Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements

Annual Report 2003 - 2004

Helping to keep Lincolnshire safe

MAPPA A partnership between public services to reduce the likelihood of harm presented by specified individuals.

Responsible Authority Contact Details
Lincolnshire Police
Peter Davies Assistant Chief Constable PO Box 999 Nettleham Lincoln LN5 7PH Tel: 01522 532222

CONTENTS

National Probation Service, Lincolnshire
Sally Lewis Assistant Chief Officer 7 Lindum Terrace Lincoln LN2 5RP Tel: 01522 520776

Foreword
Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police Acting Chief Officer of the National Probation Service, Lincolnshire

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Introduction
Chair of the Strategic Management Board

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Which agencies are involved in MAPPA? The importance of partnership Roles and responsibilities Which offenders are managed by MAPPA?

Glen Harris Detective Chief Inspector PO Box 999 Nettleham Lincoln LN5 7PH Tel: 01522 532222

Tony Eyres Senior Probation Officer PO Box 999 Nettleham Lincoln LN5 7PH Tel: 01522 532222

How is risk assessed? How are the cases managed? Disclosure Case study / Sex offender Case study / Domestic violence Lincolnshire Multi-Agency Public Protection Procedures

Her Majesty’s Prison Service
Karen Head Head of Regimes and Resettlement HMP Lincoln Greetwell Road Lincoln LN2 4BD Tel: 01522 663000

Review Meeting Process Key achievements in 2003 / 2004 Commentary on 2003 / 2004 Statistics Statistical Information Further developments in 2003 / 2004 Strategic Management Board Involving the public Case study / Victim contact Key Personnel Responsible Authority Contact Details

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FOREWORD

Nationally, specified agencies are now required to co-operate in public protection arrangements. In Lincolnshire, we have been able to continue to build on what were already very high levels of co-operation, as the case studies in this report confirm. The work of our multi-agency partnership concentrates on protecting specific individuals and the general public from those who could inflict physical or sexual harm on adults or children. We believe that the arrangements in Lincolnshire are highly effective in dealing with the relatively small number of offenders who are in this category. From this year, our efforts to control the behaviour of sex offenders will be strengthened by the additional powers of the Sexual Offences Prevention Order, which we are committed to using whenever possible, as we have done with the previously held legal powers with Sex Offender Orders. In addition to continuing our work with a wide range of organisations to ensure public protection, we shall be recruiting two lay advisers to join the Strategic Management Board which oversees multi-agency public protection arrangements. This will ensure valuable public involvement in keeping Lincolnshire in the forefront of public protection.

John is Chairman of the Lincolnshire Housing Aid and Advice benchmarking Group and Vice Chairman of the Lincolnshire Housing Training Group.

Kim also holds a Diploma in Policing Domestic Violence. She is the Chair of the Domestic Violence Forum for South Holland District Council and is a member of the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership.

In producing this foreword to the Annual Report concerning the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) in Lincolnshire, it is important to remember that we live in a very safe county with low levels of violent crime. Public protection arrangements are sometimes, wrongly, seen as dealing with individuals who offend sexually against children. In reality, MAPPA is there to deal with any potentially dangerous offender. Sexual and violent offences are dreadful crimes, which deeply affect the lives of victims and their families and create fear in local communities. The impact can be profound and long-lasting, leaving victims feeling unsafe even in their own homes. The Government, through Lincolnshire Police, the National Probation Service and our partner organisations, regards tackling sexual and violent crime as one of its highest priorities. MAPPA was set up in 2001, providing, for the first time, a statutory basis for the Police and National Probation Service jointly to undertake work to protect the public from sexual and violent offenders. In the last year we have done a great deal to strengthen these arrangements and the wider public protection framework. Lincolnshire was one of the first areas in the country to have a multi-agency public protection panel in order to deal with offenders who pose the highest and most immediate risk. As this Annual Report again confirms, this work has been highly successful. None of the offenders identified has committed any offences during the year covered by this report. Through the vigilance of Probation and Police staff, a number of potentially high risk offenders have been recalled to prison before any new offence was committed.

