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KENT

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements


Annual Report 2002-3
Foreword

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 (the 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 Climbié 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. First, it will make the involvement of other agencies part
of the statutory framework. Second, 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.

Paul Goggins

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Foreword

By Robert Ayling, Acting Chief Constable, Kent Police and Christine Lawrie, Chief Officer,
Kent Probation Area

This report describes the work and achievements of the Kent Multi-Agency Public Protection
Panels during 2000/03. During the year Kent MAPPPs successfully assessed and managed
41 high risk offenders. None reoffended. This demonstrates the effectiveness of our
collaborative approach and is a testimony to the skills and commitment of all the staff
involved in this demanding area of work.

The protection of the public remains a key objective for both agencies and we will continue
to develop the joint working with others which is so critical to the effectiveness of MAPPA.

The Victim Liaison Service, and Victim Support, have continued to support victims of crime.
Both organisations help ensure that victims’ needs receive proper consideration. Victims’
views have been taken into account when developing plans for the management of high risk
offenders.

We hope this report provides reassurance to the public that high risk offenders are
effectively managed in Kent. A list of names and contact numbers is included if you have
any questions or concerns.

Robert Ayling Christine Lawrie.


Acting Chief Constable, Kent Police Service.
Chief Probation, Kent Probation Area

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The National Picture

This section of the report draws attention to 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 about in this report.

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The National Picture

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
decision making. 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.

If you are interested in reading the reports of other Areas, they will be published on the
National Probation Service’s website www.probation.homeoffice.gov.uk (under the public
protection section) with all of them being available once the last Area has published its annual
report in September.

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1. Kent Area Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements

Kent Police and Kent Probation Area work effectively together and with other key agencies
to prevent re-offending by offenders assessed as posing a significant risk of harm to
identified individuals or members of the public.

Formal collaborative working between staff in Kent Police and Kent Probation Area
commenced following the introduction of the Sex Offender Act 1997. The Act placed a
requirement on the police to maintain a database of all offenders convicted of sexual
offences and who were required to register in accordance with the Act. Multi - agency
protocols were developed which set out arrangements across Kent and Medway for the
management of this offender group. Sex Offender Assessment Panels (SOAPs) were
developed to assess and manage the risks these offenders posed to the public. The panels
were chaired by Area Police Chief Inspectors and had representatives from Probation and
Social Services as sitting members. Audits of the panels highlighted that this form of multi-
agency working proved to be an effective way of managing this offender group and reducing
the risk of harm they posed.

From this embryonic state Kent Probation Area and Kent Police went on to establish
“Potentially Dangerous Offender Panels” which were co-ordinated and chaired by the Kent
Probation Area Public Protection Unit and its manager.

The introduction of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 established statutory
requirements on the police and probation services to actively manage sexual and violent
offenders particularly those who pose a very high or high risk of harm to the public and to
report on those arrangements.

Across Kent and Medway a two tier system of management for this offender group was
agreed:-
• KMAPPP - Kent Multi Agency Public Protection Panel - covering the county;
• LMAPPP - Local Multi Agency Public Protection Panel - with one in each of the police
and probation command areas. (These are also referred to as a RAMP - Risk
Assessment Management Panel)

The KMAPPP manages those offenders who are assessed as posing a very high risk of harm
and where additional resources are required to manage the risk. The panel, as well as
comprising operational staff, also has Headquarter representatives from each of the key
agencies Police, Probation and Social Services attending as sitting members. The cases
assessed by this group are generally referred to as the “critical few”.

During the year April 2002 to March 2003 a total of 185 KMAPPPs were convened for 41
very high risk and dangerous offenders.

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1. Kent Area Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements

The primary task of the panels is to:-

• share information in a multi agency format to enable the panel to assess the level of
the risk of harm posed by the offender;
• identify the nature and imminence of the harm occurring;

• identify potential victims;


• establish a risk management plan to reduce the likelihood of the harm occurring and
• increase Public Protection.

