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South Yorkshire

MAPPA Annual Report 2002


ANNUAL REPORT ON THE
ARRANGEMENTS MADE IN
SOUTH YORKSHIRE FOR THE
ASSESSMENT AND
MANAGEMENT OF SEXUAL,
VIOLENT AND OTHER
OFFENDERS WHO MAY CAUSE
SERIOUS HARM 2001- 2002.
(CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND
COURT SERVICES ACT 2000
SECTIONS 67& 68)
1. Introduction.
1.1 Local inter-agency report certain changes in management of dangerous
arrangements for the circumstances. The Probation offenders. The local
management of dangerous Service and the Police in South arrangements developed this
offenders were first established Yorkshire created Sex Offender year build upon those described
in South Yorkshire in 1996, Risk Assessment Panels in above, and are designed to
through a joint protocol order to assess and manage complement other existing
between the Police and the registered sex offenders. inter-agency networks for the
Probation Service. A system Represented on these panels protection of children and other
of case-based interagency are the Police, Local Authority vulnerable people.
Public Protection Case Social Services and Probation A groundwork of understanding
Conferences was agreed. Service. The conduct of panels and co-operation has been
The purpose of such meetings is governed by an agreed achieved through meetings
was to share information and protocol and accompanying with the Community Safety
formulate inter-agency plans for guidance. These arrangements Partnerships, Area Child
the management of dangerous have been developed and Protection Committees and lead
offenders; other agencies were reviewed annually by a Strategic agency managers from Social
invited to attend on a case-by- Management team. services, Mental Health,
case basis. and Housing Services.
1.3 Sections 67 and 68 of the
1.2 These arrangements were Criminal Justice and Court 1.4 This report will provide further
reinforced by the requirements Services Act 2000 require the details of those local
in the Sex Offender Act 1997. “Responsible Authority” (the arrangements and information
Under this legislation, the police Chief of Police and Probation on how those arrangements
maintain the Sex Offender Board acting jointly) to establish and those offenders will be
Register, which requires certain multi-agency arrangements kept under review
sex offenders to register and for the assessment and

