Wiltshire & Swindon MAPPA Annual Report 2005

Contents:

Ministerial forward 2 Introduction by Chief Officers of Responsible Authority 3 National prison perspective 4 Regional perspective 5 Wiltshire and Swindon MAPPA 6 Key Achievements 6 Systems operating 6 Cases managed 6 How the MAPPA operate locally 7 What is MAPPA? What does MAPPA seek to do? What doesn't MAPPA do? Which organisations are involved? How is it working? Good practice Duty to Co-operate 7 7 7 8 8 10 10

Case examples 11 Statistic 14 Strategic Management Board 18 Looking ahead for 2005 and onwards 19 Contact points 19 Appendix 1 Example of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order 20 Appendix 2 MAPPA and You 22

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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

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Introduction by the Chief Officers of Responsible Authority

We are very pleased to present this, the third MAPPA annual report for the Wiltshire and Swindon areas and in particular, to share some of the good work being undertaken by colleagues from across the partnership agencies on behalf of the community we serve.

Much of the dedicated work has gone unnoticed through the year because of the sensitivities surrounding this area of service but it is appropriate that we pay tribute to the hard work and success that has resulted and in particular, the effective partnerships that have been forged between all agencies. A significant amount of the success depends on this very point and we are very fortunate to be in such a strong position with the prospect of continuous improvement in years to come.

Martin Richards Chief Constable Wiltshire Police

Diana Fulbrook Chief Probation Officer Wiltshire Probation Area

Doug Moon Governor HMP Erlestoke

and monitoring sex and dangerous offenders. The public rightly expects the agencies involved to properly use the tools at their disposal to control sex and dangerous offenders. Over the next 12 months, we will actively pursue Sexual Offences Prevention Orders in all relevant cases in order to maximise their supervision. This is a positive step forward and something that will provide reassurance to the community. We are very pleased to welcome our two new lay advisors to the MAPPA process and we hope that their impartial position in reviewing and monitoring our systems and procedures will enable us to continuously improve our performance and in particular, the quality of service we provide to our most important stakeholder; the public of Wiltshire and Swindon. Finally, the public of Wiltshire and Swindon can be assured of total commitment from all the partnership agencies involved in the MAPPA process and our determination to protect those people who are most vulnerable in our society. This issue is at the very top of our agenda and rightly so!

Nationally, the number of registered sex offenders is expected to rise from the current 27,000 to 125,000 over the next 20 years. It is essential that we not only look to the short term in dealing with MAPPA cases but plan for the longer term to ensure we are able to effectively manage this increased demand. This will be achieved by using the very best models and practices from all the partnership agencies and forging them into one combined and effective service. A good example of this is the introduction of the Violent and Sex Offenders Register or ViSOR, which is recognised across the world as the leading shared data base for tracking

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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 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. 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 between criminal justice partners. The Prison Service has taken steps to ensure that there are dedicated points of contact for public protection at both 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 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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Regional Perspective - Collaboration

There are three main reasons for developing regional approaches to protecting the public. Firstly, offenders who represent a risk to the public do not always stay in one place and the risks can be more effectively managed across borders if there is a common approach. Secondly, efficiency gains can be made by collaborating on the development of policy and practice. Finally, a wider range of best practice can be disseminated effectively. In the South West we have a Regional Public Protection Steering Group with representatives from all 5 MAPPA areas. The Steering Group is overseeing a regional action plan which addresses a range of issues including: • better coordinated management of dangerous offenders

• improved risk assessment and management • coordinated implementation of new policy • learning lessons from case reviews • coordinated training and development It is intended that this agenda for improving services will lead to strengthened protection of the public. Di Askwith Regional Manager - South West National Probation Service

