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Gwent Police and

NPS Gwent Area


Annual Report in respect of Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, Sections 67 & 68
Introduction

Local arrangements in Gwent began in response


to the Sex Offenders Act 1997 when Police and
Probation were required to make joint
arrangements for the assessment and
management of registered sex offenders. We
have built on these arrangements since and now
have multi-agency protocols agreed by Police,
Probation, Housing, Social Services and Health
for the assessment of sex offenders and other
potentially dangerous offenders. This annual
report will provide further details of the
arrangements made in Gwent and give contact
points for any additional enquiries, including
agencies other than Police and Probation.
1. Summary of Roles and Responsibilities
Recognising that effective public and Social Services Departments, authorities which make up the
protection can only be achieved in particular, have duties to Gwent Police and Probation areas
through collaborative vulnerable groups including are represented by their Social
arrangements Gwent Police and children in need and their families, Services departments at regular
National Probation Service (NPS) the elderly, disabled people and Multi-Agency Public Protection
Gwent Area have established close those with mental health needs. Meetings. The nominated
working relationships with other The work of the four Area Child representatives are the Child
agencies, services and authorities Protection Committees (Blaenau Protection Panel Co-ordinators for
whose responsibilities and Gwent and Monmouthshire work Caerphilly, Newport, Blaenau
participation can make a positive together) is very relevant to the Gwent and Torfaen and the
contribution to public protection in work of the Multi-Agency Public Assistant Director, Children’s
our communities. Those involved Protection Panels (MAPPP) and Services for Monmouthshire.
so far are the five Unitary regular representation by the Representatives of Unitary
Authorities of Newport, Torfaen, Unitary Authorities is via their Authority Housing Departments
Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Social Services Departments. attend MAPPP Groups and Multi
Blaenau Gwent, Gwent Health Health is represented through Agency Risk Assessment (MARAG)
Authority and Gwent Healthcare specific professionals who may be meetings as required and Housing
NHS Trust, Tai Trothwy Housing involved in a particular case and Advice Workers employed by NPS
Association and NSPCC Pathways include Consultant Psychiatrists Gwent Area through a partnership
Project. and Psychologists, Community with Tai Trothwy, a Welsh housing
Psychiatric Nurses attached to association, are regular
The Unitary Authorities have a Community Mental Health Teams contributors.
wide range of statutory and representation from the local
responsibilities and their Housing Forensic Unit. The five unitary

2. Outline of arrangements made


In addition to the day to day work MARAG meetings, the policy on devise action plans in respect of
of Police and Probation outlined in pre-disclosure, details of potentially dangerous and
the central section of this report, requirements under the Sex registered Sex Offenders. The
Gwent has developed its own Offender Act and how to apply for meeting will be held within five
arrangements for the assessment a Sex Offender Order. The policy working days of the request. The
and management of sexual, violent and procedures will be reviewed Group may also call for
and other dangerous offenders. every twelve months to ensure the representation from any other
Gwent Police and the National effectiveness of the measures in agency able to contribute to the
Probation Service – Gwent Area place and to revise and improve risk assessment process. If an
published in March 2002 "Working them where necessary. offender discussed at a MARAG is
in Partnership – Policy and considered to pose a potentially
Procedures for the Management of The first stage in the process is the high risk of causing serious harm
Potentially Dangerous Offenders calling of a Multi Agency Risk to the public in general or to
and Registered Sex offenders." Assessment Group (MARAG). This specific individuals then a MAPPP
This was developed in consultation is a divisional forum made up of meeting will be called.
with staff in Gwent Police and NPS key agencies including Police,
Gwent Area and colleagues from Probation and Social Services All High Risk or Very High Risk Sex
Social Services and Health. The which meets when required to Offenders and any other offender
document outlines the procedures discuss individual cases in order to designated as Potentially
for the calling of MAPPP and share information, assess risk and Dangerous [P.D.Os] will be
reviewed quarterly at MAPPP case of High Risk Offenders Inspector level and by the
Reviews. These reviews are contact especially early in an Order Divisional Manager, Public
routinely attended by Police, or Licence will be in excess of Protection Unit, for Probation.
Probation, and Social Services and National Standards. Offenders will Where the prisoner is being
action plans drawn up to reduce be seen twice weekly or even daily released from a local prison and in
risk to any potential victims should risk be identified as Very particular from HMP Usk where
whether children or adults. High or High and this frequency of sex offenders are housed and
contact will be maintained where programmes are run then
Very High Risk Sex Offenders will throughout the period of prison staff will be invited to
be visited monthly by the police, supervision if necessary. Those attend.
High Risk every three months, offenders on lengthy treatment
Medium Risk six-monthly and programmes are required to attend NPS Gwent Area has worked for a
twelve-monthly. Low Risk will be weekly and home visits and other number of years with the NSPCC
visited once following registration appointments outside the to run the Pathways Sex Offender
with follow-ups only when programme requirements will also Programme. This has evolved to
intelligence is received which be made. include Dyfed-Powys and South
indicates a need for more scrutiny. Wales Areas on a collaborative
All sex offenders and other basis. We have just begun the roll
Those sex offenders subject to offenders who are potentially out of C-SOP the accredited
statutory supervision by the NPS dangerous will be referred to a Community Sex Offender
Gwent area whether on a MAPPP meeting prior to release Programme across Wales and
Community Rehabilitation Order or from a prison sentence. Meetings involving NSPCC Child Protection
a Licence following release from are co-chaired by Gwent Police Officers as Programme Tutors
prison will be supervised according and NPS Gwent Area at Detective together with Probation Officers.
to National Standards and in the Chief Inspector or Detective

