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Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements Annual Report 2002–3

Essex Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements Annual Report 2002–3

Foreword

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.

to the achievement of the MAPPA locally in your local Area. Paul Goggins, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for

Paul Goggins, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Community and Custodial provision in the Home Office

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The National Picture

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.

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

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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).

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White Male, aged 45, Essex Previous multiple convictions for pre-planned indecent assault on boys and
White Male, aged 45, Essex
Previous multiple
convictions for
pre-planned
indecent assault on
boys and girls aged
12 - 16: pre-targeted
strangers
This man was released from imprisonment after a
substantial sentence, and then received treatment in
a residential secure unit for very high-risk sex
offenders.
Subject to regular MAPPP meetings, he was
discharged from treatment to accommodation which
had been planned and approved by police and
probation, and which had been subject to detailed
discussion with the housing agency.
A “Lifeline” telephone service was set up with the
original treatment agency.
Liaison between the Victims Unit and Social
Services ensured that victims and their families
were contacted, and offered substantial support.
Extra conditions were inserted in the offender’s
parole licence, which included requirements that he
would be allowed no contact with children, would not
visit parts of Essex where previous known victims
lived, and that he was to live where directed and
undertake further treatment in the community. He
would attend the Community Sex Offender
programme as directed, to reinforce the skills he
had acquired in preventing relapse.
He was subject to police surveillance and regular
monitoring visits. Any trips he made were escorted.
Public disclosure was made to his employer.
At the end of the parole licence, a voluntary
“contract” was drawn up with the police. Intermittent
MAPPP meetings are maintained, to review and
assess his progress.
Police visits continue, as does voluntary contact
with the Probation Service.

Essex: a diverse area

A large county in the south-east, Essex has a mixture

of urban and rural areas, including villages, old market towns, urban "new towns", seaside resorts and a busy port and airport. Over 1.3 million people live in Essex with 1.8% from minority ethnic groups, 14.5% under 18 years of age, and an increasing elderly population. Unemployment is lower than the national average at 2.4%. However, the area is economically diverse - containing some of the most and least deprived areas

in the East of England.

Despite some recent increases, overall levels of crime

in the county remain low. A recent report on community

safety in Essex found that good joint working between the police and councils contributed to this.

Joint working is key to the specific area of dealing with serious offenders. This year's report on the arrangements for doing so demonstrates the importance of involving the skills and knowledge of a variety of Essex agencies in planning the work.

so demonstrates the importance of involving the skills and knowledge of a variety of Essex agencies

MAPPA in Essex

In Essex, early arrangements were made between Probation and Police services for sharing information and planning the supervision of the small number of people who are known to pose a serious risk of harm. These procedures have since been formalised and extended to include other important agencies. The Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) were given

official recognition, with legislation, in 2001.

Considerable joint work takes place to ensure public safety. It will include enhanced supervision of the offender, restrictions which limit the opportunity to cause harm and create further victims, and plans for rehabilitation.

and create further victims, and plans for rehabilitation. Essex Probation: Tessa Webb, Assistant Chief Officer (Public

Essex Probation:

Tessa Webb, Assistant Chief Officer (Public Protection)

Tessa Webb, Assistant Chief Officer (Public Protection) Essex Police: Liam Brigginshaw Assistant Chief C o n

Essex Police:

Liam Brigginshaw

Assistant Chief

Constable

Liam Brigginshaw Assistant Chief C o n s t a b l e Essex Social Services:

Essex Social

Services:

Ann Goldsmith, Head of Children and Families

Essex Police: Bob Seals Detective Chief Inspector
Essex Police:
Bob Seals
Detective Chief
Inspector
Essex Police: Essex Probation: Allan Taplin, Andy Wills, Senior Probation Officer, (Public Protection) MAPP Manager
Essex Police: Essex Probation: Allan Taplin, Andy Wills, Senior Probation Officer, (Public Protection) MAPP Manager