2. Summary of Roles and Responsibilities.


2.1 Notwithstanding the new – of which there are several – they are the core founder
legislation, many organisations and release licences from members of Community Safety
have roles and duties that prison. Through this work it Partnerships. Their
include within them elements aims to protect the public from contributions to inter-agency
of public protection. Crucial harm, rehabilitate and resettle initiatives such as Youth
amongst these are: offenders, administer firm and Offender Teams, crime
fair punishment and promote prevention projects and the
The National Probation and meet the needs of victims. Public Protection Unit itself are
Service – South Yorkshire Much of its work requires an evidence of their commitment
The National Probation Service inter-agency approach, to inter-agency working. Their
is composed of 42 areas and a to which it is fully committed intelligence and detection
central National Directorate. particularly via the local work, and the information
South Yorkshire is one of the community safety partnerships. gathered through it, coupled
42 areas. The Service is with the probation service’s
responsible for the preparation The South Yorkshire Police statutory authority for
of assessments for decision The police are responsible for supervising offenders, make
making in the criminal justice the prevention and detection of them vital core partners in
system (mostly courts and crime, and the maintenance of public protection.
prisons). It supervises adult public order and community
offenders in the community safety. Together with the local
who are on community orders authorities in South Yorkshire,
The Local Authorities in and knowledge of different Victim Support provides the
Barnsley, Doncaster, agencies to tackle youth crime Witness Service based in every
Rotherham and Sheffield and protect the public. criminal court in England and
Local Authorities have a wide Youth Offender Teams are Wales, to offer assistance
range of statutory duties, responsible for the supervision before, during and after a trial.
including the provision of 10 to 17 year olds. Though The Victim Supportline can be
of services, which sustain more often prolific than contacted on 0845 30 30 900
and contribute to the quality serious, Youth Offender Teams for information and support,
of life for individuals and will nevertheless deal with and for details of local services
communities. As core founder some offenders who represent and other relevant
members of local Community high risks of causing serious organisations.
Safety Partnerships they are harm, and already work with
already committed to working the new Public Protection 2.2 The above descriptions of the
in partnership to reduce crime procedures in these cases roles of agencies in public
and improve community safety. to provide the highest levels protection are far from
of public protection possible. exclusive. They cover only
Local Authority Social Services those agencies mentioned by
Departments have duties and Health Service Trusts name in the Government
responsibilities that include Health Service Trusts discharge guidance on Public Protection,
the provision of services responsibilities for the health and which presently constitute
to vulnerable groups, of individuals and the the core membership of local
both children and adult. community as a whole. These South Yorkshire Multi-Agency
They provide services to two objectives are usually – but Public Protection Panels. Many
children in need and to not always – complementary. other agencies and individuals
their families, older people, In particular, Health Service have important and valuable
disabled people, and those Trusts are responsible for the contributions to make – and
with mental health needs. provision of mental health and DO make them - in protecting
They have a particular role in learning disability services. the public from the most
their work through Area Child The Care Programme dangerous offenders.
Protection Committees, where Approach makes tiered
the new Public Protection provision for those discharged 2.3 The new statutory duties in the
procedures complement from hospital care who Criminal Justice and Court
existing procedures that focus represent a continuing risk to Services Act 2000 apply
upon the risks faced by themselves and others. Health explicitly to the police and
particular children. Service Trusts are important probation services (acting
contributors to public safety jointly). In order to co-ordinate
Local Authority Housing through sharing their implementation of those duties
Services have duties of care psychological and psychiatric a new Public Protection Unit
to their existing tenants, assessment skills, through the has been created in South
and responsibilities regarding contributions they can make to Yorkshire. This Unit is a new
the housing of homeless the management of dangerous operational partnership
people. Potentially dangerous behaviour, and through the between the Police and the
offenders are almost always interface between the Care Probation Service. Based in
more dangerous if they feel Programme Approach and the Sheffield West Bar Police
excluded from the community Public Protection procedures. station, it is staffed by
through homelessness. ● the Public Protection
Housing Departments are often Victim Support Manager - a Senior Probation
able to contribute to Public Victim Support is the national Officer seconded from the
Protection Plans by the charity for people who have Probation Service
provision of accommodation, been affected by crime. It is an ● a Public Protection Officer –
when this is integrated with independent organisation, a Police Officer with
supervision, monitoring and offering a free and confidential experience of work in the
treatment provided by other service, whether or not a crime Sexual Offences Unit of the
partners. has been reported. Trained South Yorkshire Police
staff and volunteers at local ● the Unit administrator –
Youth Offending Services are branches offer information and a Police Intelligence Assistant
already an example of a model support to victims, witnesses,
which brings together the skills their families and friends.
2.4 The overriding aim of the work offenders unknown or by the Public Protection Unit,
under sections 67/8 is to unsupervised by local as being crucial to effective
prevent known offenders from agencies and identified protection of the public; these
committing serious harm to a as potentially dangerous are Social Services, Mental
