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Presumption to Disclose: New Laws on the Provision of Information About Child Sex Offenders to Parents in England and Wales

NCJ Number
Child Abuse Review Volume: 19 Issue: 2 Dated: March - April 2010 Pages: 97-106
Terry Thomas
Date Published
March 2010
10 pages
This article examines provisions of sex offender disclosure laws in England and Wales.
In England and Wales, agencies managing child sex offenders in the community have long had the power to disclose information on those offenders to other agencies and sometimes to individual members of the public; this process has variously been referred to as 'discretionary disclosure' or 'controlled disclosure'. In 2008, new laws were passed to strengthen this process and allow designated members of the public to request such information and imposed a new duty on agencies considering disclosure to conduct those considerations with a presumption to disclose. This article looks at the background to the new laws and how they might work in practice. References (Published Abstract)