and guidance on
criminal justice system or Constable. An example of what action is required to be
child protection agencies. such disclosure which has taken by the person(s)
occurred previously is the receiving the information and
5.2 In exceptional circumstances identification of a a contact person will be
a recommendation can be paeodophile to specific identified to provide further
made by the MAPPP to workers in a voluntary guidance and advice as
disclose information about a section organisation dealing required.
dangerous individual to a with children where there
third party. Such disclosure was evidence of the children
would only be considered as in their care being at risk
an element of an overall plan from this individual.

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6. Victims Work
6.1 Section 69 of the Criminal are visited within their own line – 0845 30 30 900 – for
Justice and Court Services home. information and support and
act 2000 places a statutory details of local services and
duty upon the National 6.3 Victims are entitled to be other relevant
Probation Service, kept informed of the organisations.”
Lincolnshire to contact offender’s release
victims and ask if they wish arrangement, the month and
to be consulted about the general location, and details
release arrangements for of any licence conditions that
violent and sexual offenders restrict the offenders
sentenced to 12 months movements in ways which
custody or more. could impact on them.

6.2 Specialist staff (Victim 6.4 Victim Support is the


Contact Officers) are based national charity for people
in each of the three divisions affected by crime. It is an
dealing exclusively with the independent organisation,
victims of crime for whom offering a free and
the organisation has confidential serivce, whether
statutory responsibility. or not a crime has been
Extensive efforts are made reported. Trained staff and
to locate victims and volunteers at local branches
approach is made in a offer information and support
manner which respects the to victims, witnesses, their
wishes of the victim to be families and friends.
involved in the conduct of
the case. Where a victim 6.5 Victim Support provides the
chooses to be consulted Witness Service, based in
about the case the Victim every criminal court in
Contact Officer will normally England and Wales, to offer
meet with the victim(s) at a assistance before, during
time and place convenient to and after a trial. You can
them. The majority of victims also call the Victim Support
6.6 Contact Numbers for other local Victim Support services are as follows:

Victim Support: Telephone

Boston Area Manager 01205 359 759


The Victim Support Area Office
The Len Medlock Voluntary Centre
St George's Road
Boston
Lincs PE 21 8YB

Branch Office - Boston and Victim Support Co-ordinator 01205 315905


South Holland The Len Medlock Voluntary Centre
St George's Road
Boston
Lincs PE 21 8YB

Branch Office – Lincoln Victim Support 01522 511266


Lincoln Police Station
West Parade
Lincoln LN1 1YP

Branch Office – Gainsborough West Lindsey Victim Support Co-Ordinator 01427 810358
Gainsborough Police Station
Morton Terrace
Gainsborough
Lincs DN21 2SY

Branch Office – Grantham Victim Support Co-Ordinator 01476 590057


(North Kesteven) Grantham Police Station
Stonebridge Road
Grantham
Lincs NG34 9DD

Branch Office – Skegness Victim Support Co-Ordinator 01754 610619


(East Lindsey) Town Hall
North Parade
Skegness
Lincs PE25 1DA
Witness Support: Telephone

Lincoln Lincoln Magistrates Court 01522 576344


358 High Street
Lincoln
LN5 7QA

Lincolnshire Crown Court Witness Scheme 01522 568644


The Castle
Castle Hill
Lincoln
LN1 3AA

Grantham Grrantham Magistrates Court


Harlaxton Road 01476 562858
Grantham
Lincs

Eastern Branch Boston Magistrates Court 01205 353515


(Covers Boston & Skegness Courts) The Sessions House
Church Yard
Boston
Lincs
PE21 6LZ
7. Statistical Information

Number of Offenders

i. The number of Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) in the 203


community on 31.03.02 (s68 (2) CJ & CS Act 2000)

The number of RSOs per 100,000 population 32

ii. The number of SOs cautioned/convicted for breaches of 7


registration requirement 01.04.01 – 31.03.02

iii. The number of Sex Offender Orders 01.04.01 – 31.03.02

(a) total applied for 7

(b) granted 3

(c) not granted 1

(d) applications still in progress 3

Iv The number of violent offenders and other sex offenders 356


01.04.01 – 31.03.02 (s68 (3) (4) (5) CJ&CS Act 2000)

The number of other offenders 01.04.01 – 31.03.02 (s67 (2) (b) 37


CJ&CS Act 2000)
8. Additional Costs of Local Arrangements

8.1 As described in this report Police and Probation


the multi agency Services in April
arrangements for the 2001, The Act has been
management of taken into account in re-
dangerous offenders in defining to a limited
Lincolnshire have been in extent that group of
place for some offenders whom the
substantial time, most procedures already in
significantly the place are to target. The
establishment of the Multi duties within the Act also
Agency Public Protection have implications for the
Panel in March 1999. adjustment of data
Developments within collection.
these arrangements have
taken full account of the 8.2 In these circumstances
requirements of s67 &s68 no additional costs for the
of the Criminal Justice implementation of local
and Court Services Act arrangements can be
2000 which became a identified.
statutory duty for the