The principles underpinning public protection are to:-


• gather and share all the relevant information concerning the offender in a multi
agency format;

• listen to and take account of the victims’ views;


• take account of and balance human rights/civil liberties issues;
• work with the offender to develop internal controls to reduce the risk of re-offending
by including them in accredited and nationally recognised treatment and relapse
prevention programmes;
• implement external controls to protect identified victims, to monitor the behaviour of
the offender and to act as an early warning system for the risk of harm increasing.

A key ingredient to the successful management for this offender group is the effective
working between, and amongst, the agencies involved.

The Kent Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (KMAPPA) enable a full and
comprehensive risk management plan to be agreed on those offenders assessed as posing a
very high risk of harm to the public. Up to date intelligence from Kent Police forms part of
the information collection process to assist the risk assessment. The Kent MAPPA remains
indebted to the Kent Police Force Intelligence Bureau for their contribution to the whole
MAPPP process but especially the provision of police and prison service intelligence.

The following acronym reflects the operation and decision making of the Kent Multi Agency
Public Protection Panel:-

J Justified

A Appropriate

P Proportionate

A Auditable

N Necessary

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1. Kent Area Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements

The second year of the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Kent has been one
of development and improved targeting of offenders.

April 2002 OASys (Offender Assessment System) was introduced as an assessment tool for
all offenders who were referred to the KMAPPP. This is a nationally recognised,
Home Office approved tool, which is operated by the National Probation Service.

June/July 2002 The Kent Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements annual report was written.

July 2002 The Kent MAPPA Joint Co-ordinating Team became operational. This has proved
to be a flagship operation benefiting both probation and police and the successful
operation of the Kent Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements.

August 2002 Kent MAPPA Report was launched with representatives from local television,
radio and media attention and interviews.

November 2002 Presentations were made to the South East Regional conferences concerning the
creation and operation of the Joint Co-ordinating Team (JCT) as template for
other Areas.

November 2002/ January Following the publication of the Safeguards Children Report presentations were
2003 made to Area Child Protection Committees for Kent and Medway.

February/March 2003 Kent MAPPA Strategic Management Board was created and held its inaugural
meeting at Kent Police Headquarters.

February/March 2003 Kent MAPPA Information Sharing Protocol was signed by Kent Police and Kent
Probation Area. This document has been passed to Kent and Medway Social
Services Departments for consideration and signing.

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2. Roles and Responsibilities

Kent MAPPA is clearly moving towards achieving a multi- agency approach to the
assessment and management of those “critical few” offenders resident in their area.

This year has seen the positive development of a more collaborative style of working between
Kent Probation Area and Kent Police concerning the operation and management of MAPPPs.
While Kent Probation Area’s Public Protection Unit has continued to play a pivotal role in
the operation and development of MAPPPs across Kent the establishment of the Joint Co-
ordinating Team (JCT) and its siting at Kent Police Headquarters, along with the
introduction of a designated Chief Inspector for Multi Agency Public Protection Panels, has
ensured close and more effective working relations and management of very high risk and
dangerous offenders.

The JCT remains dedicated to ensuring that up to date information including risk
assessments, intelligence profiling reports and Forensic psychiatric reports are available to
the Kent MAPPP. They also maintain and continue to develop a database of all cases that
come before the panel in Kent.

Joint Co-ordinating Team


This team has two co-ordinators who are employees of Kent Police Service and Kent
Probation Area. Additional partnership funding is provided for the team by Kent County
Council and Medway Unitary Authority.

The co-ordinators work with the Kent Probation Public Protection Manager and the
designated Detective Chief Inspector from Kent Police. Together they ensure the smooth
operation of the Kent multi - agency public protection arrangements, are in contact with
representatives of the different agencies who attend the panels, minute the KMAPPPs and
ensure the notes and risk management action plans are promptly circulated.

The co-ordinators along with the designated Detective Chief Inspector and Public Protection
Manager are the public face of Kent MAPPA.

It is clear that Kent Probation Area and Kent Police work very closely in relation to MAPPPs.
Ongoing work is required to increase the involvement of other key agencies but it is good to
report progress has been made.

