Annual Report 2003

NATIONAL PROBATION SERVICE
for England and Wales

Gloucestershire

MAPP Annual Report 2003

Multi-agency Public Protection

Gloucestershire Area

1. Local Foreword
This is Gloucestershire's second annual report and covers the first full year of operation of the Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements in the County since they were placed on a statutory footing. Although until now Police and Probation have been the only statutory partners we are pleased to report that colleagues from other agencies in the County have demonstrated total commitment to multi-agency public protection. This is evident from the contents of this report. Agencies have also been represented at a senior level on the Strategic Management Board which has both demonstrated commitment to this work and also enabled the speedy implementation of policies across agency boundaries. It is disappointing that no additional government funding was made available to implement these new arrangements but such is their importance that the Gloucestershire Police Authority and the National Probation Service in Gloucestershire have made resources available to ensure their effective implementation. In particular the appointment of a jointly funded co-ordinator with appropriate administrative support has been instrumental in strengthening inter-agency risk assessment and management work in the county. The local community have a right to know how publicly funded organisations work together to provide the best possible practice in the assessment and management of high risk offenders. This is a difficult and sensitive area of work which can attract the concern and interest of many. This report demonstrates that all agencies in Gloucestershire are fully committed to both working together, and also importantly, striving towards best practice in order to improve levels of public protection.

National Forward
By Paul Goggins, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Community and Custodial provision in the Home Office As the recently appointed Minister with responsibility for the MAPPA, I am pleased to introduce this, the second, annual MAPPA report. It is clear that in the last year (2002/3) the multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) continued to play an important role in what remains one of this government’s highest priorities – the protection of the public from dangerous offenders. As someone with many years experience of working in the field of child protection, I am particularly impressed by the important contribution the MAPPA are making to strengthen collaboration between agencies at a local level where the focus is on the dangerous offender. These improvements must, however, impact on the protection of children. As the tragic death of Victoria Climbie showed, an effective multi-agency partnership is crucial and the MAPPA are an important element. To ensure greater consistency in the MAPPA across the 42 Areas of England and Wales, and to prepare for the implementation of measures contained in the Criminal Justice Bill, we published the MAPPA Guidance in April. Building on good practice, that Guidance clarified the structure of the operational arrangements as well as the importance of formal review and monitoring – of which this annual report is a vital part. The Criminal Justice Bill will strengthen the MAPPA in two ways. Firstly, it will make the involvement of other agencies part of the statutory framework. Secondly, it will introduce the involvement of lay people – those unconnected with day-to-day operation of the MAPPA – in reviewing and 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 dangerous. Additionally, the Sexual Offences Bill will 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.

