Frequently Asked Questions

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Number: 8
Category: Public
Question: Is information ever disclosed to the public?
Answer:
It is not possible to eliminate all risks and some offenders continue to pose a risk to others and may cause harm to another person. In order to protect the public, there are occasions where information from a MAPP meeting is disclosed to another person or group of people in order to either protect them directly from the offender or for them to protect others. For example, leisure centre staff might be alerted where a local offender is felt to pose a risk to those using the centre. When information is disclosed it will always be to ensure that the public are being protected. The person disclosing the information will explain why the information is being disclosed and give
advice on what will happen afterwards. The information is always confidential and must not be shared with others without the permission of the person who made the disclosure. Every MAPP meeting will consider whether disclosure should take place to protect the public, especially children. When the MAPP meeting decides disclosure should happen it will agree the following: who will be given the information, by whom, how this should be done and when.