victim. The key objectives ● has established area Health, and Housing Services.
for the Unit are to ensure that and regional links with Work has been undertaken
potentially dangerous offenders arrangements elsewhere during the first year of these
in South Yorkshire are to ensure that information arrangements to secure the
identified and assessed is transferred correctly from active involvement of these
accurately, and that those one area to another if an agencies as core group
assessed as representing offender moves members of locally based
significant risks of causing ● identifies learning needs Multi-Agency Public Protection
serious harm are managed in of participant organisations Panels.
such a way as to reduce those and advises upon methods
risks to a minimum. The Unit to meet those needs, It is also recognised that other
itself is not responsible for the providing training if required agencies can have a vital role
operational management of ● identifies how the local to play in protecting the public
offenders, but for helping arrangements need to – often in relation to specific
and ensuring that others do develop further, in the light cases - such as Prisons,
so in a consistent, effective of experience, and in the light Education Services,
and defensible way. of changing expectations the Employment Service,
about the arrangements, and voluntary agencies such
2.5 THE PUBLIC PROTECTION and co-ordinates the as NSPCC and Barnado’s.
UNIT implementation of changes These agencies have therefore
In co-ordinating the been invited to be a part of a
arrangements in South 2.6 The emphasis in this first year Multi-Agency Public Protection
Yorkshire, the new Public of operation under the new Panel when appropriate,
Protection Unit: legislation has been to staff a case-by-case basis.
● receives preliminary and establish the Unit itself,
assessments from all and to broaden and bring 2.8 Community Safety
agencies of potentially consistency to the Partnerships
dangerous offenders and arrangements that already An initial step in securing
advises upon the appropriate existed. Having achieved these commitment was to engage
arrangements for multi two targets, the focus has now the 4 Community Safety
agency information sharing, moved to underpinning the Partnerships - in Barnsley,
assessment and case arrangements with an explicit Doncaster, Sheffield, and
management agreed protocol, and to Rotherham. The purpose of
● manages the convening expanding representation these visits was to:
of Multi-Agency Public on the Strategic Management ● inform the relevant agencies
Protection Panels and quality Group. in local areas of the new
controls Action Plans for high duties and to ensure that the
risk offenders. NEGOTIATIONS TO SECURE agencies understood that
● monitors the incidence MULTI AGENCY INVOLVEMENT these arrangements are
of Multi-Agency Public accessible to all
Protection Panels 2.7 Key Agencies ● seek the support of the
and maintains a register Broadening the base of the Community Safety
of the highest risk offenders, existing arrangements has Partnerships to the principle
ensuring that Action Plans required a significant of working together to
are implemented and reviews investment in generating identify, assess and manage
undertaken commitment and dangerous offenders
● co-ordinates the network understanding beyond the ● seek agreement to requesting
of Sex Offender Risk agencies that carry the attendance
Assessment Panels and statutory responsibility. at Multi-Agency Public
provides the link between In addition to the police and Protection Panels under
these and Multi-Agency the probation service, three key a general authority from
Public Protection Panels agencies have been identified, Community Safety
● undertakes limited selected both in national guidance and Partnerships
intelligence work on
● secure a commitment to and commitment achieved in a comparatively
the development of a multi - ● embed the referral process short period, it is recognised
agency protocol to underpin to a Multi-Agency Panel and that additional multi-agency
the arrangements. clarify the role of the Public liaison is still required. Further
● consider the appropriate Protection Unit seminars have therefore been
membership of the Strategic 2.11 The outcome of these arranged with Mental Health
Management Group for consultations has been consultants, Housing Services
reviewing and monitoring positive. All agencies staff, Heads of Agency groups,
the effectiveness of the approached in all of the and Police Community Safety
arrangements made and four areas have been keen Chief inspectors. Multi-agency
for revising them as to be actively involved in the liaison will continue to be a
necessary or expedient management of dangerous major function of the Public
● seek agreement to offenders. Core agencies have Protection unit
submission of the Annual been willing to provide their
Report on Public Protection local Multi-Agency Public MULTI AGENCY PUBLIC
for consideration by each Protection Panel with a core PROTECTION TRAINING
Community Safety member. All other agencies
Partnership, as part of the have welcomed the new 2.15 Training is an important
process of wider public arrangements and are component of South
accountability optimistic that they will be Yorkshire’s approach to public
● identify key agencies and instrumental in managing protection. Successful multi-
nominate key personal the behaviour of dangerous agency training events and
through whom the Public offenders, and creating a safer conferences have been
Protection Manager could environment for the public organised and delivered this
liaise to agree arrangements, year, including:
procedures, representation SEMINARS AND
and the protocol PRESENTATIONS ● Child Pornography and the
Internet
2.9 Area Child Protection 2.12 Beyond securing the co- ● Understanding and Working
Committees operation of managers, Effectively with Sex Offenders
Presentations in meetings have members of the Public ● Risk Assessment of Sex
also been made to Area Child Protection Unit have made Offenders.
Protection Committees. numerous presentations to
These have sought to ensure a variety of professionals 2.16 Further multi-agency training is
the involvement of ACPCs with from many agencies. It was planned for 2002/3 to include
the new arrangements and considered essential that
to reach agreement about other agency workers fully ● Disclosure and Protection of
how to manage the interface understand the legislative the Public,
between child protection requirements to assess and ● Effective Use of Sex Offender
