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Thames Valley Area

MAPPA Annual Report 2002


National Probation Service - Thames Valley Address Phone

Chief Officer Head Office 01869 255300

Kingsclere Roadt
OX26 2QD

Director of Operations (As above) 01869 255300

Thames Valley Police Address Phone

Chief Constable Headquarters 01865 846000

Oxford Road

Social Services and Housing

Oxfordshire County Council 01865 792422

Milton Keynes Council 01908 691691
Buckinghamshire County Council 01296 395000
Slough Borough Council 01753 552288
Royal Borough Windsor & Maidenhead 01628 798888
Bracknell Forest Council 01344 424642
Wokingham District Unitary Authority 0118 974 6000
Reading Borough Council 0118 939 0900
West Berkshire Council 01635 42400

Victim Support

Aylesbury 01296 397618

Bracknell 01344 411411
Chiltern 01494 732788
High Wycombe 01494 436486
Maidenhead/Windsor 01628 636367
Milton Keynes 01908 607989
Newbury 01635 524493/4
North Oxfordshire 01295 277990
Oxford & District 01865 751511/2
Reading 0118 958 6166
Slough 01753 535266
South Oxfordshire 01235 516840
1 Introduction

Across the Thames Valley Area the Police and

Probation Services are working closely together to
protect the public.
The enactment of the Sex Offenders Act 1997 placed
a statutory obligation on the police and allowed existing
arrangements to be consolidated and formalised.
This included agreement of written protocols to
govern joint working with respect to sex offenders and
other offenders considered to present a high risk of
harm to the public.
It also formalised the inclusion of other agencies such
as housing, social services and health into the process.
More recently, the introduction of the Criminal Justice
and Court Services Act 2000 has provided the legal
basis for these developments to be improved.
This document provides details of the arrangements
made within the Thames Valley and contact points for
any additional enquiries including agencies other than
the Police and Probation.
2 Summary of Roles and Responsibility: Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police managing offenders (including themselves homeless as long as this
offenders they may not be working has not occurred intentionally.
The Police, together with the with statutorily)
The role of the Housing Authority in
Probation Service, are the joint lead the Risk Management process is to
agencies. Overall responsibility for ensuring a
consistent approach across the represent housing enablers (Local
Thames Valley lies with the Director Authorities) and providers (often
On each of the Police Areas (Basic Housing Associations) and to
Command Units) the local Multi of Performance and Service
Delivery. contribute information on the
Agency Public Protection Panel offender and their housing needs.
(MAPPP) process is overseen by an
officer of rank of Superintendent or On each MAPPP the local
arrangements and case work is A ‘Housing Blueprint’ is a process
Chief Inspector. Day to day which has been piloted in
management of each case is carried overseen by a Senior Probation
Officer. Specialist case workers Oxfordshire, by which specific
out by suitably trained staff. information from the MAPPP can be
manage the cases on a day today
basis. shared with Housing providers in
The responsibility for the order to facilitate the appropriate
management and monitoring of each housing of offenders subject to the
case is therefore held locally. Social Services process.
The two departments within Social
An overview of the process is Services with specific responsibilities It is currently being promoted as
retained by Assistant Chief are those covering Mental Health best practice across the Thames
Constable (Operation Support) via a and Child Protection. Valley.
comprehensive policy and guidance
document and regular reviews. Mental Health case workers can
provide the MAPPP with general
Health has a key role in the MAPPP
National Probation advice in relation to mental health
process and can make a significant
issues. They can also work with
Service - Thames Valley offenders with mental health contribution particularly in the field of
The Probation Service has a problems and provide treatment and mental health.
statutory responsibility to protect the /or detailed mental health
community from offenders but with a assessments. In some areas the local MAPPPs
focus on offender rehabilitation and have built successful links with local
community sentences. The role of the Children and services and are reaping the
Families child protection team is to benefits.
As already stated, in relation to the protect children from offenders
MAPPP process they have the within the family and social circle. However, owing in part to significant
statutory joint lead together with the reorganisation of the National Health
local police. Service over recent years,
Housing consolidating these successes has
Local Authorities have a statutory
Their main role in the MAPPP proven difficult across the Thames
obligation under the Housing Act
process is to provide 1996, and the Allocation of Housing Valley as a whole.
„ Information and intelligence (England) Regulations Act 2000, to
„ Expertise in assessing and provide housing for people who find

3 Outline of Arrangements Made

Across the Thames Valley Area each responsible for the MAPPP main these partnerships have their
there are 11 localised partnerships, process in their own locality. In the boundaries coterminous with local
Police Areas, Local Authorities, actions have been carried out and As such it is currently being
Probation Service Divisions etc., the level of risk to the community in implemented across the south of
the specific case reduced. England.
This ensures that when a MAPPP Thames Valley Project can
meeting is held, those senior officers „ MAPPPs meet every 4 to 6 weeks provide expert advice to MAPPPs
from each agency attending are but can be convened urgently if in addition to specific treatment
locally accountable and have the required. and/or assessments of offenders,
remit to deploy resources as including the completion of
necessary. „ The entire process is governed by complex specialist risk
a multi-agency protocol which is assessments.
Clearly the cases considered at a available on request.
full MAPPP meeting are those of b) Circles of Support and
most significant risk to the local Within the Thames Valley there is Accountability:
community. considerable experience in good This is a new initiative being
management of these most difficult piloted at four sites in the UK,
The following process has been cases. including the Thames Valley.
devised to ensure that the MAPPP’s It allows suitably trained
scarce resources are focused on Regular sharing of best practice volunteers to provide a circle of
these cases: takes place. In addition the following support for particularly high risk
expertise is available locally: offenders to help them build an
„ Each MAPPP is chaired by either ‘offence-free’ life.
a Police Superintendent or Senior a) Thames Valley Project: This is a A critical part of this process is the
Probation Officer. multi agency funded project which role of the circle in challenging
provides assessment and and reporting any behaviour by
„ All attending agencies have treatment for sex offenders the offender which indicates
signed up to an information residing within the Thames Valley possible relapse.
exchange/confidentially agreement. Area.
c) Community Based Programmes:
Its programme is one of only
The Probation Area runs a
„ Each meeting is run via an three community-based sex
number of community based
agenda of cases. Discussions are offender assessment and
nationally accredited programmes
minuted and action plans agreed. treatment programmes accredited
for offenders tackling, for
These plans are subsequently by the National Joint Accreditation
example, domestic violence, drug
reviewed to ensure that agreed Panel.
misuse and anger management.