Essex Police:

Essex Probation:

Allan Taplin,

Andy Wills, Senior Probation Officer, (Public Protection)

MAPP Manager

Probation Officer, (Public Protection) MAPP Manager Southend Youth Offending Services: Derek Eyre, YOT T eam

Southend Youth

Offending Services:

Derek Eyre, YOT Team Manager

Youth Offending Services: Derek Eyre, YOT T eam Manager Southend Social Care: Meera Spillett: Asst. Director

Southend Social

Care:

Meera Spillett:

Asst. Director Children & Young People’s Services

North Essex Mental Health Par tnership NHS Trust: Essex Youth Carol Edward Offending Services: Area
North Essex Mental Health Par tnership NHS Trust: Essex Youth Carol Edward Offending Services: Area

North Essex

Mental Health

Partnership

NHS Trust:

Essex Youth

Carol Edward

Offending Services:

Area Director

Ta nya Gillett, Head of Y.O.S

Services: Area Director Ta nya Gillett, Head of Y.O.S Essex Social Services: David Watts, County Safeguards

Essex Social

Services:

David Watts,

County Safeguards

Co-ordinator

Social Services: David Watts, County Safeguards Co-ordinator Thurrock Social Services: Mark Gurrey, Head of Children and

Thurrock Social

Services:

Mark Gurrey, Head of Children and Families Services

Mark Gurrey, Head of Children and Families Services Thurrock Youth Offending Services: Peter Kay, YOT T

Thurrock Youth

Offending Services:

Peter Kay, YOT Team Manager

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Roles and Responsibilities

Each area must have a "responsible authority". For Essex this responsibility is held jointly by the probation and police services. However, senior representatives of all contributing agencies have worked hard this year to take forward the work of the MAPPA.

The most effective work to protect the public from sexual, violent and other dangerous offenders takes place when all relevant agencies play their part in contributing to sharing information, assessing and managing the risks posed. Currently, the formal signatories to the protocol, and their responsibilities, are:

National Probation Service - Essex Area Supervises offenders in the community subject to orders made by the Courts and offenders who are released from prison on licence.

Essex Police Alongside many responsibilities to tackle and reduce crime, Essex Police complies with a statutory duty to maintain the sex offender register. Gathering and sharing intelligence with agencies on the MAPP panels, it also provides a suitable level of monitoring to enable early identification of adverse behaviour.

Essex Social Services Responsible for providing services to vulnerable people, their children and their families, to the elderly, and to those with mental health, learning, physical or sensory disabilities; and for ensuring the safety of those for whom they provide services, particularly children.

Southend Social Care Department Responsible for managing and maintaining

the Council's housing stock and the social care provision for children and adults in need of support or protection.

Thurrock Housing and Social Care Department Within the Unitory Authority, has responsibility for children and family services; services for all vulnerable adults including older people, as well as responsibilities for housing within the Borough.

Essex, Southend and Thurrock Youth Offending Teams Supervise young offenders (10 to 18 years old) in the community on orders from the court and on release following custodial sentences.

North Essex Mental Health NHS Partnership Trust Provides services for users, carers and local communities, including commitment to preventing harm and self harm by those people who are assessed and diagnosed as suffering from a mental health condition.

An invitation has been extended to other Essex organisations to formally join the arrangements in 2003/4. Work is already under way to formalise the contributions of the following agencies:

to formalise the contributions of the following agencies: 14 District & Unitary Councils which will include

14 District & Unitary Councils which will include housing departments who have statutory duties to accommodate homeless people and who provide housing from their available stock.

South Essex Partnership NHS Trust:

works with partner agencies to provide mental health, drug and alcohol, and learning disability services to South Essex; forensic mental health services, including Medium and Low Secure in-patient facilities, as well as community forensic services across Essex. There are also two Criminal Justice Mental Health Teams working with Southend, Basildon and Grays courts.