procedures and public manage the risks presented by Orders
protection procedures. dangerous offenders, the role ● Investigation of Sexual
of the Public Protection Unit in Murder Cases.
2.10 Meetings with Heads of South Yorkshire, and how to
Services access the local procedures.
Discussions have subsequently
taken place between each 2.13 Seminars have therefore
of the heads of the identified been provided for Youth
key services in Barnsley, Offender Teams, Social
Rotherham, Doncaster Services Child Protection
and Sheffield and the Public Managers, a Local Education
Protection Manager. These Authority Inclusive Team, CID
meetings have sought to and Police Sexual Offences
● develop the content of the Unit, and Probation Officers.
mutli agency protocol
● identify a core member for 2.14 Although a substantial level
the divisional Multi Agency of interagency understanding
Public Protection panel to and co-operation has been
ensure consistent attendance
3. Outline of the South Yorkshire Arrangements
3.1 Referrals of offenders who ● agree the level of risk normally relate to cases where
have been assessed within the offender presents the offender represents a risk
individual agencies, as and its imminence beyond any local area, or
potentially dangerous, are ● develop a Public Protection where high-level authority is
made to the Public Protection Plan in order to manage the likely to be needed to agree
Unit for advice and further risk the offender presents to and implement complex risk
assessment. A standard format the public so that the management plans.
for making such referrals has likelihood of serious harm is
been implemented. Such significantly reduced 3.9 MAPPPs are chaired by senior
referrals will normally arise managers from either the
after the exhaustion of an 3.5 Each borough in South Probation Service or the
agency’s internal risk Yorkshire now has a core panel Police. The Public Protection
management procedures, and of MAPPP members from Manager may substitute for
will always come through a Social services, Mental Health, either. The Public Protection
designated service manager. Housing services, Police and Manager is also charged with
Probation service. The district ensuring that those chairing
3.2 Within the police and probation core panels have a schedule of MAPPPs have the requisite
services, all sex offenders are monthly meetings throughout knowledge, authority and
assessed using a validated the year; emergency meetings meeting management skills
assessment instrument are convened if required. to ensure efficient and effective
(Thornton’s Matrix 2000), Normally no more than 6 sharing and planning takes
for which training has been offenders will be considered at place. The Public Protection
provided. The assessment any one meeting of the panel. Unit ensures that all MAPPPs
of all offenders within the are recorded in a standard
Probation Service now uses 3.6 Additional representatives are format and that records are
the framework from the invited to attend panel distributed to all MAPPP
forthcoming national prison meetings related to specific participants, for that offender.
and probation service individuals, if they have Public Protection Plans are
assessment “tool” – OASys relevant knowledge of the agreed in MAPPP meetings,
(Offender Assessment System). offender, or are able to make using the standard template.
These assessment formats and specific contributions to the Referrals to MAPPPs, the
aids will be made available to management of the risk posed. content of MAPPP meetings
other agencies during 2002/3. and Public Protection Plans are
3.7 Each MAPPP in each district is treated as strictly confidential
3.3 Whenever a joint or multi- now convened and conducted by the Public Protection Unit
agency approach would using the MAPPP procedural and participant agencies.
improve public protection, manual. This manual includes Disclosure is always
police, probation, and any standardised letters of considered as an option,
other relevant agency e.g. invitation, referral forms, and this will include disclosure
social services, mental health, a standard MAPPP agenda, to the offender, where it is
and housing services, will and Public Protection Plan considered safe to do so.
share information and make template. A plan must be
joint plans, if necessary. completed for all offenders 3.10 The Public Protection Unit
For the “critical few” i.e. the assessed as high risk of retains and manages a record
highest risk offenders, a Multi serious harm of all those that have been
Agency Public Protection Panel reviewed by a MAPPP;
(MAPPP) will be convened. 3.8 The majority of MAPPPs are registers those currently
held in the local area in South assessed as representing
3.4 The purpose of a MAPPP is: Yorkshire in which the offender a high risk of serious harm;
● share information relevant presents the most risk. In monitors outcomes and the
to an offender exceptional cases the Public implementation of Public
● assess the risk the offender Protection Manager may Protection Plans; and
presents and to whom convene and chair a cross- co-ordinates the review
borough or South Yorkshire of registered cases.
area-wide MAPPP. These will
3.11 Cases will be reviewed at a surprising and is wholly included at annex A. 111 cases
frequency adjudged necessary appropriate. However there were considered by MAPPPS
by the original MAPPP, have been a number of up to 31st March 2002. 34 of
but not less than 4 monthly. referrals now from other these were cases of sex
An offender may only be agencies including the health offenders already on the Sex
removed from the register service, police, social services, Offender Register, 53 were
as a result of a decision sex offender risk assessment new cases of violent offenders
by the relevant MAPPP orin panels and housing services. (or sex offenders not on the
discussion with the Public This is encouraging early register), and 24 were other
Protection Manager. evidence that the initiatives cases.
to broaden accessibility of the
3.12 The majority of referrals arrangements are baring fruit. 3.13 Outlined below are two
to the Public Protection Unit As knowledge and examples to highlight how
in 2001/2 were received from understanding of the a Public Protection Plan
the Probation Service. arrangements extends further, agreed in a MAPPP can
As the agency with the it is expected that the profile of be effective in enhancing
primary responsibility for referring agencies will broaden. public safety.
the supervision of offenders Full details of the whole
in the community, this is not MAPPP “population” are