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Wiltshire and Swindon MAPPA

Key Achievements
Public Protection The Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) in Wiltshire has successfully managed in excess of 700 cases Of the offenders throughout 2004/5. managed at the highest level within the MAPPA system, via the Level 3 Multi Agency Public Protection Panel indicating complex cases with a very high risk of causing further harm, none were convicted of further serious offences. The operation of the MAPPA system in this area has focussed on the protection of the public and prevention of further serious offences. As the subjects of the MAPPA system include dangerous offenders, repeat offenders and those with anti-social attitudinal or personality characteristics, obtaining cooperation from them can be difficult. As expected a number of offenders of all categories have been returned to court for resentence or recall to prison as a result of information obtained, shared and analysed through MAPPA contacts and meetings. In some instances there is evidence that certain individuals, including children, have been protected from planned crime by dangerous individuals through intervention and action both in the community and through recall or prosecution of offenders resulting in custodial sentences. Operating Systems Systems set up at the end of the 2003/4 year have now been implemented. Referral processes have been improved and there is 6

now a clearer identification of the risk management levels for offenders. There have also been developments in the processes previously used including improved structures for communicating between agencies involved. A MAPPA Co-ordinator has now been introduced to oversee the MAPPA system based at Police HQ in Devizes, and together with the registrars for the violent and sexual offenders' log, will analyse and share information and intelligence with the other agencies working with offenders. Practical work in the community is focussed, in most cases, around the work in the field between probation officers and specialist police officers responsible for working with violent and sexual offenders. Other agencies such as Youth Offending Teams, Mental Health, Housing and Social Services are routinely involved in case management as appropriate. With the increasing involvement of the Prison Service in the MAPPA process, participation from prison staff has increased with involvement in cases progressing through the prison system. Colleagues from all agencies welcome the opportunity to work in a much stronger partnership arena in order to manage these offender groups. The adoption of the new format under the 'Memorandum of Understanding' issued by the Strategic Management Board (SMB) will provide more from the consistency of approach participating agencies. Lay Advisers have recently been appointed to the SMB to provide impartial advice and guidance and their role is explained more fully on page 12 of this report.

Wiltshire and Swindon MAPPA

Cases managed A wide range of types of case continue to be included in the system including offenders released from prison, discharged from hospital or as a result of a move into the Wiltshire and Swindon area from other The agencies counties and countries. involved represent a wide range of statutory and voluntary bodies which include specialists in drug and alcohol counselling and accommodation. Case examples are described in a later in section.

The emphasis in MAPPA is to assess and manage the offender to reduce the risk they present to the community at large as well as in some occasions, to known individuals or staff working with them. What does MAPPA seek to do? • Identify violent and sexual offenders in the area. • • • Share information with agencies dealing with offenders. Assess the risk an individual may present. When needed, bring agencies together to manage risk

How the MAPPA operate locally.
What is MAPPA? Each of the Police and Probation areas now has Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). These are MultiAgency arrangements which enable locally based assessment, conferencing and management of offenders who have committed dangerous, violent or sexual offences. Within Wiltshire and Swindon these arrangements have been running since the Sex Offences Act of 1997 required closer working between the Criminal Justice and Court Services. The arrangements now operating are based on further developments required by the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and the Sexual Offences Act 2003. These run alongside the established arrangements for children and vulnerable adults.

What doesn't MAPPA do? • MAPPA meetings do not assume responsibility for a case. • • MAPPA does not take responsibility for a case. MAPPA does not require agencies to work beyond their existing statutory duties.

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Wiltshire and Swindon MAPPA

Which Organisations are involved? The Police, Probation and Prison Services are the core of the "Responsible Authority" for the MAPPA. On practical case management they work with other agencies to share information and assessments, decide on risk individuals pose, meet to share plans and review actions. A list of all partners involved is listed below. Wiltshire Constabulary Wiltshire Probation Area HM Prison Service Swindon Social Services Department: Wiltshire County Council: Children and Families Dept Wiltshire County Council: Education Dept Wiltshire Primary Care Trusts Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust: Mental Health Swindon Borough Council: Housing Salisbury District Council: Housing Kennet District Council: Housing West Wiltshire District Council: Housing North Wiltshire District Council: Housing Other Registered Social Landlords and Housing Associations Wiltshire Youth Offending Service Swindon Youth Offending Team How is it working? The MAPPA Co-ordinator has day to day operational responsibility for the MAPPA system, with this position being a joint appointment between the Responsible Authority agencies and is based at Police Headquarters in Devizes. The co-ordinator

