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Gloucestershire Area

Multi-agency

MAPP Annual Report 2003


Public Protection

Annual Report 2003

NATIONAL PROBATION SERVICE


for England and Wales

Gloucestershire
1. Local Foreword National Forward

This is Gloucestershire's second annual report and By Paul Goggins, Parliamentary Under-Secretary
covers the first full year of operation of the Multi-agency for Community and Custodial provision in the
Public Protection Arrangements in the County since Home Office
they were placed on a statutory footing. Although until
now Police and Probation have been the only statutory As the recently appointed Minister with responsibility for
partners we are pleased to report that colleagues from the MAPPA, I am pleased to introduce this, the second,
other agencies in the County have demonstrated annual MAPPA report. It is clear that in the last year
total commitment to multi-agency public protection. (2002/3) the multi-agency public protection
This is evident from the contents of this report. arrangements (MAPPA) continued to play an important
role in what remains one of this government’s highest
Agencies have also been represented at a senior level priorities – the protection of the public from dangerous
on the Strategic Management Board which has both offenders.
demonstrated commitment to this work and also As someone with many years experience of working in
enabled the speedy implementation of policies across the field of child protection, I am particularly impressed
agency boundaries. It is disappointing that no by the important contribution the MAPPA are making to
additional government funding was made available to strengthen collaboration between agencies at a local
implement these new arrangements but such is their level where the focus is on the dangerous offender.
importance that the Gloucestershire Police Authority These improvements must, however, impact on the
and the National Probation Service in Gloucestershire protection of children. As the tragic death of Victoria
have made resources available to ensure their effective Climbie showed, an effective multi-agency partnership
implementation. In particular the appointment of a is crucial and the MAPPA are an important element.
jointly funded co-ordinator with appropriate
administrative support has been instrumental To ensure greater consistency in the MAPPA across the
in strengthening inter-agency risk assessment and 42 Areas of England and Wales, and to prepare for the
management work in the county. implementation of measures contained in the Criminal
Justice Bill, we published the MAPPA Guidance in April.
The local community have a right to know how Building on good practice, that Guidance clarified the
publicly funded organisations work together to provide structure of the operational arrangements as well as the
the best possible practice in the assessment and importance of formal review and monitoring – of which
management of high risk offenders. This is a difficult this annual report is a vital part. The Criminal Justice
and sensitive area of work which can attract the Bill will strengthen the MAPPA in two ways. Firstly, it
concern and interest of many. This report will make the involvement of other agencies part of the
demonstrates that all agencies in Gloucestershire are statutory framework. Secondly, it will introduce the
fully committed to both working together, and also involvement of lay people – those unconnected with
importantly, striving towards best practice in order to day-to-day operation of the MAPPA – in reviewing and
improve levels of public protection. 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
Timothy Brain dangerous. Additionally, the Sexual Offences Bill will
Chief Constable 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.

