Sarah's Law - the child sex offender disclosure scheme was brought in to protect some of the most vulnerable members of society. The knowledge someone could be living close by who could harm your child is a nightmarish idea no parent wants to even entertain. While no mother or father wants to scare themselves unnecessarily or torture themselves with different scenarios, it's also part and parcel of being a parent. Although its origins are rooted in tragedy, it allows mums and dads to find out if anyone potentially dangerous to your little ones lives in your neighbourhood.
Violent and Sex Offender Register
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Sarah's Law - the child sex offender disclosure scheme allows anyone to ask the police under certain circumstances. In our media-savvy, tech-focused modern age, it is a sad fact we spend less time speaking to our neighbours, with some of us going years without knowing who we're sharing a street with. The reality is one of your neighbours could be a registered sex offender - a paedophile or a rapist. But what you might not know is there is a way of finding out if anyone potentially dangerous to your little ones lives in your neighbourhood. Parents have the right to ask the police for information related to convicted sex offenders under a ruling called Sarah's Law - set up after the murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne in The law was developed in consultation with Sara Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah was murdered by a convicted paedophile.
Sex offenders register
The law states that anyone is allowed to formally ask the police to reveal whether anyone with access to a child has a criminal record for child sexual offences. You simply have to call to make a request or go to your local police station. The law has come into place thanks to campaigning from the mother of Sarah Payne, who in was abducted and murdered as an eight-year-old girl by a paedophile who had already been convicted for abducting and indecently assaulting another young girl. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
In the United Kingdom , the Violent and Sex Offender Register ViSOR is a database of records of those required to register with the police under the Sexual Offences Act the Act , those jailed for more than 12 months for violent offences, and those thought to be at risk of offending. Private companies running prisons are also granted access. Notification periods for offenders sentenced under the Act are as follows: In April the United Kingdom Supreme Court ruled that indefinite notification requirements contained in section 82 1 of the Act were a breach of individual human rights as they were disproportionate.