Cumbria

MULTI-AGENCY PUBLIC PROTECTION ARRANGEMENTS CUMBRIA ANNUAL REPORT 2002 – 2003

FOREWORD
By Paul Goggins, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Community and Custodial provision in the Home Office As the recently appointed Minister with responsibility for the MAPPA, I am pleased to introduce this, the second, annual MAPPA report. It is clear that in the last year (2002/3) the multi-agency public protection arrangements (the MAPPA) continued to play an important role in what remains one of this government’s highest priorities – the protection of the public from dangerous offenders. As someone with many years experience of working in the field of child protection, I am particularly impressed by the important contribution the MAPPA are making to strengthen collaboration between agencies at a local level where the focus is on the dangerous offender. These improvements must, however, impact on the protection of children. As the tragic death of Victoria Climbie showed, an effective multi-agency partnership is crucial and the MAPPA are an important element. To ensure greater consistency in the MAPPA across the 42 Areas of England and Wales, and to prepare for the implementation of measures contained in the Criminal Justice Bill, we published the MAPPA Guidance in April. Building on good practice, that Guidance clarified the structure of the operational arrangements as well as the importance of formal review and monitoring – of which this annual report is a vital part. The Criminal Justice Bill will strengthen the MAPPA in two ways. First, it will make the involvement of other agencies part of the statutory framework. Second, it will introduce the involvement of lay people – those unconnected with day-to-day operation of the MAPPA – in reviewing and monitoring the MAPPA. Annual reports and this new lay involvement show the Government’s commitment to explaining how the often sensitive and complex work of public protection is undertaken. The Government is also strengthening the protection of the public with other measures in the Criminal Justice Bill. They include new sentences for dangerous offenders to prevent their release if they continue to be dangerous. Additionally, the Sexual Offences Bill will tighten up sex offender registration, introduce a new offence of ‘grooming’, and enable sex offender orders to be imposed on violent offenders who pose a risk of causing serious sexual harm – thereby extending sex offender registration to them. I commend this report to you and congratulate all the agencies and individuals who have contributed to the achievement of the MAPPA locally in your local Area.

Paul Goggins

THE NATIONAL PICTURE

This section of the report draws attention to wider context of the operation and development of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (the MAPPA). The most important work undertaken within the MAPPA is done locally, led by the police and probation – who act jointly as the ‘Responsible Authority’ in your Area – and in each of the 42 Areas of England and Wales. The experience and good practice upon which this work is based began in the 1990s – most significantly as a result of the closer working relationship required by the Sex Offender Act (1997). The Criminal Justice and Courts Services Act (2000) formalised that relationship and built on the existing experience by requiring the police and probation services to establish arrangements (the MAPPA) for assessing and managing the risks posed by sexual and violent offenders. The Act also required the Responsible Authority to publish an annual report on the operation of those arrangements. This report, covering April 2002 to March 2003, is the second annual report. The importance of partnership Key to the development of the MAPPA in the past year has been the closer involvement of other agencies, such as housing, health and social services, working alongside police and probation. The truly multi-agency nature of the MAPPA and the collaboration which underpins it is to be strengthened further by the Criminal Justice Bill. The Bill will place a ‘duty to co-operate’ on a wide range of organisations including local health authorities and trusts; housing authorities and registered social landlords; social services departments; Jobcentres; Youth Offending Teams; and local education authorities. In addition, the Prison Service will join the police and probation services and become part of the MAPPA ‘Responsible Authority’. Supporting and co-ordinating the development of the MAPPA throughout the 42 Areas of England and Wales, is the National Probation Directorate’s Public Protection Unit (PPU). This Unit acts as a central point for advice and, increasingly, involvement in the management of difficult cases. These include, for example, UK citizens who have committed serious offences abroad and return to this country without anywhere to live. The Unit is also able to provide financial support when the risk management plans make exceptional demands upon local resources. Involving the public MAPPA developments in the next 18 months will also include the appointment by the Home Secretary of two ‘lay advisers’ to each Area. The eight Areas of England and Wales which have been piloting these arrangements since January (Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Durham, South Wales, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and West Midlands) report that they add real value. Lay advisers will contribute to the review and monitoring of the MAPPA which is undertaken by each Area’s Strategic Management Board – the work of which you can read more in this report. The purpose of appointing ‘lay advisers’ is to ensure that communities understand more of what is done to protect them and that those involved professionally with the MAPPA are aware of the views of the community. The lay advisers will not ‘represent’ the community in the way, for example, that local councillors do, nor will they be involved in operational decision-making. And, given the sensitivity of much of what the MAPPA does, especially with the few offenders who pose a very high risk of serious harm to the public, it is not practicable for the general public to be involved. Lay advisers will, however, ensure an appropriate and a practical level of community involvement. MAPPA Offenders This year the annual report provides a more detailed breakdown of the number of sexual and violent offenders who are covered by the MAPPA in your Area. As last year, the

