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INT R ODUC T ION

1.1 T he Leices ter, Leices ters hire and R utland P ublic P rotection P anel was es tablis hed in 1998 as a res ult of an initiative by the C riminal J us tice S teering G roup of C hief Officers of the Leices ters hire C ounty C ouncil. 1.2 T he Leices ter, Leices ters hire & R utland P anel was very unus ual, if not unique, compared with other s tructures which were being es tablis hed around the country at that time, in that it repres ented a formal, jointly funded partners hip between the P olice, P robation, the Health S ervice and Leices ter C ity, Leices ters hire and R utland C ounty C ouncils . T his partners hip was underpinned by an inter agency protocol and employed an independent co-ordinator to proces s referrals to the P anel, chair P anel meetings and act as the cus todian of the P ublic P rotection R egis ter. T he pres ent incumbent of this pos t is a s econded S enior P robation Officer, who is bas ed at Hamilton P olice S tation, Leices ter. 1.3 T hes e locally es tablis hed s tructures required comparatively little amendment in order to comply with the requirements of the C riminal J us tice and C ourts S ervices Act 2000 for “Multi Agency P ublic P rotection P anels ” and the Leices ters hire & R utland P ublic P rotection P anel became “T he Leices ter, Leices ters hire & R utland Multi Agency P ublic P rotection P anel” on 1 May 2001.

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

MAPPA Annual Report 2002

2 S UMMAR Y OF R OLE S AND R E S P ONS IB ILIT IE S
2.1 E ach of the partner organis ations of the Leices ter, Leices ters hire and R utland MAP P P provides at leas t one s enior manager to repres ent it on the P anel. T he P olice provide a Detective C hief Ins pector, P robation an As s is tant C hief Officer, whils t the C ity C ouncil provide an As s is tant Director of Hous ing and S ocial S ervices Departmental S ervice Managers in the key s pecialis t areas of C hild P rotection and Adult Mental Health. Leices ters hire C ounty C ouncil als o provides a s pecialis t C hild P rotection Manager, as does R utland C ounty C ouncil, whils t the Health S ervice is repres ented by the Manager of the F orensic Mental Health S ervice. Additionally, a local pris on governor has been co-opted to repres ent the E as t Midlands S outh R egional Area of HM P ris on S ervice on the P anel. 2.2 Any partners hip agency can make a referral to the MAP P P, although in mos t cas es referrals will have already been cons idered by one of the “lower tier” ris k management s tructures , (s ee S ection 3 below) which will have recommended that the MAP P P s hould cons ider the cas e. All referrals need to be approved by the des ignated s enior manager for each partner organis ation. 2.3 If the risks posed by the subject appear to be sufficiently serious for the cas e to proceed to the P anel, then key profes s ionals working with the s ubject (e.g. P robation Officer, S ocial Worker, P sychiatrist, C ommunity P s ychiatric Nurs e etc.) will als o be invited and expected to attend the P anel meeting. 2.4 T here are well es tablis hed inter agency procedures for the protection of children within Leices ter, Leices ters hire and R utland, as required by the two local Area C hild P rotection C ommittees (AC P C s ). T he S ocial S ervices C hild P rotection S pecialis t Managers who s it on the MAP P P als o hold key roles in the AC P C s , thus ens uring clear channels of communication between the two bodies . T here is a clear policy that, in any cas es which may involve a degree of ambiguity, C hild P rotection P rocedures take precedence and will always be ins tigated without delay where there are concerns relating to an identified child or children. However, where a known child abus er is felt to pos e a non s pecific or more generalis ed ris k, then referral to MAP P P may be more appropriate.

