FOI Request - RSO Accommodation

Request 101000381969

The National Accommodation Strategy for Sex Offenders states:
“Out-of-area placements
61.    In some cases the local authority may need to consider placing a sex offender in another local authority's area under MAPPA. The responsibility for making the necessary arrangements for that placement lies with the placing local authority. Out- of-area placements may be right for a sex offender where, for example:
•    such a placement would provide manageable housing which is not available in the placing local authority’s area; or
•    the offender or others might be at risk if the sex offender under MAPPA was to be housed in the placing local authority’s area.
62.    Out-of-area placements present a potentially complex set of challenges. When considering an out-of-area placement, it is crucial that the placing local authority discusses and agrees the placement with the local authority in whose area they are considering placing the offender. All parties should be in agreement on the arrangements before any placement goes ahead.
63.    Under no circumstances should a sex offender be placed in another local authority’s area under MAPPA without the knowledge and consent of that authority and without a plan in place to manage any associated risk. To do so would be to put others at risk, particularly if other vulnerable households are housed by the receiving landlord in the same temporary accommodation as the sex offender.
64.    Local authorities should make sure monitoring arrangements are in place to track the incidence of out-of-area placements. These arrangements will need to show that where a local authority has placed a sex offender in another local authority area under MAPPA that proper discussion between the relevant local authorities has taken place and agreement has been reached.”

Please would you send me the following information...

a) In each of the last five years, the number of RSOs that have left the council area for accommodation in another council area as part of an out-of-area placement.
In each case, please could you specify the other council area and the reason for the out-of-area placement?

b) In each of the last five years, the number of RSOs that have come into the council area for accommodation from another council area as part of an out-of-area placement.
In each case, please could you specify the other council area and the reason for the out-of-area placement?

c) The number of those sex offenders in b) that have been convicted of a violent or sexual crime while living in your council area.
In each case, please could you specify the crime?

Response 13-11-2015

a) Nil 

b) Nil

c) Nil 

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