Annual Report

2004-05

MAPPA Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Nottinghamshire

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

Baroness Scotland Minister of State for Criminal Justice and Offender Management

MAPPA Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Nottinghamshire

Contents
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Introduction Key Achievements The Role of the Prison Service in MAPPA How the MAPPA Operates
- Case Studies

1 3 5 6 8 10 12 14

Statistical Information and Commentary The Strategic Management Board Contacts

MAPPA Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Nottinghamshire

Introduction
Welcome to the Nottinghamshire Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) Annual Report for 2004 – 5. This report provides an opportunity for those agencies involved in the protection of our communities to explain how they work together to minimise the risk presented by some violent and sexual offenders. While the report contains statistical information, which of course is of interest, it more importantly incorporates an outline of how the public protection arrangements work in Nottinghamshire and what the agencies involved are doing to further develop this important and demanding area of work. Unfortunately the risk of further violent and sexual offending can never be entirely eliminated. However, what is vital is that working arrangements exist among agencies to enable; exchange of information, accurate risk assessments and joint risk management plans where necessary. The past year has seen a continued strengthening of co-operation among agencies that contribute to minimizing harm to the public and reducing re-offending. This report includes details of how we have responded to the new legislation within the Criminal Justice Act 2003 which introduced both statutory duties for agencies to work together and a new element of public scrutiny. The Criminal Justice Act 2003 also introduced public protection sentences that are now available to the Courts. The Probation Service will inform the Courts of factors relating to risk of further offending that may be taken into account when sentencing. Possible options for the Court include indeterminate sentences to protect the public or longer periods of supervision for the offender on release from custody. In October 2004 Nottinghamshire recruited two lay advisers to assist the Strategic Management Board (SMB) in their role of monitoring and reviewing the public protection arrangements. Julia Cox and Yvette Price-Mear were formally appointed by the Secretary of State in December 2004 and immediately took their place on the SMB. The element of public scrutiny that the inclusion of lay advisers adds to the SMB is particularly welcome and further details of their initial thoughts can be found later in this report. Chief Probation Officer, David Hancock, retired earlier this year and our thanks to David are recorded here for his unstinting commitment to public protection work. David was the Chair of the Steering Group and latterly the Strategic Management Board that initiated and went on to develop the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel. His leadership ensured that Nottinghamshire was well equipped to take forward public protection work.

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Jane Geraghty has now joined Nottinghamshire Probation Service as its Chief Officer and will lead the Strategic Management Board. Previously the Chief Officer for Humberside, her responsibilities there included leading the regional Police, Prisons and Probation forum which was set up to achieve consistent working practices. Sharon Flannery, who takes on the new role of Director of Offender Management, has reiterated the priority that must be given to public protection within the Probation Service. Other local developments include the recruitment of a Head of Risk Management and Risk Reduction by the Governor of HMP Whatton. This will enhance the Prison’s ability to develop further already well-established risk management processes. The Strategic Management Board is exploring new ways to monitor how the arrangements are working and to ensure that any lessons that need to be learned are implemented quickly. Finally, we would like to thank all those involved in the work carried out through MAPP. A high volume of risk assessment and risk management decisions are taken every day by professionals and it is to their credit that very few further serious offences occur.

Steve Green
Chief Constable Nottinghamshire Police

Jane Geraghty
Chief Officer National Probation Service Nottinghamshire Area

Bob Perry
East Midlands Area Prison Manager

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Key Achievements
Promoting awareness of the MAPPA amongst professionals and developing consistent practice based on national guidance is a significant task with more than 30 organisations in Nottinghamshire fall under the duty to co-operate. To assist with this work a local ‘MAPPA identity’ has been created and used on credit card size aide-memoire leaflets which have been produced for use by professionals involved in public protection work. Public information leaflets using the same logo have also been circulated to libraries and other public buildings to raise the profile of MAPPAs work.
Who’s protecting you
from violent and sexual offenders?
An introduction to

MAPPA Information leaflets

A full induction programme for the two lay advisers to the Strategic Management Board is underway, with valuable contributions from partner agencies. We are also pleased to report that over the last 12 months a wide range of key agencies have signed up to the MAPPA Protocol which fulfils the obligation to set out how agencies will co-operate together in a memorandum of understanding. To mark all these developments we held an event in January 2005, which attracted widespread support from partner agencies who are signatories to the MAPPA Protocol. The event received positive publicity in the local press and radio, helping to further promote the work of MAPPA. Within the statistical section of this report is evidence of the further pro-active use of Sexual Offences Prevention Orders and Notification Orders - two new orders introduced by the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Nottinghamshire Police have continued their policy of utilizing all available methods to manage the behaviour of the relatively small number of high risk sex offenders and thereby minimise harm. This year’s Probation staff conferences featured MAPPA extensively and helped to raise awareness of MAPPA across the service. MAPPA staff also joined forces with the Probation public protection teams at the multiagency ‘Standing Together’ event promoting the work of criminal justice agencies.

