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MAPPA Annual Report 2002

1. Introduction

Local arrangements in Wiltshire began in response to


the Sex Offenders Act 1997 when the police and
probation services set up joint arrangements for the
assessment and management of registered sex
offenders and other offenders and persons assessed
as potentially posing significant harm to the public.
These procedures have now been in operation for
nearly five years and, in recognition that better public
protection can only be achieved through collaborative
arrangements, the Police and Probation Service have
secured the commitment and active involvement of all
relevant statutory agencies and a number of voluntary
organisations whose responsibilities can contribute
substantially towards effective public protection.
2. Summary of Roles and Responsibilities
Over the past year there has been enforce the legislation and to prevent adults from significant harm and
considerable activity by signatory crime throughout the Force area. abuse and to prevent such
agencies both to consolidate and incidences of abuse occurring. All
extend the local arrangements made Wiltshire Probation Area relevant member agencies have
for public protection, in line with signed up to supporting the aims and
guidance issued by the Secretary of Wiltshire Probation Area is one of 42 objectives of the VPC and have
State. This included a conference which make up the National given the commitment to working
aimed at addressing the various Probation Service. It is a law together to tackle the incidence of
issues involved in inter-agency enforcement agency delivering and domestic violence and the
assessment and management of sex enforcing community punishments, management of risk and the
and violent offenders and other supervising and working with protection of the public.
individuals who pose a significant offenders within the terms set by the
risk of harm. The conference was Court or Parole Board in ways that Wiltshire County Council – Social
attended by over 130 delegates help offenders to reduce their Services Department
representing a wide spectrum of offending and better protect the
statutory and voluntary organisations public and working with victims. The duties and responsibilities of the
and bodies, including delegates from Social Services include services to
the Local Area Child Protection In recognition that better protection vulnerable groups, both adults and
Committee, Vulnerable Persons can only be achieved through children. This includes services to
Committee and Safer Communities collaborative arrangements the children in need including those who
Strategic Board. The new Probation Service is committed to are in need of protection and their
arrangements are due to come into working closely with colleagues from families, older people, disabled
operation on the 3 June 2002. other criminal justice agencies and people, and those with mental health
statutory agencies and a wide range needs and wishes of individuals with
Those involved so far are: of independent and voluntary sector the safety of the wider community.
partners. In conjunction with the Department’s
Wiltshire Constabulary role in working with other agencies
Swindon Social Services through the Area Child Protection
The Constabulary has worked with Committee there is a commitment to
partner agencies on a formal basis Swindon Social Services has a wide work toegether with other agencies
for a number of years with the range of statutory responsibilities, in the management of risk and for
primary objective of “Keeping including the provision of services, the protection of the public.
Wiltshire Safe”. The responsibility of which sustains and contributes to the
the Constabulary includes working quality of life for individuals and the North Wiltshire District Council
with partner agencies and voluntary communities across the Borough.
groups to produce sound working North Wiltshire District Council is
practices which aim to minimise the The duties and responsibilities of committed to an inter agency
risk posed to the public from Sex Social Services include providing approach in all aspects of its work.
and Dangerous Offenders. In services to vulnerable people Within the area of housing, officers
conjunction with other departments whether they be children in need, work in close contact with Social
around the Force area the older people, disabled people or Services, Probation and Housing
Constabulary conducts and those with mental health needs. Providers to ensure a holistic
manages the registration of approach is taken in respect of
offenders, risk assessments, and the All services promote safety and meeting the housing and support
administrative processes which welfare, which balances the needs needs of high-risk offenders and
suround the information sharing and wishes of individuals with the other vulnerable persons.
procedures between organisations. safety of the wider community.
In the course of this work we explore Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health
opportunities to link in with other Swindon now has a Vulnerable Partnership N.H.S. Trust (Wiltshire
procedures which deal in areas such Persons Committee (VPC), which Part)
as Child Protection and Vulnerability has replaced the ACPC (Area Child
to minimise the risk of harm. Finally, Protection Committee) and involves The Wiltshire part of the Partnership
the overriding responsibility is to all agencies working together to Trust is an integrated mental health
protect children and vulnerable and social care provider which was
established in April 2001, bringing people. Through comprehensive managed in accordance with the
together three health trusts and two assessment and intervention they RAMP/MAPPP protocol.
social services departments. The seek to enhance protective factors HMP Erlestoke
Trust provides a full range of mental and tackle those factors associated
health services, with risk with increased risk. The YOT is HMP Erlestoke is a category ‘C’
assessment and management being founded on the principle of multi- adult male prison with a current
an integral part of work with service agency co-operation as the best way prisoner population of 330.
users. Both Social Services and to achieve outcomes for young However, due to the increase
Mental Health workers have been people and communities. nationally of the prison population,
working closely with criminal justice Erlestoke is likely to expand to
agencies over recent years and have Swindon Youth Offending Team accommodate approximately 100
been fully involved in the further prisoners. We work closely
development of the MAPPP Swindon Youth Offending Team was with other agencies in order to
processes. formed, in partnership with the reduce the risk of further offending,
Police, National Probation Service, both whilst the prisoner is in custody
Wiltshire Youth Offending Team Social Services, Health and and also on release.
Education Departments, in 1999 to
Established in May 1999, Wiltshire prevent offending and re-offending We work with other agencies on
Youth Offending Team is a multi- by young people. MAPPP, and are fully committed to
agency partnership that provides the ethos of multi-agency working
and co-ordinates services to victims The assessment of each young and intend to participate with our
and to young offenders and their person using the Asset structured partners in protecting the public,
families, with the overall aim of assessment tool, includes an both adults and children.
preventing offending and re- assessment of risk. Young people
offending by children and young who are assessed as ‘high risk’ are

