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MAPPA ANNUAL REPORT 02/03

To be downloaded from www.probation.homeoffice.gov.uk by GPS

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By Gwent Area NPD.

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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 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. 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.

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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 in this report.

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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. And, 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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AREA SUMMARY

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements began in Gwent in response to the


Sex Offender Act 1997 when Police and Probation were required to make joint
arrangements for the assessment and management of registered sex offenders.
These initial arrangements have been substantially built upon over the last years and
the Gwent Area now has in place multi-agency protocols agreed by the Police,
Probation, Housing, Social Services and Health for the assessment of sex offenders
and other potentially dangerous offenders.

Managing risk and protecting the public are key to MAPPA and the Gwent Area has
recognised fully that effective public protection can only be achieved through good
collaborative arrangements and, therefore, works closely and positively with the five
Unitary Authorities of Newport, Torfaen, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Blaenau
Gwent, Health, Tai Trothwy Housing Association, NSPCC, the Prison Service and
Youth Offending Teams.

Aware of the need for MAPPP only to deal with those ‘critical few’ cases that justify
such intervention and resources, the Gwent Area has in place a first stage meeting
known as a Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Group (MARAG) which, working with key
agencies, meets to share information, assess risk and devise action plans - at what
would be seen as level 2 risk – that is to say where an active involvement of more
than one agency is required but either the level of risk or the complexity of managing
the risk is not so great as to require referral to the MAPPP. It should be clearly noted
and acknowledged that the majority of cases are managed through what could be
described as level 1 ordinary risk management through one agency without
necessarily involving a significant contribution of other agencies, which allows both
the MARAG and MAPPP to put time, effort, expertise and resources into those cases
that require such an intensive and multi-agency approach.

There is a keen awareness that whilst it is essential to put in place all necessary
measures to protect the public, this must also be balanced against human rights and
civil liberties issues – as such, Policy and Procedures for the Management of
Potentially Dangerous Offenders / Registered Sex Offenders have been drafted in
accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and the principles underpinning it.

Managing risk and thereby protecting the public must be seen as dynamic and
ongoing and will involve appropriate involvement by key agencies which will look to
address offending behaviour through, for example, cognitive behavioural
programmes. The National Probation Service – Gwent Area runs a specific and
intensive accredited programme for working with sex offenders and a number of
other cognitive behavioural programmes to address the causes of offending
behaviour. Appropriate external controls can also be put in place. For example,
prior to release from prison, and in collaboration with the Prison Service, specific
conditions can be placed in Licences. During the last year, two Sex Offender Orders
have been achieved in the Gwent Area to impose additional control over sex
offenders. Failure to comply with the expectations of Court Orders or Post Release
Licences are swiftly enforced. At the same time, support is afforded to the offender
to minimise risk of further offending. For example, through a positive partnership

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with Tai Trothwy Housing Association, help with accommodation, support and advice
is given to both achieve appropriate accommodation and maintain it.

During the last year there have been a number of significant operational events.
Training events have taken place with Gwent Police and National Probation Service
Gwent Area to review and enhance risk assessment. This has involved two full days
with appropriate staff from both agencies. The Policy and Procedures for the
Management of Potentially Dangerous Offenders / Registered Sex Offenders have
be reviewed and revised.

Responding to a request from the Health Service, specific training has been given to
health professionals on MAPPA. Recognising the need to address housing and
support issues, under the Supporting People arrangements and in conjunction with
the Welsh Assembly Government, the National Probation Service – Gwent Area and
Tai Trothwy have put in place a high risk / high need floating support accommodation
service for offenders. The Gwent Police and National Probation Service – Gwent
Area have also recently appointed a MAPPA Registrar who will begin work on 1st
July 2003 to further enhance MAPPA. This is seen as a key post and it is
anticipated the Registrar will play a significant role in protecting the public.