figures include the number of registered sex offenders. Because sex offender registration is for a minimum of 5 years (and generally for much longer) the figures are cumulative. This is why they have increased – by 16 per cent in England and Wales. Only a very small proportion (about six per cent throughout England and Wales) are considered to pose such a high risk or management difficulty that they are referred to the highest level of the MAPPA – the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels (the MAPPP). Figures alone do not, of course, tell the whole story. The anonymised case studies illustrate the practical work of the MAPPA, and demonstrate the preventive action which can be taken. Prior to the MAPPA, action of this kind was mainly taken by one agency alone, with the effect that on occasion offenders’ behaviour which might have triggered preventative action went unnoticed. The multi-agency approach of the MAPPA helps ensure that if an offender does breach the condition of the licence under which they were released from prison or a court order prohibiting certain activities, then action to enforce the condition or order and protect the public can be taken more swiftly.

If you are interested in reading the reports of other Areas, they will be published on the National Probation Service’s website www.probation.homeoffice.gov.uk (under the public protection section) with all of them being available once the last Area has published its annual report in September.

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WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING IN CUMBRIA
This is the second annual report on the Multi-Agency Arrangements for the assessment and management of Violent and Sexual Offenders who pose a risk to the community. Local arrangements in Cumbria have been in place since 1998 following the introduction of the Sex Offenders Act 1997. The multi-agency commitment to

working effectively to protect the public has grown significantly with the identification of the Police and Probation Service as the “Responsible Authority” under the terms of the Criminal Justice and Courts Services Act 2000. During the year 2002/03 there have been many developments that have enhanced working relationships across all agencies. These have contributed to reducing risk and protecting victims and include such things as:The Strategic Management Board has continued to meet to ensure that Public Protection arrangements are effective and robustly managed in Cumbria Joint training sessions have been held on the introduction of the Offender Assessment System (OASys) between the Police, Probation Service, HM Prison Service and other statutory and non statutory agencies Local arrangements between the Probation Service, Police, Social Services and Mental Health Teams have been put in place for joint risk assessments on specific offenders The existing protocols on the exchange of information were demonstrated to be highly effective when they were tested during “Operation Alarm” into the investigation of Child Pornography on the Internet The publication of inter-agency Inspections on Safeguarding Children and the Laming Report into the death of Victoria Climbie have been carefully considered within Cumbria. This has enabled a greater emphasis and priority being placed on the protection of children as a strategic objective at the highest level Cumbria Multi-Agency Public Protection Strategic Management Board played a significant role in the preparation and management of the North West Regional Public Protection Seminar. Over 110 delegates from 14 different agencies and interest groups attended the seminar in November 2002 Possibly the most significant and innovative development has been the recruitment and appointment of two Lay Members to the Strategic Management Board. Cumbria is one of eight areas chosen as pilots for the introduction of Lay Members. Two members of the public were appointed to the Strategic Management Board in October 2002 for three years. This development has helped to:increase community involvement reflect community needs and opinions promote community based measures hold professionals to account

Our two Lay Members for Cumbria write:“It was a very rigorous appointment process but then so it should be, given the importance of public protection. It is of course too early to say if Lay Membership will improve the processes involved in this work. Suffice to say that I have been welcomed and every opportunity has been given to contribute. Further training leading to better understanding is planned and will be most useful. That good work is being done despite constraints on resources is undoubted. There is an economic cost of public protection and if we want more of it we must be prepared to pay for it.” Mr L Finn, Lay Member

“I am one of the pair of Lay Members recently appointed in Cumbria. I am a teacher with two school aged children. After reading the job description in the local press I became interested in this project because it offered an opportunity to get involved in something of real importance and of increasing media attention. Cumbria is at the forefront with this initiative. I want to be able to offer an unbiased view as an ordinary member of the public. I do not claim to be able to voice the majority opinion or to speak for the community but I have been given a role of being honest about my concerns or doubts about plans for the most dangerous of our offenders. I hope that this is reassuring to other members of the public. I am proud to be involved in such a vital area of public protection and really pleased that an independent voice is welcomed. Ms L Norris, Lay Member