Social Services
The Social Service Departments of both Medway Unitary Authority (MUA) and Kent County
Council (KCC) have identified key individuals to represent them on both the Strategic
Management Board and the Kent MAPPP.

Their representatives attend the majority of Kent MAPPPs and play a significant role in the
assessment and management of those offenders assessed as posing very high risk of harm
against children, especially in the family.

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2. Roles and Responsibilities

It should be noted that presentations have been made to the Area Child Protection
Committees of both organisations, which has ensured increased attendance at the Kent
MAPPP and an improved understanding of the work undertaken.

Her Majesty’s Prison Service


Kent MAPPA has developed close links with staff in prisons across Kent and from other areas.

Prison staff have been invited to make contributions to and attend the Multi Agency Public
Protection Panels. Information shared has proved valuable to the risk assessment and
management process.

Education Services
Whilst representatives from the education departments of both KCC and MUA have not
attended any KMAPPPs they have contributed to the management of the cases by
monitoring, through the schools, the risks posed to identified children and reporting that
through the police or the social worker.

National Health Service


Kent MAPPA has developed close links with Kent Forensic Psychiatry Service. They have
undertaken a number of psychiatric and psychological assessments for the MAPPP and have
provided both oral and written feedback as to the level of risk the offender presents.
Appropriate treatment has been offered generally on an out-patient basis.

The KMAPPP however has had difficulties linking into other sections of the National Health
Service in Kent. Invitations had been sent to General Practitioners and generally they have
reported they are unable to attend. In relation to community psychiatric services links have
been successfully made with two areas across the county of Kent. This area of work has
been difficult to penetrate because of an apparent reluctance to share information and to get
involved with very high risk offenders.

Local Authority Housing


Some limited work has been undertaken in engaging this important community sector but
more is required. Despite efforts from various sources we have had very limited success in
securing local authority accommodation of this small group of high profile offenders. It
should be noted that in the two local authority areas where links have been forged there has
been some success in resettling two very high risk/dangerous offenders into the community.
The resettlement process was not without its difficulties but agencies worked hard together
to get the right package in place.

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2. Roles and Responsibilities

Reasons given to the MAPPP for not accepting offenders are:


• they have made themselves intentionally homeless through their offending;

• residents in local community would be subject to an increased risk and could


become victims;
• there is not the housing stock;

• offenders would not be accepted in the local community.


With the introduction of Supporting People, it is hoped, we will develop improved support
and monitoring packages for this offender group.

The MAPPP notes that probation staff continually report that finding suitable
accommodation for offenders is very difficult and time consuming.

Partnership Accommodation Providers


Across Kent, by far the largest numbers of offenders MAPPP’d have been accommodated
through this route. Approved hostel premises and other post release accommodation
establishments play a key role in the resettlement and management of very high risk
offenders. The requirement to balance the needs of a very high-risk offender with the needs
of other offender living near by and those residents of the wider community is well
understood.

Partnership accommodation providers, operating across Kent, understand they play a


critical role with the risk assessment and management process and fulfil their obligations
competently. Kent Probation Area through its Public Protection Unit have provided training
courses for staff from partnership accommodation providers focusing on risk, risk
assessment, public protection and management of high and very high risk offenders.

Kent Probation Area “Mentor” Unit


Experienced volunteers have been introduced, as part of a risk management plan, to
befriend and mentor a small number of very high-risk offenders in Kent. This contact
provides additional support for the offender but importantly provides additional monitoring
of the offenders’ risk of harm level.

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3. Operation of MAPPA in Kent & Medway

Kent Police and Kent Probation Area have very close, joint and collaborative arrangements
for the management of offenders assessed to be at risk to the public. Those arrangements
operate a two-tier system for the risk assessment and management of offenders.

At a County level there is a Multi Agency Public Protection Panel (KMAPPP) which meets
weekly for a complete day to risk assess and manage those offenders who fall into the
category of very high risk of harm to the public or the critical few. On average five
offenders are assessed by the KMAPPP each week and are reviewed at a minimum every four
to six weeks.