3. Strategic Management Arrangements


Within the National Probation approach to public protection that Chief Officer and the Governor of
Service Gwent Area, strategic incorporates developments with HMP Usk. A strategic approach to
responsibility for both the MAPP Crime and Disorder partnerships, MAPPs and MARAGs will be
and MARAGs will be through an including the proposed Best Value undertaken to ensure the process
Assistant Chief Officer who will Review, national and regional is dynamic and open to
ensure consultancy takes places at initiatives and for example the improvement through the
the appropriate level with the added value of working closely incorporation of best practice and
Police, the five Unitary Authorities, with neighbouring Police and the review of protocols, processes
the Dangerous Offenders Unit, Probation Areas eg: South Wales, and guidelines. Staff learning and
Welsh Assembly, Governor, with will be undertaken. Also greater development needs will be
specific reference to the Crime involvement with the Prison reviewed and positive inter-agency
Reduction Unit and other Service in both MAPPs and collaboration will be encouraged
appropriate voluntary and MARAGs will be undertaken. To during the course of the coming
independent agencies. this end discussions have already year.
Over the next period the joined up taken place between Assistant
4. Disclosure
One of the strategies that can be which non-disclosure might Example
adopted to reduce risk is to notify otherwise cause. Disclosure to key neighbours in a
individuals, groups or sections of street in relation to a sex offender
the community about the presence Whilst it is the role of the who had moved to our area after
of a sex offender in a particular Pre-Disclosure meeting to make his statutory supervision to
area. The purpose of a pre- recommendations about disclosure Probation had expired enabled
disclosure meeting is to decide the ultimate decision to disclose positive work to take place.
whether information about sex rests with the Chief Constable, Potential child victims were
offenders or potentially dangerous Gwent Police. protected, neighbours acted
offenders can be shared with a sensibly and both provided support
specific person or persons. The subject of the pre-disclosure for the offender and acted as extra
Referrals for a pre-disclosure meeting will be invited to attend or "eyes and ears" for the police.
meeting may be made by any make his/her views known to the Probation offered focused work
professional including, in particular, meetings. Once the disclosure has with the offender on a voluntary
the Probation Service, Police and been authorised the local Detective basis, which is still ongoing over
Social Services. Pre-disclosure Constable, responsible for Sex twelve months later. The offender
meetings are jointly chaired by the Offender Liaison will visit those feels supported and his risk is
Detective Chief Inspector, FSU and individuals who are going to be continually monitored.
the Divisional Manager, PPU. given the information together with
Community notifications are only a Probation Officer or Social
made if there is a pressing need Worker as deemed appropriate
and the decision whether of not to given the particular circumstances
disclose has to be justified on the of the case.
basis of the likelihood of the harm

