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Northamptonshire Probation Area Address Phone

National Probation Service 01604 658082


Assistant Chief Officer (Northamptonshire Area)
43-47 Bridge Street
Northampton, NN1 1NS

National Probation Service 01604 658065


Senior Probation Officer and MAPPP Manager (Northamptonshire Area)
43-47 Bridge Street
Northampton, NN1 1NS

Northamptonshire Police Address Phone

Northamptonshire Police Headquarters, 01604 700700


Detective Chief Superintendent Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN1 0JQ

Northamptonshire Police Headquarters, 01604 888535


Detective Chief Inspector Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN1 0JQ

Northampton Victim Support Scheme Address Phone

Northampton Victim Support Scheme 01604 603477


County Director Angel Street
Northampton
NN1 1ED
Northamptonshire
MAPPA Annual Report 2002
1. Introduction

The Northamptonshire Public Protection Panel was


established in October 2000. The panel built on local
arrangements that were first initiated in response to the
Sex Offenders Act (1997). This involved collaborative
arrangements, set out in a joint protocol, between the
Police and Probation Services to jointly monitor and
reduce the risk posed by registered sex offenders.
The Public Protection Panel widened the remit of this
close working relationship to include monitoring and
management of potentially dangerous offenders. In
recognition of their important role and contribution, the
Public Protection Panel drew in other agencies
including housing, mental health and social services.
Since then, the Panel has built on these initial
arrangements and, in accordance with the Criminal
Justice and Court Services Act 2000, the Public
Protection Panel became the Multi Agency Public
Protection Panel (MAPPP). All relevant local agencies
have the opportunity to assist with the management of
dangerous people on a planned basis. This delivers
effective liaison between agencies, the sharing of
specialist expertise and an informed and open
approach towards the management of individuals who
potentially place the community ‘at risk’.

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2. Summary of Roles and Responsibilities

This year has seen a significant Police Headquarters. Both assist important that offenders who present
increase in the number of agencies with the listing of appropriate cases a potential danger to the public are
regularly involved with the Panel. To for MAPPP discussion and provide safely housed in locations where
begin with, the initial panel ‘core’ vital information from local and they can be effectively supervised
membership comprised national records. There is a close and, on occasions, placed under
representatives from the Police, working relationship between Police surveillance.
Probation and Prison Servi ce, but and Probation staff that has
has since been extended to include extended to joint home visits to A representative from the County’s
Local Authority Housing, the offenders subject to sex offender Forensic Psychiatric Service attends
Forensic Psychiatric Service, the registration. the panel to give advice on Mental
Youth Offending Team and Social Health issues together with
Care and Health. ‘Social Care and The Governor of HMP information on the availability of
Health’ includes social services Wellingborough is the Prison Service specialist resources in the
representatives from both Mental representative. Many of the cases Northamptonshire area.
Health and Children’s Services. for MAPPP discussion are coming to
the end of a custodial sentence, Social Care and Health have two
The Probation Service ‘High Risk’ sometimes at HMP Wellingborough, panel memebers, the first being a
Team supervises both sexual and and he is able to advise on issues manager who represents the
violent offenders and all registered such as the individual’s behaviour in Community Mental Health Teams.
MAPPP cases are contained within custody, prison procedure and any This Manager is able to share
the team’s caseload. The Team other matters relating to the Prison information on Offenders with
Manager is a member of the panel. Service. On occasions other current mental health problems and
The Manager of the Probation hostel representatives from the Prison assist with work co-ordination.
is also a panel member, this allows Service who have close personal
for the joint management of knowledge of an offender also attend
Social Care and Health have
dangerous offenders placed at the to discuss individual cases.
recently nominated a panel member
hostel as well as easing panel
from childrens services. This panel
access to this resource. Northamptonshire has seven
Borough Councils, each with its own member holds core responsibility for
The Police are represented by a Housing Department. A registration and conferencing of
Detective Constable responsible for representative of Northampton children at risk and it is anticipated
overseeing all sex offenders subject Borough Council attends the panel that this development will
to registration and a Detective meetings to provide information and significantly enhance the work of the
Sergeant from ‘Force Intelligence’ at advice on housing matters. It is panel.