Timothy Brain Chief Constable

John Carter Chief Probation Officer Paul Goggins

2. The National Picture
This section of the report draws attention to the wider context of the operation and development of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (the MAPPA). The most important work undertaken within the MAPPA is done locally, led by the police and probation – who act jointly as the ‘Responsible Authority’ in your Area – and in each of the 42 Areas of England and Wales. The experience and good practice upon which this work is based began in the 1990s – most significantly as a result of the closer working relationship required by the Sex Offender Act (1997). The Criminal Justice and Courts Services Act (2000) formalised that relationship, and built on the existing experience by requiring the police and probation services to establish arrangements, (the MAPPA) for assessing and managing the risks posed by sexual and violent offenders. The Act also required the Responsible Authority to publish an annual report on the operation of those arrangements. This report, covering April 2002 to March 2003, is the second annual report. The importance of partnership Key to the development of the MAPPA in the past year has been the closer involvement of other agencies, such as Housing, Health and Social Services, working alongside Police and Probation. The truly multi-agency nature of the MAPPA and the collaboration which underpins it is to be strengthened further by the Criminal Justice Bill. The Bill will place a ‘duty to co-operate’ on a wide range of organisations including Local Health Authorities and trusts; Housing Authorities and registered social landlords; Social Services departments; Jobcentres; Youth Offending Teams; and Local Education Authorities. In addition, the Prison Service will join the Police and Probation services and become part of the MAPPA ‘Responsible Authority’. Supporting and co-ordinating the development of the MAPPA throughout the 42 Areas of England and Wales, is the National Probation Directorate’s Public Protection Unit (PPU). This Unit acts as a central point for advice, and increasingly, involvement in the management of difficult cases. These include, for example, UK citizens who have committed serious offences abroad and return to this country without anywhere to live. The Unit is also able to provide financial support, when the risk management plans make exceptional demands upon local resources. Involving the public MAPPA developments in the next 18 months will also include the appointment by the Home Secretary of two ‘lay advisers’ to each Area. The eight areas of England and Wales which have been piloting these arrangements since January(Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Durham, South Wales, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and West Midlands) report that they add real value. Lay advisers will contribute to the review and monitoring of the MAPPA, which is undertaken by each Area’s Strategic Management Board – the work of which, you can read more of in this report. The purpose of appointing ‘lay advisers’ is to ensure that communities understand more of what is done to protect them, and that those involved professionally with the MAPPA are aware of the views of the community. The lay advisers will not ‘represent’ the community in the way, for example, that local councillors do, nor will they be involved in operational decisionmaking, Given the sensitivity of much of what the MAPPA does, especially with the few offenders who pose a very high risk of serious harm to the public, it is not practicable for the general public to be involved. Lay advisers will, however, ensure an appropriate and a practical level of community involvement. MAPPA Offenders This year the annual report provides a more detailed breakdown of the number of sexual and violent offenders who are covered by the MAPPA in your Area. As last year, the figures include the number of Registered Sex Offenders. Because sex offender registration is for a minimum of 5 years (and generally for much longer) the figures are cumulative. This is why they have increased – by 16 per cent in England and Wales. Only a very small proportion (about six per cent throughout England and Wales) are considered to pose such a high risk or management difficulty that they are referred to the highest level of the MAPPA – the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels (the MAPPP). Figures alone do not, of course, tell the whole story. The anonymised case studies illustrate the practical work of the MAPPA, and demonstrate the preventive action which can be taken. Prior to the MAPPA, action of this kind was mainly taken by one agency alone, with the effect that on occasion offenders’ behaviour which might have triggered preventative action went unnoticed. The multi-agency approach of the MAPPA helps ensure that if an offender does breach the condition of the licence under which they were released from prison or a court order prohibiting certain activities, then action to enforce the condition or order and protect the public can be taken more swiftly.

3. Area Background
Arrangements to assess and manage the risks posed by sexual, violent and other offenders who may cause serious harm to the public have been in place in Gloucestershire for some years. This early work provided the foundations for the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements and Multi- Agency Public Protection Panel meetings which are now in place. In 1995 Risk Management Procedures were established by the Probation Service in liaison with the Police, Social Services, Health and Housing. Protocols were agreed to facilitate the sharing of information regarding these groups of offenders. This resulted in regular multi-agency meetings where information was exchanged to ensure a comprehensive assessment of the risks posed by the offender and a Risk Management Plan agreed. In 1997 a further critical milestone was the implementation of the requirements of the Sex Offender Act which placed a joint responsibility on the Police and Probation Services to risk assess and manage those sex offenders who were required to register with the police. In 1998 further work was developed with regard specifically to people with a mental disorder, personality disorder or learning difficulty, who were assessed as posing a serious risk of harm to themselves or others. This led to the introduction of multi-agency risk meetings on this particular group; some of whom were offenders. This work had evolved from arrangements that had been established in Gloucestershire in 1992 to protect vulnerable adults – the Adult at Risk Procedures. Developments in 2000 led to the establishment of a Co-ordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence, a multi-agency group from the statutory and voluntary sectors, working to protect victims of domestic violence, both adults and children, and holding perpetrators of domestic violence accountable for their behaviour. Section 67 and 68 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, which came into force on 1 April 2001, conferred a statutory duty on the Police and Probation Service to undertake work with other agencies to protect the public from sexual, violent and other offenders who may cause serious harm. Within Gloucestershire, a joint Police and Probation Service working group was set up to develop arrangements for the local implementation of the Act. The group produced a report, which was considered by the County’s Joint Chief Officers Group. In February 2002 the Chief Officers group agreed to establish a Strategic Management Board (SMB) to oversee local arrangements for Public Protection, and the work of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel, (MAPPP) which the 2000 Act required to be in place. In January 2003 a Protocol was signed by members of the SMB from Police, Probation, Social Services, Health, Housing and HM Prison Gloucester, which formally supports the Gloucestershire Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). In order to support this work, the Police and Probation Service jointly fund a Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel Co-ordinator Post. The MAPP panel assesses and manages the risks posed by a small number of very high risk offenders who require special attention in addition to agencies existing risk management arrangements. Good communication between agencies is the critical ingredient of sound risk assessment and risk management procedures. The established protocols regarding the sharing of information, ensure that this is done in accordance with agencies statutory duty to share information and the relevant Acts of Parliament which confer a statutory power to exchange information. Initial and ongoing information exchange is essential to the effective assessment and management of high-risk offenders.