John Carter
Chief Probation Officer
Paul Goggins
2. The National Picture
This section of the report draws Police and Probation services and especially with the few offenders
attention to the wider context of the become part of the MAPPA who pose a very high risk of serious
operation and development of the ‘Responsible Authority’. harm to the public, it is not
Multi-Agency Public Protection practicable for the general public to
Arrangements (the MAPPA). Supporting and co-ordinating the be involved. Lay advisers will,
development of the MAPPA however, ensure an appropriate and
The most important work undertaken throughout the 42 Areas of England a practical level of community
within the MAPPA is done locally, led and Wales, is the National Probation involvement.
by the police and probation – who Directorate’s Public Protection Unit
act jointly as the ‘Responsible (PPU). This Unit acts as a central MAPPA Offenders
Authority’ in your Area – and in each point for advice, and increasingly,
of the 42 Areas of England and involvement in the management of This year the annual report provides
Wales. The experience and good difficult cases. These include, for a more detailed breakdown of the
practice upon which this work is example, UK citizens who have number of sexual and violent
based began in the 1990s – most committed serious offences abroad offenders who are covered by the
significantly as a result of the closer and return to this country without MAPPA in your Area. As last year,
working relationship required by the anywhere to live. The Unit is also the figures include the number of
Sex Offender Act (1997). The able to provide financial support, Registered Sex Offenders. Because
Criminal Justice and Courts when the risk management plans sex offender registration is for a
Services Act (2000) formalised that make exceptional demands upon minimum of 5 years (and generally
relationship, and built on the existing local resources. for much longer) the figures are
experience by requiring the police cumulative. This is why they have
and probation services to establish Involving the public increased – by 16 per cent in
arrangements, (the MAPPA) for England and Wales. Only a very
assessing and managing the risks MAPPA developments in the next 18 small proportion (about six per cent
posed by sexual and violent months will also include the throughout England and Wales) are
offenders. The Act also required the appointment by the Home Secretary considered to pose such a high risk
Responsible Authority to publish an of two ‘lay advisers’ to each Area. or management difficulty that they
annual report on the operation of The eight areas of England and are referred to the highest level of
those arrangements. This report, Wales which have been piloting the MAPPA – the Multi-Agency
covering April 2002 to March 2003, these arrangements since January- Public Protection Panels (the
is the second annual report. (Cumbria, Greater Manchester, MAPPP).
Durham, South Wales, Dorset,
The importance of partnership Hampshire, Surrey and West Figures alone do not, of course, tell
Midlands) report that they add real the whole story. The anonymised
Key to the development of the value. Lay advisers will contribute to case studies illustrate the practical
MAPPA in the past year has been the review and monitoring of the work of the MAPPA, and
the closer involvement of other MAPPA, which is undertaken by demonstrate the preventive action
agencies, such as Housing, Health each Area’s Strategic Management which can be taken. Prior to the
and Social Services, working Board – the work of which, you can MAPPA, action of this kind was
alongside Police and Probation. read more of in this report. mainly taken by one agency alone,
The truly multi-agency nature of the with the effect that on occasion
MAPPA and the collaboration which The purpose of appointing ‘lay offenders’ behaviour which might
underpins it is to be strengthened advisers’ is to ensure that have triggered preventative action
further by the Criminal Justice Bill. communities understand more of went unnoticed. The multi-agency
The Bill will place a ‘duty to what is done to protect them, and approach of the MAPPA helps
co-operate’ on a wide range of that those involved professionally ensure that if an offender does
organisations including Local Health with the MAPPA are aware of the breach the condition of the licence
Authorities and trusts; Housing views of the community. The lay under which they were released
Authorities and registered social advisers will not ‘represent’ the from prison or a court order
landlords; Social Services community in the way, for example, prohibiting certain activities, then
departments; Jobcentres; Youth that local councillors do, nor will they action to enforce the condition or
Offending Teams; and Local be involved in operational decision- order and protect the public can be
Education Authorities. In addition, making, Given the sensitivity of taken more swiftly.
the Prison Service will join the much of what the MAPPA does,
3. Area Background
Arrangements to assess and Developments in 2000 led to the The MAPP panel assesses and
manage the risks posed by sexual, establishment of a Co-ordinated manages the risks posed by a small
violent and other offenders who may Community Response to Domestic number of very high risk offenders
cause serious harm to the public Violence, a multi-agency group from who require special attention in
have been in place in the statutory and voluntary sectors, addition to agencies existing risk
Gloucestershire for some years. working to protect victims of management arrangements.
This early work provided the domestic violence, both adults and
foundations for the Multi-Agency children, and holding perpetrators of Good communication between
Public Protection Arrangements and domestic violence accountable for agencies is the critical ingredient of
Multi- Agency Public Protection their behaviour. sound risk assessment and risk
Panel meetings which are now in management procedures.
place. Section 67 and 68 of the Criminal The established protocols regarding