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3. Outline of Arrangements Made


There is an integrated system of professionals, such as Probation and expertise, each Panel Member
mechanisms and structures within Officers and Social Workers. has the authority to make an initial
Swindon and Wiltshire aimed at commitment of resources to a risk
assessing the risks posed by Following this process, those management plan aimed at
potentially dangerous offenders, offenders who are assessed as reducing, containing or managing
which involves all relevant agencies posing the highest and most the risks posed by subjects
sharing information and working imminent risk of harm to others are considered by the Panel.
closely together in order to protect referred to a Multi Agency Public
the public whenever this appears to Protection Panel (MAPPP), which In respect of other offenders (in
be necessary. This is facilitated via are organised on a case by case particular violent offenders) and any
a joint protocol which sets out the basis. other person deemed by a signatory
agreed arrangements that agencies agency to pose a significant risk of
are required to sign and adhere to. At the MAPPP cases are considered harm (including individuals with
by representatives from signatory mental health issues) the protocol
All registered sex offenders are agencies and any other statutory or allows for the referral to a MAPPP.
initially assessed by the Police Force voluntary agency who has a
Intelligence Bureau using the Matrix contribution to make towards the risk In order to ensure consistency and
2000 assessment tool. This process of harm assessment and objectivity, all MAPPP meetings
involves visiting offenders at their management of the offender. As adopt a standard agenda. MAPPP
homes and liaison with other well as their respective experience meetings usually take between an
hour and an hour and-a-half to management plan might include - Disclosure to specific individuals or
consider each case. some or all of the following: groups.

MAPPP meetings consider the - Various degress of police MAPPP meetings are minuted in
assessments and information surveillance. order to record exactly what
provided by the practitioners who are - Reporting schedules. information was considered and
involved in the case as well as any - Specific licence or Community therefore, on what basis decisions
background information which may Rehabilitation Order conditions for were made. MAPPP minutes are
be held by other agencies who do instance: stipulating where and considered highly confidential
not have a current involvement, offender must live; exclusion from documents and are only shared with
insofar, as this may be relevant. The specific geographical ares or parties not attending MAPPP
Panel agrees a risk assessment premises; electronic tagging; meetings where this is necessary in
which clearly sets out the risk profile imposition of a curfew; not to order to protect the public.
and factors involved in the case, approach or have contact with
including the particular named individuals or groups. MAPPP cases are regularly
circumstances where the individual - Requirements to undergo various reviewed in order to assess progress
poses the greatest risk. A formal forms of treatment including in implementing the agreed risk
risk management plan is then offending behaviour programmes management plan and to take
agreed designed to manage and and psychiatric treatment. account of changed circumstances.
reduce the risk factors. A typical risk - Measures to secure appropriate
housing.

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4. Strategic Management Arrangements


A committee comprising of senior assessment and review of all sex each case and based on this
managers from the signatory offenders, and any violent offenders assessment deciding on one of the
agencies has responsibility for who serve sentences of 12 months following options:
developing and overseeing the or more. All such offenders are
workings of the protocol. released under the supervision of - No action – revew date set.
the Probation Service and the risks - Single agency action – review date
Over the past year the membership posed by such offenders are set.
of the committee has expanded to assessed using the new National - Further assessment required (i.e.
include representatives from the Probation Service Offender home visit) – new date set.
local Youth Offending Teams and Assessment System (OASys). - Referral to Multi –Agency Public
Erlestoke prison. Further expansion Persons subject to hospital or Protection Panel (MAPPP).
of the committee is being guardianship orders under the - De-registration.
considered. Mental Health Act 1983 are also
covered by the arrangements. MAPPP meetings will be scheduled
Over the past year the primary focus to operate in three locations in the
of the Strategic group has been to A joint risk assessment will be county, each meeting once a
extend the current arrangements for undertaken by a panel meeting fortnight, in either police or probation
public protection, in line with fortnightly at police HQ, with service premises. In addition to the
guidance issued by the Secretary of representatives from the police and police and probation service, the
State. The new procedures are due probation service and any other standing membership will include
to come into operation on the 3 June agency deemed appropriate in a Health purchasers and providers,
2002. particular case. The Risk Social Services and Local Authority
Assessment and Management Panel Housing. Other interested parties
The new arrangements provide for (RAMP) is responsible for agreeing will be invited on a case by case
the registration, risk of harm the level and nature of risk posed in basis. Chairing will always be the
responsibility of a middle to senior plan, responsibilities, timescales and
manager from either the police or the review process. An additional adminstrative post has
probation service. As is currently the been created to assist in the
case, conduct of the meetings will be Cases which pose an immediate and registration process, jointly funded
guided by a formal agenda and serious threat can be fast tracked by the police and probation service
written minutes produced which directly from the registration stage to and paid for out of existing budgets.
clearly outline the risk management the MAPPP.

