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Concerned About Sex Offenders

The Child Sex Offender's Disclosure Scheme, also known as Sarah's Law, is a national scheme which enables parents, guardians and third parties to enquire whether a person who has access to a child is a registered sex offender, or poses a risk to that child.

What is the scheme?

If there is a need to pass information to someone in order to allow them to better protect a child, then we will disclose to whoever is in a position to use, or need, that information.

Although disclosure already takes place when children are deemed to be at risk, the scheme enables parents, guardians and third parties to apply directly for information themselves.

How do I apply for information?

Important: If you feel a child is in immediate danger, you should call 999 straight away.

In all other circumstances that are not an emergency, you can request information relating to a child that you are in a position to protect or safeguard by calling 101 or visit your local police station.

I want to know more

For more advice and information on protecting children from abuse, visit the Parents Protect website

Related documents

  • PDF icon Safer Communities Volunteer Leaflet
    Last updated: 23 December 2016
  • PDF icon The Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme - Home Office Information Booklet
    Last updated: 23 December 2016
  • PDF icon What you can do if someone you know has been accessing indecent images of children online
    Last updated: 23 December 2016