Darren Clayton Principal Housing Officer East Lindsey District Council Darren has been working in housing since 1991 in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility and he has considerable experience in working with multi-agency public protection panels. His current role involves front line management of homelessness, housing advice and more recently housing support services. The East Lindsey Housing Support service has been acknowledged as an area of good practice within Lincolnshire by Supporting People. Darren is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, has an MA in housing, a BA Hons in Business Studies and a postgraduate Diploma in Housing Management.

Neil Gray ACIS Group, Gainsborough Neil is currently Rehousing and Advice Manager and is responsible for a team of five officers who manage the housing register, allocate accommodation and provide a homelessness service. He has been in post since mid May 2003 and prior to this worked for Westminster City Council where he managed their Temporary Accommodation Team. Neil has worked in housing for thirteen years.

Kim Warren Housing Operational Manager, South Holland District Council Kim has worked in housing since 1993 as Housing Officer, Senior Housing Officer for Rutland County Council and now as Housing Operational Manager at South Holland District Council. She holds an Honours degree in Housing Studies and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Tony Lake Chief Constable Lincolnshire Police

Graham Nicholls Acting Chief Officer National Probation Service Lincolnshire

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She holds a BSc in Psychology and has worked in residential care homes as an educational welfare officer and part of a criminal defence team. Sheridan represents the directorate on the Lincolnshire Area Child Protection Committee, Case Monitoring Group and other forums. She coordinates training for and provides support to Directorate and school colleagues in all aspects of child protection. David Ward Tenancy Enforcement Manager, City of Lincoln Council David has twenty years’ housing management experience. His qualifications include an MA in Housing Policy and Practice and he is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. His duties include officer responsibility for anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder issues and high risk cases housed by the Authority. He represents the City of Lincoln Council at public protection meetings for high and very high risk cases. John Tudberry Tenant Services Manager, North Kesteven District Council John has worked in housing for over thirty years and has experience of all aspects of housing management. Present duties include tenancy enforcement, anti-social behaviour matters and crime and disorder issues. He holds a Diploma in Housing Management and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Stuart Sheardown Housing Services Coordinator, South Kesteven District Council Stuart is a member of the Institute of Housing and holds an MSc in Housing from Leicester de Montfort University. He has been working in housing for nine years and is currently Housing Services Coordinator for South Kesteven District Council. Stuart’s responsibilities are allocations, homelessness and giving housing advice on the prevention of homelessness. His work includes multi-agency partnership work.

INTRODUCTION

I am pleased to invite you to read the Third Annual Report about arrangements in Lincolnshire. The statutory organisations in Lincolnshire have demonstrated, over a number of years, real commitment to working together to make our county a safer place in which to live. The multi-agency public protection arrangements represent a structured partnership between Police, Probation, Health, Education, Social Services and Housing with the intent of identifying, assessing and managing those in the community who present a risk of causing harm to the public. Offenders managed by the Public Protection Panel present a most serious and imminent risk of committing violent or sexual offences. There are very few such individuals in the community. In some cases the risk presented is to those individuals known to the offender, as in the case of domestic violence. In other cases the risk assessed may be to the wider public. The Public Protection Panel works closely with the Area Child Protection Committee to reduce the risk to children in our community. We know that the public is best served when agencies work together to share information and act together to monitor the behaviours of offenders. Purposeful dialogue between the agencies in Lincolnshire has never been better and there is a real commitment amongst workers to protect the public. A primary aim is to reduce the number of victims in our community and to ensure that the voice and concerns of those individuals who have experienced crime are heard in the future management of offenders. We are confident that a number of actions taken by the panel have resulted in creating a safer environment.

In relation to those offenders assessed as presenting a less imminent or serious risk of harm to the public, meetings are held regularly to bring together the workers involved with the offender. Again, the primary focus of these meetings is to afford the best public protection. The multi-agency public protection arrangements are overseen by a Strategic Management Board which comprises senior managers from each of the agencies. The Board meets every three months and examines in detail the arrangements in place. In the forthcoming year we look forward to introducing two members of the public as Lay Advisers to the Board. The protection of the public requires constant vigilance on behalf of the statutory agencies. Whilst we are proud of our achievements in Lincolnshire and confident of the commitment we have at the most senior level and throughout the participating organisations, it is our aim to pursue continual improvement of our skills and structures. Consequently we will persist in enhancing our arrangements and will report these developments to the community on an annual basis.