Case A
Offender “A” returned to the South Yorkshire area from elsewhere. He was subject to a Sex Offender Order and was
of no fixed abode. He had previously committed numerous violent and sexual crimes, but was no longer under any
form of statutory supervision. Following a MAPPP meeting the Housing Services agreed to provide the offender with
accommodation in a suitable area, which the police supported by mobilising their surveillance team. When offender
“A” visited the town centre, it was not long before he was arrested for breach of his Sex Offender Order, which
prohibited him from using abusive language to women. He was then detained in prison...

Case B
Offender “B” has committed a number of sex offences against children. He has recently been released having
served a five-year prison sentence for indecent assaults against children. He was assessed as a high risk of causing
serious harm, by a MAPPP, and a Public Protection Plan was put in place. Part of the plan required him to reside at
a Probation Hostel with special curfew conditions and to attend the South Yorkshire Sex Offender Treatment
Programme. Offender “B” has kept to all the requirements outlined in the Public Protection Plan. He has attended
the treatment programme and has started to take some responsibility for his offending. Whist he will continue to be
closely monitored by the police and the probation services his progress and behaviour is encouraging.

EFFECTIVE PRACTICE accredited or “licensed” Health, Sheffield to provide


INTERVENTIONS by an independent psychometric analysis of sex
international panel. offenders through which
3.14 The National Probation Service to measure the effectiveness
in South Yorkshire provides 3.15 The design work on a revised of the programme in changing
a full schedule of “What Sex Offender Assessment attitudes and behaviour
Works” offender programmes. and Treatment Programme relating to sex offending.
Some of these programmes was completed in 1999. A report outlining the profile
already have been proven to The programme consists of the sex offenders attending
reduce re-offending. Others are of an intensive assessment the programme was published
based upon principles derived group, a short-term and a in 2002 and an evaluation
from evidence, implemented longer-term treatment group, report on the whole
rigorously, and continuously and a sex education group. programme will be completed
researched in order to The content of the programme in the summer of 2002.
demonstrate and improve their is in the form of manual and is 65 offenders completed the
efficacy. The Probation Service based on an objective setting programme between January
presently resources and staffs approach. A partnership is in 2001 and March 2002.
these programmes. They are place with Psychological
3.16 A structured group programme between January 2001 and of this programme were run
is available for domestic March 2002, and 32 offenders between January 2001 and
violence perpetrators in South completed it. March 2002, and 38 offenders
Yorkshire. The programme completed the programme.
is designed to consider the 3.17 A programme for other violent Local experience of hosting
offender’s attitudes to violence offenders – called Focus on such events has shown that
within relationships and to their Violence – is also available. multi-agency training not only
partners. It is based upon This is a programme provides the opportunity for
a model from Duluth, USA. developed by the Probation increasing knowledge, but also
A similar programme in West Service in Derbyshire and is on provides a very effective forum
Yorkshire is the focus of the brink of achieving national for networking and learning
effectiveness research. status as an accredited how to work better together.
The programme ran 5 times effective programme. 7 cycles

