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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 Multi-
Agency 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

Page

Introduction 1

Key Achievements 3

The Role of the Prison Service in MAPPA 5

How the MAPPA Operates 6


- Case Studies 8

Statistical Information and Commentary 10

The Strategic Management Board 12

Contacts 14
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 Jane Geraghty Bob Perry


Chief Constable Chief Officer East Midlands Area
Nottinghamshire Police National Probation Service Prison Manager
Nottinghamshire Area

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

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How the MAPPA Operates


MAPPA agencies work together to
decide how best to minimise the
likelihood of offenders committing MAPPA Agencies
further crimes.

Offenders are assessed to determine Police


which pose the greatest threat. Risk
assessments identify what the risk Probation
factors are and risk management Prisons
plans are formulated and resources
allocated accordingly. The focus is Youth Offending Teams
managing those assessed at the
highest levels of risk or particularly Jobcentre Plus
complex cases. This is essential for
Local Education Authorities
the effective use of resources.
Local Housing Authorities
There are three levels of risk
management. Level 3, the highest Registered Social Landlords
level, are cases referred to the Multi-
Agency Public Protection Panel
Social Services
(MAPPP) which meets monthly and Strategic Health Authorities
relies on partner agencies working
closely at a senior level. Level 2 Primary Care Trusts and
operates on a local basis and brings
together agencies to exchange NHS Trusts
information and to agree and prepare Electronic Monitoring Providers
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.
The Victim Contact Team
Victims are often contacted a second time to provide
information about parole outcomes and release arrangements.

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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David is a 30-year-old male who


has numerous convictions for
Key factors in the successful
violence resulting in frequent terms
management of this case were:
of imprisonment. He had been
• Recognition of continuing risk recalled to Prison twice for failing to
and need for flexible response comply with licence conditions and
was due to be released without
• Good supervision and support statutory involvement. Probation
officers agreed to offer him
• Access to interim
voluntary contact recognising that
accommodation to prevent
he still posed a risk. Unexpectedly
homelessness and increased
risk David accepted the offer. He was
placed in approved Probation
• Links to local housing provider accommodation and during
to provide longer term solution supervision appointments related
well to the officer providing this
• Treatment for alcohol problem
voluntary service. David’s alcohol
• Psychological counselling problems began to be tackled
through an alcohol advisory service
• Appropriate training leading to and education and employment
employment opportunities 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. 708

ia) The number of RSOs per 100'000 head of population. 69

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 34

iii) The number of (a) Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) a) 11


(b) interim SOPOs granted and b) 11
(c) full SOPOs imposed by the Courts in Nottinghamshire between 1st
May 2004 and 31st March 2005. c) 11

iv) The number of (a) Notification Orders applied for a) 1


(b) Interim Notification Orders granted and b) 0
(c) full Notification Orders imposed by the Courts in Nottinghamshire
between 1st May 2004 and 31st March 2005. c) 1

v) The number of Foreign Travel Orders a) 0


(a) applied for and
(b) imposed by the Courts in Nottinghamshire between 1st May 2004
and 31st March 2005 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
293

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. 53

4. Offenders managed through Level 3 (MAPPP) & Level 2 (local inter-agency


management)
Level 3 Level 2

(viii) Identify how many MAPPA offenders in each of the three Categories RSO 10 51
(i.e. (1)- RSOs, (2)- V&O and (3)- OO above) have been managed through V&O 13 64
the MAPPP (level 3) and through local interagency risk management (level 2)
between 1stApril 2004 and 31st March 2005. OthO 5 48

ix) Of the cases managed by the MAPPP at levels 3 or 2 (i.e.(viii)) between 1st April Level 3 Level 2
2004 and 31st March 2005 how many, whilst managed at that level:

(a) Were returned to custody for a breach of licence? a) 3 36

(b) Were returned to custody for a breach of a Restraining Order or Sexual


Offences Prevention Order? b) 2 2

(c) Were charged with a serious sexual or violent offence? c) 0 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 out-
numbering 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 undoubtedly will be an invaluable reality check
quarterly, is to monitor and review how the for the Board by asking probing questions and
arrangements are operating, testing the challenging perceived best practice.
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 Five principal points of the
gaps in representation. A formal quality
assurance sub-group is being developed and Strategic Management Board
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
œ Monitoring and Evaluating the
operation of the MAPPA
meeting to identify any emerging trends that
may require action. particularly that of the MAPPS

The SMB ensures appropriate integration of œ Establishing connections which


public protection procedures with associated support effective operational work
areas of work. Links with Area Child with other Public Protection
Protection Committees are long established arrangements
and the Local Criminal Justice Board recently
assisted with the funding of MAPPA
development work. Work is ongoing to œ Preparing and publishing the
establish the appropriate relationship between Annual Report and promoting the
the MAPPA and Crime and Disorder work of the MAPPA
Reduction Partnerships.