Justice and Court Services Act the sharing of information, ensure
In 1995 Risk Management 2000, which came into force on that this is done in accordance with
Procedures were established by the 1 April 2001, conferred a statutory agencies statutory duty to share
Probation Service in liaison with the duty on the Police and Probation information and the relevant Acts of
Police, Social Services, Health and Service to undertake work with other Parliament which confer a statutory
Housing. Protocols were agreed to agencies to protect the public from power to exchange information.
facilitate the sharing of information sexual, violent and other offenders Initial and ongoing information
regarding these groups of offenders. who may cause serious harm. exchange is essential to the
This resulted in regular multi-agency effective assessment and
meetings where information was Within Gloucestershire, a joint management of high-risk offenders.
exchanged to ensure a Police and Probation Service
comprehensive assessment of the working group was set up to
risks posed by the offender and a develop arrangements for the local
Risk Management Plan agreed. implementation of the Act.
The group produced a report, which
In 1997 a further critical milestone was considered by the County’s
was the implementation of the Joint Chief Officers Group. "The multi agency public
requirements of the Sex Offender protection panel meetings have
Act which placed a joint In February 2002 the Chief Officers brought key people together from
responsibility on the Police and group agreed to establish a the various agencies involved with
Probation Services to risk assess Strategic Management Board (SMB) very high risk offenders, to share
and manage those sex offenders to oversee local arrangements for information in order to assess
who were required to register with Public Protection, and the work of risks and to put together and
the police. the Multi-Agency Public Protection monitor risk management plans.
Panel, (MAPPP) which the 2000 Act The panel meetings and the
In 1998 further work was developed required to be in place. working arrangements established
with regard specifically to people have helped to increase our
with a mental disorder, personality In January 2003 a Protocol was ability, by working together, to
disorder or learning difficulty, who signed by members of the SMB from protect the public from the risks
were assessed as posing a serious Police, Probation, Social Services, posed by these ‘offenders’ "
risk of harm to themselves or others. Health, Housing and HM Prison (Assistant Chief Officer),
This led to the introduction of Gloucester, which formally supports National Probation Service,
multi-agency risk meetings on this the Gloucestershire Multi-agency Gloucestershire.
particular group; some of whom Public Protection Arrangements
were offenders. This work had (MAPPA).
evolved from arrangements that had
been established in Gloucestershire In order to support this work, the
in 1992 to protect vulnerable adults Police and Probation Service jointly
– the Adult at Risk Procedures. fund a Multi-Agency Public
Protection Panel Co-ordinator Post.
4. Roles and responsibilities
The Police collaboration with the Police, the A psychiatrist from the
Prison Service, the Home Office, Gloucestershire Partnership NHS
Public Protection is a priority for the Social Services and other agencies. Trust attends the Multi-Agency
Gloucestershire Constabulary. Public Protection Panel Meetings.
It supports the MAPPA by The Assistant Chief Officer (Field
representation at both a strategic Services) attends MAPPP meetings. Housing Authorities
and operational level. Designated
Police officers, on each of the three Social Services Departments Gloucestershire Probation Area has
divisions within Gloucestershire, an established protocol with local
monitor sex offenders required to The duties and responsibilities of housing authorities and registered
register under the Sex Offender Act Social Services Departments include social landlords regarding the
and contribute to the multi -agency services to vulnerable groups both exchange of information to assist
assessment and management adults and children. This applies to offenders and ex-offenders gain
processes in place. This work is children in need and their families, access to appropriate housing and
co-ordinated centrally and overseen older people, people with disability to manage risk which may be posed
by the Chief Superintendent who and those with mental health needs. by individual offenders.
represents the Police on the
MAPPP. The Police have The department’s responsibilities to The relevant district-housing officer
responsibility for managing the Sex protect children through the Area attends MAPPP meetings.
Offender Register and taking action Child Protection Committee, Child
if any offender breaches any Protection procedures, and the Adult HM Prison Gloucester
requirements of the Sex Offender at Risk procedures ensures the
Act. The additional requirements of department works together with Arrangements exist which enable
the Criminal Justice and Court other agencies in the assessment sharing of information between the
Services Act, to assess and manage and management of risk. Prison Service, Police and Probation
other offenders identified as posing Service. Seconded probation staff
a risk of serious harm, has led to A Fieldwork Services Manager with work within the local prison, and
additional resources being allocated responsibility for child protection probation officers maintain contact
to ensure these public protection issues attends the MAPPP with prisoners throughout their
requirements are met. meetings. custodial sentence and supervise
them on release on licence.
The Probation Service Mental Health Services
The Senior Probation Officer for
The Probation Service in The Inter-Agency Monitoring Group HMP Gloucester has recently joined
Gloucestershire protects the public for Mentally Disordered Offenders is the MAPPP, and Prison / Probation
in its day to day work by supervising responsible for the development of staff from prisons elsewhere in the