4. The Strategic Management Arrangements


4.1 The Director of Intelligence, Strategic Management Group. MAPPP members, with a view
Force Intelligence Bureau, This includes the monitoring to extending participation in
South Yorkshire Police and evaluation of MAPPPs. the strategic management
and the Assistant Chief Officer, This group now needs to be group by September 2002.
National Probation Service - expanded to include other New Government guidelines
South Yorkshire form the representatives of the key are awaited which will provide
Strategic Management group agencies. A draft constitution for lay or community
at present. The Public has been drawn up for representation on the Strategic
Protection Manager accounts consultation through Management Group.
for the performance of the Community Safety
Public Protection Unit to this Partnerships and with core

5. Disclosure
5.1 Consideration of the benefits ● The Crime and Disorder Act risk than increase it.
of disclosure of confidential 1998
information about offenders, ● The Sex Offender Act 1997 5.3 It is clear that while disclosure
to potential victims, other ● The Criminal Justice and is a necessary part of public
organisations or the wider Court Services Act 2000 protection, it can also
community is always an sometimes exacerbate the
integral part of the public 5.2 It is recognised by MAPPPs in dangers involved. The detail
protection planning. Such South Yorkshire that disclosure of any proposed disclosure
disclosure is both facilitated is sometimes desirable and of confidential information
by and restricted by complex essential in order to protect the by MAPPPs is always
interwoven legislation and public from harm. But accompanied by advice from
provisions, including: disclosure is not a simple the agency that brought that
● the common law duty of issue. Great care has to be information to the MAPPP
confidentiality taken that disclosure is legal, about who should undertake
● The Data Protection Act- respects the different codes of the disclosure, and to whom
1984 and 1998 different agencies and is, on information should be
● The Human Rights Act 1998 balance, more likely to reduce disclosed.
5.4 Further national guidance – identity, background and no convictions for offences
and possibly legal precedent – whereabouts and to instruct against children, the Social
is still required to clarify the them to contact the police Services have nevertheless
authority of MAPPPs in directly if he attempted to informed the woman of his
decisions/recommendations make contact with a member previous offences. She has
to disclose information. A local of the church. been instructed to contact the
joint seminar has been Social Services if required;
arranged for the police and the (B) The offender was sentenced child protection procedures
probation service to consider to 10 years for rape and were not considered necessary
these issues, advised by the buggery of a child. He was at this time.
probation service lawyer, soon to be released from
who has taken a special prison. The MAPPP was (D) A MAPPP was informed
professional interest in these informed that the offender had that the Housing Services
matters. threatened to abduct his own had received a number
children on release. Although of complaints from women
EXAMPLES OF DISCLOSURE the offender did not know the in the neighbourhood about
whereabouts of his children an offender who had been
Notwithstanding the it was considered appropriate assessed as a high risk of
complexities and balances to by the MAPPP to inform the causing serious harm. The
be struck in decisions about school of the offender’s offender had previous sexual
disclosure, MAPPPs in South appearance, potential danger and violent offences. The
Yorkshire have used the option and criminal record. The school women who had complained
to disclose information where staff were instructed by the were single parents and were
the circumstances of the case MAPPP not to let the man too frightened of the offender
have required it. Some have any contact with any to make an official complaint;
examples follow. children and if he was seen he was reported to have a
near the school to contact menacing and bullying manner.
5.5 DISCLOSURE TO the police immediately. The Social Services have
LIMITED OR CLOSED agreed to inform the women
ORGANISATIONS 5.6 DISCLOSURE TO SPECIFIC of the offender’s criminal
POTENTIAL VICTIMS history so they are fully aware
(A) The offender had a long history of the danger he presents and
of sexual and violent offending. (C) The offender had previously can therefore protect their
He had been assessed by the served a 10-year sentence for children more effectively
MAPPP as high risk of causing rape of an adult. The police,
serious harm. The offender’s as a result of a MAPPP, 5.7 There have been no cases
previous offending history informed the Social Services, this year in which a MAPPP
included an offence against a that the offender was now has concluded that a
representative of a church living with a woman who was widespread disclosure to the
organisation. The MAPPP seven months pregnant with general public was necessary,
decided to inform all church his child, and her three-year- or would be effective in order
organisations in the area of his old daughter. Though he has to protect the public.