"The multi agency public protection panel meetings have brought key people together from the various agencies involved with very high risk offenders, to share information in order to assess risks and to put together and monitor risk management plans. The panel meetings and the working arrangements established have helped to increase our ability, by working together, to protect the public from the risks posed by these ‘offenders’ " (Assistant Chief Officer), National Probation Service, Gloucestershire.

4. Roles and responsibilities
The Police Public Protection is a priority for the Gloucestershire Constabulary. It supports the MAPPA by representation at both a strategic and operational level. Designated Police officers, on each of the three divisions within Gloucestershire, monitor sex offenders required to register under the Sex Offender Act and contribute to the multi -agency assessment and management processes in place. This work is co-ordinated centrally and overseen by the Chief Superintendent who represents the Police on the MAPPP. The Police have responsibility for managing the Sex Offender Register and taking action if any offender breaches any requirements of the Sex Offender Act. The additional requirements of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act, to assess and manage other offenders identified as posing a risk of serious harm, has led to additional resources being allocated to ensure these public protection requirements are met. The Probation Service The Probation Service in Gloucestershire protects the public in its day to day work by supervising offenders in the community and enforcing the conditions of their court orders, or licences, after release from prison, in accordance with Probation Service National Standards. Offenders who do not comply with their court order are taken back to court, or if they fail to comply with their prison release licence they are reported for recall to prison. The Public Protection Team is a specialist team of probation officers dedicated to managing offenders assessed as posing a high risk of serious harm, who work in close collaboration with the Police, the Prison Service, the Home Office, Social Services and other agencies. The Assistant Chief Officer (Field Services) attends MAPPP meetings. Social Services Departments The duties and responsibilities of Social Services Departments include services to vulnerable groups both adults and children. This applies to children in need and their families, older people, people with disability and those with mental health needs. The department’s responsibilities to protect children through the Area Child Protection Committee, Child Protection procedures, and the Adult at Risk procedures ensures the department works together with other agencies in the assessment and management of risk. A Fieldwork Services Manager with responsibility for child protection issues attends the MAPPP meetings. Mental Health Services The Inter-Agency Monitoring Group for Mentally Disordered Offenders is responsible for the development of strategies for interventions with mentally disordered offenders. This group was instrumental in the drawing up of the ‘Common Approach’ to Risk Assessment signed up to by all agencies in Gloucestershire in 1995. The Multi Agency Risk Management Assessment Panel meetings are attended by psychiatrists, community psychiatric nurses, social workers, police officers and probation officers, and other agencies involved assess and manage the risks posed by people suffering from personality disorder, mental disorder, learning difficulties or any combination of these. The Senior Probation Officer for HMP Gloucester has recently joined the MAPPP, and Prison / Probation staff from prisons elsewhere in the county also attend MAPPP meetings. Youth Offending Service The Youth Offending Service work with all young offenders aged 10 – 17. Young offenders may be subject to referral to a MAPPP. The Youth Justice Board requires the Youth Offending Service to identify young offenders who present a risk and design a plan of intervention. This can, where appropriate be in tandem with the MAPPA processes. The Youth Offending Service Senior Operational Manager attends MAPPP meetings. A psychiatrist from the Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust attends the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel Meetings. Housing Authorities Gloucestershire Probation Area has an established protocol with local housing authorities and registered social landlords regarding the exchange of information to assist offenders and ex-offenders gain access to appropriate housing and to manage risk which may be posed by individual offenders. The relevant district-housing officer attends MAPPP meetings. HM Prison Gloucester Arrangements exist which enable sharing of information between the Prison Service, Police and Probation Service. Seconded probation staff work within the local prison, and probation officers maintain contact with prisoners throughout their custodial sentence and supervise them on release on licence.