Primarily the KMAPPPs are held in Maidstone either at Kent Police or Probation
Headquarters but some are also held in Medway and Canterbury.

This Panel is Chaired by the Public Protection Manager of Kent Probation, there being two
other sitting members namely Assistant Chief Officer from Probation (Operations) and a
Detective Chief Inspector from the Police whose role is dedicated to the MAPPA process.

Other agencies sit on this Panel where they have appropriate information to contribute.

The second tier is at a lower level. There are nine Local Multi Agency Public Protection
Panels (LMAPPPs), which are co-terminus with the nine Police Areas in Kent.

These Panels risk assess and manage those offenders who are assessed as high, medium or
low risk of harm to the public.

In the main they are chaired by the local Police Area Detective Chief Inspector with the other
sitting members being the Senior Probation Officer for the Area and the Police Sex
Offender/Dangerously Violent Offender Liaison Officer.

However in the busier Police Areas this Panel is quite often split into two, one Panel being
dedicated for sex offenders chaired by the Area Detective Chief Inspector and the other for
Violent Offenders which is chaired by the Senior Probation Officer. As with the county panel
other agencies are invited where they have appropriate contributions.

In the main the LMAPPPs meet monthly. While they consider all offenders who meet the
criteria the LMAPPP primarily focuses on those offenders assessed as posing a medium or
high risk of harm.

Administratively this process is underpinned by a joint Police/Probation initiative namely


the Joint Co-ordinating Team. This consists of a Police Employee and a Probation Employee
based at Police Headquarters, Maidstone who administrate, co-ordinate, support and
facilitate the Kent Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements.

Formal collaborative Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)


successfully control and reduce the risk of harm to the public and re-offending by
offenders.

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4. Strategic Management Board

The purpose of the Strategic Management Board is to oversee, direct and audit the MAPPA
process in Kent. The Kent Strategic Management Board held its first meeting in February
2003 with an inaugural meeting of the full board in March 2003. Members of the Board
agreed that membership should be restricted to key agencies to enable a business like
format. Representatives from other agencies would be seconded in as and when required
e.g. Housing and Health.

The structure of the Board is as follows:


• An Assistant Chief Officer from Kent Probation Area. (Chair)
• A Detective Superintendent from Kent Police.
• Director of Operations, Kent Social Services.
• Assistant Director, Medway Unitary Authority Social Services.
• Area Director, Her Majesty’s Prisons, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

The Board has taken the decision to invite a representative from the Kent and Medway
Victim Support Service as a sitting member.

Lay members will be introduced when the pilot, in other MAPPA areas, has reported on the
process.

A member of the Joint Co-ordinating Team, takes notes of Board meetings. Its officers assist
the Board in its tasks:

• Manager of the Kent Probation Public Protection Unit and


• Detective Chief Inspector, Public Protection, Kent Police.

During the early stages the focus has been directed towards policy and protocols, training,
operational issues and serious offence case review.

These are all issues the Board plan to develop during the ensuing year. A MAPPA
Operational Programme has been completed and signed by representatives of the
Responsible Authority, Kent Police and Kent Probation Area. More work is required and the
protocol has been circulated to the sitting members for ratification and signing. The Board
acknowledges that whilst MAPPA is a developing process it has confidence in what has been
achieved thus far.

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5. Victim Work

Kent Probation Area’s Victim Liaison Service work to ensure that victims are kept informed
about the offender’s release plans and their views are made known to the MAPPP

The purpose of the Victim Liaison Service is to make contact with the victims of violent or
sexual crime where the offender has been sentenced to twelve months or more
imprisonment and/or the families of people who have been killed. Victim liaison officers
establish if the victim wishes to be kept informed of the offender’s release plans. Victim
liaison officers pass their views and/or concerns about the offenders release plans to the
prison authorities, the parole board and to the Kent MAPPP when the offender is subject to
those arrangements.

In Kent victim liaison officers are based in probation offices which enables them to work
closely with the local team by acting as consultants and ensuring effective communication.