offenders in the community and strategies for interventions with county also attend MAPPP
enforcing the conditions of their mentally disordered offenders. meetings.
court orders, or licences, after This group was instrumental in the
release from prison, in accordance drawing up of the ‘Common Youth Offending Service
with Probation Service National Approach’ to Risk Assessment
Standards. signed up to by all agencies in The Youth Offending Service work
Gloucestershire in 1995. with all young offenders aged 10 –
Offenders who do not comply with 17. Young offenders may be subject
their court order are taken back to The Multi Agency Risk Management to referral to a MAPPP. The Youth
court, or if they fail to comply with Assessment Panel meetings are Justice Board requires the Youth
their prison release licence they are attended by psychiatrists, Offending Service to identify young
reported for recall to prison. community psychiatric nurses, social offenders who present a risk and
workers, police officers and design a plan of intervention. This
The Public Protection Team is a probation officers, and other can, where appropriate be in tandem
specialist team of probation officers agencies involved assess and with the MAPPA processes. The
dedicated to managing offenders manage the risks posed by people Youth Offending Service Senior
assessed as posing a high risk of suffering from personality disorder, Operational Manager attends
serious harm, who work in close mental disorder, learning difficulties MAPPP meetings.
or any combination of these.
5. The Operation of MAPPA
Multi-agency Public Protection Experienced trained professionals The MAPPA processes ensure that
Arrangements (MAPPA) include all from agencies with first hand the risk assessment is regularly
the measures put in place by the knowledge of the offender are reviewed, as circumstances change.
agencies involved to identify, assess invited to contribute to the Panel’s
and manage those offenders careful and rigorous consideration of Risk Management
assessed as posing a risk of serious each case; this includes the
harm. Probation Service Victim Enquiry The detailed risk assessment
Officers. informs the Risk Management Plan.
Those assessed, as posing the This plan will describe actions that
highest risk of serious harm will be Whilst the MAPPP risk assess and can be taken to monitor the
referred to a Multi Agency Public manage those offenders assessed offender’s behaviour, and attitudes
Protection Panel (MAPPP) meeting. as posing the very highest risk of and intentions, in order to manage
Cases fitting any of the following serious harm, similar arrangements and minimise the risk of serious
criteria should be considered:- exist to assess and manage other harm. This plan will include
offenders who do pose a risk of measures that involve the offender
 where there is an imminence serious harm and require multi- in addressing the causes of
of serious harm. agency intervention. These Local offending behaviour and future
 where unusual resource Risk Management Meetings strategies to manage behaviour, and
allocation is required. (LRMM’s) are convened either by also measures designed specifically
 where there are serious the Police or Probation Service. to protect, such as conditions in a
community concerns. The risk assessment and licence on release from prison, not
 where there are media management process are consistent to contact previous victims, not to go
implications. for all meetings:- to certain areas, to live where
 where there is a need to involve directed. The plan will also detail
agencies not normally involved. Risk Assessment what actions the individual agencies
will take, should the risk escalate
The role of the MAPPP is to:- This is a process carried out to and / or should the offender not
establish whether the offender is comply with licence conditions.
 share information on those likely to cause serious physical or
offenders referred to it. psychological harm to others. The Critical to the risk assessment and
 decide upon the level of risk areas of risk examined are:- management process is the
posed by the offender. information provided by the
 recommend the action  risk to the public Probation Service’s Victim Enquiry
necessary to manage the risk,  risk to children Officers, who will have offered
including any contingencies.  risk to known adults / relatives contact to all victims, of a sexual or
 monitor and ensure  risk to staff violent offence, whose perpetrator
implementation of the agreed  risk to themselves has been imprisoned for a period of
action plan.  risk to prisoners 12 months or more.
 review the level of risk and the
action plan in the light of To aid this assessment, nationally These Victim Enquiry Officers attend
changes in circumstances or validated assessment tools are used risk management meetings to
behaviour. as well as agencies individual ensure that information from the
 consider and manage knowledge and professional victim(s) is appropriately shared and
necessary resources. assessments of the offender. that measures are included in risk
The required outcome of the risk management plans to protect the
The Multi-Agency Public Protection assessment is to be as specific as victims.
Panel, chaired by the MAPPP Co- possible with regard to:
ordinator includes a Detective Chief
Superintendent, Assistant Chief  What is the nature of the risk?
Probation Officer, Social Services  Who is at risk?
Field Work Services Manager,  Under what circumstances.
Forensic Psychiatrist, Forensic  Identify triggers and patterns of
Psychologist, Housing Manager, behaviour that would increase
Youth Offending Team Manager and the risk.
Senior Prison Probation Officer.
" The MAPPP meetings are an example of effective inter-agency working. It is my impression that the
meetings that have taken place have provided tangible benefits by way of both risk management and, in
some cases, risk reduction. The representatives of the various organisations that attend the MAPPP
meetings have demonstrated an ability to work collectively, flexibly and creatively in order to assess and
manage risk" (Consultant Psychiatrist)