Premier Monitoring: responsible for the arrangements for monitoring offenders subject to home curfew orders made by the court, and who are subject to curfew following release from prison.

The Prison Service (Eastern Region):

responsible for sentence planning and appropriate release arrangements which will maximise public protection.

Job Centre Plus, who will make a contribution to ensuring that suitable checks are in place to protect vulnerable people.

Victim Support Scheme: provides a free and confidential service for victims, victims' families and witnesses of crime. Trained staff are able to offer emotional support, information and practical help to victims of crime. The recently appointed Manager for Victim Support has met with the Assistant Chief Officer (Public Protection) to ensure a full Victim Support contribution.

NSPCC: This organisation's reponsibility for the protection of children will enhance the knowledge and expertise available to the MAPPA. The Stop It Now campaign will be fully supported by MAPPA.

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Extending the arrangements further

In addition, work is required to formalise arrangements and liaison between the Area Child Protection Committees for Essex, Southend and Thurrock; and also the Crime and Disorder Panels.

Work will also be undertaken to extend and enhance arrangements with other treatment providers, such as drugs

and alcohol services, education, the Crown Prosecution Service, and housing associations.

Consideration will be given to the arrangements between MAPPA and the newly created Primary Care Trusts for health. It is recognised that while a lot of ground has been covered in a short

space of time to develop the MAPP arrangements in Essex, there is still a great deal to be done, and the MAPPA Strategic Management Board are determined to drive this forward.

Management Board are determined to drive this forward. MAPPA - how it works The MAPP Panel

MAPPA - how it works

The MAPP Panel system currently

provides for assessment and management of offenders at three levels:

• Information Enquiry: by each

agency, to establish whether an offender is known to others, and to share information. A decision may be made to progress to an Information Exchange meeting or to a full MAPPP meeting.

• Information Exchange

Meetings: held to establish the nature of information held by each agency, and to come to a consensus on the level of risk posed by the individual offender; triggering full MAPPP meetings in appropriate cases. They will also review cases previously subject to a MAPPP meeting in order to check on progress.

• Full MAPPP meetings: making

detailed risk management plans.

The Information Exchange and MAPPP meetings are co-ordinated to a pre- planned schedule by the Essex Police Public Protection Unit, ensuring that MAPPPs take place at least every six weeks at each of the six geographic locations. (In addition, emergency meetings can be called at any time within 24 hours’ notice.)

An officer from the police Public Protection Unit is present at every meeting and ensures attendance of local Divisional Police Officers. The Social Services representatives co- ordinate internal information exchange and liaison between the various Social Services teams. The relevant Senior Probation Officer chairs these meetings and probation provides administrative support.

Where the presence of other agencies, such as Health and Housing, is important, requests are made that their representatives attend, in order to contribute to discussion and risk management planning. The Criminal Justice Mental Health Team worker or Housing Officer can play an extremely important role in improving the risk management strategy for a dangerous offender.

The Essex Probation Victims Unit is represented in person where appropriate at MAPPP meetings, as are

other specialist Probation Service functions, such as Accommodation Officers, who liaise closely with local housing providers. The Risk Management Plans made for each case will specify action by each individual agency/worker, and can include: a programme of intervention; the monitoring of behaviour and attitudes of the offender; surveillance planning; intelligence sharing; accommodation planning; contingencies; public disclosure planning, and a review period. Each agency acknowledges the vital importance of safeguarding the confidentiality of the meetings and the notes which come from them.

Making decisions about the risk posed by certain offenders, and how best to manage it, requires good systems. Internal policies for each agency must complement and reflect the MAPPP processes.

Essex Police have Operational Policy Guidelines for referral to the MAPPP meetings, including those governing the requirements of the Sex Offender Act.

Police, Probation or Social Services identify offenders who fall within the criteria of the critical few dangerous offenders to be discussed in the MAPPP meetings.