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Audit and case review processes are now in place to improve practice and develop new ways of working. For the first time a joint ACPC & MAPPA case review took place and used the expertise of partners working in the child protection field to examine the case management of a registered sex offender. MAPPP minutes have been audited and the core panel members have undertaken a review of their contribution to risk management, effectiveness, processes and procedures. Training has been provided at 19 events for partner agencies including Housing, Prison, Probation and Health Services and the Criminal Justice Intervention Team. Work is continuing with the Secure Services Commissioning Team at Nottingham City Primary Care Trust that has enabled improved understanding of the specific issues posed by mentally disordered offenders. A network of contacts between areas of service is being developed and we were able to facilitate a regional MAPPA & Health conference in February where leading authorities in this area were able to give a valuable insight into the complexities of this work. The national ViSOR database is now in operation within Nottinghamshire. It replaces the previous local interim solution and provides detailed information about all registered sex offenders across the country. The database is considerably more sophisticated than its predecessor and will greatly assist the management of sex offenders.

MAPPA Launch at Nottinghamshire Probation HQ January 2005

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

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How the MAPPA Operates
MAPPA agencies work together to decide how best to minimise the likelihood of offenders committing further crimes.
Offenders are assessed to determine which pose the greatest threat. Risk assessments identify what the risk factors are and risk management plans are formulated and resources allocated accordingly. The focus is managing those assessed at the highest levels of risk or particularly complex cases. This is essential for the effective use of resources.

MAPPA Agencies
Police Probation Prisons Youth Offending Teams Jobcentre Plus Local Education Authorities Local Housing Authorities Registered Social Landlords Social Services Strategic Health Authorities Primary Care Trusts and NHS Trusts Electronic Monitoring Providers

There are three levels of risk management. Level 3, the highest level, are cases referred to the MultiAgency Public Protection Panel (MAPPP) which meets monthly and relies on partner agencies working closely at a senior level. Level 2 operates on a local basis and brings together agencies to exchange information and to agree and prepare local risk management plans. Level 1 is the term used to describe the ordinary case management of an offender by whichever agency holds that responsibility; it may still involve inter-agency communications.

Victoria Hodgett
Victoria Hodgett is the Nottinghamshire MAPPA Manager and Chairs the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel that deals with those cases that present the highest risk of harm or involve complex management issues. ‘I would like to record my thanks to the core panel members who commit their time and expertise to the risk management of the most dangerous offenders in Nottinghamshire. Our effectiveness is dependent upon the hard work of case managers and other professionals who attend the meetings and provide quality risk assessments and information which assist in the formulation of robust risk management plans’.

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Brian Beasley
DCI Brian Beasley head of the Nottinghamshire Police Public Protection Unit that comprises the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, Anti-Vice Squad and Dangerous Persons Management Unit (DPMU). “All three teams have a role in public protection, however it is the DPMU that specialises in managing high-risk offenders. Risk assessments are carried out for all sex offenders living in this area who are required to register their details with the Police. Visits are made to ensure compliance with the notification requirements, close monitoring is carried out and the appropriate use is made of civil orders. All these processes contribute to the risk management of sex offenders in Nottinghamshire”.

Ann Gerty
Ann Gerty, Victim Contact Co-ordinator, describes the work of the Victim Contact Team. “This is a specialist team within the Nottinghamshire Probation Area, which undertakes direct work with victims of serious crime. The National Probation Service has a statutory responsibility to consult with and notify victims of serious crime about release arrangements and contribute to the risk management of offenders in the community. It also creates the opportunity to provide information to victims about an offender’s sentence and explain how the Prison and Probation systems operate. This applies to the victims of all offenders sentenced to 12 months imprisonment or more for sexual or other violent offences. Particular attention is given to victims of domestic abuse. Life sentence cases are retrospective and it is not unusual for us to be contacted by men or women who were children when family members were killed and, as adults, want information about the circumstances of the death of their loved one and about the release of the offender. We have also contacted families to inform them about changes in life sentence legislation. Attempting to trace victims can often be time consuming and difficult, involving liaison with a range of agencies. Contact with victims is initially made by letter with the offer of a face-to-face meeting. Victims are often contacted a second time to provide information about parole outcomes and release arrangements.
The Victim Contact Team

The views of victims are invaluable when assessing risk and can assist in making additional licence conditions. We are frequently invited to submit information at MAPPA meetings where the victim’s future protection is paramount. Over the past year we have contacted over 500 victims and met over 60% of them. Victims’ personal experiences differ and our feedback surveys reveal that our service is appreciated by victims and by other criminal justice agencies.”