Case Example 1

The offender was referred to the MAPPP by the Probation Service.

Background
 Convicted of a violent attack on a relative involving the use of a weapon.
 Previous convictions for offences of violence both within his family and upon strangers,
again using weapons.
 Serious alcohol and drug problem.
 Due to be released from prison and suitable accommodation needed to be secured
for his release.
 Engaged well with prison based staff in addressing his alcohol and drug problem.

Risk Assessment
 Very high risk of serious violent assaults on both people known to him and strangers.
 Risk increases if return to alcohol / drug misuse.

Risk Management Plan


 MAPPP supported application for additional funding to secure accommodation in specialist hostel.
 Licence conditions on release would include condition to reside where directed, to abide by special
rules of the hostel to manage his behaviour, and to address his alcohol and drug misuse.
 Would not be allowed to return to his home town.
 Would not be allowed contact with previous victims.
 Victim Enquiry Officer to advise victims of these arrangements.
 Police to advise previous victims of security measures available to protect themselves.
 Probation Service to recommend re-call to prison immediately if offender failed to comply.

Outcome
 Released to a specialist hostel out of Gloucestershire.
 Required to remain within the hostel for specific periods of time and initially only
leave when escorted.
 Required to attend a treatment programme.
 Did not contact previous victims.
 Remained drug / alcohol free for 6 months – the longest period ever achieved.

Current Position
Facing a difficult stage in addressing his behaviour he returned to the hostel late, had been
drinking alcohol and was verbally aggressive to hostel staff.
Arrangements were in place anticipating this as a possibility, he was arrested immediately and recalled to
Prison.
Case Example 2

The offender was assessed at a multi-agency risk management meeting as a sex offender
required to register.