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ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES – WHAT DO WE DO?
The Strategic Management Board for Cumbria has representatives from Police, Probation, Social Services, the NSPCC, H.M.Prison Service, the Health Service, Housing Authority, Lay Members and the Youth Offending Team. The Police and Probation Service have a statutory responsibility to lead this work but this could not be achieved without the active and sustained commitment of all the other representatives. This enables a really joint approach to be created which strengthens the decisions that need to be made and helps to release the resources required to manage dangerous offenders Essentially each agency brings their own expertise and resources to an assessment of an individual in order to develop a plan to reduce re-offending and minimise any potential risks to members of the pubic. The M.A.P.P Arrangements are designed to identify Potentially Dangerous Offenders and then co-ordinate action plans and strategies to minimise risk and reduce offending. An initial assessment will normally be undertaken by the Police and Probation Service. The assessment will be informed by information provided by any other agency that has identified a concern. Quite often assessments will involve joint home visits by Police, Probation or other workers. Local risk assessments are undertaken between Police, Probation and Health or Social Services. where an individual is deemed to represent a significant risk, more detailed assessments will be undertaken. This will often involve arranging for the exchange of relevant information that would assist in the assessment and management of potentially dangerous individuals. The Youth Offending Team is able to make a very valued contribution to the assessment and management of persons under the age of 18 and provides direct links to Education Services.

iii. MAPPA – HOW DOES IT OPERATE?
The contribution of the various agencies may best be described in examples from recent cases. 1. “M” is a 47 year old male who was serving 12 years for serious sexual assaults. He was due to be released in November 2002 to accommodation in Cumbria. Careful risk assessments had been undertaken during the latter stages of his prison sentence and regular multi-agency meetings had been held to devise a set of licence conditions that would support “M”, reduce his level of risk and take account of the concerns of past victims. The level of scrutiny by Prison staff, Police, Probation and Health Service workers enabled appropriate medical interventions to be provided. The treatment “M” received on release was provided within a secure psychiatric setting. He is now responding well to the treatment and his risk level is reducing. Without the active participation of all the relevant agencies “M” would have deteriorated significantly on release without the specialist treatment identified within the MAPP. 2. “D” is a 32 year old male who had a past history of extremely violent assaults against his female partners. Although he was not subject to any statutory supervision he became subject to the MAPP arrangements when he started a relationship with a vulnerable young female known to Social Services. The risk management strategy, formed as part of a Multi-Agency Public Protection meeting, enabled the Police, Social Services and the Health Service to actively monitor “D’s” behaviour and provide effective support and guidance to his partner. Joint visits by Police and Social Workers to his home and the open sharing of information with “D” reduced his level of risk and violent behaviour. When he eventually re-offended he was swiftly arrested and successfully prosecuted. “D’s” partner received appropriate support and acknowledged that the multi-agency approach had been extremely helpful in protecting her. “B” is a 52 year old male who had been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment with an extended period of Licence supervision for 30 months following release. “B” had been convicted of Acts of Gross Indecency against young boys and failure to notify the Police of a change of address in accordance with the terms of his Sex Offender registration. A Multi-Agency Public Protection meeting was held prior to “B’s” release to establish a plan for managing the risks “B” presented to young boys. Contact had been made by the Probation Service with the family of “B’s” victim and the Licence conditions were used to prevent any attempt by “B” to make contact with young boys. On the day of his release from prison “B” failed to report to his Probation Officer as required. This failure was swiftly considered jointly by the Police and Probation Service. “B” was returned to prison immediately following a recommendation to the Sentence Enforcement Unit.