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Managing the MAPPA

The strategic management of the Essex MAPPA is currently undertaken by the Steering Group, chaired by the Assistant Chief Officer of Probation responsible for Public Protection. It consists of senior representatives from Police, Probation, Social Services, Youth Offending, and Mental Health.

Both the Steering Group and the Planning and Implementation group have met regularly. "Planning and Implementation" is attended by operational managers from each contributing agency. In addition Essex Housing Group and South Essex NHS Partnership Tr ust have also been represented.

Considerable developmental work has been undertaken in 2002 / 2003, based on the further national guidance, developing expertise and local experience, and including the following areas of work:

Additional signatories have been added to the multi-agency protocol. added to the multi-agency protocol.

Presentations have been made to the local government Chief Executives group on the work of MAPPAsignatories have been added to the multi-agency protocol. Agreement was achieved on jointly- funded MAPPA manager

Agreement was achieved on jointly- funded MAPPA manager and MAPPA administrator posts, to be implemented in April 2003. They will work with all the agencies involved, particularly the Essex Police Public Protection Unit, the Social Services Co-ordinators in Essex, Southend and Thurrock, and the Probation Service Public Protection Team. The MAPPA manager will ensure that consistent arrangements are in place for the assessment and management of relevant sexual, violent and other dangerous offenders, in accord with the Essex MAPPA protocol.

offenders, in accord with the Essex MAPPA protocol. Information is regularly collected about the frequency of

Information is regularly collected about the frequency of meetings, the location, and the level of agency representation, as well as statistical

the level of agency representation, as well as statistical data. A 'quality' survey of meetings has

data. A 'quality' survey of meetings has been carried out, and improvement objectives set. These have been shared with operational probation managers at the four- monthly meetings chaired by the ACO (Public Protection).

Essex Probation Public Protection team constantly monitors critical "risk factors" and identifies areas for improvement.

"risk factors" and identifies areas for improvement. Two Senior Probation Officers share specialist lead roles

Two Senior Probation Officers share specialist lead roles for public protection and the supervision of sex offenders. Essex Probation is funding doctorate research into 'risk and re- offending'. offending'.

Specific sex offender, domestic violence, and anger treatment/training programmes for offenders are provided which are implemented to accredited standards (where applicable). Other agencies are involved in their implementation. The Sex Offender programme takes

in their implementation. The Sex Offender programme takes White Male, aged 24. Offence: Unprovoked “glassing” of
White Male, aged 24. Offence: Unprovoked “glassing” of a stranger in a night-club. This man’s
White Male, aged 24.
Offence: Unprovoked “glassing” of a stranger in a night-club.
This man’s past history includes a poor family background, with an alcoholic father.
The offender had himself been abused as a child. In adult life, his reactions to
perceived provocation were frequently violent, especially when under the influence
of drink.
He received a sentence of imprisonment for the glassing offence and was later
released under supervision on an Automatic Conditional Release (ACR) licence.
An Information Exchange meeting was called with the relevant agencies. On this occasion it was the
Probation Service sharing the information held on this man with the Police and Social Services, who had
no involvement in his case, or knowledge of his current offending.
A decision was taken to refer supervision back to Probation, who continue to work with him, monitoring his
family and personal relationships, employment, and level of substance abuse.
Part of his supervision requirements is attendance at a specialist agency, which is in partnership with the
Probation Service, and provides advice on alcohol and drugs reduction. Very important to the handling of
this man’s case was a general analysis, made with him, of his offending behaviour. The Probation Service
used a cognitive-behavioural approach to do this, identifying the thoughts and feelings associated with the
triggers which set off his violence. He was helped to analyse and learn from past incidents, and
encouraged to use a carefully structured method of dealing with his anger and frustration in a non-
confrontational way. As another element in his supervision he attended a 38-session programme called
Reasoning and Rehabilitation, which teaches people problem-solving and constructive thinking skills.
No further offending has been recorded to date, but the risk remains at “medium”.