6. Work With Victims


6.1 Since the mid-1990s the custody. The purpose of this for release. It also provides an
Probation Service has had a contact is to keep victims avenue through which account
responsibility to contact the informed about the progress of can be taken of the victims’
victims of certain serious the offender through the prison views about release
offences, where the offenders system, and about the arrangements.
were serving longer periods in generality of the arrangements
6.2 Section 69 of the Criminal Presentations and discussions 6.6 The response times to victims
Justice and Court Services Act have been held throughout the largely met the required
2000 extends these provisions county to familiarise all relevant standard in the early part of the
and puts them on a statutory staff with the new guidelines. year. This has deteriorated
footing. They now apply to the A particular focus has been latterly, largely due to resource
victims of all sexual and violent Probation Service Resettlement and administrative difficulties
offences where the offender is Teams (which deal with encountered in securing a
sentenced to 12 months or offenders being released from timely flow of victim
more in custody. There is a prison sentences on licence) identification information from
discretionary power to include who are responsible for the police to the probation
other selected cases within the providing up to date service. This is a main area for
provisions. information about improvement and currently the
offenders/prison movements subject of urgent inter-agency
6.3 As a result of the extension of to the Victim Contact officers. liaison. The fact that some first
the provisions, the Probation offers of contact are not made
Service in South Yorkshire 6.5 The scale of victim contact within the 8 week period
centralised its Victim Contact work, shown in annex B, is a specified in the Standards
work by forming a dedicated sharp rise on its pre-April 2001 does not mean that these
Victim Unit. This is a level. Victims are contacted victims will not be contacted –
countywide unit composed of directly by a Victim Contact only that they will be contacted
a part-time manager, 2.6 Victim Officer, as soon as outside the timescale to which
Contact Officers and clerical identification information is the Victim Unit aspires.
support. Its administrative and received from the police. Victim
managerial hub is based in the Contact Officers help victims 6 STATISTICAL INFORMATION.
Sheffield Crown Court building to understand the way prison
while Victim Contact Officers sentences work. They may opt Table A provides statistical
work with victims, from at that point for an ongoing information about sexual,
dispersed sites across the flow of information. Some – but violent and other dangerous
county. Some of the staff in the not many – decline, choosing offenders (Sections 67 & 68
new Victim Unit had earlier to put their trauma behind of the Act).
worked on victim issues, so them. Victims are then notified
there was a sound experience when release arrangements for Table B provides statistical
base to build upon. the prisoner are under information related to Victim
consideration. The views or Contact (Section 69 of the Act).
6.4 Unit staff have undergone an wishes of the victim cannot
extensive training programme; affect whether an offender Table C provides details
new systems and procedures is released from a fixed term of the additional quantifiable
have been put in place and sentence or not, but they may costs arising for organisations
practice guidelines agreed to influence the conditions associated with the new
ensure consistency of practice. attached to that release. arrangements for Section
A trawl of previous work has Release licences, for instance, 67 & 68.
picked up cases that had been often include restrictions on an
missed under the earlier offender’s mobility to keep
arrangements when there was them away from the home
no dedicated unit. vicinity of the victim.
7. Conclusion
7.1 This report identifies much and understanding will be
genuine and effective sought over the difficult and
interagency co-operation complex issue of disclosure.
in the task of assessing Questions about the availability
and managing the risk and allocation of resources
of dangerous offenders, for the effective management
and reducing the fear of crime. of dangerous offenders will
The first year under the new undoubtedly arise. There will
arrangements has primarily be a continuing need to work
concentrated on developing co-operatively, to fully engage
a practical framework for the all relevant agencies, and to
new requirements established increase the knowledge,
by Sections 67 & 68 of the understanding and skill of
Act. It has taken time to create professionals in order to better
a Public Protection Unit, protect the public of South
but it has been a rewarding Yorkshire from the harm which
experience and it has been might be inflicted by the most
particularly effective in dangerous members of our
cementing and developing the community.
relationship between the Police
and the Probation Service.