Background
 Been convicted of indecent assault offences on his stepdaughter.
 Been allegations of similar offences in the past that were not prosecuted.
 Received poor reports on progress on the prison based Sex Offender Treatment Programme.
 Concerns he would attempt to contact his victim.
 Concerns that the victim’s mother would not be able to properly protect her daughter.

Risk Assessment
 High risk of serious harm to girls within a family environment or a position of trust.

Risk Management Plan


 To be released to an Accommodation Project with 24 hour staff cover and Close Circuit Television.
 To be required to undertake the Sex Offender Treatment Programme in the community.
 To report weekly to his Probation Officer.
 To have a licence condition not to contact the victims or their families.
 Victim Enquiry Officer to meet with the victim and her mother regarding licence conditions.
 Social Services Department to have contact with victim and her mother re. measures to protect.
 A joint visit to the offender at the Accommodation Project, by a Police Officer with responsibility for
monitoring Sex Offenders and the supervising Probation Officer.
 On-going meetings between the Sex Offender Liaison Officer, the supervising Probation Officer and the
manager of the Accommodation Project.

Outcome
 Released to the identified Accommodation Project
 Registered as a Sex Offender and remains compliant to requirements.
 To date has not attempted contact with his victim
 Has completed the Sex Offender Treatment Programme
 Is maintaining contact as required.
 Work with victim and mother completed by Social Services Department.

Current Position
He completed his licence period. He continues to be compliant with regard to his registration requirements
and remains in contact with the Police. He continues to be risk assessed and managed under the MAPPA.

Sex Offender Registration


The enforcement of sex offender with the Probation Service. In the event of any relevant
registration and subsequent risk We aim to establish a working behavioural concerns, action is
management are deemed priority relationship with the offenders in an immediately initiated in conjunction
areas in this arena of policing within attempt to eradicate instances of with partner agencies. This positive
Gloucestershire. non-compliance. This has to date approach serves to reassure the
resulted in impressive levels of co- public of our commitment to their
As soon as practicable after initial
operation with the individuals safety and wellbeing, whilst
registration, all registered sex
concerned, and is reinforced with accomodating these offenders within
offenders are the subject of ongoing
appropriate use of the criminal our community.
home visits and whenever possible
justice system when necessary.
these are conducted on a joint basis
The 10 most commonly asked questions about Registered Sex Offenders

Q DO SEX OFFENDERS HAVE TO TELL YOU WHERE THEY LIVE?


A Sex Offenders who are required to register have to inform the Police of their home address within 3 days of
conviction / caution or release from prison.

Q WHAT IF THEY MOVE OR CHANGE THEIR NAME?


A The offender has 14 days to notify the Police of any change of address, or name

Q DO YOU VISIT THE ADDRESS?


A Yes, dedicated officers establish face to face contact with the offender at the earliest opportunity and visit
them at their home throughout their period of registration. Joint visits are also undertaken with the offenders
supervising Probation officer.

Q HOW LONG DOES REGISTRATION LAST?


A For offenders over 18 a minimum of 5 years to a maximum of life-long registration.
If under 18 a minimum of 21/2 years.

Q WHAT IF THEY GO ABROAD?


A If an offender leaves the country for a period exceeding 8 days, they must notify the police of their
departure point and date, destination and date of return.

Q ARE ALL REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS CONVICTED OF OFFENCES AGAINST CHILDREN?


A No, the requirement to register exists also for offenders convicted of sexual offences against adults

Q ARE ALL OFFENDERS WITH CONVICTIONS AGAINST CHILDREN STRANGERS?


A No, the majority – 84% of people who offend against children will be known to them, usually from within their
own family network.

Q DO YOU EVER DIVULGE WHERE A SEX OFFENDER LIVES?


A Yes, disclosure of information can be made if this has been assessed as being necessary to protect an
individual or group of individuals. This would be done as part of an overall plan for managing the risk posed
by the offender, agreed under the MAPPA.