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about a year to complete and forms part of a three-year Community Order, or a condition of licence following release from prison. It has been extensively developed by

internationally recognised experts in the field of sex offender research and practice. The Domestic Violence programme

is available in two areas within the

county. Aimed at male perpetrators, it demands that

participants have some level of motivation to address their behaviour. The

programme is delivered in partnership with Women's Aid and SERICC to ensure that supportive and safe processes are in place for partners and children involved

Current developments in the assessment and treatment of internet child sex crimes inform both treatment provision in Essex, and the development of national expertise in this part of our work. Specific training has been planned this year to expand staff knowledge and awareness of the issues around this sensitive area.processes are in place for partners and children involved Representation from Essex investigations, collaborating with

Representation from Essexand awareness of the issues around this sensitive area. investigations, collaborating with the relevant agencies to

investigations, collaborating with the relevant agencies to ensure the successful conduct of a massive operation.

Social Services in Essex have developed a unique and valuable County Safeguards Unit, and contribute significantly to the development and implementation of MAPPA.

to the development and implementation of MAPPA. Members of the MAPPA Steering Group in Essex have

Members of the MAPPA Steering Group in Essex have also participated in shaping the national picture. Fiona Harris and David Watts, from Essex Social Services, joined a range of agency representatives from across the UK to contribute to a Home Office working group tasked with reviewing existing

a Home Office worki ng group tasked with reviewing existing arrangements, identifying good practice, and developing

arrangements, identifying good practice, and developing more specific guidance for the MAPPA process.

Information audits have been carried out between Probation, Police and Social Services departments to ensure consistency of recording of known offenders who are subject to inter- agency child protection arrangements, or who are designated under Schedule 1 of the C&YP Act 1933 (who have committed an offence against a child or young person) or young person)

The Young Offender Teams, as well as working within a multi-agency setting, have also developed a Sexually Abusive Behaviours Panel for young offenders. All young sex offenders, and others who are viewed as a risk to the community, are discussed in a multi-agency group to establish the risk they pose. Specialist workers take on these cases.

the risk they pose. Specialist workers take on these cases. Probation will be contributing to the
the risk they pose. Specialist workers take on these cases. Probation will be contributing to the

Probation will be contributing to the development of a national joint police / probation information system for the recording of MAPPA intelligence. The police have made a significant contribution through the MAPPA Co-ordinator role and the Public Protection Unit based in the Force Intelligence Bureau.

The intelligence operation mounted last summer to gather information on the consumers of child pornography and verify current addresses has been followed by arrests of the subjects and seizure of computers. (It is anticipated that the prosecutions instigated will contribute to a significant change in numbers of MAPPA cases in the coming year).

change in numbers of MAPPA cases in the coming year). The excellent multi-agency working relationships already
change in numbers of MAPPA cases in the coming year). The excellent multi-agency working relationships already

The excellent multi-agency working relationships already existing in Essex have been modelled by the way the Police have lead the Operation Ore

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in

the men's lives. (It

is

anticipated that the

Home Office accredited programme will replace this local provision when the

full accreditation process is complete). Aggression Replacement Training is

a 31-session programme which

assumes that any and every offending act has multiple causes. Aiming to deal with the personal, interpersonal, social and cognitive skills often lacking in many offenders, this programame commences in Essex from May 2003. The Reasoning and Rehabilitation programme offers cognitive skills training, based on the premise that offenders experience a number of deficits in their thinking skills and that the faults and inaccuracies in their thinking processes can increase the risk of re-offending. The programme teaches a step-by-step problem solving process, combined with social skills, creative thinking tools, management of emotions and value reasoning. It is delivered twice weekly and takes approximately five months to complete.

Considerable contribution to MAPPA operational support and development is made by the specialist Criminal Justice Mental Health Teams located around the county, and by the Forensic Services based in the local medium secure unit.

the Forensic Services based in the local medium secure unit. Presentations have been made jointly by

Presentations have been made jointly by police and probation to Essex MPs at the House of Commons, a public meeting by police and probation to Essex MPs at the House of Commons, a public meeting organised by South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre; a meeting for Housing Managers and Housing Portfolio holders for Essex; a meeting for Basildon Housing Officers and Estate Officers.