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“C” is a 48 year old male who had been imprisoned for Indecent Assault on children when he was employed in a position of trust. “C” had received a sentence of 18 months imprisonment with a period of Licence supervision by the Probation Service on release. The circumstances of the offence and the offender’s attitude towards them gave cause for concern when considered within the MAPP Meeting. In order to protect the community it was decided to disclose certain details surrounding “C” and his behaviour. Relevant information was therefore shared with key individuals within “C’s” previous profession in order to ensure that he did not obtain access to children. The decision to disclose information within the community was made following consultation on a multi-agency basis and within the Protocols on Sharing Information developed in Cumbria. ---------------------------The range of work undertaken with offenders is based on the careful Assessment of risks. The implementation of the Offender Assessment System (OASys) has enabled the assessment of offenders to be more accurately based on evidence of “What Works”. This helps workers to identify the appropriate interventions designed to reduce re-offending. OASys also enables other specialist assessments to be considered in relation to risks posed by sex offenders, violent offenders, the mentally ill and dangerous offenders. Many of these assessments have been approved and undertaken on a multi-agency basis. The Probation Service has a statutory responsibility to supervise offenders in order to protect the public. This is increasingly done by the provision of accredited programmes. The programmes are based on research into the most successful ways to help offenders stop offending and change their behaviour. In Cumbria the NSPCC in partnership with the Probation Service, provides an Accredited Sex Offender Group work programme. The aim of the programme is to motivate and equip offenders with the skills for self control over their behaviour. Involvement in appropriate treatment is one of the most successful methods of protecting the public from future risk. Self control may not be sufficient in itself, particularly in the early stages of supervision. Therefore effective risk management requires a combination of self control and external controls. The Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Cumbria have a key role in providing external controls. This can mean joint assessments and home visits, planned supervision and surveillance over long periods of time with, on occasion, extensive monitoring arrangements. All this activity may be in addition to participation in an accredited programme. Where there is a statutory involvement by the Probation Service, supervision plans and contact levels are rigorously applied. Any failure to comply with the terms of a Community Penalty or Post Custodial Licence is robustly enforced. This is increasingly a shared approach supported by the Police and Courts in Cumbria.

Specific information on individuals is made available to the public where it is identified that such disclosures would reduce the risks posed and serve to protect the public from individual offenders. Any disclosure is subject to discussion within a MAPPP meeting and endorsed as part of any risk management strategy confirmed by a senior manager. Examples in Cumbria of effective disclosure have included:A 27 year old male was released from a 3 year term of imprisonment for sexual offences against children. The man was subject to an extended licence supervised by the Probation Service. Prior to release a MAPPP was held where a joint strategy of rigorous supervision, surveillance and support was agreed between the Police, Probation, Housing providers and the Health Service. Due to the nature of the man’s offending it was felt appropriate to advise staff of local libraries and leisure facilities of his description and whereabouts. This was undertaken by the Police. When it became apparent that the man was behaving inappropriately and visiting specific leisure facilities, his licence was immediately revoked and he was returned to custody before any sexual offences were committed. A 51 year old male served an eight year term of imprisonment for serious assaults against females. The man was subject to rigorous licence conditions, supervised by the Probation Service following release from prison. A series of MAPPP meetings were held and as part of the risk management strategy it was agreed that the Police and Probation Service would undertake joint interviews with the man. This led to contact being established with a number of individuals with whom he had established a relationship. They were clearly advised of the man’s background and potential risks in order to prevent any further victims. In addition, prior to any job interviews, the offender’s prospective employer was contacted and visited by Police and Probation to ensure they were fully informed of the man’s background. This approach was supported by effective liaison with the local employment service. As part of our approach to informing the public of the work undertaken in their behalf, a Public Protection Media Protocol has been established in Cumbria. The protocol allows effective liaison with representatives of the local press to ensure relevant and appropriate information is shared when required with the press. The launch of the Joint Arrangements Protocol in March 2002 provided the press with a significant opportunity to support the process of informing the public of this work. The event was covered by BBC Radio Cumbria, Border Television News and four regional newspapers

iv. SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
The Police carry out an initial assessment of an offender required to register under the terms of the Sex Offenders Act 97. Those assessed as posing a High or Very High Risk are referred to a Multi-Agency assessment within the Mutli-Agency Public Protection Arrangements. Recently a database known as Project Visor has been implemented. This will improve information gathering and allow areas to monitor and improve performance. It is also an effective investigative tool as it provides details on offenders, their descriptions and past offences on a national basis. Home visits are conducted on all registered Sex Offenders at regular intervals, the frequency of visits is determined by the risk assessment. Many of the visits are done jointly with Probation Officers. Where it is part of the risk management plan, surveillance of offenders will be undertaken using Police patrols, Closed Circuit TV and occasionally by disclosing details of known offenders to members of the community for that person or group to assist in monitoring an offender’s behaviour. All surveillance is properly authorised under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 to balance pubic protection against the offenders Human Rights.