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3. Outline of Arrangements Made


There is a co-ordinated structure, In accordance with Prison Circular addresses to be checked to ensure
covering Northamptonshire, for the 45/95, the Prison Service identify all the protection of children.
assessment and integrated risk offenders within the prison system
management of sexual and violent who have ever been convicted of an A housing protocol for very high risk
offenders with the ultimate aim of offence against a child under the age offenders is being developed and
securing public protection. In of 18. The Probation Service, promoted through the Crime and
addition to the protocol in relation to Review and Conference Service and Disorder partnership in the seven
the MAPPP, this structure includes Area Social Care and Health Teams local authority areas. Clearly
the Prison Service, Housing and are, as a matter of course, notified of appropriate and settled
Employment Services and the Area a prisoner’s transfer to another accommodation is central to the
Child Protection Committee. institution and of his/her pending surveillance and risk management of
release date. This enables release such offenders and this year the
panel have experienced difficulties in are due to be replaced in summer time, each is subject to a discussion
securing accommodation for some 2002, by the introduction of the new of approximately one to one and half
MAPPP cases whose previous National Probation Service Offender hours. Where a decision is made to
convictions (e.g. sexual and violent) Assessment System (OASys). A register, the panel then develops a
have made them extremely difficult specially trained Probation Officer risk management plan and
to place. It is hoped that continued from the ‘High Risk’ Team designates a lead agency to
negotiation will persuade all seven supervises those offenders implement the plan. Individuals who
areas of the merits of a co-ordinated assessed as presenting a high risk have been registered with the
approach to this shared problem and of harm. In consultation with the MAPPP are informed of their
that all will sign up to the housing Team Manager, a risk management registration unless there are clear
protocol. plan will be developed and a reasons not to do so. Registered
decision taken as to referral to the cases are regularly reviewed to
The Probation Service also has a MAPPP. The Police and any other ensure that decisions are
protocol with the Employment agency, including those working with implemented and to take account of
Service which is notified in advance mentally disordered offenders, are changed circumstances. Each case
when anyone convicted of a sexual able to refer to the MAPPP with review includes a review of the need
offence is due to be released from referrals made via the line manager for continued registration. Each
custody. This ensures that those for each agency to the chair of the MAPPP discussion is minuted in full.
offenders who seek assistance MAPPP. In circumstances where an The MAPPP minutes are clearly
through the Employment Service are individual is considered to be designated as highly confidential
directed to appropriate work dangerous, the referring worker is however information is shared with
locations that exclude contact with required to produce a report on that parties not attending MAPPP
children. individual which is circulated a week meetings when this is necessary to
in advance of the panel hearing. secure the protection of the public.
All registered sex offenders, within The report author is required to
Northamptonshire, are assessed by attend the MAPPP. Sometimes the Police and Probation
the Police Force Intelligence using Services receive very short notice
the approved Thornton’s Risk Matrix The venue for each MAPPP meeting that a potentially dangerous offender
2000 assessment tool. As part of this alternates between the Probation is due to be released or the risk
process, direct contact is made with Service and Police Headquarters presented by an individual in contact
offenders and information is sought and both organisations undertake with one of the relevant agencies
from all agencies. Sex Offenders administrative responsibilities. The suddenly escalates. In these
assessed as high risk are referred to responsibility for chairing meetings is circumstances, if a MAPPP meeting
the MAPPP. shared between the Police and is not imminent, an emergency
Probation Service and this year the ‘strategy meeting’ is called which is,
In relation to violent offenders, all task has been undertaken by the in effect, an impromptu MAPPP
those sentenced to imprisonment Probation Service at Assistant Chief meeting with all the participating
terms of 12 months or more, are Officer level. In the interests of agencies involved. This year there
released subject to licence and are consistency and objectivity, each have been five such meetings
supervised by the Probation Service. MAPPP meeting follows a standard arranged by the Police and
These offenders are risk assessed agenda. The MAPPP meets once Probation Service.
using Probation Service risk per month, with in general two to
assessment tools, the current tools three new cases considered each
4. Strategic Management Arrangements