A MAPPA conference was held in Essex in February 2003, chaired by Jon Silverman, journalist and broadcaster with an expertise in paedophile crime, attended by the head of the National Probation Service Public Protection Unit, and by a Bill Rammell M.P. for Harlow, who has special interest in this area of work. The information provided and the shared exercises were appreciated as giving participants, experienced and

were appreciated as giving participants, experienced and less so, a clearer view of their own agency's

less so, a clearer view of their own agency's role in the MAPPA.

Essex Forensic Mental Health Services held an inter-agency conference in November 2002 to look at current developments and issues in Forensic Mental Health. Tessa Webb (Essex Probation Service) look at current developments and issues in Forensic Mental Health. Tessa Webb (Essex Probation Service) and Allan Taplin (Essex Police) presented a paper on the management of dangerous offenders that focused on the role of the MAPP Panels and their work. This highlighted the arrangements for working with dangerous offenders; how inter- agency care provision for those with mental health problems fitted with these statutory arrangements, and how these will develop in the future. Excellent feedback from the conference delegates highlighted the role of the various agencies in working with Mentally Disordered Offenders and developing services within Essex.

An open offer has been extended to the 14 Districts toDisordered Offenders and developing services within Essex. MAPPA conference preparation: Allan Taplin, MAPPA manager

An open offer has been extended to the 14 Districts to MAPPA conference preparation: Allan Taplin,

MAPPA conference preparation: Allan Taplin, MAPPA manager with Jon Silverman, Broadcaster

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White Male, aged 35. Currently on an ACR licence for wounding and possession of an
White Male, aged 35.
Currently on an
ACR licence for
wounding
and possession of
an offensive
weapon
With previous convictions for assault, possession of
a knife, and alcohol-related offences, there are
concerns in this case about threats of domestic
violence, and the potential risk of emotional harm to
children who could be witnessing violent
disputes.The man’s partner is currently pregnant, and
seeking a separation.
A full MAPPP meeting was held and a risk
assessment completed, using information from
several agencies. He is currently known to the Police
and Social Services, and has been known to Mental
Health in the past.
The man’s morbid jealousy comined with agencies’
concerns over his depression and excessive drinking
present a picture of very high risk, both to his ex-
partner and anybody associated with her, including
any professionals who may intervene, particularly
late at night. His occasional threats of suicide,
thought to be associated with his low self-esteem,
are another serious element in this case.
• The Police shared information on the level of
reported incidents and the number of allegations
made of domestic violence. They will monitor the
incidents and provide their local officers with
information of the background and potential risks.
• Social Services were concerned about the impact
on the children and arranged to provide support and
guidance to the mother.
• The Mental Health worker provided useful
background information, although there is no current
contact. Local mental health teams will be alerted.
• A decision was made to contact schools as part of
a limited disclosure plan, to enable class teachers to
check on the safe collection of children from school.
Information will be sought on current concerns and
warning signs.
• A referral will be made to an alcohol agency.
• Probation staff, using specific assessment tools, will
address the reasons for problems in his relationship
and will look with him at his thoughts and feelings
concerning his separation. The plan will be also to
introduce rational ideas of future risk to his children
and the impact on others of his behaviour. He will
need to become properly aware of this “victims’
perspective” if he is to make real change.
An assessment for and referral to the Domestic
Violence programme will also be made.
Further scheduled MAPPP meetings will be held,
and close liaison with other agencies will be
maintained to check on signs of escalation.

provide presentations on subjects needing clarification. The Steering Group recognises the importance of expanding public

knowledge in as many ways as possible. It has been encouraged by the supportive response at all these meetings, mirrored by the generally

helpful reaction of the media on publication of this report last year.