John Cooch Principal Housing Officer Boston Borough Council John has been employed by Boston Borough Council in the Housing department for twentyfive years and is currently Principal Housing Officer, with direct responsibility for the Housing Register, Housing Aid and Advice, Homelessness, the Homelessness Hostel and management of the Housing Needs Team. He works closely with the Council’s Registered Social Landlord partners in the provision of housing, development of housing policies and the rehousing of applicants. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Boston and East Lindsey Domestic Violence Committees and Boston Homelessness Forum.

Sally Lewis Chair Strategic Management Board

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Authorities.

WHICH AGENCIES ARE INVOLVED IN MAPPA?
The most important work undertaken within the MAPPA is done locally, led by the Police, Probation and Prison Service - who act together as the ‘Responsible Authority’. The experience and good practice upon which this work is based began in the 1990s - most significantly as a result of the closer working relationship required by the Sex Offender Act (1997). The Criminal Justice and Courts Services Act (2000) formalised that relationship and built on the existing experience by requiring the Police and the Probation Service to establish arrangements (the MAPPA) for assessing and managing the risks posed by certain sexual and violent offenders. The Prison Service will now join Lincolnshire Police and the National Probation Service, Lincolnshire and become part of the MAPPA “Responsible Authority”.

Andy Cambell Youth Offending Service, Lincolnshire Andy has been Service Development Officer since 2001. He qualified as a Probation Officer in 1974 and worked in the north east of England before coming to Lincolnshire in 1990. Andy has a wide-ranging experience of roles in the criminal justice system, having worked in prisons, probation offices, youth offending teams and in Family Court Welfare.

programmes for offenders and she project-managed the implementation of the 2000 National Service Framework for Mental Health. She was appointed Forensic Services Manager in 2002, including the management of Francis Willis Unit and inreach services at HMP Lincoln. Louise has developmental lead for community forensic services and strategies to meet the needs of people with a personality disorder.

Tim Barker Child Protection Manager Social Services Directorate Tim has been a social worker and manager since 1976, specialising in childcare / child protection. He worked for two years as Chair of child protection conferences, and then worked for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, where he managed a project specialising in assessments of families and therapeutic work with abused children. Tim has been Child Protection Manager since 1996 and advises the Lincolnshire Area Child Protection Committee.

Louise Tomlinson Forensic Services Manager, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust Louise qualified as a first level registered mental health nurse in 1989 and worked in acute psychiatric in-patient units, including management of a low security intensive psychiatric unit in Birmingham. In 1992 at HMP Winson Green, she was one of the first nurses to directly provide mental health care to prisoners. In 1995 Louise moved into psychiatric nursing, providing court diversion and diversion at point-of-arrest services, which led to joint initiatives to address the needs of mentally disordered offenders. She developed a mental health awareness training programme for police and set up joint protocols with Probation to ensure information-sharing to reduce risk. Louise has managed a Regional Forensic Secure Unit for Learning Disabilities, specialising in treatment

THE IMPORTANCE OF PARTNERSHIP
Key to the development of the MAPPA in the past year has been the even closer involvement of other agencies, such as Housing, Health and Social Services, working alongside Police and Probation. The truly multi-agency nature of the MAPPA and the collaboration, which underpins it, has been strengthened further by the Criminal Justice Act (2003). The Act will place a ‘duty to co-operate’ on a wide range of organisations including Youth Offending Teams, local Health Authorities and Trusts, Housing Authorities and registered social landlords, Social Services departments, Jobcentres and Local Education Supporting and co-ordinating the development of the MAPPA throughout the 42 Areas of England and Wales is the National Probation Directorate’s Public Protection Unit (PPU). This Unit acts as a central point for advice and, increasingly, involvement in the management of difficult cases. These include, for example, UK citizens who have committed serious offences abroad and return to this country without anywhere to live. The Unit is also able to provide financial support when the risk management plans make exceptional demands upon local resources.

Sheridan Dodsworth Child Protection Officer, Education and Cultural Services Sheridan has worked for the Education and Cultural Services, which is responsible for support services to schools and the Youth Service, for the last seven years and she was appointed lead officer for child protection in 2002.