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5. Disclosure
Disclosure to third parties of disclosure lies with the Assistant - the partner of a serious violent
personal information about individual Chief Contable, who has to consider offender whose offences were
offenders in Wiltshire are seen as whether disclosure is necessary, committed within a domestic violent
exceptions to the general policy of justified, proportionate and in context.
confidentiality and each decision on accordance with the law to protect - family members and acquaintances
whether or not to disclose has to be individual members or a section of of a volatile and unpredictable
justified on the basis of the likelihood the public. Disclosure is a key issue violent offender against whom he
of harm. Disclosure is seen as part in MAPPP meetings. The following had made credible threats.
of an overall plan for managing the are examples of instances of - the headmaster of a local school
risk posed by a potential offender disclosure which occurred over the which it was judged might be
and their need to protect an past year to: targetted by a child sex offender.
individual, group or other vulnerable
person. Within Wiltshire - the rector of a church being
Constabulary the authority for attended by a child sex offender.

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6. Victims Work
Section 69 of the Criminal Justice Within the requirements of the Act, a
and Court Services Act 2000 places central principle in Wiltshire The preferred model for contact with
a statutory duty upon the National Probation Area’s work with victims is victims is joint working between
Probation Service, Wiltshire to to be sensitive, responsive and Probation Service and Victim
contact victims and ask if they wish flexible to a victim’s desire to have Support staff. This model is
to be consulted about the release contact (or not) and the nature and supported by a Partnership contract
arrangements for violent and sexual means of facilitating that contact. between Victim Support Wiltshire
offenders sentenced to 12 months and Wiltshire Probation Area.
custody or more. As a first step, Victim Support is Contact may be by way of a home
contracted to establish whether or visit, office visit or other agreed
Trained specialist Victim Liaison not they have had any previous, or venue and will be largely informed
Officers undertake victim contact ongoing contact with the victim. If by any knowledge or insights gained
work within the Wiltshire Area. this is the case, a Standard Initial from other agencies contact with the
Victim’s addresses are provided by Contact Letter (offering a specific victim and through telephone contact
the police. appointment) is forwarded on to the confirming the appointment.
victim by Victim Support.
Victims are entitled to be kept court in England and Wales, to offer
informed of the offender’s release Victim Support is the national charity assistance before, during and after a
arrangements, the month and for people affected by crime. It is an trial. You can also call the Victim
general location, and details of any independent organisation, offering a Support line – 0845 30 30 900 – for
licence conditions that restrict the free and confidential service, information and support and details
offenders movements in ways which whether or not a crime has been of local services and other relevant
could impact on them. reported. Trained staff and organisations.
volunteers at local branches offer
Where a victim is assessed as being information and support to victims, The contact number for the local
at risk of harm from the offender, witnesses, their families and friends. victim support services is provided in
their needs are addressed through the contact section at the conclusion
the jointly agreed risk management Victim Support provides the Witness of this report.
plan . Service, based in every criminal
7. Statistical Information Number of Offenders

i. The number of Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) in the community on 185


31 March 2002 (s68 (2) CJ & CS Act 2000)

The number of RSOs per 100,000 population 30

ii. The number of SOs cautioned/convicted for breaches of registration 5


requirement 1 April 2001-31 March 2002

iii. The number of Sex Offenders Orders 1 April 2001-31 March 2002

(a) total applied for 1

(b) granted 1

(c) not granted 0

(d) applications still in progress 0

iv. The number of violent offenders and other sex offenders 1 April 2001- 200
31 March 2002 (s68 (3)(4)&(5) CJ & CS Act 2000)

The number of other offenders 1 April 2001-31 March 2002 (s67 (2)(b) 5
CJ & CS Act 2000)

v. Set up costs of the new arrangements

Set up costs COST

Conference £1,000

Staff time £7,000

Ongoing costs

Staff £13,000

Admin £36,000

Total £57,000
Contacts

Wiltshire Probation Area Address Phone

Assistant Chief Officer Rothermere 01225 781950


Bythesea Road
TROWBRIDGE
Wiltshire
BA14 8JQ

Wiltshire Police Address Phone

Detective Inspector: Force Intelligence Bureau Wiltshire Constabulary 01380 722341


London Road
DEVIZES
Wiltshire
SN10 2DN

Victim Support Address Phone

Area Manager Victim Support Wiltshire 01380 729476


31a The Brittox
DEVIZES
Wiltshire
SN10 1AJ