3 OUT LINE OF AR R ANG E ME NT S MADE
3.1 T here is an integrated s ys tem of mechanis ms and s tructures within Leices ter, Leices ters hire and R utland aimed at as s es s ing the ris ks pos ed by potentially dangerous offenders, which involves all relevant agencies s haring information and working clos ely together in order to protect the public whenever this appears to be neces s ary. 3.2 As well as the protocol in relation to the MAP P P, thes e arrangements include a joint protocol between Leicestershire and R utland P robation Area and Leicestershire C onstabulary and a protocol between all P robation Areas in the E as t Midlands , including Leices ters hire and R utland, with the E as t Midlands R egional Area of HM P ris on S ervice regarding collaboration on the management of potentially dangerous offenders. 3.3 S pecifically regarding “lower tier” arrangements within Leices ters hire and R utland, all regis tered s ex offenders are initially as s es s ed by the P olice Vice Unit us ing the Matrix 2000 as s es s ment tool. T his proces s involves vis iting offenders at their homes and liais on with other profes s ionals , s uch as P robation Officers and S ocial Workers, who may be involved. 3.4 F ollowing this proces s , all newly regis tered s ex offenders are formally as s es s ed at the R isk Assessment G roup (R AG ), a regular joint meeting between P olice and P robation, when ris k management plans are s hared and agreed. 3.5 With regard to violent offenders, all of those who serve sentences of twelve months or more are releas ed under the s upervis ion of the P robation S ervice. T he risks posed by all such offenders are ris k as s es s ed us ing the new National P robation S ervice Offender As s es s ment S ys tem (OAS ys ) which was introduced by the Leicestershire & R utland P robation Area in F ebruary 2002. 3.6 All offenders who are assessed as pos ing a high ris k, are then the s ubject of a P robation R is k As s es s ment and Management P anel (R AMP ). R AMP s involve repres entatives of all relevant agencies who may be involved with, or have knowledge of, the offender. T he P olice are always invited to attend R AMP s . 3.7 F or the s mall number of mentally dis ordered offenders who may pos e a ris k to others but where neither S ocial S ervices nor P robation have a current res pons ibility, the C are P rogramme Approach (C PA) will facilitate inter agency

3.8 In cas es where there are grave concerns , R AMP, R AG or C PA meetings may recommend that the s ubject be referred to the Multi Agency P ublic P rotection P anel (MAP P P ). 3.9 The MAP P P meets every month to cons ider thos e cas es which are as s es s ed as pos ing the highes t and mos t imminent ris k of harm to others . As indicated above, all cases are considered by a group of s enior managers who are des ignated P anel Members to repres ent the s ix P artner organis ations (P olice, P robation, Health, Leices ter C ity, Leices ters hire and R utland C ounty C ouncils ) and the co-opted repres entative of the P ris on S ervice. As well as their res pective experience and expertis e, each P anel Member has the authority to make an initial commitment of resources to a risk management plan aimed at reducing, containing or managing the ris ks pos ed by s ubjects cons idered by the P anel. A lis t of P anel Members is included in paragraph 3.18 below. 3.10 In order to ens ure cons is tency and objectivity, all MAP P P meetings adopt a s tandard agenda and are chaired by the Independent MAP P P C oordinator. MAP P P meetings us ually take between an hour and an hour and-a-half to cons ider each cas e. Typically, between three and five cas es will be cons idered by the Leices ter, Leices ters hire and R utland MAP P P each month. 3.11 T he MAP P P meeting will cons ider the as s es s ments and

information provided by the practitioners who are involved in the cas e as well as any background information which may be held by other agencies who do not have a current involvement, ins ofar as this may be relevant. T he P anel will agree a ris k as s es s ment and decide whether the ris ks are of s ufficient imminence and s erious nes s , as to require that the s ubject be regis tered on the MAP P P R egis ter. T he criteria for regis tration are :* C lear and demons trable ris k of imminent s erious harm to the pers on * C lear need for a multi agency approach to ris k management * Likely “value added” by regis tration, over and above meas ures which may already be in place, and * It is des irable that the MAP P P formally monitor and review the agreed ris k management meas ures . 3.12 F or MAP P P R egis tered cas es a formal ris k management plan is agreed and a key worker is identified who has the res pons ibility to co-ordinate the implementation of the plan and report back to the P anel. 3.13 R is k Management plans will include, for example, measures to monitor behaviour, s ometimes involving police s urveillance, as well as the provis ion of res ources , s uch as the allocation of a place at a P robation hos tel and the