In all cases where an offender in Kent has been assessed as posing a very high risk of harm
and is subject to the Kent multi agency public protection arrangements victim liaison staff
have a standing invitation to the MAPPPs. Their contact with the victim of the offender and
the subsequent information that is shared is vital to the assessment, management and
monitoring plans that are put in place. Through the victim liaison officers an information
loop is maintained with the victims to ensure they are fully informed of the decisions made.

Kent Victim Support


Victim Support staff and volunteers have attended a number of MAPPPs in Kent. Their
contribution has proved to be invaluable and very relevant to the information sharing and
risk management process.

Feedback from victims has indicated they appreciate the service received from both
Victim Support and the Victim Liaison Service.

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6. Kent MAPPA Examples

Examples are:-
(a) One male, a serial sex offender for twenty years was released on licence from prison
and monitored for the first three months. He was required to reside at a hostel where he was
subject to one to one supervision between 0700 and 2300 hours as well as being
electronically tagged. His bedroom was located in a secure area of the hostel and at night he
was not allowed to leave it except to go to the toilet.

Following this period of residence he was transferred to a more relaxed regime at another
hostel. However due to inappropriate and volatile behaviour enforcement action was
instigated by Kent Probation and he was immediately recalled to prison.

After a further period in prisons the Parole Board decided he should be released again. He
was released on licence and required to reside at an approved hostel in Kent. Whilst resident
in the hostel the offender co-operated with the staff and kept the rules. However while on an
outing to another area of Kent he again displayed inappropriate sexualised behaviour to a
female. This action placed him in breach of his licence conditions again and Kent Probation
Area implemented enforcement action. As a consequence he was recalled to prison for the
third time.

Statements taken from the victim by Kent Police indicated a pattern of behaviour similar to
what has occurred before, along with an escalation of the risk of harm. This latest incident
provided the evidence for Kent Police to successfully apply to the Kent courts for an interim
Sex Offender Order restricting his activities upon release. A full Sex Offender Order was
made in May.

(b) Another serial sex offender was released from prison and was required to reside in
bedsit accommodation in a local Police Area. He was managed by the Local Multi Agency
Public Protection Panel.

With the stringent enforcement of his licence conditions, local Police and Probation activity,
this offender was tightly managed by all agencies that his opportunities to offend were
reduced and his activities were curtailed for several months.

Local Police learnt that a male, matching his description, had attempted to 'groom' his way
in to the home of an elderly lady. The offender was swiftly arrested for this alleged offence
and charged to appear before the courts.

It can be said that through the application of tight supervision of licence conditions and
focused police activity on offenders their risk of harm to the public has been minimised.

Sex Offender Registration is rigidly enforced within Kent and it is common for Police and
Probation to make impromptu joint visits to sex offenders to ensure their compliance with
the Sex Offender Act requirements and to reinforce the positive risk management of them.

Multi agency collaboration is necessary to manage the risk of the “critical few”
offenders who are assessed as posing a very high risk of harm.

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(c) A further key example was the case of a fifty-five year old female offender released from
prison after serving seven years in prison for offences of kidnap, administering a poisonous
substance and making threats to kill.

She has a long history of violent and abusive behaviour spanning thirty years. Whilst in
prison she continued to make serious threats against members of her extended family,
former neighbours and probation staff. Her numerous prison sentences were interspersed
with episodes of hospitalisation for mental health difficulties. She has been diagnosed with
an untreatable, antisocial psychopathic personality disorder and now refuses to have any
involvement with the Mental Health Services.

The Kent Multi Agency Public Protection Panel assessed the offender as a Very High Risk
Dangerous offender and agreed a comprehensive risk management plan to provide hostel
based accommodation, monitor her return to the community and to offer her ongoing
medical and community support.

Initially the placement went well and she appeared to settle into the hostel. She refused all
offers of medical intervention and after two weeks she started to display erratic and
unpredictable behaviour. The offender left the hostel for progressively longer periods of time
and when out started to ring into duty staff making allegations and threats. She eventually
failed to return and enforcement action was taken recommending her recall to prison. The
Parole Board agreed with the recommendation and issued a warrant for her arrest and
return to prison.

