1.6 Clare’s Law Disclosures

Clare's Law works in two ways. It allows individuals to ask the police about someone's history of domestic violence or violent acts. The police can also make a disclosure to an individual, if they feel someone may be at risk.

The scheme enables people to make an informed decision on whether to continue a relationship. The police will only ever provide information to someone who is in a position to protect the person thought to be at risk. Once received the information must be treated as confidential and a breach can result in legal action.

Initial contact is followed by a face to face meeting between the person requesting the information and the police. A MARAC then follows; social landlords may be informed about a Clare's Law disclosure when there is concern about a tenant.