4 Strategic Management Arrangements

The statutory lead for MAPPP lies challenge. The Police and Probation services. Similarly Housing
with the Police and Probation Services are organised and Authorities are split across 16 Local
Services. managed on an area wide basis and Authorities.
are thus able to supply one strategic
Hence these two agencies form the member/contact point to cover the Significant work has been done to
core of the Strategic Group. Other Thames Valley. devise robust consulting/contact
members include housing, social arrangements whilst limiting direct
services and mental health Other agencies are more representation at a strategic level to
professionals. fragmented. For example, there are a workable representative group.
nine Social Services departments
Achieving representation across the each providing both Children &
Thames Valley presents a significant Families and Mental Health
5 Disclosure
The power to disclose information is the elderly, previously convicted for „ For several offenders, with their
a significant issue for the MAPPPs. abuse of clients. Offender had failed co-operation, detailed briefing
to disclose this when appointed to regarding their offence and
The current protocol, policy and the role. Employers informed so offending behaviour was provided to
guidance governing disclosure is effective monitoring / preventative their partner and close friends.
informed by case law and current strategies could be put into place. These individuals, supported by
legislation. professionals, were then aware of
„ Individual who offended primarily warning signs and helped to hold
The MAPPP evaluates each case when drunk. Risk of and the offender to account.
individually and decides what, if any, seriousness of offending was
information should be disclosed and sufficient to justify informed limited „ MAPPP risk management plan for
to whom. disclosure to all publicans/off- a convicted offender who had
licences in the area to prevent children attending a school included
Examples of cases discussed in the access to alcohol. This assisted the briefing the head of the school to
past year include: MAPPP in managing and monitoring allow the head to manage the risk
the offender by limiting his options posed.
„ An individual employed to care for for obtaining alcohol.

6 Victim Work
Section 69 of the Criminal Justice The following systems have been for people affected by crime. It is an
and Court Services Act 2000 places set up: independent organisation, offering a
a statutory duty on the Probation free and confidential service,
Service to contact the victims of „ Crown Court Notification System - whether or not a crime has been
serious sexual or other violent internal notification of relevant reported.
offenders sentenced to sentences being passed.
imprisonment of 12 months or more. „ Protocol with Thames Valley Trained staff and volunteers at local
Police - arrangements for obtaining branches offer information and
This is to offer information about the victims' addresses - working very support to victims, witnesses, and
prison system and to ask if they successfully. their family and friends.
wish to be consulted about release „ Case Referral System - internal
arrangements. arrangements for receiving relevant Victim Support provides the Witness
case papers/offender documents. Service based in every criminal
The Thames Valley Victim Unit was „ Victim Support - Protocol for co- court in England and Wales, to offer
established by the Probation Service operative working drafted and soon assistance before, during and after a
on 1.5.01 and has been fully to be signed off. trial.
operational across the Area since „ Victim Information and
1.10.01. Satisfaction Questionnaires - You can also call the Victim
systems designed to improve Supportline - 0845 30 30 900 – for
The specialist team comprises 1 services by: information and support and details
Senior Probation Officer as a) finding out why victims do not of local services and other relevant
manager, 1 Co-ordinator and 4 take up Victim Contact Services organisations.
Victim Contact Officers. and
b) seeking victims' views about the Local contact numbers for Victim
The staff work only with victims of services they receive Support within the Thames Valley
serious crime although all have are included in the Agency Contact
considerable experience of work Victim Support list at the end of this report.
with offenders and of the prison and
probation systems. Victim Support is the national charity
7 Statistical Information Number of Offenders

i. The number of registered sex offenders (RSOs) in the community on

31 March 02 (s68(2) CJ&CS Act 2000) 404

The number of RSOs per 100,000 population 19

ii The number of sex offenders having registration requirement who

were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement,
between 1 April 01 and 31 March 02 1

iii. The number of sex offender orders applied for between 1 April 01
and 31 March 02:

(a) The total number applied for 2

(b) The number granted 2

(c) The number not granted 0

(d) The number of applications still in progress 0

iv. The number of violent offenders and other sex offenders considered
under the arrangements prescribed by sections 68 (3)(4) & (5) from
1/4/01 to 31/3/02 300

• Those considered under the local multi-agency arrangements from

1/4/01 to 31/3/02 because they were assessed as posing a high risk
of serious harm to the public (but who do not fall into the categories
above). Section 67 (2) (b) 117
v. Expenditure

Staff £99,000

Probation Board £15,000

Police £66,000

Other agencies £18,000

Other £5,000

Probation Board £2,000

Police £3,000

Other agencies £0

Net £104,000

Probation Board £17,000

Police £69,000

Other agencies £18,000

Set up (included in net expenditure) £7,000

Probation Board £3,000

Police £4,000

Other agencies £0


Probation Board £17,000

Police £69,000

Other agencies £18,000