Her return to prison was delayed as she disappeared but maintained the telephone contact,
which was often abusive and threatening, with hostel staff. It was clear that her risk was
increasing and as a consequence a number of operations were agreed:-
• her telephone calls were monitored with attempts to locate her whereabouts
• identified hostel staff spoke to her and took her calls
• contact with the specialist police officers was established and
• a Kent police specialist team was deployed to look for her.

When it became apparent, from her ongoing telephone contact, the risk of harm was
increasing and becoming unacceptable the Kent MAPPP agreed a disclosure should be made
to the media highlighting her level of dangerousness and advising members of the public
not to approach her if they saw her. The disclosure was published on local and national
television and radio.

Plans were implemented to protect identified potential victims whom she had specifically
made threats against. They were kept fully informed of her actions in order to reassure and
protect them.

Kent Police arrested her after they received information stating she was seen in London. The
offender is currently in prison but will be released in the next few months. The Kent MAPPP
continues to monitor her and are trying to establish another release plan for when she is
released from prison.

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(d) Additionally to the arrangements previously described, there have been occasions
when it has been necessary to disclose information regarding offenders to selected sections
of the public.

General examples are:-


• to teaching staff at schools where children who attend the school have been previous
victims of offenders.
• to employers of very high risk offenders on licence where it is considered that there
is a potential risk to their employees or customers.

The examples above highlight the importance of multi agency public protection planning
and collaborative working to ensure those offenders assessed as posing a Very High Risk
of Harm are managed and monitored effectively in the community when they are released
from prison.
Information relating to and from victims about the impact the offending has had on them is
considered by Kent MAPPA as vitally important.

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7. Statistical Information

No of Offenders

i. The number of registered sex offenders on 31 March 2003 730

ii. The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either 21
cautioned 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 758
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 41
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 [2b])

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 11

b) MAPPP - violent and other sex offenders 20

c) MAPPP - other offenders 10

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 9

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*

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7. Statistical Information

Comparable Analysis with Kent MAPPA year 2001-2002.

i. Registered Sex Offenders: the figures this year shows an increase representing 28% over
last year. A number of factors exist for this:
• A number are due to have their names removed from the Sex Offender Register
during 2003.
• An increase of the number of offenders convicted due to “Operation Ore”
• Improved collation of information of registered sex offenders and
• Improved policing and enforcement registration procedures.

ii. Registered Sex Offenders who were either cautioned or convicted of breaches of the
requirement. This figure represents an increase of approximately 61% which reflects
improved policing and monitoring of this offender group by both Kent Police Service and
Kent Probation Area staff.

iii. * It is important to highlight that of the cases assessed as being Very High
Risk/Dangerous by the KMAPPP none have reoffended whilst they have been
MAPPP’d.

iv ** The application for the Sex Offender Order was made In March 2003 and granted in
May 2003 outside the reporting period of this report.

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Contacts

Kent Probation Area Address Phone


Rob Verity, 25, Chaucer House, 01622 350 820
Assistant Chief Officer. Knightrider Street.
Rob.Verity@kentprobation.gsx.gov.uk Maidstone ME15 6ND

Maurice O’Reilly 56-58 College Road 01622 687 521


Senior Probation Officer/Manager Public Maidstone.
Protection Unit ME16 6SJ
Maurice.O’Reilly@kentprobation.gsx.gov.uk

Kent Police Service Address Phone


David Stevens Kent Police Headquarters, 01622 690 690
Detective Superintendent Crime Case Review Sutton Road,
Maidstone ME15 9BZ

Christopher Tomlin. Kent Police Headquarters, 01622 690 690


Detective Sergeant, Force Intelligence Bureau Sutton Road,
Maidstone ME15 9BZ

Jackie Sampson and Sara Field Joint Co-ordinating Team, 01622 690 690
Joint Co-ordinating Team Co-ordinators Kent Police Headquarters,
Public Protection Unit @kentprobation.gsx.gov.uk Sutton Road,
Maidstone ME15 9BZ

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