v. THE STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF MAPPA – WHO OVERSEES THE WORK?
The Strategic Management Board for Cumbria meets every two months. The Board works to objectives set within the Business Plan for the year and undertakes to monitor the activity of local risk assessment processes and the proper conduct of Multi-Agency Public Protection Meetings. The representatives at the Board are committed to ensuring that agreed protocols are followed and implemented across all agencies. As a result of membership of the Strategic Management Board, HMP Haverigg now has in place Public Protection Protocols and MAPPA that directly link into public protection processes within the community and with all other prisons. HMP Haverigg has been instrumental in raising standards of public protection within the Prison Service nationally which has resulted in greater regional and central coordination. During the year the Police and Probation Service have carefully considered the need to resource the work of the Strategic Management Board. It has been decided by the Chief Constable and Chief Officer of Cumbria Probation Area that specific staff resources will be allocated during 2003/04 to administer and coordinate the work of MAPPA. This will take the form of a designated Public Protection Manager and MAPPA Registrar. This approach has been supported by the Local Criminal Justice Board for Cumbria. In the North West, Police, Probation and H.M.Prison Service have tried to model, at a strategic level, shared responsibility for public protection. Senior managers from all three agencies meet regularly to look at the strategic implications ad development of arrangements to ensure consistent implementation of national policy and guidance across the region. This work has culminated in an annual seminar which attracts representatives of other agencies to emphasise the shared responsibility for assessing and managing the risk presented by potentially dangerous offenders. These seminars provide an opportunity to inform delegates of national issues and to share best practice at a regional level.

vi. VICTIMS – WHO IS SUPPORTED BY THIS WORK?
Section 69 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 created a statutory duty for the Probation Service to make contact with the victims of violent or sexual offences where the offender was sentenced to between 12 months and 4 years imprisonment. A system already existed for victims of offenders serving more than 4 years. The Victims Charter and National Standards for the supervision of offenders place specific additional responsibilities upon the Probation Service to either deliver services directly to victims and their families or to take account of their interests in work with offenders. The achievement of these responsibilities is a priority for the Service and the Multi-Agency Public Protection Strategic Management Board. The performance of the Service is monitored and evaluated on an annual basis in regard to work with victims. Victim Contact Officers within the Probation Service make written contact with relevant victims, their family or partner to offer to visit and explain details about the offenders sentence or issues surrounding a possible release date. Increasingly the work of Victim Contact Officers influences the work of MultiAgency Public Protection Meetings and this leads to action to protect victims as part of a risk management strategy. Information provided to Victim Contact Officers by victims, and taken account of within risk strategies, has included the following actions during the year:Additional Security and domestic alarms being provided in some circumstances Restricting an offenders movements when released on Licence Providing accommodation for offenders that provides 24 hour supervision and surveillance Ensuring that the views and experiences of victims are reflected in work undertaken with offenders to challenge their thinking and behaviour Disclosing information to vulnerable individuals about an offender in order to prevent them becoming a victim Victim Contact work is quite different to the Victim Support Scheme which can be contacted at Victim Support Scheme, Lime House, Wetheral, Cumbria, CA4 8EW on 01228 562638.

vii. STATISTICAL INFORMATION
The number of registered Sex Offenders is expected to rise every year for the next few years. This is because the legislation which brought about the Sex Offender Register in 1997 did not apply to offenders before that date, unless they were still under supervision or in custody. This means that the numbers will continue to go up for several years until a peak is reached. Population figure for your administration area as supplied by the last census in 2001 Using your submitted RSO figure and the census figure shown above, your RSO per 100,00 population is:
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491040 42 208 2

The number of registered sex offenders on 31 March 2003 The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement, between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003 The number of Sex Offenders Orders applied or and gained between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003 (a) (b) (c) The total number of Sex Offenders Orders applied for The total number granted The total number not granted or pending

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2 0 2 0

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The number of Restraining Orders issued by the Courts between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003 for offenders currently managed within MAPPA The number of violent and other sexual offenders considered under MAPPA during the year 1 April and 31 March 2003 (as defined by section 68 [3], [4] and [5]) The number of “other offenders” dealt with under MAPPA during the year 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003 as being assessed by the Responsible Authority as posing a risk of serious harm to the public (but who did not fall within either of the other two categories, as defined by s.67 [2b]) For each of the three categories of offenders covered by the MAPPA (“registered sex offenders”, “violent and other sex offenders” and “other offenders”), identify the number of offenders that are or have been dealt with by: (a) MAPPP – registered sex offenders (b) MAPPP – violent and other sex offenders (c) MAPPP – other offenders

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437

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22 18 2

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Of the cases managed by the MAPPP during the reporting year what was the number of offenders: (a) who were returned to custody for breach of licence (b) who were returned to custody for breach of a Restraining Order or Sex Offender Order (c) charged with a serious sexual or violent offence 5 0 0