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

3.0 Outline of the Arrangements Made


Sex Offenders Meetings are held at least monthly with who arranges the risk assessment
Once an offender is required to register the core agencies and other agencies meetings by inviting all appropriate
under the Act, notification is forwarded to are represented as required to share partner agencies.
a central police point located within the information, determine the management
Force Intelligence Bureau. An initial plan and decide who will carry out each If the person is an offender, the
intelligence package for use at the risk action. The purpose of these meetings Probation Service will carry out a formal
assessment and management meeting is is the safe management of offenders risk assessment. For others the
prepared. within the community. The frequency of determination of risk level is made by the
review is determined by the level of risk. referring agency. A Senior Manager from
Each offender is subject to a risk the referring agency will chair the
assessment based upon the Matrix 2000 Other Dangerous Offenders meetings. These meetings are set up as
model and is categorised according to When any partner agency considers that requested and will continue at agreed
the level of risk posed. This assessment a person, with whom they are intervals for as long as the risk posed is
determines the frequency of review on a professionally in contact, poses an deemed unacceptable. The action plans
specific individual and informs the unacceptably high risk, they may request from such meetings will complement the
decision making for the management that a MAPPP meeting be convened. supervision plans where the person is
plan. This is co-ordinated centrally by the under the supervision of the Probation
Probation Public Protection Manager Service or the Youth Offending Team.
The criteria, which have to be met before ● The person cannot be managed by The chair of the meeting is responsible
a MAPPP meeting will be held, are:- the existing partner arrangements. for ensuring that all actions required are
clearly understood, assigned to specific
● The likelihood of harm to another ● There is no other partnership individuals and carried out.
person occurring is considered to be procedure or protocol that would
high. normally manage the person.

● The level of harm to that person would MAPPP meetings are chaired by a
be potentially life threatening. senior manager from the agency
requesting them. Each agency commits
● There is a substantial chance of the appropriate resources to the
harm being carried out. management plan. All actions are time
bound and are reviewed at subsequent
● The potential victim is known meetings. All MAPPP meetings are
specifically or by type. minuted to an approved format and
circulated only to those persons in
● The person cannot be managed alone attendance and anyone else specifically
by the referring agency. identified by the meeting.

4.0 Strategic Management Arrangements


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

5.0 Disclosure
The core partner agencies are All information shared is kept confidential ● The Headmaster of a school was
committed to sharing information in order to the meeting. Where the action plan notified of a ‘Dangerous Person’ living
to protect the public. requires disclosure to a third party this within the locality of the school with
can be authorised by the agreement of appropriate advice provided as to
Within both protocols, partner agencies the meeting. This is always done within protective actions that could be taken.
reaffirm commitment and trust and the principle of balancing the rights of
recognise that where there is an the individual against the need to protect ● A leisure centre manager was
identified level of harm to a specific the public from the risk posed. informed by the police of a Registered
person or the wider public, their Sex Offender who should not be
protection takes precedence over Examples of where disclosure has allowed access when children were
individual confidentiality. occurred in this area are: - present and using swimming pool
facilities.
● A bus company manager was the measures taken to manage and
informed that an employee, a reduce the risks posed by violent and
Registered Sex Offender, should not sexual offenders will be conducted in
be allowed to drive a school bus. co-ordination with the publication of
this document.
● A parent, of a victim abused by a
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 Where contact is sought, the victim liaison Victim Support provides the Witness
Court Services Act 2000 places a duty staff enable the victim to receive information Service, based in every criminal court in
upon the National Probation Service, on the progress of the offender through England and Wales, to offer assistance
Cheshire to contact victims and ask if they their sentence. It also allows them to before, during and after trial. You can also
wish to be consulted about the release express their wishes on the conditions that call the Victim Supportline – 0845 30 30
arrangements for violent and sexual should be imposed on the release of the 900 – for information and support and
offenders sentenced to 12 months custody offender on temporary or final licence. details of local services and other relevant
or more. organisations.”
Victim Support
In this area there is a specialist victim “Victim Support is the national charity for The contact numbers for local victim
liaison unit with staff who work exclusively people affected by crime. It is an support services can be found in Annex ‘A’.
with those victims. They initiate contact independent organisation, offering a free
with the relevant victims who can choose confidential service, whether or not a crime
whether or not they wish to be seen. has been reported. Trained staff and
Where a victim chooses to be consulted volunteers at local branches offer
about the case, the victim liaison officer will information and support to victims,
normally meet with the victim(s) at a time witnesses, their families and friends.
and place convenient to them. The majority
of victims are visited within their own home.
Annex ‘A’ List of Contacts:
Cheshire Constabulary: Address Phone

Detective Superintendent, Crime Policy Police HQ Tel 01244 612000


Website – www.cheshire.police.uk Chester
CH1 2PP

National Probation Service (Cheshire Area): Address Phone

Assistant Chief Officer, Public Protection Beech House Tel 01244 394500
Website – www.cheshireprobation.org Sealand Road
Chester, CH1 4RJ

Victim Support: Address Phone

Branch Manager Divisional Police Tel 01270 212155


Eastern Branch HQ, Crewe
(covering Crewe, Macclesfield and Wilmslow) CW1 2DQ

Branch Manager Winsford New Police Station Tel 01606 557717


Western Branch Collinsham Way
(covering Vale Royal, Chester and Ellesmere Port) Winsford, CW7 2WA

Branch Manager Divisional Police HQ Tel 01925 419339


Northern Branch Arpley Street
(covering Warrington and Halton) Warrington, WA1 1LQ
Annex ‘B’ Number of Offenders

i. The number of Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) in the 329


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 23


registration requirement 01/04/01 – 31/03/02

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 01/04/02 617
– 31/03/02 (s68 (3)(4)&(5) CJ&CS Act 2000)

The number of other offenders 01/04/01 – 31/03/02 (s67 (2) (b) 6


CJ&CS Act 2000)