1.

0 Introduction
Local arrangements for dealing with Sex Offenders began in September 1998, with the introduction of the Sex Offenders Act 1997. In May 1999 a complimentary but separate Public Protection Protocol (PPP) was agreed between the partner agencies to provide risk assessment and management procedures for those dangerous offenders not catered for by the Sex Offender arrangements. These arrangements formalised the existing partnerships for sharing information for the assessment and management of sex and other dangerous offenders between the following agencies:
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Cheshire Constabulary National Probation Service Cheshire, Halton and Warrington Social Services North and South Cheshire Health and NHS Hospital Trusts Youth Offending Teams Education Housing Prison Service

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The Public Protection Protocol gives substantial information on the roles of the multi agency partners and details of the way in which Multi Agency Public Protection Panels (MAPPP) operate. This is a public document, it can be seen in public libraries in Cheshire, is accessible on the Police and Probation Service websites or available in hard copy from the contact points identified in Annex ‘A’. Local Points of Contact Details are contained in Annex ‘A’.

2.0 Summary of Roles and Responsibilities
Joint Assessment The Police and Probation Service in Cheshire have a responsibility to make arrangements for the joint assessment of risks posed by people sentenced to 12 months imprisonment or more for violent or sexual offences. All sex offenders in this category are liable to registration under the Sex Offenders Act. Adult male offenders are assessed using the Risk Matrix 2000 framework (a structured assessment that predicts the likelihood of a sex offender committing a further sexual offence) and discussed in Sex Offender meetings on a monthly basis. Female and adolescent Registered Sex Offenders are also considered and assessed at these monthly meetings. All prisoners serving 12 months or more for violent offences are assessed by the supervising Probation Officer using Risk Matrix 2000 (violence), a similar assessment to the one described above for sexual offenders. Any assessment of high risk is shared with the police and very high risk considered for MAPPP meetings using the agreed protocol. Joint Management Registered Sex Offenders are dealt with by way of at least monthly Sex Offender Risk Assessment Meetings, chaired by the Police Divisional Crime Manager. The standing attendance at these meetings includes the Local Probation Manager and representatives from Social Services and the Youth Offending Teams. Other partner agencies are invited to attend as required. In relation to other dangerous people, MultiAgency Public Protection Panel meetings are convened by the Probation Public Protection Manager as and when they are required, throughout the County, and always involve the Police Crime Managers and at least one other partner agency manager who are or may become involved with the dangerous person. Roles and Responsibilities Social Services have been involved with the development of both protocols and play a key role in the area of child protection, mental health and vulnerable adults. Health in its various guises played a significant part in the development of both protocols and attends meetings where their specific input is required. The Youth Offending Teams since their inception have played a full part in relation to young offenders. The Chief Housing Officers took responsibility for providing attendance at strategy and operational meetings, and take the lead role in co-ordinating the other housing providers. Local Authority Education Departments have a specific role to play in relation to young offenders still in education and the protection of children from adult predators.

3.0 Outline of the Arrangements Made
Sex Offenders Once an offender is required to register under the Act, notification is forwarded to a central police point located within the Force Intelligence Bureau. An initial intelligence package for use at the risk assessment and management meeting is prepared. Each offender is subject to a risk assessment based upon the Matrix 2000 model and is categorised according to the level of risk posed. This assessment determines the frequency of review on a specific individual and informs the decision making for the management plan. Meetings are held at least monthly with the core agencies and other agencies are represented as required to share information, determine the management plan and decide who will carry out each action. The purpose of these meetings is the safe management of offenders within the community. The frequency of review is determined by the level of risk. Other Dangerous Offenders When any partner agency considers that a person, with whom they are professionally in contact, poses an unacceptably high risk, they may request that a MAPPP meeting be convened. This is co-ordinated centrally by the Probation Public Protection Manager who arranges the risk assessment meetings by inviting all appropriate partner agencies. If the person is an offender, the Probation Service will carry out a formal risk assessment. For others the determination of risk level is made by the referring agency. A Senior Manager from the referring agency will chair the meetings. These meetings are set up as requested and will continue at agreed intervals for as long as the risk posed is deemed unacceptable. The action plans from such meetings will complement the supervision plans where the person is under the supervision of the Probation Service or the Youth Offending Team.

The criteria, which have to be met before a MAPPP meeting will be held, are:q The likelihood of harm to another

q The person cannot be managed by

the existing partner arrangements.
q There is no other partnership

The chair of the meeting is responsible for ensuring that all actions required are clearly understood, assigned to specific individuals and carried out.

person occurring is considered to be high.
q The level of harm to that person would

procedure or protocol that would normally manage the person. MAPPP meetings are chaired by a senior manager from the agency requesting them. Each agency commits appropriate resources to the management plan. All actions are time bound and are reviewed at subsequent meetings. All MAPPP meetings are minuted to an approved format and circulated only to those persons in attendance and anyone else specifically identified by the meeting.

be potentially life threatening.
q There is a substantial chance of the

harm being carried out.
q The potential victim is known

specifically or by type.
q The person cannot be managed alone

by the referring agency.