chairs Local Risk Management Meetings, higher level Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels and the Practice and Procedures SubGroup. Since their appointment in January 2004, work has included an audit of cases and practices and the roll out of updated administration systems. Further reviews of cases and detailed development of practice, will lead to continuous improvement and Total Quality Management. Offenders are identified by the agencies working in the system through their offending whether dangerous, violent or sexual as well as through their behaviour. There is an effective format for the referral of cases which enables information to be quickly gathered from other agencies to a decision made on how to proceed. The probation service leads on violent offenders subject to probation supervision post prison sentence. In other cases, including registered sex offenders and agency referrals the police have a lead. Cases can be managed by single agencies, through meetings of practitioners or of senior staff as appropriate. Over the last year the involvement of more agencies has been set in legislation with a "duty to co-operate" drawing in more agencies. This also allows agencies not normally associated with having a public protection function to have an active part in problem solving and using resources to protect the public in the collective task. Agencies more involved over the last year have been the local prison at Erlestoke, Victim Liaison Officers and some Local Authority Housing Departments together with Housing Associations.

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Wiltshire and Swindon MAPPA

Increasingly, multi-agency work has included consideration of a wide range of both constructive and prohibitory actions. Therapeutic accommodation is sought in appropriate cases and rehousing of victims is undertaken. Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) are increasingly considered and applied for. These orders specify actions to be prohibited, even if in themselves they are not always criminal but related to sex offending. (See Appendix 2) The area now has twenty two current SOPOs. Cases are assessed to identify risks, triggers for risky behaviour and identify actions to reduce risk and protect the public. The agencies involved use their skills and expertise in the overall process of public protection. For instance: • Probation run programmes to reduce violence or control sexual impulses prompting sexual offending are features of many offender's orders or licences. • Police surveillance can be a valuable tool in checking an offender's activity, who he associates with and where he goes. It can prompt immediate enforcement action. • The local authority departments responsible for child protection work closely with MAPPA on cases where identified children are at risk and will intervene to protect or share information to partners to allow them to protect children.

• Mental health services can offer treatment to calm, control illness or in some cases identify signs of psychiatric breakdown that other agencies can identify. • Housing work closely with other agencies to house offenders in situations which reduce or aid management of identified risks. In the future the availability of the new sentences in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 including part time imprisonment and a wider range of non-custodial sentences will form part of the risk management plans on MAPPA cases. While offenders are not invited to attend interagency meetings, they are informed of them and necessary information to help them comply with actions to reduce risk as well as taking responsibility for their actions. A leaflet has been produced for use with offenders to inform and remind them of the process to which they are subject (See Appendix 2) Meetings and decisions are minuted and any planned actions are reviewed in subsequent meetings to ensure progress is being made. The whole process is subject to audit and review to identify good practice as well as areas for improvement or development.

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Wiltshire and Swindon MAPPA

Good Practice Nationally four features of good MAPPA practice have been identified and are recognised across the country. • • • Defensible decisions Rigorous risk assessment The delivery of risk management plans which match the identified public protection need The evaluation of performance to improve delivery • • • • • • • Duty to Co-operate: The Criminal Justice Act 2003 introduced a 'Duty to Co-operate' with the MAPPA, which requires the responsible authority to cooperate with each of the following bodies: • • Social Service Departments (or equivalents) Primary Care Trusts, other NHS Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities Job Centres Youth Offending Teams Registered Social Landlords, which accommodate MAPPA offenders Local Housing Authorities Local Education Authorities and Electronic Monitoring Providers

While agencies that have regular contact with violent and sex offenders are consistently valued participants in the MAPPA process, some agencies do not have regular contact and need assistance to understand the MAPPA process. Work is ongoing to ensure all agencies fully participate with a senior manager from each partner agency identified to provide the important link and to manage the day to day contact with the MAPPA process.