In Northamptonshire a strategic to the Police, Detective Chief County Manager of the Youth
management group, known locally Superintendent. Other members Offending Team and from the
as the MAPPP Executive of the group include from the Prison Service, a Prison
Committee was formed in Health Service the Chief Governor. All members of the
response to the CJ and CS Act Executive of Northampton Executive Committee have
2000. The group has agreed to Primary Care Trust. From Social working responsibilities for areas
meet four times per year to Care and Health, the County relevant to the MAPPP and all
address strategic issues Manager of Children’s Services have made a commitment to
surrounding the operation of the and also the Head of Mental supporting the practitioner led
MAPPP. In it’s first year the Health Services. The Chief MAPPP through joint funding
committee designated the Housing Officer from arrangements and the provision of
Assistant Chief Probation Officer Northampton Borough Council resources.
as committee chair. This (representing the County Chief
responsibility will rotate next year Housing Officers Group) the
5. Disclosure

In reducing the risk presented by the offender, to other family instructed to disclose this
individuals, the MAPPP can disclose members should he attempt to information. The Probation Officer
information and make notifications to coerce them into revealing his then interviewed his partner and
individuals, groups or sections of the partner’s whereabouts. It was ensured that she was fully aware of
community if this is determined to be decided that it was not possible to both offences and the risk to herself.
proportional and can be justified. remove such an extensive group of Since then, the subject and his
Notifications to the wider community people to a safe environment and partner have maintained their
are only made where there is a that in order to protect the public, the relationship and this has been the
pressing need and each decision offenders continued remand in subject of close scrutiny the
must balance the likelihood of harm custody was necessary. To this end, Probation Officer.
occurring in one location against the the MAPPP disclosed information on
risk of an offender “going to ground” the offender’s previous offending 3. An offender with a record of
and creating victims in another and modus operendi to the Crown sexual offences against male
location. The following are Prosecution Service and a further children obtained employment at a
examples from the past year where remand in custody was sought and local supermarket. As his position
the MAPPP have deemed the imposed. meant interacting with the public, the
disclosure of information necessary. panel felt that this job presented an
2. An offender with two previous unacceptable level of risk to children
1. An offender was referred to the convictions for rape informed his and decided that the supermarket
MAPPP following an alleged serious supervising Probation Officer that he manager should be informed. This
assault against his partner. His had established a relationship with a was done and the offender was very
partner and children were placed in new partner. A former partner had quickly dismissed. He was
a refuge and the offender was been a previous victim raising supported in obtaining appropriate
arrested and remanded into custody. concerns about the safety of his new employment, which was vetted to
There was however, serious concern partner. The panel decided that his ensure that he would not have
about the possibility of an application partner should be made aware of his contact with children.
for bail and the risk presented by offending history. The offender was

approach in a manner that respects reported. Trained staff and


their wish to be consulted in the volunteers at local branches offer
management of the offender. Where information and support to victims,
6. Victims Work a victim chooses to be consulted, the witnesses, their families and friends.
Victim Contact Officer will arrange to
meet them at a time and place Victim support provides the Witness
Section 69 of the Criminal Justice convenient to them. This is usually at Service, based in every criminal
and Court Services Act 2000 places the home of the victim(s). court in England and Wales, to offer
a statutory duty on the National assistance before, during and after a
Probation Service, Northamptonshire Victims are entitled to be kept trial. You can also call the Victim
to contact victims and ask if they informed of the release Supportline - 0845 30 30 900 – for
wish to be consulted about the arrangements for the offenders, the information and support and details
release arrangements for violent and month and general location, and of local services and other relevant
sexual offenders sentenced to 12 details of any licence conditions that organisations.
months in prison or more. restrict the offender’s movements
and the reduce the impact on the The details of the Northampton
Specialist staff (Victim Contact victim. Victim Support scheme and other
Officers) are based in two locations, relevant agencies are listed on the
north and south of the county, and Victim Support is the national charity contacts page of this report.
deal exclusively with the victims of for people affected by crime. It is an
crime for whom the Probation independent organisation, offering a
Service has a statutory free and confidential service,
responsibility. The Victim Contact whether or not a crime has been
Officers make extensive efforts to
locate victims whom they then