Disclosing information to third parties in order to reduce risk has always been a consideration for agencies working with MAPPA offenders. The decision to disclose to a third party must be necessary and proportionate in order to protect victims, potential victims, staff and the community. Third party disclosure is most common to ex or current partners, faith groups, employers, schools, colleges or leisure centres etc.
When considering disclosure, it must be established that disclosure is reasonable, necessary, lawful and proportionate to the risk that the individual MAPPA offender poses.
It is essential that when any disclosure is made, the person receiving the information is aware of the obligations this places on them, what they are able to do with the information, that they are willing to sign an undertaking to keep the information confidential and are able to demonstrate that they will work with the lead agency to ensure that the needs of children and others identified as being at risk of serious harm are safeguarded.
The disclosing agency should consider whether it would be appropriate to involve other agencies in the disclosure process such as a joint disclosure by the police and probation.