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Case Examples

1. Mr A aged 50. Background Mr A is a local man and a registered sex offender having been convicted for three offences of sexual assault on his four year old son. He was made subject to a two year Community Rehabilitation Order with a condition to attend a treatment programme for sex offenders. He was re-housed in a hostel as his marriage collapsed. Through the process of rigorous supervision by the probation service more details of his past offending and present deviant thoughts enabled better management of the risk. It also emerged that he had befriended another sex offender who shared his fantasies about someone he was targeting. Risk Assessment A local risk management meeting was convened involving police, probation, local authority social services and housing departments and an agreement was reached that he was a very high risk of harm and that immediate protective action was necessary. Risk Management Plan The woman identified as at risk was given appropriate advice and counselling from the relevant agencies. Mr A was temporarily rehoused outside of the area in a probation hostel. The other sex offender was moved to another location as part of his licence conditions. An Application was made for a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (See Appendix 1) to effectively reduce his risk and prevent his access to vulnerable members of society. This was granted with conditions preventing approach, engagement or association with

vulnerable people, living with children or vulnerable adults, working with vulnerable adults or children and approaching schools, parks or vulnerable persons' residences. Breach of this order is punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment. Outcome Mr A has now returned to this area while still subject to the SOPO and has now ceased contact with other sex offenders. He remains a long term high risk to children and is closely and routinely monitored. 2. Mr B aged 63. Background Mr B is a registered sex offender who has a background of sexual offences against both adults and children. Most recently he received an 18 month prison sentence with five years extended supervision by the probation service as well as a restraining order for 10 years. This order prohibits contact with any persons under the age of 16; in addition he was prohibited from entering the grounds of any school, recreational area or living in the same household as anyone under 16. He had now formed a new relationship with a woman of a similar age who had children and grandchildren. Risk Assessment The agencies dealing with Mr B, police, probation, social services and housing agreed that he was a very high risk of re-offending and a continuing risk to children as well as adult women. The assessment was that this particular man had not changed his attitudes to his offending and was likely to repeat sexual offending.

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Case Examples

Risk Management Plan The Probation Service prior to Mr B's release on licence obtained a lengthy curfew to greatly restrict his movements in the community outside of school hours. The Children and Family's Department explained the risks to the new partner's children so that they could make informed decisions to protect their own children. The Housing Department were to re-house Mr B and his partner in suitable accommodation immediately away from schools and neighbouring children and the Probation Service were to continue to engage Mr B and his partner in reducing his sexual risks. Outcomes A Police surveillance operation was undertaken. Mr B was followed to a prohibited area where he was arrested for breaking his SOPO. His licence was revoked, he was returned to prison to serve up to the remainder of his licence period. There were no fresh victims and the community was protected. Mr B was unable to commit any further offences due to the combined efforts and effective action by all the partnership agencies. 3. Miss C Aged 38 Background Miss C is a local woman convicted of Arson having set a fire at her own flat while she was depressed, however she also has previous convictions for grievous bodily harm, abusive threatening behaviour, possession of offensive weapon and assault on a child. She was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment with a release date in October 2004. 12

Risk Assessment Multi Agency planning was undertaken involving police, probation, mental health, housing and social services. An agreement was reached that she was a medium risk of harm to the public, children, staff and herself. This was on the basis that the known trigger factors in her risky behaviour were not present, but that if she began to drink heavily or her accommodation became unstable this would rise. Risk Management Plan This was devised to pick up on the direct risks she presented. The probation service arranged that she would be supervised rigorously with a curfew which included electronic tagging. The police had circulated her details Family initially assisted with accommodation. Social Services were working with her children. Mental Health services were offering support and advice. Outcome Miss C did not comply with the terms of her curfew and was recalled very quickly to prison. More work was done with her after recall and she agreed to co-operate on rerelease. She has now been accommodated in She is keeping a private rented flat. appointments with the probation service working on her addictions. Concerns remain about access to her children and the influences of other friends who abuse drugs. It is anticipated that there will be a need to continue the multi-agency approach cooperating on the management of her risks for the foreseeable future.

