9. Information Sharing (updated 2022)

Introduction

9.1 This chapter provides guidance on information sharing between Responsible Authority (RA), Duty to Co-operate (DTC) agencies and those that the RA considers may contribute to the assessment and management of the risk presented by MAPPA offenders under MAPPA (Associates, introduced by the Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Act (PCSCA) 2022). This includes sharing information in relation to all categories (1-4) and all levels (1-3) of MAPPA offenders. Sharing information with other agencies and individuals must follow the guidance on disclosing information to third parties provided in Chapter 10 - Disclosure.

9.2 Information that is shared under MAPPA remains the responsibility of the agency that owns it and it will be for that agency to deal with any Subject Access Requests (SAR) under the Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018. See Chapter 13b - MAPPA Minutes for more information on SARs.

9.3 For further information on the sharing of information, see the Data Sharing Code of Practice issued by the Information Commissioner in 2020. It is available from the website of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) at https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/ico-codes-of-practice/data-sharing-a-code-of-practice/ and the MAPPA website. The code of practice deals with a number of important issues such as Data Sharing and the Law; Fairness and Transparency; Security; Governance; and Individuals' Rights. It is a statutory code and although it is not binding, it can be used in evidence in legal proceedings.

Updated: May 2022