provision of appropriate services and methods of intervention (ps ychiatric as s es s ments , s ex offender treatment programmes etc) aimed at helping s ubjects work with the relevant agencies to reduce the ris ks they pos e to others . 3.14 MAP P P meetings are very fully minuted in order to record exactly what information was cons idered and, therefore, on what bas is decis ions were made. MAP P P minutes are cons idered highly confidential documents and will only be shared with parties not attending MAP P P meetings where this is neces s ary in order to protect the public. 3.15 P eople whos e names are placed on the MAP P P R egis ter are us ually informed that this is the cas e. However, where the P anel take the view that s uch dis clos ure would increas e the ris ks to potential victims or the public in general then this information can be withheld. 3.16 C as es regis tered by the MAP P P are regularly reviewed in order to as s es s progres s in implementing the agreed ris k management plan and to take account of changed circums tances . At every review a decis ion will be made as to whether continued regis tration remains jus tified. 3.17 The facility to call an emergency MAP P P, between s cheduled MAP P P dates , is written into the inter agency protocol on which the MAP P P procedures are bas ed.

3.18 T he current MAP P P P anel

is cons tituted as follows :-

S enior P robation Officer (s econded as Independant MAP P P C o-ordinator) Head of S ervice, C hildren & F amilies S ection, S ocial S ervices & Hous ing Department, R utland C ounty C ouncil S ervice Director, Leices ter C ity C ouncil Hous ing Department Detective C hief Ins pector, S pecialis t C rime Inves tigation Dept., Leices ters hire P olice S ervice Manager, C hild P rotection, Leices ter C ity C ouncil S ocial S ervices Department S ervice Manager, Leices ters hire F orens ic Mental Health S ervice S ervice Manager, C hild P rotection, Leices ters hire C ounty C ouncil, S ocial S ervices Department As s is tant C hief Officer, National P robation S ervice, Leices ters hire & R utland Area S ervice Manager, Adult Mental Health, Leices ter C ity C ouncil S ocial S ervices Department. G overnor of one of Leices ters hire’s pris ons C o-opted, repres enting E as t Midlands S outh R egion, HM P ris on S ervice

4 S T R AT E G IC MANAG E ME NT AR R ANG E ME NT S
4.1 T he Leices ter, Leices ters hire and R utland Multi Agency P ublic P rotection P anel has a two tier management s tructure. T he day to day operational management of the MAP P P is overs een by the Operational Management G roup which meets four times per year, whilst the strategic management is the res pons ibility of the Management C ommittee, which meets twice a year. T he members hip of the Management C ommittee is located at C hief Officer level. 4.2 T he MAP P P C o-ordinator maintains a databas e of referrals and regis tered cas es and is required to s ubmit regular reports both to the Operational Management G roup and the Management C ommittee, which provide information on the MAP P P ’s performance, as well as information regarding outcomes of cas es cons idered by the P anel. 4.3 T here are plans to put in place an E as t Midlands R egional MAP P P P rotocol which will facilitate reciprocal arrangements for MAP P P s within the region to conduct formal reviews of each others cas es in the event of s erious reoffending involving harm to the pers on by people cons idered by MAP P P.

4.4 T he Operational Management G roup is cons tituted as follows :S ervice Director, Leices ter C ity C ouncil Hous ing Dept.(C hair) Head of S ervice, C hildren & F amilies S ection,R utland C ounty C ouncil S ervice Manager, Leices ter C ity S ocial S ervices Department S ervice Manager, Leices ters hire F orens ic Mental Health S ervice S ervice Manager, Leices ters hire C ounty C ouncil S ocial S ervices Dept. As s is tant C hief Officer, Leics & R utland P robation Area Detective S uperintendent, S pecialis t C rime Inves tigation Dept., Leices ters hire P olice

5 DIS C LOS UR E
5.1 MAP P P s will always cons ider whether dis clos ure of information may be helpful in protecting the public in general or individuals who are felt to be at ris k of harm. E very cas e is cons idered on its individual merits and, in particular, decisions to disclose to potential victims are not uncommon. 5.2 Wider dis clos ure needs to be thought through very carefully however s ince this can have unfores een cons equences , s uch as caus ing the offender to move and “go underground” or in him or her withdrawing co-operation with the authorities who are involved. 5.3 Nonetheles s limited dis clos ure can be helpful in protecting the public, as in the cas e of a convicted paedophile who, it was discovered, was continuing in his pas time of refereeing children’s football matches . In thes e circums tances it was felt jus tifiable to alert both the national and local F ootball As s ociations of the concerns . 5.4 S imilarly, a middle aged couple who had been convicted of producing indecent images of children moved to an addres s in very clos e proximity to a primary s chool and, amongs t other ris k management meas ures which were agreed, in accordance with a MAP P P recommendation, the police decided to inform the s chool’s headteacher of their pres ence in the immediate neighbourhood.