Case Examples

4. Mr D Aged 25 Background Mr D is a local young man who is subject to a Hospital Order following a diagnosis of a psychopathic disorder with both abnormally aggressive behaviour and seriously irresponsible behaviour. He had appeared in court on number of occasions for assault, wounding, affray, arson and one possession of an imitation firearm. He also abused drugs and was frequently suicidal. The local health authority has responsibility for his case management and first placed him in a secure hospital, later in a rehabilitation unit. Risk Assessment Multi Agency planning at Level 3 in the MAPPA system was undertaken involving police, probation, fire brigade, mental health and housing. After hearing how he was progressing under treatment and his current situation, it was agreed that if he was discharged into the community not fully treated he would be a very high risk of harm to the public, a high risk of harm to staff and very high to himself.

Risk Management Plan The focus of the plan was the provision of appropriate treatment to reduce risks. Contingency plans were made for alternative levels of support and treatment depending on the availability of the first preferred providers of treatment. The multi agency assessments were used to support applications for maintenance of secure therapeutic accommodation until further improvement could be seen in Mr D's conditions The preferred option at this stage is for in-patient mental health treatment, with move on to less secure placement while still supportive and therapeutic. Outcome Mr D has remained in a secure unit under treatment.

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Statistics

Wiltshire Annual Report Statistics for 2004/2005 with year on year comparisons for 2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04 and 2004/05 Registered Sex Offenders Number of RSO RSO per 100K RSO convicted or cautioned for breaches of the requirement Dangerous Offenders 01/02 Number of Violent and other Sex Offenders Number of Other offenders in MAPPA
300 250 200 150 100 50 0 Number of Registered Sex Offenders Number of Violent and Other Sex Cases Number of Ot her Cases

01/02 185 30 5

02/03 255 42 13

03/04 234 38 12

04/05 266 43 11

Diff +32 +5 -1

% +14 +13 -8

02/03 214 28

03/04 129 178

04/05 150 89

Diff +21 +11

% +16 +14

200 5

01 to 02 02 to 03 03 to 04 04 to 05

Statistics relating to Court Orders Number Number Number Number of of of of SOPOs applied for interim SOPOs SOPOs granted Foreign Travel Orders applied 01/02 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 02/03 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 03/04 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 04/05 16 0 15 0 0 Diff N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A % N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Number of Foreign Travel Orders imposed

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Statistics

Level 3 MAPPP Offenders Number of RSOs Number of V&Os Number of Other 02/03 36 21 28 03/04 9 6 5 04/05 3 2 1 Diff -6 -4 -4 % -67 -67 -80

40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 02 to 03 03 to 04 04 to 05
Number of Registered Sex Offendersof RSOs Number Number of Violent Number of V&OS and Other Sex Number Cases of Other Number of Ot her Cases

Level 2 MAPPA Cases Number of RSOs Number of V&Os Number of Other Outcome measures of MAPPA activity 02/03 Cases returned to custody for breach of licence Cases returned to custody for breach of Restraining Order/SOPO Were charged with a serious sexual or violent offence 9 1 1 Level 3 03/04 1 1 0 04/05 1 0 0 Level 2 04/05 11 1 1 02/03 N/A N/A N/A 03/04 N/A N/A N/A 04/05 36 33 20 Diff N/A N/A N/A % N/A N/A N/A

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Statistics

Statistics 1. This section contains comments specific to the statistical section common to all area MAPPA Annual Reports. It is important that these figures are viewed in the context of the recorded crime figures in Wiltshire for the period. Overall recorded crime dropped with a 10% fall in Sexual Offences and a 5% fall in Violence against the person 2004/5. 1. Category 1 MAPPA offenders: Registered Sex Offenders (RSO) i) The Number of Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) living in the community as at 31st March 2005. This number as expected continues to rise reflecting the cumulative effects of individuals joining the system with lengthy registration periods. ia) The number of RSOs per 100,000 head of population. As above this ratio increases as expected. 2. ii) The number of sex offenders having a requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2005 This is the first time that this statistical As a information has been collated. percentage of the total number on notice in Wiltshire a compliance rate of 96% was achieved this is a very positive outcome.