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ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES-WHAT THE AGENCIES DO

Gwent Police and National Probation Service - Gwent Area have lead
responsibility for managing the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements
(MAPPA) under authority contained in sections 67 and 68 of the Criminal Justice and
Court Services Act (2000).

The Gwent Area has five Unitary Authorities : Newport, Torfaen, Caerphilly,
Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent each with housing departments and social
services departments with a responsibility to house people appropriately in
accordance with housing legislation and provide protection as well as support for
children and families in their area.

All five authorities contribute information to the MAPPP as part of inter – agency
work. Child protection co-ordinators attend the quarterly reviews of all individuals
subject to MAPPA to provide information and support as necessary. There are close
links with the area child protection committees for the exchange of information and to
inform local public protection arrangements through national and local
developments. This process is managed through the Gwent Information Exchange
Protocol agreed under Section 116 of Crime and Disorder 1998. An example of this
is the joint work on the interpretation of findings from the Victoria Climbie Inquiry with
the aim of strengthening child protection procedures so as to help prevent similar
tragedies.

The Gwent Area Health Trust contributes particularly in the area of mental health
with a wide range of professionals giving advice and support to the arrangements.
Consultant forensic psychiatrists provide assessments and take appropriate action
under the Mental Health Act, which may include detention in hospital when required.
The trust provides general health care which assists those individuals subject to
MAPPA.

The National Probation Service – Gwent Area provides housing, employment, and
substance misuse services through partnerships with statutory as well as voluntary
organisations in Gwent.

Through working closely with local housing providers and in particular Tai Trothwy, a
local housing association, a supported housing scheme for high risk / high need
offenders with housing problems was put in place 2002/2003. It was recognised
there was a need to reduce risk through ongoing floating support for those offenders
seen as posing a significant risk to the public and identified as such through MAPPA.
The high risk / high need floating support scheme will develop skills and confidence
to enable offenders to live independently without support or to maintain independent
living with ongoing support. The scheme has been approved by the Welsh
Assembly Government and will form part of Supporting People in Wales. It is very
much seen as a high intensity option that will play a significant part in managing risk
and protecting the public.

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The National Probation Service – Gwent Area also provides externally validated
programmes for sex offenders and a number of specific programmes to confront
several areas of offending behaviour including delivering an effective thinking skills
course to help offenders make lawful choices in their lives.

Many, but not all, offenders subject to MAPPA are supervised by the Gwent Area
through, for example, community based supervision orders and post release
licences.

Gwent Police enforce the law and provide intelligence on all offenders subject to
MAPPA. The registration, joint review, monitoring and surveillance provided
contribute to ongoing risk assessment of sexual and potentially dangerous offenders,
with the outcome of protecting the public.

Youth Offending Teams are able to contribute significantly to MAPPA by providing


information and expertise in working with young people (under 18 years olds) who
have offended. This may be through current or previous contact. Within Gwent
there are three Youth Offending Teams – Newport, Blaenau Gwent / Caerphilly and
Monmouthshire / Torfaen. Through their knowledge and expertise they are able to
provide a significant contribution to both MARAG and MAPPA.

Prisons provide accredited programmes to tackle offending whilst offenders are in


custody and much valuable insight into progress of offenders in becoming able to
lead a law abiding life on release. Information on offending and attitudes towards
victims are of great benefit in formulating release plans aimed at managing risk in the
community. The information exchange is governed by written agreements with
Probation and Police.

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THE OPERATION OF MAPPA -
THE ARRANGEMENTS MADE- AN OUTLINE OF THE PROCESS

The joint protocol between Gwent area probation service and Gwent police “Working
in Partnership – Policy and Procedures for the Management of Potentially
Dangerous Offenders and Registered Sex Offenders” set out the procedures for
managing sexual and violent offenders. The protocol has been revised recently and
will be further amended in the coming year to reflect the forthcoming changes in
legislation and to reflect the MAPPP guidance recently issued.