Work with Victims

Victim Contact Liaison Officers attend MAPPP meetings to represent the risk issues and victims' views. These important interventions have resulted in offenders' resettlement plans being reviewed and risk

in offenders' resettlement plans being reviewed and risk management tactics being implemented. These will include

management tactics being implemented. These will include such measures as finding alternative approved accommodation, providing police surveillance and installing panic alarm systems for victims.

and installing panic alarm systems for victims. An offender convicted of stalking a young woman was
An offender convicted of stalking a young woman was due to return from prison to
An offender convicted of stalking a young woman was due to return from prison to an area away
from the home of his victim. He had vigorously denied any knowledge of the stalking offence, and was
claiming that his actions had been misunderstood.
He was happy to be released to his home address, an event which would
have taken place, had it not been for information offered by the Victim Contact
Liaison Officer. Information received from the victim indicated that one of her
relatives lived near to the offender's address - indeed it was probable that he
had first seen her when she was visiting locally.
This information, offered by the VCLO at the MAPPA meeting, ensured
that a requirement for the offender to live elsewhere be inserted into the Licence.

Future Plans: MAPPA 2003 - 04

This whole area of work is part of a rapidly changing agenda. Recommendations from the Victoria Climbie enquiry, Operation Ore, the Safeguarding Children report and the draft Criminal Justice Bill have all informed the improved arrangements currently being put in place nationally. New guidance will in turn influence the changes to be made here in Essex.

During 2003 / 2004, for instance, there will be restructuring of MAPPA arrangements. The Steering Group will become the Strategic Management Board (SMB) and will be responsible for:

• developing and agreeing policies and procedures for inter- agency work to exchange information and to assess and

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developing and ag reeing policies and procedures for inter- agency work to exc hange information and

manage potentially dangerous offenders in Essex;

• evaluating and reviewing the

effectiveness of arrangements;

• managing objectives and

performance for public protection in Essex within the national framework

provided by government.

improving ways of working in the light of knowledge gained through national and local experience and research, and to ensure lessons learned are shared appropriately;

measures taken; • assisting the 'responsible authority' in the production of the annual report.

A central Multi Agency Public Protection Panel (MAPPP) will be created, to be attended by senior managers, and will deal with those exceptional 'critical few' cases that present an imminent and very high risk of causing serious harm. This will facilitate the commitment of any exceptional resources required to manage the risk.

• helping improve the quality of public protection work and inter-agency co- operation, and identifying
• helping improve the quality of public
protection work and inter-agency co-
operation, and identifying training
needs;
• developing public information and
The vast majority of cases will
continue to be managed by the Local
Risk Management Meetings (LRMM).
education within Essex, in order to
inform and assure the public of the
Sharing skills: MAPPA conference 03

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Statistical and Contact information

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Statistical Information

No. of Offenders

i.

Number of registered sex offenders on 31 March 2003

440

ii.

The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement, between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003

14

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

0

iv.

The number of Restraining Orders issued by the courts between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003 for offenders currently managed within MAPPA

2

v.

The number of violent and other sexual offenders considered under MAPPA during the year 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003 (as defined by section 68 [3], [4] and [5])

610

(Excludes 98 already counted as

RSOs)

vi.

The number of "other offenders" dealt with under MAPPA during the year 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2003 as being assessed by the Responsible Authority as posing a risk of serious harm to the public (but who did not fall within either of the other two categories, as defined by s.67 [2b])

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vii.