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KEY PERSONNEL

Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel Members

A Senior Probation Officer since 1991, Tony’s work has included team management and training in risk assessment, risk management systems and tools. Formerly Chair of the Professional Committee of the National Association of Probation Officers, Tony is a member of the User Development Group for the National Violent and Sexual Offender Registration System (VISOR).

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Lincolnshire Police
A crucially important part of the Police role is protection from harm. This includes identifying dangerous and high risk offenders and working with other organisations to manage their risk.

Chair Sally Lewis Assistant Chief Officer, National Probation Service, Lincolnshire Sally has been a qualified probation officer since 1984. Her previous responsibilities have included National Training Manager, the Bail Information Scheme, Groupwork Training and Approved Premises Manager. Sally’s current responsibilities include public protection and chairing the Multi-Agency Public Protection Management Group.

Karen Head Head of Regimes and Resettlement, HMP Lincoln Karen joined HM Prison Service in 1988 and has served in several establishments, including female and high security prisons. She has been a Governor at HMP Lincoln since 2002, with responsibility for providing prisoners with work, education and training, offending behaviour programmes and resettlement services, including induction procedures, sentence management and custody to work programmes.

National Probation Service, Lincolnshire
The Probation Service has legally enshrined responsibilities towards victims and to provide public protection. The Service in Lincolnshire has carried out pioneering work in Multi-Agency Public Protection and continues to drive this work forward.

Her Majesty’s Prison Service
The risks posed by prisoners subject to MAPPA will be assessed prior to release from custody through case conferences attended by multi-agency staff, such as Prison Service staff, seconded Probation Service staff, Police Liaison Officers, and nominated risk management staff. A range of measures are available to facilitate the release process, accompanied release and imposing additional licence conditions.

MAPPP Manager Tony Eyres Senior Probation Officer, National Probation Service, Lincolnshire Tony has been MAPPP Manager since 2001. After a career in industry, he qualified as a probation officer in 1986. His qualifications include BA (Hons), Certificate of Qualification in Social Work and a Diploma in Management Studies.

Glen Harris Detective Chief Inspector, Crime Support Unit, Lincolnshire Police Glen has been a police officer with Lincolnshire Police since 1985, having worked in a number of roles, including Child Protection and Intelligence. His last role was Divisional Crime Manager. He is now taking up the post he previously held just over two years ago.

Youth Offending Service, Lincolnshire
The Youth Offending Service manages the risk presented by offenders under 18 years of age and is actively involved in working in partnership in Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements.

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ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust
Mental health staff have a unique role in early identification and specialist assessment of risk and are involved in joint working. Health professionals are ideally placed to provide interventions aimed at reducing risk where mental disorder is a key factor in offending behaviour. Health professionals are involved across all levels of Multi-Agency Public Protection from Strategic Planning to Clinical Risk Management, and work collaboratively with many agencies to co-ordinate effective care management.

Susan Twemlow Head of Strategic Modernisation, Children and Family Services Social Services Directorate, succeeded in February 2004 by Jennie Thornton County Manager, Quality & Performance, Children & Family Services Pupil & Schools Services Group, Education and Cultural Services, Divisional Manager, Countywide Adult Mental Health Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust

of much of what the MAPPA does, especially with the few offenders who pose a very high risk of serious harm to the public, it is not practicable for the general public to be involved. Lay advisers will, however, ensure an appropriate and a practical level of community involvement.

Dr Alan Crease Neil Greenfield

WHAT SUPPORT IS GIVEN TO VICTIMS?
If an offender is sentenced to twelve months or more for a violent or sexual assault, a Victim Contact Officer will contact the victims to establish any continuing risk or concerns and inform them about the sentencing process. This knowledge of the victim and their concerns facilitates better risk management when an offender is eventually released.

John Bibby Director of Housing and Community Services (City of Lincoln Council) Keith Beaumont Governor, HMP North Sea Camp (representing HM Prison Service)

Lincolnshire Social Services
Social Services work to protect the most vulnerable people in society including children, people with disabilities and older citizens. Our staff work regularly with colleagues in multi-agency partnerships and child protection.