Detective Chief Inspectors (DCI’s) of the three Gwent police divisions lead the police
local contribution to public protection with the support of the DCI Family Support Unit
at Gwent Police Headquarters. Police Dangerousness officers are obliged to visit
regularly, frequency is determined by the risk level identified and varies from monthly
to six monthly. Risk reviews designed for use by Police officers are completed every
four months.

The probation service has a dedicated team of experienced officers and a Divisional
Manager in a Public Protection Unit who supervise sexual and violent offenders who
are subject to MAPPA. Probation Staff work with those under supervision orders
made by the courts or released on licence from prison. Nationally set standards for
frequency of contact are routinely exceeded, particularly in the early stages of
supervision. Research based treatment programmes are delivered to confront
offending and are a useful method of understanding offending behaviour.
Arrangements to reduce risks to the public from offenders on release are contained
in release licences. Breach of licence conditions may result in a return to prison.

Relevant agencies in Gwent recognise the critical importance of accurate information


to underpin risk assessments of offenders in order to effectively protect the public.
Risk assessment tools have been devised nationally and are in use by both Police
and Probation. In addition the National Probation Service – Gwent Area has devised
review forms for the assessment of violent and sexual offenders who are reviewed
quarterly. The importance of reviewing levels of risk when any change in
circumstances occurs is recognised by all involved.

Chart A shows the process followed by all agencies involved in the MAPPA.
Membership of the meeting is governed by the particular circumstances and often
requires the input of Health professionals and mental health workers.
Accommodation providers are needed to ensure that suitable housing is found, not
close to schools, no children living on the premises amongst others. Social services
have statutory responsibility for children, families, and vulnerable groups,
contributing significantly. The aim of public protection meetings is to share all
available information and make joint plans to manage the risks identified.

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GWENT MAPPA ARRANGEMENTS

Notification of Sexual & Violent Offenders


through Courts or Agency Referral

Agency Risk Assessment


by the Lead Agency

Risk Category
Risk Category Risk Category Level Three
Level One Level Two Risk Management
Risk Management by Risk Management requiring unusual levels
Individual Agency Requiring the Advice and of resourcing or of
requiring usual Agency Support of other Agencies particular Media
resources Sensitivity or Political
Views

Agency Risk Multi Agency Risk Assessment


Management Group - MARAG Requiring the MAPP – Multi Agency Risk
Procedures Involvement of Multi Agency Management Plan Requiring the
Support to Manage the Risk Involvement of a Wide Range of
Presented by Individual Offenders Agency Support at Senior Level to
Manage the ‘Critical’ few very
dangerous cases. Registration as
Potentially Dangerous Offender if
Review by Case appropriate
Manager Referral to
MARAG if Risk
Levels Change

Quarterly Review OR more


Review Cycle Set at MARAG. frequently if required. Review cycle
Referral if Risk Levels Change set at MAPP

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Here are two examples of work undertaken under the operation of MAPPA

(Note : names have been changed to ensure anonymity)

EXAMPLES:-

Example 1 John has a lengthy history of sexual and violent offending. He has made
complaints about a number of probation and other staff over the years. The Judge
recognised the particular danger he continues to present by making an extended
licence term on release. The MAPP meeting ordered that no member of staff would
be alone with John at any time in order to protect staff from possible assault or
complaint. Following a breach of licence conditions the sentence enforcement unit in
the Home Office agreed to his recall based on the evidence provided. Recall to
prison took place the same day. A subsequent complaint over the conduct of the
case by staff involved was found not to be upheld.

Example 2 Nigel, aged 18 years, had two convictions for sexual offences and was
required to be on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Nigel was classified as high risk and as a result of close monitoring by both Police
and Probation intelligence concerning his activities began to appear. It was clear
that Nigel was feared by many in the community particularly his previous victims and
his own peer group.

Further awareness amongst local Police had identified Nigel’s propensity to


purchase sweets at a local shop and to loiter in the vicinity of a children’s park.