The SMB agrees the joint funding that


œ Planning the longer term
provides for the appointment of the MAPPA
development of the MAPPA
Manager, MAPPA Strategy & Policy Officer
and Administrative Assistant. These posts œ Identifying and planning how to
have proved invaluable, ensuring the meet training and development
coordination of public protection work and needs
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

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THE VIEWS OF THE NOTTINGHAMSHIRE the calibre of professionals working in the field
LAY ADVISERS I have found them, without exception, to be
not only highly educated people (as they need
Yvette Price-Mear comments on her initial to be to deal with the intricacies of the
impressions of the lay adviser role and public situations), but caring and sensible individuals
protection work: - who acknowledge that they are doing their
jobs to keep not only my (and your) family as
As a concerned parent and active member of protected as possible – but also their own.
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 Yvette Price-Mear and Julia Cox Lay
attending a weekend training conference at Advisers for Nottinghamshire MAPPA
Birmingham University where I met lay Julia Cox adds her comments: -
advisers from different parts of the country. I
found the event to be absolutely fascinating - Deciding whether or not to apply for one of the
but mentally and emotionally exhausting. The new voluntary positions of lay adviser to the
weekend provided me with a much greater Nottinghamshire MAPPA was not difficult; I
understanding of why both offenders and felt that due to my experiences in business, in
victims might act in the way that they do and the NHS and in the voluntary sector I would
the utterly devastating effects that this can be able to make a useful contribution to public
have on whole generations of families. It only protection. Working my way through the
served to resolve my intention to ensure that, application forms, the assessment centre, and
if I do nothing else, I always bring the feelings interview, was considerably more challenging.
of the victims to the table.
We both bring with us useful experience from
As a member of the public, I am reassured to other organisations, but most importantly, we
see that all MAPPP members are committed bring two fresh pairs of eyes and ears, seeing
to ensuring that the risks to the public are things from the perspective of the average
managed as effectively as is feasible. I have person. We have the ability to voice our
also been impressed by the fact that so much opinions, our concerns, and our endorsement,
emphasis is placed upon the feelings of the to the appropriate people at the appropriate
victims and their families when offenders are time. To add to the skills we already
released or seeking release. I have witnessed possessed, we have spent the last few
the Strategic Management Board working months visiting and talking to people, reading
together in an excellent inter-agency up on relevant information, and attending
collaboration but also learned, at the training courses, MAPP Panels, seminars,
Seminars, why this is not always easy to press conferences and board meetings.
achieve realistically.
I am proud to have been appointed to this
When things go tragically wrong, as a society post, and pleased to be able to give my time
we seem all too willing to point the finger and to assist the highly motivated, and extremely
apportion blame at faceless bureaucrats that impressive professionals that work in the area
we presume ‘just don’t care’. Having seen of public protection.

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Contacts

General enquiries for further information

mappa@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

National Probation Service, Head Office 0115 8406500


Nottinghamshire Area Marina Road
Castle Marina
nhsgeneral.enquiries@nottinghamshire.probation.gsx.gov.uk Nottingham
NG7 1TP

Nottinghamshire Police Sherwood Lodge 0115 9420999


Arnold
Nottingham
NG5 8PP

Prison Service HMP Leicester 0116 2283000


Welford Road
Leicester
LE2 7AJ

VICTIM SERVICES

National Probation Service 9 Castle Quay 0115 9082970


Nottinghamshire Area Castle Boulevard
Victim Contact Team Nottingham
NG7 1FW

Victim Support 2 King Edward Court 0115 8523508


county@vsnotts.org King Edward Street
Nottingham
NG1 1EL

Young Witness Service 15 Wheeler Gate 0115 8524286


ywitness@vsnotts.org Nottingham
NG1 2NA

Witness Service 1 Queens Road 0115 9869924


wsoffice@vsnotts.org Nottingham
NG2 3AS

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