ii) Orders (a) Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) applied for - 16 (a) Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) applied for - 16 (b) interim SOPOs granted - 0 (c) full SOPOs imposed by the courts in this area - 15 This section shows a real change in the strategic management of sexual offenders with real success on the ground. The new orders introduced May 1st 2004 have been enthusiastically adopted as a real means of preventing dangerous behaviour, backed by effective sanctions at court. Where appropriate they will be applied for in all cases. iv) Notification Orders. These orders are not yet widely used although they provide a useful tool in monitoring and managing the risk presented by an offender who has offended abroad and now returned to this country. While this area is prepared to apply for them in appropriate cases an appropriate case has not yet been identified. v) Foreign Travel Orders (FTOs). These short term orders can prohibit inappropriate travel. Sex offenders in this area have been complying with the conditions in their registration requiring them to notify details of foreign travel. Following the tsunami disaster all sex offenders were contacted to ascertain their intentions for travel. FTOs would have been applied for if any intelligence suggested they had intended to travel abroad.

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Statistics

2. Category 2 MAPPA offenders: Violent offenders and Other Sexual offenders vi) The number of violent and other sexual offenders living in the community in this area. This number has increased again from 129 to 150. The percentage increase at 16% is substantial however this figure is only for cases dealt with within the MAPPA system and reflects its use and perceived utility amongst the agencies involved and not the rates of violent offending. 3. Category 3 MAPPA offenders: Other offenders vii) The number of Other offenders in the MAPPA system. This increased by 14%. This is for similar reasons to the increase in violent offenders. Agencies wish to include cases in the MAPPA system to more effectively manage risks, so this figure is not a reflection of more dangerous activity in the community. For instance the mental health services are using the system more to share intelligence with other agencies and utilise their risk management expertise to formulate shared risk management plans. 4. Offenders managed through Level 3 (MAPPP) & Level 2 (Local inter-agency management) viii) The numbers of MAPPA cases in each of the 3 categories who have been managed though level 3 and level 2 systems.

This has been the first year over which Wiltshire and Swindon MAPPA has operated the full three levels of the MAPPA system with a result that the numbers now managed at level 3 have decreased. Factors such as improved management structures, better intelligence sharing and risk management has provided a clear framework to correctly assess the level of risk. The capacity for level 2 meetings to manage cases is aided by good attendance at meetings and agencies improved familiarity with the concepts of information and risk management sharing. ix) Case managed at Level 2 and 3 a) Returned to custody for a breach of licence b) Returned to custody for breach of a restraining order or SOPO c) Charged with a further serious offence The MAPPA caseload of serious sexual and violent offenders contains both those who are compliant and concerned not to be returned to court or custody in addition to those who are unstable, unconcerned and careless of the consequences of their actions. The tasks of the agencies dealing with them includes protective action with potential victims, direct actions to prevent re-offending, recall, and prosecution. Over the last year 12.4% of the Level 2 caseload were returned to custody for breaches of licence, one for breach of a SOPO and one for a further serious offence.

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Stategic Management Board

Structure Over the last year the Strategic Management Board (SMB) has continued to meet on a quarterly basis with chairing moving from probation to police under the agreed rota amongst the responsible authorities. The system for the management of the MAPPA has not changed significantly over the last year although two "Lay Advisers" have now been appointed to join the SMB. The addition of HM Prison Service to the police and probation services as the core "Responsible Authority" further strengthened the role of the SMB, which is now committed to the continuous improvement philosophy. Lay Advisers In accordance with Section 326 of The Criminal Justice Act of 2003 the SMB has recently recruited two Lay members who attended for the first time in March 2005. Their role is to assist in the MAPPA review functions but not in the operational decision making. They have been appointed as informed observers or 'critical friends' but not as independent auditors or representatives of the local community. Of the two lay Advisers one has recently attended the MAPPA training session at Birmingham University. The course was delivered at De Montford University with the Lucy Faithful Foundation, a charity set up to research Sex Offences, and the Public Protection and Courts Unit of the National Probation Directorate. The other Adviser is booked to attend training later in the year. It is anticipated that the lay Advisers will take a full part in the SMB bringing their