For each of the three categories of offenders covered by the MAPPA ("registered sex offenders", "violent and other sex offenders" and "other offenders"), the number of offenders that are or have been dealt with by:

 

(a)

MAPPP - registered sex offenders

28

(b)

MAPPP - violent and other sex offenders

54

(c)

MAPPP - other offenders

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

 

(a)

who were returned to custody for breach of licence

1

(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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Contacts

Essex Probation Area

Address

Phone

 

Cullen Mill 49 Braintree Rd Witham CM8 2DD

01376

501626

Essex Police

Address

Phone

 

Police Headquarters PO Box 2 Springfield Chelmsford CM2

01245

491491

6DA

Essex Social Services

Address

Phone

 

Essex County Council Victoria Rd South Chelmsford CM1 1YS

01245

492211

Southend on Sea Dept of Social Care

Address

Phone

 

Civic Centre PO Box 6 Victoria Avenue Southend on Sea Essex SS2 6ER

01702

215000

Thurrock Social Services

Address

Phone

 

PO Box 140 Civic Offices New Road Grays Thurrock Essex RM17 6TJ

01375

652956

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Essex Youth Offending Service

Address

Phone

 

Suite 3

01245

492211

Empire House

Victoria Rd

Chelmsford

CM1 1PE

Southend on Sea Youth Offending Service

Address

Phone

 

Baryta House 7th Floor 29 Victoria Ave Southend on Sea SS2 6AZ

01702

608500

Thurrock Youth Offending Service

Address

Phone

 

Five Wells

01375

413900

West Street

GraysThurrock

RM17 6XR

North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Address

Phone

 

Area HQ Birchwood 2 Boxted Rd Colchester CO4 5HG

01206

228603

Victim Contact Unit

Address

Phone

 

Carraway House

01268

412241

Durham Road

Laindon

Basildon

SS15 6PH

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Victim Support Scheme

Address

Phone

(Basildon aand

Castle Point)

Craylands Hall

Norwich Walk

Basildon

SS14 3QZ

(Chelmsford and

Braintree)

C/O Melbourne

Police Station

Arnhem Road

Chelmsford

CM1 2EN

(Thurrock and

Brentwood)

122

Seven Arches

Rd

Brentwood

CM14 4JG

Norman Hall

Cromwell Rd

Grays

RM17 5HF

(Colchester,

Clacton and

Harwich)

Imperial House

Rosemary Rd

Clacton-on-Sea

CO15 1NZ

(West Essex) 1-15 Bush House Bush Fair Harlow CM18 6NS

(Southend, Rayleigh and Rochford) 15a Queens Road Southend-on-Sea SS1 1LT

(Administrative

Office)

County House

100

New London

Rd

Chelmsford

CM2 0RG

18

01268

273703

01245

250799

01375

382657

01255

424934

01279

641074

01702

333911

01245

455979

Glossary

ACC

Assistant Chief Constable

ACO

Assistant Chief Officer

ACPC

Area Child Protection Committee

ACPO

Association of Chief Police Officers

ACR

Automatic Conditional Release

CC

Chief Constable

CJ&CS Act

Court Justice and Court Services Act 2000

CO

Chief Officer

CPC

Child protection conference

Crime and Disorder Panels

Multi agency meetings arranged by local councils to discuss local community concerns and action to improve public safety

DCR

Discretionary Conditional Release

HDC

Home Detention Curfew

HMIC

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary

HMIP

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation

IE

Information Exchange meeting

LRMM

Local Risk Management Meeting

MAPPA

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements

MAPPP

Multi Agency Public Protection Panel

NPD

National Probation Directorate

NSPCC

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

SERICC

South Essex Rape & Incest Crisis Centre

SMB

Strategic Management Board

This report is produced in accord with the guidance issued by the Secretary of State under Sections 67(5)(b) and 67(6) of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000.

The overall purpose of the report is to inform the local community of how arrangements for the assessment and management of the risk posed by certain sexual and violent offenders are operating. The report will be made accessible to the public and will assist in the understanding the nature of offending behaviour and the considerable efforts made by all agencies involved to enhance public safety.

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document from the Communications Unit, Essex Probation 01376 501626 North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

North Essex Mental Health Partnership

NHS Trust

NHS
NHS
document from the Communications Unit, Essex Probation 01376 501626 North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust