The Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme allows parents, carers and guardians to formally ask Durham Constabulary to tell them if someone who has access to a child / children is a registered sex offender or poses a risk to the child/children.
Known as Sarah's Law, the scheme was launched following the abduction and murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne. Sarah's mother campaigned and worked with the Home Office to develop this disclosure scheme.
The aim of the scheme is to allow anyone who has concerns about a child being at risk from a child sex offender to make an application to the police for further information to protect the child.
Once an application is received by the police, they will review all information held on the person who has access to the child.
If police checks show that the person who has access to the child has a record of child sex offender investigations and poses a risk to that child or children, information may be disclosed to the person who is best placed to protect the child (usually parent or guardian).
How do I apply?
If you feel that a child is in immediate danger, ring 999 straightaway.
In all other circumstances you can make an application by:
- Visiting a police station
- Phoning the non-emergency 101 number
Information can also be found on a national website www.parentsprotect.co.uk
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