5. The Operation of MAPPA
Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) include all the measures put in place by the agencies involved to identify, assess and manage those offenders assessed as posing a risk of serious harm. Those assessed, as posing the highest risk of serious harm will be referred to a Multi Agency Public Protection Panel (MAPPP) meeting. Cases fitting any of the following criteria should be considered:where there is an imminence of serious harm. where unusual resource allocation is required. where there are serious community concerns. where there are media implications. where there is a need to involve agencies not normally involved. The role of the MAPPP is to:share information on those offenders referred to it. decide upon the level of risk posed by the offender. recommend the action necessary to manage the risk, including any contingencies. monitor and ensure implementation of the agreed action plan. review the level of risk and the action plan in the light of changes in circumstances or behaviour. consider and manage necessary resources. The Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel, chaired by the MAPPP Coordinator includes a Detective Chief Superintendent, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Social Services Field Work Services Manager, Forensic Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychologist, Housing Manager, Youth Offending Team Manager and Senior Prison Probation Officer. Experienced trained professionals from agencies with first hand knowledge of the offender are invited to contribute to the Panel’s careful and rigorous consideration of each case; this includes the Probation Service Victim Enquiry Officers. Whilst the MAPPP risk assess and manage those offenders assessed as posing the very highest risk of serious harm, similar arrangements exist to assess and manage other offenders who do pose a risk of serious harm and require multiagency intervention. These Local Risk Management Meetings (LRMM’s) are convened either by the Police or Probation Service. The risk assessment and management process are consistent for all meetings:Risk Assessment This is a process carried out to establish whether the offender is likely to cause serious physical or psychological harm to others. The areas of risk examined are:risk risk risk risk risk risk to to to to to to the public children known adults / relatives staff themselves prisoners The MAPPA processes ensure that the risk assessment is regularly reviewed, as circumstances change. Risk Management The detailed risk assessment informs the Risk Management Plan. This plan will describe actions that can be taken to monitor the offender’s behaviour, and attitudes and intentions, in order to manage and minimise the risk of serious harm. This plan will include measures that involve the offender in addressing the causes of offending behaviour and future strategies to manage behaviour, and also measures designed specifically to protect, such as conditions in a licence on release from prison, not to contact previous victims, not to go to certain areas, to live where directed. The plan will also detail what actions the individual agencies will take, should the risk escalate and / or should the offender not comply with licence conditions. Critical to the risk assessment and management process is the information provided by the Probation Service’s Victim Enquiry Officers, who will have offered contact to all victims, of a sexual or violent offence, whose perpetrator has been imprisoned for a period of 12 months or more. These Victim Enquiry Officers attend risk management meetings to ensure that information from the victim(s) is appropriately shared and that measures are included in risk management plans to protect the victims.

To aid this assessment, nationally validated assessment tools are used as well as agencies individual knowledge and professional assessments of the offender. The required outcome of the risk assessment is to be as specific as possible with regard to: What is the nature of the risk? Who is at risk? Under what circumstances. Identify triggers and patterns of behaviour that would increase the risk.

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

The 10 most commonly asked questions about Registered Sex Offenders
Q A DO SEX OFFENDERS HAVE TO TELL YOU WHERE THEY LIVE? 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. WHAT IF THEY MOVE OR CHANGE THEIR NAME? The offender has 14 days to notify the Police of any change of address, or name DO YOU VISIT THE ADDRESS? 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. HOW LONG DOES REGISTRATION LAST? 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. WHAT IF THEY GO ABROAD? 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. ARE ALL REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS CONVICTED OF OFFENCES AGAINST CHILDREN? No, the requirement to register exists also for offenders convicted of sexual offences against adults ARE ALL OFFENDERS WITH CONVICTIONS AGAINST CHILDREN STRANGERS? No, the majority – 84% of people who offend against children will be known to them, usually from within their own family network. DO YOU EVER DIVULGE WHERE A SEX OFFENDER LIVES? 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. WHO HAVE YOU TOLD THAT SOMEONE IS A SEX OFFENDER? 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. WHAT HAPPENS IF A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FAILS TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THE REQUIREMENTS? 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.

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“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 cases where the management of an offender’s risk in the community cannot be carried out without disclosure of some information to a third party. Disclosure issues are considered at all Risk Management meetings. In some rare cases, carefully managed disclosure of information to specific individuals, groups or sections of the community is the only way to ensure that the identified risks are managed. In all cases decisions with regard to disclosure have to be balanced with the risk, that disclosed information could provoke unrest in communities, incorrect identification of offenders, or offences against offenders. This could lead to the offender ‘going underground’ and the responsible authorities losing contact thus increasing the risk In practice, most disclosures are made to specific individuals. It is critical that this is done in such a way that the person receiving the information knows what to do and that the appropriate advice and support is given. The power to disclose has been exercised in Gloucestershire as part of management plans to protect potential further victims. Information has been disclosed to an employer, where an offender obtained employment without disclosing his convictions, which gave him access to vulnerable people; to a charity which uses volunteers, where an offender had offered his assistance; to a new partner of an offender who was unaware of his history; to a person in shared accommodation where there were concerns for the safety of children. In some instances the offender will be advised that information will be disclosed in order to give them the opportunity to self-disclose.