5. Victim Work
Section 69 of the Criminal Justice appropriate support will be offered. confidential service, whether or not
and Court Services Act 2000 The protection of victims and the a crime has been reported.
places a statutory duty upon the provision of alarms and mobile 999 Trained staff and volunteers at
NPS Gwent Area to contact phones will be written in to the local branches offer information
victims and ask if they wish to be action plan at MAPPP meetings and support to victims, witnesses,
consulted about the release where necessary and appropriate their families and friends.
arrangements for violent and in order to safeguard victims. Victim Support provides the
sexual offenders sentenced to 12 Conditions are written in to licence Witness Service, based in every
months custody or more. NPS requirements to prevent the criminal court in England and
Gwent Area works to National offender contacting the victim and Wales, to offer assistance before,
Standards and will contact victims whenever possible steps will be during and after a trial. You can
within 40 working days of the taken to prevent the offender being also call the Victim Supportline
offender being sentenced to a term released to an address close to the (0845 30 30 900) for information
of imprisonment. Where the victim victim. and support and details of local
so wishes contact will be services and other relevant
maintained throughout the prison Victim Support is the national organisations.
sentence of the perpetrator. On charity for people affected by
release, in conjunction with the crime. It is an independent
Police and Victim Support, organisation, offering a free and
Victim Support Gwent can be Police Station, Blackwood Road, Div. Police HQ, Cardiff Road,
contacted at the following Blackwood NP2 2XA Newport NP9 2EH
addresses: Tel/Fax: 01495 229659 Tel/Fax: 01633 254091

Police Station, Rockleigh Avenue, Police Station, Church Street, Div. Police HQ, Glantorfaen Road,
Aberbargoed CF81 9BQ Bedwas, Caerphilly CF83 8EB Pontypool NP4 6YN
Tel: 01443 836002 Tel: 029 2085 7310 Tel/Fax: 01495 763798
Fax: 01443 834699 Fax: 029 2085 7337

6. Statistical Information Number of Offenders

i The number of Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) in the community


on 31/03/02 (s68 (2) CJ & CS Act 2000) 234

ii The number of RSOs per 100,000 population 42

iii The number of Sex Offenders cautioned/convicted for breaches of


registration requirement 01/04/01 – 31/03/02 14

iv The number of Sex Offender Orders 01/04/01 – 31/03/02

(a) total applied for 2

(b) granted 2

(c) not granted 0

(d) applications still in progress 0

v The number of violent offenders and other sex offenders


01/04/01 – 31/03/02 (s68(3)(4)&(5) CJ&CS Act 2000) 309

vi The number of other offenders


01/04/01 - 31/03/02 (s67 (2)(b) CJ&CS Act 2000) 5
Cost of Local Arrangements

Probation Board Police Other Agencies Total


£’000 £’000 £’000 £’000

Staff costs £160* £56 284*

Other costs

Total Expenditure

Income

Net Expenditure

* Preparation of Annual Report


* Appointment of two extra police officers

On 1st April 1999 NPS Gwent Area set up a Public Protection Unit to work closely with Gwent Police to manage
the Sex Offender Register and to supervise all Sex Offenders and Dangerous Offenders and with Gwent Police
nominating a specific Sex Offender Liaison Officer for each Police Division.

The additional expenditure is for the time spent in preparation of the Annual Report and for two extra police
officers recruited for the financial year 2001 – 2002 to manage the increasing workload monitoring the risk of Sex
Offenders and Potentially Dangerous Offenders.
Contact
Gwent Probation Area Address Tel:

Assistant Chief Officer Probation Head Office 01495 762462


Jim.A’Herne@gwent.probation.gsx.gov.uk Cwmbran House
Mamhilad Park Estate
Pontypool
NP4 0XD

Divisional Manager
Mike.Bradley@gwent.probation.gsx.gov.uk Public Protection Unit 01495 755221
East Gwent Probation Office
Torfaen House
Station Road
Sebastapol
Pontypool
NP4 5ES

Gwent Area Police Address Tel:

Detective Chief Inspector Family Support Unit 01633 838111


Heolddu Gwent Police
Gwent Police Headquarters
Croesyceiliog
Cwmbran
NP44 2XJ