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Case studies
Jim is a 42-year-old man with a long
history of sexual offending. While in Prison he undertook a range of sex offender treatment programmes. A MAPPA level 2 meeting was convened to coordinate agencies’ contributions to his risk assessment and management on release. Further resources were identified as being required and his case was referred to Level 3 (MAPPP). The MAPPP worked with the case managers to develop a risk management plan that included specialist accommodation with strict monitoring. Jim was subsequently moved to approved Probation accommodation and his case was reviewed regularly by the MAPPP. Through close supervision it was established that Jim had disclosed information that caused concern including that he had been attracted to an unknown woman. He was immediately recalled to Prison where he remains.

Key factors in the successful management of this case were:
• Good links with Prisons • Specialist accommodation linked to the level of risk assessed • Comprehensive reports and assessments • Regular reviews to identify any change in risk • Hostel intervention • Good supervision leading to disclosure • Immediate action

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Key factors in the successful management of this case were:

Recognition of continuing risk and need for flexible response Good supervision and support Access to interim accommodation to prevent homelessness and increased risk Links to local housing provider to provide longer term solution Treatment for alcohol problem Psychological counselling Appropriate training leading to employment opportunities

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David is a 30-year-old male who has numerous convictions for violence resulting in frequent terms of imprisonment. He had been recalled to Prison twice for failing to comply with licence conditions and was due to be released without statutory involvement. Probation officers agreed to offer him voluntary contact recognising that he still posed a risk. Unexpectedly David accepted the offer. He was placed in approved Probation accommodation and during supervision appointments related well to the officer providing this voluntary service. David’s alcohol problems began to be tackled through an alcohol advisory service and education and employment opportunities and training were provided. He also received counselling for his own abuse suffered as a child. David now has his own tenancy and this is his longest period out of trouble.

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Statistical Information and Commentary
1. Category 1 MAPPA offenders: Registered Sex Offenders (RSO) i) The number of RSOs living in Nottinghamshire on 31st March 2005. ia) The number of RSOs per 100'000 head of population. ii) The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement, between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2005 iii) The number of (a) Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) (b) interim SOPOs granted and (c) full SOPOs imposed by the Courts in Nottinghamshire between 1st May 2004 and 31st March 2005. iv) The number of (a) Notification Orders applied for (b) Interim Notification Orders granted and (c) full Notification Orders imposed by the Courts in Nottinghamshire between 1st May 2004 and 31st March 2005. v) The number of Foreign Travel Orders (a) applied for and (b) imposed by the Courts in Nottinghamshire between 1st May 2004 and 31st March 2005
a) b) c) a) b) c) a) 708 69

34 11 11 11 1 0 1 0

b)

0

2. Category 2 MAPPA offenders: Violent offenders and other sexual offenders (V&OS) vi) The number of violent and other sexual offenders (as defined by Section 327 (3), (4) and (5) of the Criminal Justice Act (2003)) living in Nottinghamshire between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2005 3. Category 3 MAPPA offenders: Other offenders (OTHO) vii) The number of ‘other offenders’ (as defined by Section 325 (2)(b) of the Criminal Justice Act (2003)) between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2005. 4. Offenders managed through Level 3 (MAPPP) & Level 2 (local inter-agency management)
Level 3 Level 2 51 64 48 53

293

(viii) Identify how many MAPPA offenders in each of the three Categories (i.e. (1)- RSOs, (2)- V&O and (3)- OO above) have been managed through the MAPPP (level 3) and through local interagency risk management (level 2) between 1stApril 2004 and 31st March 2005.