Q WHO HAVE YOU TOLD THAT SOMEONE IS A SEX OFFENDER?


A We have told new partners, a charity, employers and educational establishments. This is done on a case by
case basis in consultation with other agencies with advice on how to deal with this information.

Q WHAT HAPPENS IF A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FAILS TO COMPLY WITH ANY


OF THE REQUIREMENTS?
A Any failure to comply with the requirements of Sex Offender Registration is an offence for which they can be
arrested. The maximum penalty is 5 years imprisonment.

“This year the MAPPP arrangements have bought about significant progress in enhancing the work we have been
doing for a number of years with our partner agencies to deal with the small number of people who pose a very
high risk of serious harm to the public.

It has been apparent from the outset that the role of protecting members of our communities from those capable
of inflicting serious harm, is not exclusively the responsibility of the Police and Probation service. This has been
demonstrated through the valuable contributions and expertise of the wide range of agencies involved in the
MAPPP process have afforded the public an even greater degree of protection. In recognition of the vital nature
of this work, the Gloucestershire Police Authority has recently provided the additional resources necessary to
enable us to appoint additional specialist staff dedicated to this role. The Gloucestershire Constabulary looks
forward to building upon this solid foundation of co-operation and playing a full part in further increasing public
safety over the coming 12 months and beyond." (Assistant Chief Constable)
Disclosure
There may, exceptionally, be some communities, incorrect identification Information has been disclosed to
cases where the management of an of offenders, or offences against an employer, where an offender
offender’s risk in the community offenders. This could lead to the obtained employment without
cannot be carried out without offender ‘going underground’ and disclosing his convictions, which
disclosure of some information to a the responsible authorities losing gave him access to vulnerable
third party. contact thus increasing the risk people; to a charity which uses
volunteers, where an offender had
Disclosure issues are considered at In practice, most disclosures are offered his assistance; to a new
all Risk Management meetings. In made to specific individuals. It is partner of an offender who was
some rare cases, carefully managed critical that this is done in such a unaware of his history; to a person
disclosure of information to specific way that the person receiving the in shared accommodation where
individuals, groups or sections of the information knows what to do and there were concerns for the safety
community is the only way to ensure that the appropriate advice and of children.
that the identified risks are support is given. The power to
managed. In all cases decisions disclose has been exercised in In some instances the offender will
with regard to disclosure have to be Gloucestershire as part of be advised that information will be
balanced with the risk, that disclosed management plans to protect disclosed in order to give them the
information could provoke unrest in potential further victims. opportunity to self-disclose.