6. The Strategic Management of MAPPP
The Strategic Management Board (SMB) oversees the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements. A Protocol signed up to by all key agencies supports this work. Members of the SMB are – Assistant Chief Constable Operations (chair); Chief Probation Officer (vice chair); Head of Children & Families Service (SSD); Governor of HMP Gloucester; Director of Nurse Practice Development, Gloucestershire NHS Partnership Trust; an Executive Manager of a local housing authority; Assistant Chief Officer (Probation); a Detective Chief Superintendent and MAPPP Co-ordinator. The members of the SMB bring a perspective from their particular area of work and have senior management responsibility for services relevant to the assessment and management of risk within their own organisation. The SMB are required to monitor and review the effectiveness of the arrangements made to assess and manage the risks posed by the relevant offenders. The Board meets quarterly. During the last 12 months attention has been given to ensuring the required structures and processes are in place within each of the agencies to identify the relevant offenders; that each of the agencies is represented at MAPPP meetings; that information is exchanged and stored according to requirements that the required statistical information is collated and that the agencies systems ensure that where an offender is assessed as posing a very high risk of serious harm, staff are aware. Members of the SMB are currently involved in reviewing arrangements for safe-guarding children, following the publication of a national Joint Inspectorate Report and the Lamming Report into the death of Victoria Climbié, to ensure appropriate links between the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements and the Area Child Protection Committee " My observation is that they have been well organised and well chaired. As both a supervising officer of cases and as a supervisor of staff, I found that the broad range of agencies and people present, very much contributed added value to the process of risk assessment and risk management" (Senior Practitioner – National Probation Service)

7. Victim Work
Probation Areas have a statutory duty to consult and notify victims of sexual and violent offenders regarding the release arrangements of offenders when sentenced to a period of imprisonment of 12 months or more. Victims should be contacted within 8 weeks of the sentence being passed and offered:face to face contact with the Probation Service an opportunity to be kept informed about developments throughout the offenders sentence. an opportunity to contribute to the release plan, to have their views taken into account by the Parole Board, or other decision maker, and to receive information about licence conditions which are directly relevant to them or members of their family. It is vital that the outcome of contact with the victim, and or victim’s family is appropriately fed into the MAPPA to ensure that the risk assessment and risk management plans properly reflect victim concerns. This work is undertaken by Probation Service Victim Enquiry Officers who attend risk management meetings and MAPPP meetings. Victims are advised with regard to the measures to be taken, to protect either through conditions placed in licence on release, or practical arrangements that can be put in place by the Police. The MAPPA are also concerned with ensuring that action is taken to protect any potential victim(s) where this has been identified when undertaking the risk assessment. Links are also established with Victim Support Schemes in the County. Victim Support is an independent charity which helps people cope with the effects of crime. It provides local free and confidential support and information to help individuals deal with their experiences. Also, by promoting and advancing the rights of victims and witnesses. Contact details for all Victim Support local offices are shown below:Gloucester: 01452 506450 Area Office: 01452 527773 Cheltenham: 01242 577476 Cheltenham Mags. Court: 01242 700052 Stroud: 01453 751488 Tewkesbury: 01684 850448 Cotswold: 01285 658350 Forest of Dean: 01594 810190 Crown Court Witness Service: 01452 411724 Mags. Court Witness Service: 01452 525281

8. Additional Enquiries
This report provides details of the arrangements made in Gloucestershire. If you would like to make additional enquiries please contact either:Chief Constable Gloucestershire Constabulary, Holland House, Lansdown Road, Cheltenham, Glos. GL51 6QH Tel: 0845 0901234 Chief Officer Gloucestershire Probation Area, Bewick House, 1 Denmark Road, Gloucester. GL1 3HW Tel: 01452 426250

"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) ii) The number of registered sex offenders on 31 March 2003 The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement, between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003. 196 0

iii) The number of Sex Offenders Orders applied for and gained between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003. a) b) c) The total number of Sex Offenders Orders applied for The total number granted The total number not granted. 1 1 0

iv) The number of Restraining Orders issued by the courts between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003 for offenders currently managed within MAPPA v) The number of violent and other sexual offenders considered under MAPPA during the year 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003 (as defined by section 68 [3], [4], and [5]

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vi) The number of "other offenders" dealt with under MAPPA during the year 1 April 2002 and 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) b) c) MAPPP – registered sex offenders MAPPP – violent and other sex offenders MAPPP – other offenders

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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. b) who were returned to custody for breach of a Restraining Order or Sex Offender Order. c) charged with a serious sexual or violent offence 2 0 0