RSO V&O OthO

10 13 5

ix) Of the cases managed by the MAPPP at levels 3 or 2 (i.e.(viii)) between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2005 how many, whilst managed at that level: (a) Were returned to custody for a breach of licence? (b) Were returned to custody for a breach of a Restraining Order or Sexual Offences Prevention Order? (c) Were charged with a serious sexual or violent offence?
a)

Level 3

Level 2

3

36

b) c)

2 0

2 1

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1. Registered Sex Offenders
The number of sex offenders required to notify their name and address to the Police (commonly referred to as registered sex offenders) who st were living in Nottinghamshire on 31 March 2005 has risen by 6 per 100,000 head of population from the same time last year. The trend for an increase in this figure each year is expected to continue due to the cumulative effect of new offenders being required to register outnumbering those whose registration period had ended. Many registered sex offenders are subject to the requirements to notify for the rest of their lives. The DPMU monitors the notification requirements and any breaches are acted upon. Over the past year, 34 sex offenders have been cautioned or charged with breaches of this requirement and a further 7 cases are pending. The maximum sentence for breaching these requirements is 5 years imprisonment

Protecting the public through civil orders
The pro-active use of civil orders (introduced by the Sexual Offences Act 2003) is evidence of the close monitoring that high and very high-risk sex offenders receive. Sexual Offences Prevention Orders place on an offender whatever prohibitions are necessary to protect the public. Nottinghamshire Police previously made good use of the forerunner to this order, the Sex Offender Order, and has continued this approach by using the new orders where appropriate. The Courts imposed 11 Sexual Offences Prevention Orders during the course of the year. This brings the total of Sex Offender Orders and Sexual Offences Prevention Orders currently in force in our area to 36. The Nottinghamshire Police Legal Adviser ensures that applications for such orders are of a high and consistent standard and personally attends Court to present the information in support of the application. Nottinghamshire Courts are also using their discretion to make orders at the point of conviction thereby contributing to the future protection of the public. The Dangerous Persons Management Unit has also applied successfully for a Notification Order in respect of one offender who moved to this area. These orders can be used to require offenders convicted of sexual offences in other jurisdictions to be subject to the notification requirements (i.e. to become a registered sex offender).

2. Violent and Other Sexual Offenders
This relates to those offenders who have been convicted of certain offences, sentenced to 12 months or more imprisonment and who are now living in the community. In the main they are being supervised by the Probation Service. This year’s figure is considerably lower than the previous year and reflects a refined reporting system that extracts this class of offender from the total Probation caseload.

3. Other Offenders
The definition for this category of offender allows offenders who do not fall into the other two categories to be included within MAPPA, if there are current concerns. As such, a greater awareness of MAPPA by agencies outside the Police and Probation Services is likely to lead to an increase in the use of the arrangements to manage the risks posed by those offenders.

4. Risk Management Levels
This year’s report includes additional information about the management of offenders at Level 2 within the arrangements and provides a clearer picture of the degree of multi-agency working taking place to protect the public. 163 offenders were managed at Level 2 during the year, involving 223 inter-agency risk management meetings. The number of offenders managed at level 3 remains fairly constant and reflects the appropriate focus for high levels of resources to be directed towards the ‘critical few’.

Breach of Licence
Including both level 2 and 3 cases, 39 offenders have been returned to custody for breach of licence conditions. Such conditions are put in place to control an offender’s behaviour and thereby minimise risk. Where conditions are breached offenders are recalled to Prison to prevent the further escalation of risk.

Breach of Restraining or Sexual Offences Prevention Orders
A further 4 offenders were returned to custody for breach of these orders which again are imposed to control behaviour.

Serious further sexual or violent offences
During the year covered by this report one offender managed at either level 2 or 3 has been charged with a serious further sexual or violent offence as defined by the National Probation Service’s definition for reporting serious further offending. In this case the offender had tested negatively for drugs over a long period of time. However, he then began to abuse crack cocaine and his behaviour deteriorated rapidly, culminating in his re-offending shortly after by committing a robbery.

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The Strategic Management Board
The principal role of the SMB, which meets quarterly, is to monitor and review how the arrangements are operating, testing the quality and effectiveness of public protection work. Over the past year regular audits of agencies’ commitment to risk management meetings have taken place and steps taken to address gaps in representation. A formal quality assurance sub-group is being developed and case reviews have already been instigated and acted upon to improve practice. Analysis at the activity Levels 2 and 3 of the arrangements is provided at each board meeting to identify any emerging trends that may require action. The SMB ensures appropriate integration of public protection procedures with associated areas of work. Links with Area Child Protection Committees are long established and the Local Criminal Justice Board recently assisted with the funding of MAPPA development work. Work is ongoing to establish the appropriate relationship between the MAPPA and Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships. The SMB agrees the joint funding that provides for the appointment of the MAPPA Manager, MAPPA Strategy & Policy Officer and Administrative Assistant. These posts have proved invaluable, ensuring the coordination of public protection work and supporting the work of the SMB. The continued commitment shown by the City and County Councils and Primary Care Trusts towards maintaining these posts is greatly appreciated. The appointment of lay advisers to the Board introduces an improved level of public scrutiny. Both advisers have adapted to their new role and engaged enthusiastically with their induction programmes. They have already contributed to SMB meetings and undoubtedly will be an invaluable reality check for the Board by asking probing questions and challenging perceived best practice.