considerable business and professional backgrounds and experience to consideration of MAPPA function and improvement. They will have full access to policy and procedure discussions to ensure the public interest is always maintained. Function The function of the SMB is to consider the strategic issues, develop and agree local policies to enable the work to be undertaken The whole and evaluate performance. MAPPA process needs to work within the National Guidelines and to learn from national developments and initiatives. The SMB and its sub group the Practice and Procedures Group, undertake this. Where any Level 3 MAPPP offender is charged with any serious sexual or violent offence, a "Serious Offence Case Review" is undertaken by them and lessons communicated to local agencies and professionals. Practical work over the last year has included: Continual Improvement of the policy and procedures documents in the light of operational needs for consistency • New guidance issued on effective presentation of cases in partnership meetings. Wiltshire and Swindon MAPPA is working to develop more consistency in handling serious cases, sharing information, joint training, accommodating sex offenders and evaluation arrangements by incorporating the regional action plan.

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Looking ahead for 2005 and onwards

In line with the findings of the joint inspectors report "Safeguarding Children" more formal links have been established with the Area Child Protection Committee through agency representatives sitting on both MAPPA and ACPC. The same link has been made with the local Vulnerable Person's Committee.

Swindon MAPPA area this growth trend is recognised. Staffing increases have been authorised to meet workload and will continue as appropriate. Violent Offenders The development of new systems for the assessment of risks and treatment options in cases of Domestic Violence as well as the programmes for work with perpetrators and victims will feature in the forthcoming year. These new national initiatives are welcomed and will bring a more constructive range of tools to those agencies already using in such cases. Wiltshire and Swindon is fortunate in not having the problem of professional violent criminality to the extent of other areas. It does, however, have offenders who present complex and dangerous problems through their behaviour and there will be challenges in managing these people. To this end we are continuing to improve the service we deliver in order to ensure early intervention is provided to prevent offences being committed.

Sex Offenders The number of registered sex offenders in this area, as predicted for all areas, will continue to rise for the foreseeable future in line with the national figures of 27000 to 125000. This is not a reflection on the risk to the public or the work of local agencies but is the predicted consequence of the 1997 and 2003 Acts which gives lifetime registration to sex offenders who are sentenced to more than 30 months custody. The practical consequence of this for agencies working with this identified group of offenders is that workloads continue to rise and practices and procedures need to be continually be adjusted to suit the demand. It is important that within the Wiltshire and

Contact points within the responsible authority
Police: Chief Constable Police Headquarters London Road DEVIZES Wiltshire SN10 2DN Rothermere Bythesea Road TROWBRIDGE Wiltshire BA14 8JQ HM Prison Erlestoke DEVIZES Wiltshire SN10 5TU

Probation Service:

Chief Probation Officer

Prison Service:

Governor

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Appendix 1 IN THE COUNTY OF WILTSHIRE PETTY SESSIONAL DIVISION OF SWINDON SEXUAL OFFENCES PREVENTION ORDER (Sexual Offences Act 2003 Section 104) Swindon Magistrates Court

Date: Defendant:

** December 2004 J********** S**********

On the complaint of: Police Constable *********** *********** who is duly authorised by the Chief Constable for Wiltshire Address: Wiltshire Constabulary, Swindon Police Station, Flemming Way, Swindon

IT IS ADJUDGED THAT THE DEFENDANT IS A QUALIFYING OFFENDER BY VIRTUE OF THE FOLLOWING FACTS:Offences: (I) Three counts of sexual assault on a male under the age of 14 contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 1956 Section 15 (1) AND IT IS ADJUDGED that the defendant has since the date of the above conviction acted in such a way as to make it necessary to make a Sexual Offences prevention Order under section 104(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to protect the public or any particular members of the public from serious harm form him. IT IS ORDERED THAT:1. Throughout the remainder of this Order the term "Vulnerable person" shall be defined as a person with : a) A learning or physical impairment: b) A mental illness, chronic or otherwise: c) A reduction in physical or mental capacity 2. The Defendant shall not approach, engage in conversation or associate with, either by himself, or through a third party, a person who is or he could reasonably have been expected reasonably have been expected to be under the age of 16 years or a vulnerable person except where Social Services have been consulted, and approve the arrangement. 3. The defendant shall not reside at any address at which any person under the age of 16 years or any vulnerable adult person resides.