As a result of close monitoring by his case officer a positive working atmosphere was
developed between them. In order to fully involve Nigel, as the offender, in
addressing his offending behaviour it was decided via the MAPPA process to ask
Nigel to consent to be interviewed by a senior psychologist employed by Probation.

Following this Probation assessment it was clear that Nigel’s risk was very high and
an element of external control needed to be afforded over his behaviour. The
subsequent MAPPA meeting instructed a joint enquiry be carried out into Nigel’s
lifestyle in order to gather all relevant information. A number of pieces of information
were disclosed which together with the psychological assessment led to a Sex
Offender’s Order being sought via the Magistrates Court.

During the course of the information gathering stage a disclosure was made that
Nigel had subjected another male to sexual abuse. This person stated that they
would not have come forward if it had not been for the support and efforts of Police
and Probation to support them and to control Nigel’s behaviour.

This person’s disclosure led to Nigel being convicted of a number of serious sexual
offences for which he was imprisoned and the issuing of a Sex Offender’s Order.

The positive benefits of close monitoring and partnership working are clearly
indicated in this case study.

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All MARAG and MAPPP meetings set a review date. In addition there is a quarterly
central review of all risk management action plans to ensure that all agencies
involved are meeting their targets and provide assistance where difficulties exist.

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OFFENDERS CHARGED WITH A SERIOUS SEXUAL OR VIOLENT OFFENCE

Three offenders were charged with a serious sexual or violent offence following
involvement in MAPPA. The following case information has been anonomised. In
each case there is clear evidence of positive inter-agency work that has resulted in
the conviction of a sex offender.

1. John

John was made subject to MAPPA as a result of concerns about the behaviour of
himself and other family members. There was an indecent assault on a 16 year old
female over a year ago. He was admitted to the MAPPA arrangements as a result of
concerns about his behaviour generally, a complaint of rape on a 17 year old male
was not continued as the victim declined to make a statement. Interference with the
course of justice was suspected with family members thought to be involved,
particularly as other offences had occurred with similar failure to proceed. He was
spending a lot of time around local schools and was found to be buying large
quantities of sweets.

An extensive Police monitoring and surveillance operation took place with the
support of a number of agencies and, although not supervised by the Probation
Service, the senior psychologist saw John and provided an assessment. This was
helpful in gathering a picture of attitudes and likely behaviour.

As a result of the resources committed to examining the circumstances and as a


result of good police relationships which developed with the victim there was
sufficient confidence to pursue the complaint and a conviction was secured resulting
in a substantial prison sentence. This was an excellent example of a multi-agency
response to a worrying situation. As a result of working together offences were
properly dealt with and the public protected.

2. Paul

Paul was convicted of an indecent assault on a 16 year old female, there was no
order made for supervision and he was not admitted to MAPPA. As a result of
concerns about young girls visiting his house and other worrying behaviour, Paul
was monitored as part of a MAPPA action plan. At a regular visit by the Police
Dangerousness Officer he was called over by a neighbour who made a complaint
about a recent incident.

Following enquiries an indecent assault on a 16 year old female was disclosed and a
conviction secured. A community sentence was imposed requiring supervision by
the Probation Service during which treatment will be undergone in order to reduce
his level of risk of further reoffending.

3. Thomas

Thomas was released on Licence from Prison to the Probation Service following an
indecent assault on a 30 year old woman. Licence conditions and a comprehensive
risk management plan were put in place and regularly reviewed.

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After several months Thomas was arrested and charged with indecent assault on a
25 year old woman. He was recalled to Prison for breach of Licence conditions and
subsequently found not guilty of the offence. He remains in custody pending appeal
against recall.

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STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS-DEVELOPING OUR WORK IN
PUBLIC PROTECTION

Responsibility for the development of MAPPA rests with the Assistant Chief Officer
(Operations) National Probation Service - Gwent Area Probation Service and the
Assistant Chief Constable Gwent Constabulary.