INVOLVING THE PUBLIC

CASE STUDY VICTIM CONTACT
The Probation Service employs Victim Contact staff who keep each victim informed of an offender’s release and put forward the views and concerns of victims. An offender with a long history of indecent exposure and sexually abusive behaviour was due for release after a seven year sentence. Co-operation with the Prison Service led to him being released away from the victim’s home area and he was required by the Probation Service to reside in supervised accommodation under curfew. His victim was kept informed that he would not be living in the area where she still resides and she was given information about his approximate date of release. This regular contact and sharing of information greatly assisted and reassured the victim.

MAPPA developments in the next year will also include the appointment by the Home Secretary of two lay advisers to Strategic Management Board. The eight areas of England and Wales which have been piloting these arrangements since January (Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Durham, South Wales, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and West Midlands) report that they add real value. Lay advisers will contribute to the review and monitoring of the MAPPA which is undertaken by each Area’s Strategic Management Board - the work of which you can read more in this report. The purpose of appointing lay advisers is to ensure that the community has an involvement in what is done to protect them and that those involved professionally with the MAPPA are aware of the views of the community. The lay advisers will not “represent” the community in the way, for example, that local councillors do, nor will they be involved in operational decision-making. And, given the sensitivity

Lincolnshire Education and Cultural Services
The Education Service has an essential part to play in child protection. Staff are actively involved in work to protect children from the risk presented by potentially dangerous offenders identified through MAPPA.

Housing Authorities and Registered Social Landlords
Housing Authorities and Registered Social Landlords work with a wide range of tenants and prospective tenants. Multi-Agency Public Protection work enables us to protect the community by providing appropriate housing and being aware of risk to staff and other members of the community.

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FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS IN 2003 / 2004
1. During 2002/2003, in addition to the work on many individual cases, the second tier of risk assessment and management, Divisional Risk Meetings, was fully established and is working well. 2. In 2003/2004 improved Risk Recording and Management Action verification was incorporated. 3. Joint training for staff from partner organisations is regularly provided. This not only ensures that staff's knowledge is up to date, but also that working together between organisations is the norm. 4. Specialist staff from the Probation Service, who routinely work with offenders assessed as presenting a likelihood of serious harm, meet regularly to ensure that they are up-to-date on all developments related to their public protection role. 5. From the beginning of the financial year 2004/2005 the Probation Service will have in post a Senior Probation Officer whose specific remit will be to manage staff involved in High Risk Multi-Agency Public Protection cases. 6. Regular meetings have continued between the Manager of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel and Lincolnshire's seven Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships. These meetings are designed to ensure that there is a common understanding and a seamless development of Public Protection throughout the county. 7. Closer co-operation has been developed between the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel and the Lincolnshire Area Child Protection Committee. The reference manual for Child Protection also includes advice on whom, and how, to refer high risk cases to the Multi Agency Public Protection Panel.

8. High risk offenders, whose risk of re-offending is made worse because of their addiction to drink and drugs, now have the benefit of a "fast track" approach to specialist treatment services. 9. Of particular concern are offenders with mental health needs and Lincolnshire's public protection work has greatly benefited by the appointment of a Forensic Services Manager, who sits on the core panel. In addition, in cases where mental health concerns are significant, consultant psychiatrists and psychologists and other health staff provide advice and assistance. (However, it is important to note that the majority of mentally disordered individuals do not commit offences.) 10. Protection of victims is a core feature of Lincolnshire's Public Protection work. In all relevant cases specialist Victim Contact Officers employed by the Probation Service contact victims and assess their concerns and need for information. These officers routinely attend Multi-Agency Public Protection meetings or provide information to assist in the short and longer term protection of victims.

WHICH OFFENDERS ARE MANAGED BY MAPPA?
Registered Sex Offenders
Any offender convicted or cautioned for a sex offence since September 1997, or serving a sentence of imprisonment at that time.

HOW ARE THE CASES MANAGED?
Level 1 - Low to Medium Risk Cases These form the majority of cases. Organisations manage these cases as normal, but share essential information with others e.g. in child protection cases. Level 2 - Higher Risk Cases The Probation Service organises meetings throughout Lincolnshire in co-operation with the Police and other organisations to assess and manage the risk presented by higher risk offenders. Level 3 - Very High Risk Cases These cases are known as The Critical Few. Though few, these cases require maximum resources. A panel consisting of senior officers and staff from all multi-agency partners meets at least monthly to assess, review and manage the risk that these individuals could present.