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4. The Defendant is prohibited form undertaking any activity, either paid or voluntary which by its nature is likely to bring the Defendant into direct contact with a vulnerable person or a person under 16 years, and who is not accompanied by a person aged 16 years or more at all times. 5. The Defendant shall not knowingly enter, or come within 50 meters of and school premises, park, recreational space or leisure centre used by persons under the age of 16 years, or any establishment providing care for vulnerable persons. 6. The defendant shall not approach or engage in conversation or associate with any person whom he knows or reasonably believes to be a convicted sex offender. until further order ************************** Justice of the Peace

If, without reasonable excuse you do anything you are prohibited from doing by this order or you fail to comply with the notification requirements of Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 you shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years.

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The Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and YOU

Who is this booklet for?
Produced for use in Wiltshire and Swindon This booklet contains general information about the MAPPA system and those who are the subject of the system. If you have regular contact with a Police or Probation Officer as part of the Sex Offender Registration/notification system, or are subject to probation supervision, these officers can answer questions about your particular situation.

What is the MAPPA system?
This is a national system run in each Police/Probation area started as a requirement of the Criminal justice and Court Services Act 2000. It was set up to make sure staff in agencies shared relevant information and their plans for work on certain offenders to protect the public from further sexual or violent offending. It is now expected that agencies will always share information to protect the public, children, vulnerable adults and staff. Agencies linked into the MAPPA system in Wiltshire and Swindon are listed at the end of this leaflet.

Who is subject to MAPPA?
There are three groups of offenders who are subject to the MAPPA system. • All Sex Offenders subject to the registration/notification process must be linked into the MAPPA system. • All Violent Offenders sentenced to 12m imprisonment or more must be linked into the MAPPA system. • Other offenders will be referred into the system at an agency's request if they consider sharing information is necessary to help to protect the public.

Where do I fit in this?
• You have been given this booklet because you are one of the offenders who are involved in the system. • Your case will have been considered by the police and probation services. • A decision will have been made as to whether there needs to be a meeting with other agencies to discuss your case. • Offenders do not attend meetings in the MAPPA system; however it is usual to be told about it so that you can work with the agencies concerned to lower risks, be safe and reduce the chance of getting into trouble again.

The Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and YOU
How will this affect me?
• The priority for the MAPPA system will always be protecting the public however this can often be achieved by also assisting the offender to be settled, stable and safe themselves. • For instance where an offender is eligible for re-housing the location of a new property may be discussed. • If someone needs help from the drug, alcohol or mental health services this will be arranged to fit in with other agencies work so they are pulling in the same direction. • As an offender in the system it is important that you work with all relevant agencies to minimise the risk to the public.

How long will I be part of the MAPPA system?
• Registered sex offenders must stay in the MAPPA system until their registration finishes • Adult Offenders on licence for a violent offence, including robbery, will always be in the MAPPA system until their licence finishes • If you have been included in the MAPPA system because an agency has referred you, this will continue until a decision is made to remove you from the system.

Who is involved?
Information is shared between agencies if they are or may later be working with an individual. Agencies linked into the MAPPA system in Wiltshire and Swindon:
• Police: Wiltshire Constabulary • Probation Service • HM Prison Service • Swindon Social Services Department • Wiltshire County Council: Children and Families Dept • Wiltshire County Council: Education Dept • Wiltshire Primary Care Trusts • Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust: Mental Health • Swindon Borough Council: Housing • Salisbury District Council: Housing • Kennet District Council: Housing • West Wiltshire District Council: Housing • North Wiltshire District Council: Housing • Other Registered Social Landlords and Housing Associations • Wiltshire Youth Offending Service • Swindon Youth Offending Service

What if I have a complaint about how I am being dealt with?
• If you are not happy with a decision or action an agency has taken, you have the right to complain to that agency. • The MAPPA does not have its own complaints procedure as it does not take responsibility away from agencies. However a complaint to any of the agencies will be taken seriously and followed according to their normal complaints procedures.

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