Links have been developed at the appropriate level with the five Gwent Unitary
Authorities, the local prison, relevant statutory organisations, notably the Health
Trust and a range of voluntary organisations in order to assist in local public
protection measures.

A number of protocols have been signed which set out the detailed arrangements for
agency contributions to the aim of public protection, the information exchange
protocol in particular being central to effective work.

A Memorandum of Understanding with the prison links Gwent and other Police and
Probation areas in a shared agreement on working together to protect the public by
confronting offending in custody and preparing comprehensive risk management
plans when prisoners are released.

The appointment of a MAPPP registrar will assist in further developing joint work by
devising systems to provide management information to the strategic group in order
to identify areas for development. This post is jointly funded by the Police and
Probation as part of their partnership.

An example of this developing work is the need to ensure that resources are
concentrated proportionate to risk on offenders at the appropriate levels, such as
those who may be dealt with under existing agency procedures, dealing with those
needing inter-agency intervention through MARAG and only dealing with those
requiring exceptional resources or who are assessed as very dangerous at MAPPP.

Considerable work and effort has gone into protecting the public, providing a solid
basis for further development in the coming year which will be supported by new
legislation and the recently published MAPPP guidance. Existing policies and
procedures will continue to be developed and amended to reflect improved risk
assessment methods such as the Offender Assessment System (OASys) introduced
for use by Probation and Prisons and using the guidance as a framework for local
action. Effective communication and understanding will be further developed through
more joint training and the inclusion of more agencies in MAPPA.

The Gwent area track record in tackling offending and managing dangerous
offenders in partnership is a positive indication of future outcomes in public
protection arrangements.

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DISCLOSING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

The purpose of disclosure is to reduce the risk presented by individuals by making


known to clearly identified people the information needed to protect themselves and
others.

A request for disclosure is made from a MAPPP which considers this action
necessary as part of a risk management action plan. The details of what is to be
disclosed, to whom, the purpose of revealing the information, the safeguards to
keeping revealed information confidential, and whether to tell the offender of the
disclosure are all considered at a pre-disclosure meeting. A senior Police officer and
the Probation Divisional Manager are guided by Home Office Circular 39/1997 as it
refers to disclosure of information to third parties in making a recommendation to the
Assistant Chief Constable. A decision is then made based on the information
provided.

As with many aspects of public protection arrangements the action must be


proportional to the risks involved and those making the decision are careful that the
overturning of the general rule of confidentiality is warranted in particular
circumstances. Disclosure of information is only ever made in exceptional
circumstances. In Gwent specific individuals have been given information through
application of the above process but on no occasion has a community wide
disclosure been made.

Notification to the whole community is made in only very special circumstances as


the benefits must be balanced against the risk of an offender going to ground and
creating victims in another area due to a lack of supervision and monitoring. The
following are examples of where the MAPPP have considered the disclosure of
information necessary.

1. Simon served three years for attempted burglary which involved an indecent
assault upon the female occupant. He was required to register as a sex offender
for life. Upon his release from Prison he was to live with his aged mother and 5-
year old brother. She was not aware of the nature of his offending. Following the
disclosure meeting it was decided to inform his mother in order to protect her and
his brother.

2. Maxwell was a registered sex offender who had been convicted of indecency with
a child and was required to be registered for life. He formed a relationship with a
female with whom he had a child. Although the female knew of his conviction
she did not know the nature of his offending. A decision was made through the
process to inform the mother of the nature of the offence in order to safeguard
the child.

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WORK WITH VICTIMS

S69 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 requires the Probation
Service to contact victims of crime where the offender has been sentenced to 12
months or more (for a sexual or violent offence). The Gwent area has responded
strongly to this opportunity to allow the views of victims to be heard.

Specialist Probation staff deal sensitively with the issues arising from the experience
of crime and give the opportunity for victims to be made aware of the progress of an
offenders’ sentence if they so wish. Contact is made early in the sentence and
maintained throughout, particularly immediately prior to release. Information on
release arrangements is restricted to the month, year and general area to which the
offender is released. The right not to be involved is always respected.