Five principal points of the Strategic Management Board
Monitoring and Evaluating the operation of the MAPPA particularly that of the MAPPS Establishing connections which support effective operational work with other Public Protection arrangements Preparing and publishing the Annual Report and promoting the work of the MAPPA Planning the longer term development of the MAPPA Identifying and planning how to meet training and development needs

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THE VIEWS OF THE NOTTINGHAMSHIRE LAY ADVISERS Yvette Price-Mear comments on her initial impressions of the lay adviser role and public protection work: As a concerned parent and active member of my local community, I thought that the introduction of lay advisers was an excellent initiative, to both allay the fears that high profile tragedies invoke and make the public protection process more transparent. After undergoing a gruelling selection process I felt proud and privileged to be one of the two lay advisers appointed by the Home Office. Part of my induction programme included attending a weekend training conference at Birmingham University where I met lay advisers from different parts of the country. I found the event to be absolutely fascinating but mentally and emotionally exhausting. The weekend provided me with a much greater understanding of why both offenders and victims might act in the way that they do and the utterly devastating effects that this can have on whole generations of families. It only served to resolve my intention to ensure that, if I do nothing else, I always bring the feelings of the victims to the table. As a member of the public, I am reassured to see that all MAPPP members are committed to ensuring that the risks to the public are managed as effectively as is feasible. I have also been impressed by the fact that so much emphasis is placed upon the feelings of the victims and their families when offenders are released or seeking release. I have witnessed the Strategic Management Board working together in an excellent inter-agency collaboration but also learned, at the Seminars, why this is not always easy to achieve realistically. When things go tragically wrong, as a society we seem all too willing to point the finger and apportion blame at faceless bureaucrats that we presume ‘just don’t care’. Having seen

the calibre of professionals working in the field I have found them, without exception, to be not only highly educated people (as they need to be to deal with the intricacies of the situations), but caring and sensible individuals who acknowledge that they are doing their jobs to keep not only my (and your) family as protected as possible – but also their own.

Yvette Price-Mear and Julia Cox Lay Advisers for Nottinghamshire MAPPA

Julia Cox adds her comments: Deciding whether or not to apply for one of the new voluntary positions of lay adviser to the Nottinghamshire MAPPA was not difficult; I felt that due to my experiences in business, in the NHS and in the voluntary sector I would be able to make a useful contribution to public protection. Working my way through the application forms, the assessment centre, and interview, was considerably more challenging. We both bring with us useful experience from other organisations, but most importantly, we bring two fresh pairs of eyes and ears, seeing things from the perspective of the average person. We have the ability to voice our opinions, our concerns, and our endorsement, to the appropriate people at the appropriate time. To add to the skills we already possessed, we have spent the last few months visiting and talking to people, reading up on relevant information, and attending training courses, MAPP Panels, seminars, press conferences and board meetings. I am proud to have been appointed to this post, and pleased to be able to give my time to assist the highly motivated, and extremely impressive professionals that work in the area of public protection.

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Contacts
General enquiries for further information mappa@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk National Probation Service, Nottinghamshire Area
nhsgeneral.enquiries@nottinghamshire.probation.gsx.gov.uk

Head Office Marina Road Castle Marina Nottingham NG7 1TP Sherwood Lodge Arnold Nottingham NG5 8PP HMP Leicester Welford Road Leicester LE2 7AJ

0115 8406500

Nottinghamshire Police

0115 9420999

Prison Service

0116 2283000

VICTIM SERVICES National Probation Service Nottinghamshire Area Victim Contact Team Victim Support county@vsnotts.org 9 Castle Quay Castle Boulevard Nottingham NG7 1FW 2 King Edward Court King Edward Street Nottingham NG1 1EL 15 Wheeler Gate Nottingham NG1 2NA 1 Queens Road Nottingham NG2 3AS 0115 9082970

0115 8523508

Young Witness Service ywitness@vsnotts.org Witness Service wsoffice@vsnotts.org

0115 8524286

0115 9869924

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