Saturday 3 August 2013

The Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme

The Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme gives members of the public,  whether they are a parent, carer, guardian or another interested party, a formal mechanism to make enquiries about individuals who are in contact with children.
Around a quarter of child sexual offences are carried out by strangers, and the majority of child sexual offenders are known to their victims. They are often someone who has some form of access to a child e.g. a member of the family, a friend of the victim, or a friend of the victim’s family. This is why this scheme may allow you to better protect a child from harm.

If police checks show that the individual has a record for child sexual offences, or other offences that might put the child at risk, the police will consider sharing this information with the person(s) best placed to protect the child, usually the parent, carer or guardian.The aim of the scheme is to give parents, carer, guardians and other interested parties a more formal mechanism for requesting information about an individual who has contact with their child or a child close to them if they are concerned that the individual is a child sexual offender. We will discuss your concerns with you and decide whether it is appropriate for you to be given more information to help protect the child involved.
 If you have concerns regarding such an individual, we have a dedicated telephone number, where you can contact us to make enquiries within this process.  The dedicated number is 0114 2196954.
Further information relating to the scheme can also be found on the following websites:
Gov website
Parents Protect website

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