8.2 In the second year of the


arrangements, it is intended to
strive for greater consistency, Shelly Scott
backed by a signed multi Public Protection Manager.
agency protocol. Greater clarity June 2002
Table A. Number of offenders
i The number of registered sex offenders on 31 March 2002 4971

The number of registered sex offenders per 100,000 of the population 38

ii The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who


were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement,
between 1st April 2001 and 31st March 2002. 9

iii The number of Sex Offender Orders applied for and granted between
1st April 2001 and 31st March 2002.
(a) The total number applied for. 2
(b) The total number granted. 2
(c) The number not granted. 0
(d) The number of applications still in progress. 0

iv The number of offenders considered under the arrangements


prescribed by sections 67 and 68 of the Act, between 1st April 2001
and 31st March 20022
(a) The number of violent offenders and other sex offenders 197
(sex offenders other than those required to register under the
Sex Offender Act and included in (i) above) falling under s68
(3)(4)&(5) of the CJ and CS Act 2000, between 1st April 2001
and 31st March 2002
(b) Other offenders considered to represent a risk of serious harm 24
by the Responsible Authority, between 1st April 2001
and 31st March 2002

Note 1: The number of sex offenders registered on the sex offender register at any one time is the cumulative result of new registrations since
1997. Sex offenders are required to remain on the register for differing periods of time, related to the sentence they received for the
offence giving rise to the requirement to register. 2002 is the first year in which offenders, originally and first registered in 1997, are being
removed from the register.

Note 2: The number of offenders listed will not match the number of MAPPPs held. Some MAPPPs will consider offenders but decide that their
risk is not sufficiently high to merit registration. Other offenders may be re-referred or dealt with by review proceedings.
Table B. Victim Contact
OFFENDER’S SENTENCE

4 years 12 months but All cases


or more under 4 years

A. Number of sexual and violent cases where the offender sentenced in the quarter

Quarter ended 30th September 2001 53 73 126


Quarter ended 31st December 2001 33 74 107
Quarter ended 31st March 2002 38 53 91

B. Number of victims of offences at A, named in the indictment and where offender has been convicted

Quarter ended 30th September 2001 88 67 155


Quarter ended 31st December 2001 46 68 114
Quarter ended 31st March 2002 49 57 106

C. Number of victims in B who were written to within 8 weeks of sentence with an offer of face to face contact (3)

Quarter ended 30th September 2001 68 63 131


Quarter ended 31st December 2001 31 42 73
Quarter ended 31st March 2002 28 44 72

D. Performance against the National Standard (an offer of contact within 8 weeks of sentence being passed)

Quarter ended 30th September 2001 77% 94% 85%


Quarter ended 31st December 2001 67% 62% 64%
Quarter ended 31st March 2002 57% 77% 68%

Note 1: There are approximately 1.5 victims per offender for offenders sentenced to 4 years or more and just less than 1 victim per offender for
offenders sentenced to between 12 months and 4 years. This latter figure largely arises from violence cases in which there are more
assailants than victims.

Note 2: Whilst cases and victims per quarter will fluctuate, the higher numbers for quarter ended September 2001 reflect the backlogging
exercise undertaken upon creation of the Victim Unit
Table C. Additional Quantifiable Direct Cost of Local
Arrangements – 2001/2

Probation Police Other Total


Board Agencies
£’000 £’000 £’000 £’000

Staff costs 27,000 59,340 0 86,340

Other Costs 7,000 8,500 0 15,500

Total Expenditure 34,000 67,840 0 101,840

Income 0 0 0 0

Net Expenditure 34,000 67,840 0 101,840

Set up costs included in the above* 3,000 7,000 0 10,000


Public Protection Contacts

The South Yorkshire Public Protection Unit Address Phone

Shelly Scott Public Protection Unit 0114 296 4278


Public Protection Manager West Bar Police Station
SHEFFIELD
S1 2DA

The South Yorkshire Police Address Phone

Det. Supt. Steve Talbot Police Headquarters 0114 220 2020


Director of Intelligence Snig Hill
SHEFFIELD
S3 8LY

The National Probation Service – South Yorkshire Address Phone

Tony Grapes Head Office 0114 276 6911


Assistant Chief Officer 45 Division Street
SHEFFIELD
S1 4GE

Victim Support South Yorkshire Address Phone

Christine Empson Manvers House 01709 763274


Pioneer Close
Wath upon dearne
ROTHERHAM
S63 7JZ

Further copies of this report can be obtained from:


This report is accessible through the websites of either the National
Probation Service – South Yorkshire or the South Yorkshire Police:

Probation Service website address: www.syps.org.uk


Police website address: www.southyorks.police.uk