Violent and other Sex Offenders
Normally sentenced to at least twelve months’ custody or detained under relevant mental health legislation.

Other Offenders
Who pose a risk of serious harm to the public. Full information about offences covered by MAPPA management is available in Sections 67 and 68 of the Criminal Justice and Court services Act (2000).

HOW IS RISK ASSESSED? STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT BOARD
The Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements are overseen by a board of representatives from the organisations involved in Public Protection. The Board meets quarterly, reviews work in hand, and drives forward new developments. At present the following are Board members: Sally Lewis Assistant Chief Officer, National Probation Service, Lincolnshire Assistant Chief Constable, Lincolnshire Police

A number of statistically reliable tools for the assessment of the risk of re-offending have been developed in recent years including: ASSET OASys MATRIX 2000 for young offenders for adult offenders for sexual and violent offenders

Peter Davies

All of these are used as required in Lincolnshire. As well as using these well-tested methods, staff involved are required to collect and thoroughly evaluate all information, to record and carry out decisions, follow policies and procedures and take all reasonable steps in order to achieve high quality risk assessment and management.

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DISCLOSURE

STATISTICAL INFORMATION
Number of offenders

In cases when it is essential to inform members of the public about a potential public risk, the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel will propose disclosure as part of a wider risk management plan. However, the final decision will be taken at Chief Constable level and full advice and guidance will be included. If organisations in Lincolnshire become aware of an individual whose behaviour is giving concern and he does not respond to warnings, it may be necessary to consider public disclosure. This is done as a last resort, as we wish to avoid driving worrying offenders underground or creating undue public concern. If disclosure is necessary, approval is required from a Chief Constable and those who receive the disclosure aretold what to do with the information and whom to contact for help or action. If disclosure is required the following principles are followed: 1. Actions are proportionate to risk 2. Individual poses a risk of serious harm 3. No other practical means exist to protect the public 4. All risks are considered 5. Disclosure is to the right person 6. The person receiving the information knows what they need to do with it in order to provide effective public protection 4 MAPPP cases (vii) Identify how many MAPPA offenders in each of the three Categories (i.e. (i)-RSOs, (v)-V&0 and (vi)-00 above) have been managed through the MAPPP (level 3) between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004.
RSO V&O OO

1. Category 1 MAPPA offenders: Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) i) The number of RSOs living in Lincolnshire on 31st March 2004. ii) The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement, between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004 iii) The number of full Sex Offender Orders (a) applied for and (b) imposed by the courts in Lincolnshire between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004. iv) The number of interim Sex Offender Orders (a) applied for and (b) inposed by the courts in Lincolnshire between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004.
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2. Category 2: violent offenders and other sexual offenders. (V&O) v) The number of violent and other sexual offenders (as defined by Section 68 (3), (4) and (5) of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act (2000)) living in Lincolnshire between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004

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3. Category 3: Other offenders (OO) vi) The number of ‘other offenders' (as defined by Section 67 (2)(b) of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act (2000) between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004. vii) The number of Restraining Orders imposed on any MAPPA offenders by the courts in Lincolnshire between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2004.

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KEY ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2003 / 2004
* * * * * * * No serious offences committed by MAPPP - managed cases (Level 3 - Very High Risk) Effective and regular risk management meetings established throughout Lincolnshire Formal links established with child protection systems Joint risk training between different agencies Prison Service brought into strategic management of public protection arrangements Highest ever levels of attendance and delivery of actions to manage serious risks Consultant Psychologists and Specialist Probation Officers work together on nationally accredited Community Sex Offences Prevention Programmes All actions to manage risk are effectively targeted and measured

For the first time the statistics referring to the category of Sexual and Violent Offenders sentenced to in excess of 12 months’ custody exclude those not yet released on licence. Therefore, they are not comparable with previous figures. The statistics include those supervised on licence. 113 individuals have successfully completed their licence. Sex offender registrations have increased as a result of the following factors: * Lifetime registration of many leaving prison. * Cases moving into area. * Active policing, in particular of internet pornographic crime and other sexual crime. * Increased knowledge of sex offending has led to more reporting of less serious offences and an increase in cautions which can still require registration. Sex Offender Registration has been very successful. In Lincolnshire 97.5% have complied with requirements. The "Other High Risk Offenders" category, which allows offenders who are not registered sex offenders or supervised on licence by Probation to be managed, has reduced during the last year by 37%. None of those assessed as presenting the highest potential risk have committed any serious offences during the reporting year.