Victim Support is the National charity for people affected by crime. The scheme is an
independent organisation offering a free and confidential service, whether or not a
crime has been reported. Trained staff and volunteers at local branches offer
information and support to victims, witnesses, their family and friends. Local contact
details are contained at the end of this report on the contacts page. The Victim
Support national helpline number is 0845 30 30 900.

A long history of co-operation with the Victim Support Scheme from Police and
Probation in Gwent has assisted the development of joint work in the interests of
victims of crime.

The protection of victims is an integral part of MAPPA and their views inform risk
management at many stages. Measures to protect victims are contained in risk
management action plans and include a range of practical steps such as local alert
notices for Police officers, security measures and advice on personal safety where
needed. Licence conditions for released prisoners contain measures for the
reduction of risk to victims and take into account victim’s views.

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STATISTICAL INFORMATION FOR MAPPA ANNUAL REPORT 2002/2003
GWENT AREA

No. of
Offenders
i. The number of registered sex offenders on 31 March 2003 278

ii. The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement 12


who were either 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 2
between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003

a) The total number of Sex offenders Orders applied for 2

b) The total number granted 2

c) The total number not granted 0

iv. The number of Restraining Orders issued by the courts 1


between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003 for offenders
currently managed within MAPPA

v. The number of violent and other sexual offenders considered 292


under MAPPA during the 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 12


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 [2b])

vii. For each of the three categories of offenders covered by the


MAPPA (“registered sex offenders”, “violent and other sex
offenders” and “ other sex offenders”), identify the number of
offenders that are or have been dealt with by:

a) MAPPP – registered sex offenders 48

b) MAPPP – violent and other sex offenders 9

c) MAPPP – other offenders 2

viii. Of the cases managed by the MAPPP during the reporting year
what was the number of offenders:

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a) Who were returned to custody for breach of licence 5

b) Who were returned to custody for breach of a Restraining Order or 1


Sex Offender Order

c) Charged with a serious sexual or violent offence 3

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CONTACTS

Assistant Chief Officer Probation Head Office


Jim.aherne@gwent.probation.gsx.gov.uk Cwmbran House
Mamhilad Park Estate
Pontypool
NP4 0XD
01495 762462

Divisional Manager Public Protection Unit


Michael.Bradley@gwent.probation.gsx.gov.uk East Gwent Probation Office
Torfaen House
Station Road
Sebastapol
Pontypool
NP4 5ES
01495 755221

Detective Chief Inspector Family Support Unit


Steven.Gamlin@gwent.pnn.police.uk Heolddu Gwent Police
Gwent Police Head Quarters
Croesyceiliog
Cwmbran
NP44 2XJ
01633 838111

Victim Support Local Offices

Police Station
Rockleigh Avenue Divisional Police Headquarters
Aberbargoed Cardiff Road
CF81 9BQ Newport
NP9 2EH
Tel: 01443 836002
Fax: 01443 834699 Tel/Fax: 01633 254091

Police Station Divisional Police Headquarters


Church Street Glantorfaen Road
Bedwas Pontypool
Caerphilly NP4 6YN
CF83 8EB
Tel/Fax: 01495 763798
Tel: 02920 857310
Fax: 02920 857337

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Witness Support Services

Crown Court Mountain Road,Caerphilly


Faulkner Road
Newport Co-ordinator: Gill Lewis

Co-ordinator: Sue Johns Central Magistrates Court


Pentonville Magistrates Court Tudor Road
Newport Cwmbran
Gwent
Co-ordinator: Denise Manship (also
Co-ordinator: Denise Manship covers Chepstow and Abergavenny)
Magistrates Court

Regional Manager: Gary Griffiths Assistant Manager: Robert Symes


Suite 6 Suite 6
Raglan House Raglan House
Llantarnam Park Llantarnam Park
Cwmbran Cwmbran

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