6 V IC T IMS WOR K
6.1 Leices ters hire and R utland P robation Area has a dedicated Victim C ontact Team bas ed at the main Leices ter P robation Office, 38 F riar Lane, Leicester. 6.2 T heir res pons ibilities are to offer contact to all victims of s exual or other violent offences where the perpetrator was s entenced to cus tody for twelve months or more. T here are two main objectives of s uch contact. F irs t, to keep victims informed of the s entencing and cus todial proces s and s econdly to note and pas s their comments to the relevant authorities when key decis ions are about to be made on whether to grant parole, the approval of releas e plans etc. 6.3 In addition to the s tatutory requirements the offer of s uch contact is extended to the victims of racially motivated offences . 6.4 S taff of the Victim C ontact Team work in clos e liais on with Victim S upport and other releva nt agencies and organis ations . 6.5 Victim S upport is the national charity for people affected by crime. It is an independent organis ation, offering a free and confidential s ervice, whether or not a crime has been reported. Trained s taff and volunteers at local branches offer information and s upport to victims , witnes s es , their families and friends . 6.6 Victim S upport provides the Witnes s S ervice, bas ed in every criminal court in E ngland and Wales , to offer as s is tance before, during and after trial. T he Victim S upportline (0845 30 30 900) provides further information and details of local s ervices .

7 S TAT IS T IC AL INF OR MAT ION
i) T he total number of R egis tered S ex Offenders within Leices ters hire & R utland on 31March 2002 (s 68 (2) C J & C S Act 2000) T he number of R egis tered S ex Offenders per 100,000 population, Leics & R utland 353 38

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T he number of s ex offenders having a regis tration requirement cautioned / convicted for breaches of the requirement between 01/04/01 - 31/03/02

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T he number of S ex Offender Orders 01/04/01 - 31/03/02 :(a) T he total number applied for (b) T he number granted (c) T he number not granted (d) T he number of applications s till in progres s 1 1 0 0

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T he number of violent offenders and other s ex offenders 01/04/01 - 31/04/02 cons idered under the arrangements pres cribed by s ections 68(3) (4) & (5) C J &C S Act 2000 T he number of other offenders cons idered under the local multi agency arrangements becaus e they were as s es s ed as pos ing a high ris k of s erious harm to the public, 01/04/01 - 31/03/02 (s 67 (2) (b) C J & C S Act 2000)

480

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T he cos t of local arrangements :B ecaus e the s tructures for the implementation of S ections 67 & 68, which identify meas ures aimed at protecting the public, were largely already in place within Leices ter, Leices ters hire and R utland, there have been no additional cos ts incurred by local agencies for the provis ion of a MAP P P. It s hould be noted that the running cos ts of the Leices ter, Leices ters hire and R utland MAP P P Unit, which are approximately £63,000 per year, are met by contributions from all s ix partner organis ations . However, this figure does not include the “hidden cos ts ” of the time of P anel Members or of operational s taff involved in cas es who attend MAP P P meetings . T here is a s ignificant commitment of s taff and other res ources locally aimed at protecting the public and it is propos ed to extend this provis ion within the near future by the es tablis hment of a dedicated joint P olice / P robation Dangerous Offenders Team.

C ONTAC T S
Name A ddres s P hone

MAP P P Manager

Hamilton P olice S tation C olin G rundy Drive K eyham Lane Leices ter LE 5 1F Y

Tel: (0116) 2484832

Leices ters hire & R utland P robation Area As s is tant C hief Officer

2 S t. J ohn S treet Leices ter LE 1 3B E

Tel: (0116) 2423209

Leices ters hire C ons tabulary Detective S uperintendent, S pecialis t C rime Inves tigation Department

Wigs ton P olice S tation B ull Head S treet Wigs ton Leices ter LE 18 1WX

Tel: (0116) 2222222 E xt. 5569