CASE STUDY - SEX OFFENDER
The Sex Offender Order is a powerful tool in controlling the activities of sex offenders. It can be obtained by the Police and prohibits a sex offender from any activity which would increase his risk of harmful behaviour for a minimum of five years. Sex Offender Orders can prohibit: * * Contact with children Frequenting places where children congregate,such as parks, swimming pools, schools etc. * * Possessing items which would attract children, such as toys, balloons, puppies Possessing cameras or video equipment

In addition, the offender must register with the Police and notify them of any change of address. Last year a Lincolnshire man subject to a Sex Offender Order was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for approaching young children. Timely enforcement of the Order meant that he was imprisoned before any children had been harmed.

CASE STUDY - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Mr. W. has a long history of very serious domestic violence which has resulted in injury to several previous partners and the death of his wife. He was released from prison and planned to move to Lincolnshire to begin a relationship with a woman, whom he began contacting whilst still in prison. The National Probation Service referred Mr. W. to the Multi Agency Public Protection Panel for the following reasons: 1. Risk to his new partner 2. Risk to his deceased wife’s family 3. Risk to his child The Multi Agency Public Protection Panel set in progress actions to protect possible victims, including his new partner and his previous family. These included: * Full disclosure about his offending * Personal house alarms connected directly to the Police * Contact with specialist Police Domestic Violence Officer * Re-housing to an address unknown to Mr.W. * Requirement for Mr.W. to stay and obey curfew in supervised accommodation, staffed 24 hours per day * Mr.W. not to contact deceased wife’s family * Enforceable Police warning about future behaviour In addition to the above conditions, police officers took active steps to ensure that, on release from prison, Mr. W. did not try to approach those to whom he was a risk. To make this action plan work, close co-operation at all levels was required from Probation, Police, Health, Housing, Education, Prison and Social Services. It is unlikely to have occurred so smoothly, or even at all, without the benefits of the Multi Agency Public Protection Panel.

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COMMENTARY ON 2003 / 2004 STATISTICS
This year the annual report provides a more detailed breakdown of the number of sexual and violent offenders who are covered by the MAPPA in Lincolnshire. As last year, the figures include the number of registered sex offenders. Because sex offender registration is normally for a minimum of 5 years (and generally for much longer) the figures are expected to increase for some time. Only a very small proportion (about 6% throughout England and Wales) are considered to pose such a high risk or management difficulty that they are referred to the highest level of the MAPPA - the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel. (The MAPPP).

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LINCOLNSHIRE MULTI-AGENCY PUBLIC PROTECTION PROCEDURES

LINCOLNSHIRE MULTI-AGENCY PUBLIC PROTECTION PROCEDURES REVIEW MEETING PROCESS

Individual Organisations assess risk of harm Divisional Risk Meeting and Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel Review Meeting Process (at least quarterly)

If low or medium risk, manage within own organisation

If high risk, manage through Divisional Risk Meeting

If very high risk, refer to Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel via a Core Panel Member

Review progress against risk management strategy and share any current concerns. Re-assess Risk level.

Possible Outcomes

Risk assessment can change due to new information or improvements or decline in offender behaviour, and procedures and practice are flexible to allow for changed risk assessment. Considered to be Medium/Low Risk High Risk There are identifiable indicators of risk of serious harm.The potential event is not imminent but could happen at any time and the impact could be serious. Very High Risk There is imminent risk of serious harm.The potential event is more likely than not to happen imminently and the impact could be serious. • Remove from register and recommend single agency action to manage risk • Continue registration as potentially dangerous offender. Formulate updated protection plan. Set review date. • Continue registration as dangerous offender. Formulate updated protection plan. Refer to / continue with Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel (MAPPP) Set review date. Considered to be High Risk Considered to be Very High Risk

Risk Definitions
Low Risk No significant current indicators of risk. Medium Risk There are identifiable indicators of risk of harm.The offender has the potential to cause harm, but is unlikely to do so unless there is a change of circumstances.

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