4.0 Strategic Management Arrangements
For both Sex Offenders and Other Dangerous People there are separate strategic management groups. Partner agencies are represented on both groups by senior managers who are able to commit resources, commission training and promote good practice. Each strategic group has an annual business plan, which identifies objectives for the group and practitioners and thus, by way of review, promotes the development of good practice on an annual basis. The existing groups are currently discussing the commonality of their roles with a view to considering merging into one Public Protection Strategy Group covering both Sex Offenders and Other Dangerous People.

5.0 Disclosure
The core partner agencies are committed to sharing information in order to protect the public. Within both protocols, partner agencies reaffirm commitment and trust and recognise that where there is an identified level of harm to a specific person or the wider public, their protection takes precedence over individual confidentiality. All information shared is kept confidential to the meeting. Where the action plan requires disclosure to a third party this can be authorised by the agreement of the meeting. This is always done within the principle of balancing the rights of the individual against the need to protect the public from the risk posed. Examples of where disclosure has occurred in this area are: q The Headmaster of a school was

notified of a ‘Dangerous Person’ living within the locality of the school with appropriate advice provided as to protective actions that could be taken.
q A leisure centre manager was

informed by the police of a Registered Sex Offender who should not be allowed access when children were present and using swimming pool facilities.

q A bus company manager was

informed that an employee, a Registered Sex Offender, should not be allowed to drive a school bus.
q A parent, of a victim abused by a

the measures taken to manage and reduce the risks posed by violent and sexual offenders will be conducted in co-ordination with the publication of this document.

friend who became a Registered Sex Offender, was informed by the police of the management plan in place to protect her child and other children. A programme of public awareness of

6.0 Victims Work
Section 69 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 places a duty upon the National Probation Service, Cheshire to contact victims and ask if they wish to be consulted about the release arrangements for violent and sexual offenders sentenced to 12 months custody or more. In this area there is a specialist victim liaison unit with staff who work exclusively with those victims. They initiate contact with the relevant victims who can choose whether or not they wish to be seen. Where a victim chooses to be consulted about the case, the victim liaison officer will normally meet with the victim(s) at a time and place convenient to them. The majority of victims are visited within their own home. Where contact is sought, the victim liaison staff enable the victim to receive information on the progress of the offender through their sentence. It also allows them to express their wishes on the conditions that should be imposed on the release of the offender on temporary or final licence. Victim Support “Victim Support is the national charity for people affected by crime. It is an independent organisation, offering a free confidential service, whether or not a crime has been reported. Trained staff and volunteers at local branches offer information and support to victims, witnesses, their families and friends. Victim Support provides the Witness Service, based in every criminal court in England and Wales, to offer assistance before, during and after trial. You can also call the Victim Supportline – 0845 30 30 900 – for information and support and details of local services and other relevant organisations.” The contact numbers for local victim support services can be found in Annex ‘A’.

Annex ‘A’
Cheshire Constabulary:

List of Contacts:
Address Police HQ Chester CH1 2PP Phone Tel 01244 612000

Detective Superintendent, Crime Policy Website – www.cheshire.police.uk

National Probation Service (Cheshire Area): Assistant Chief Officer, Public Protection Website – www.cheshireprobation.org

Address Beech House Sealand Road Chester, CH1 4RJ

Phone Tel 01244 394500

Victim Support: Branch Manager Eastern Branch (covering Crewe, Macclesfield and Wilmslow) Branch Manager Western Branch (covering Vale Royal, Chester and Ellesmere Port) Branch Manager Northern Branch (covering Warrington and Halton)

Address Divisional Police HQ, Crewe CW1 2DQ Winsford New Police Station Collinsham Way Winsford, CW7 2WA Divisional Police HQ Arpley Street Warrington, WA1 1LQ

Phone Tel 01270 212155

Tel 01606 557717

Tel 01925 419339

Annex ‘B’

Number of Offenders
329

i. The number of Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) in the community on 31/03/02 (s68 (2) CJ&CS Act 2000)

The number of RSOs per 100,000 population

33.4

ii. The number of SOs cautioned/convicted for breaches of registration requirement 01/04/01 – 31/03/02

23

iii. The number of Sex Offenders Orders 01/04/01 – 31/03/02

2

a) Total applied for

2

b) Granted

2

c) Not granted

0

d) Applications still in progress

0

iv. The number of violent offenders and other sex offenders 01/04/02 – 31/03/02 (s68 (3)(4)&(5) CJ&CS Act 2000)

617

The number of other offenders 01/04/01 – 31/03/02 (s67 (2) (b) CJ&CS Act 2000)

6