6. The Strategic Management of MAPPP


The Strategic Management Board services relevant to the assessment
(SMB) oversees the Multi-Agency and management of risk within their Members of the SMB are currently
Public Protection Arrangements. A own organisation. involved in reviewing arrangements
Protocol signed up to by all key for safe-guarding children, following
agencies supports this work. The SMB are required to monitor the publication of a national Joint
and review the effectiveness of the Inspectorate Report and the
Members of the SMB are – arrangements made to assess and Lamming Report into the death of
Assistant Chief Constable manage the risks posed by the Victoria Climbié, to ensure
Operations (chair); relevant offenders. The Board appropriate links between the
Chief Probation Officer (vice chair); meets quarterly. During the last 12 Multi-Agency Public Protection
Head of Children & Families Service months attention has been given to Arrangements and the Area Child
(SSD); Governor of HMP ensuring the required structures and Protection Committee
Gloucester; Director of Nurse processes are in place within each
Practice Development, of the agencies to identify the " My observation is that they
Gloucestershire NHS Partnership relevant offenders; that each of the have been well organised and
Trust; an Executive Manager of a agencies is represented at MAPPP well chaired. As both a
local housing authority; Assistant meetings; that information is supervising officer of cases and
Chief Officer (Probation); a Detective exchanged and stored according to as a supervisor of staff, I found
Chief Superintendent and requirements that the required that the broad range of agencies
MAPPP Co-ordinator. statistical information is collated and and people present, very much
that the agencies systems ensure contributed added value to the
The members of the SMB bring a that where an offender is assessed process of risk assessment and
perspective from their particular as posing a very high risk of serious risk management"
area of work and have senior harm, staff are aware.
management responsibility for (Senior Practitioner –
National Probation Service)
7. Victim Work
Probation Areas have a statutory It is vital that the outcome of contact people cope with the effects of
duty to consult and notify victims of with the victim, and or victim’s family crime. It provides local free and
sexual and violent offenders is appropriately fed into the MAPPA confidential support and information
regarding the release arrangements to ensure that the risk assessment to help individuals deal with their
of offenders when sentenced to a and risk management plans properly experiences. Also, by promoting and
period of imprisonment of 12 months reflect victim concerns. This work is advancing the rights of victims and
or more. Victims should be undertaken by Probation Service witnesses.
contacted within 8 weeks of the Victim Enquiry Officers who attend
sentence being passed and offered:- risk management meetings and Contact details for all Victim Support
MAPPP meetings. Victims are local offices are shown below:-
 face to face contact with the advised with regard to the measures
Probation Service to be taken, to protect either through Gloucester: 01452 506450
 an opportunity to be kept conditions placed in licence on Area Office: 01452 527773
informed about developments release, or practical arrangements
Cheltenham: 01242 577476
throughout the offenders that can be put in place by the
sentence. Police. The MAPPA are also Cheltenham Mags. Court:
 an opportunity to contribute to concerned with ensuring that action 01242 700052
the release plan, to have their is taken to protect any potential Stroud: 01453 751488
views taken into account by the victim(s) where this has been Tewkesbury: 01684 850448
Parole Board, or other decision identified when undertaking the risk Cotswold: 01285 658350
maker, and to receive assessment. Forest of Dean: 01594 810190
information about licence
Crown Court Witness Service:
conditions which are directly Links are also established with
01452 411724
relevant to them or members of Victim Support Schemes in the
their family. County. Victim Support is an Mags. Court Witness Service:
independent charity which helps 01452 525281

8. Additional Enquiries
This report provides details of the Chief Constable Chief Officer
arrangements made in Gloucestershire Constabulary, Gloucestershire Probation Area,
Gloucestershire. Holland House, Bewick House,
If you would like to make additional Lansdown Road, 1 Denmark Road,
enquiries please contact either:- Cheltenham, Gloucester. GL1 3HW
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"The opportunity to have the opinions and comments of experienced professionals in their specialised field
of work adds an invaluable dimension to risk awareness and management. This can only serve to evoke
confidence in case managers"
(Probation Officer, Public Protection Team)

"These meetings confirm the existence of a dynamic and operationally active response unit to adults and young
persons who pose a real threat to public safety. It is characterised not by debate, but by analysis and action"
(Youth Offending Service Manager)
9. Statistical information
Number of
offenders

i) The number of registered sex offenders on 31 March 2003 196

ii) The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned 0
or convicted for breaches of the requirement, between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003.

iii) The number of Sex Offenders Orders applied for and gained between
1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003.

a) The total number of Sex Offenders Orders applied for 1

b) The total number granted 1

c) The total number not granted. -

iv) The number of Restraining Orders issued by the courts between 1 April 2002 and 31 0
March 2003 for offenders currently managed within MAPPA

v) The number of violent and other sexual offenders considered under MAPPA during the 261
year 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003 (as defined by section 68 [3], [4], and [5]

vi) The number of "other offenders" dealt with under MAPPA during the year 1 April 2002 and 3
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 [2]

vii) 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 6

b) MAPPP – violent and other sex offenders 5

c) MAPPP – other offenders 0

viii) 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. 2

b) who were returned to custody for breach of a Restraining Order or Sex Offender Order. 0

c) charged with a serious sexual or violent offence 0