Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme
The Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme was introduced in Gloucestershire on October 1 2010.
The scheme was subject to a 12 month pilot in four police force areas between 2008 and 2009, and the Government announced in early 2010 it was being rolled out to other parts of the country.
The scheme gives members of the public a formal mechanism to make enquires about people who are in contact with children. During the pilot more than 60 children were protected from potential abuse.
The scheme will roll out to all police forces by the end of March 2011.
What is it?
Under the scheme a parent, carer or guardian or another interested party, can request that an individual who has access to their child or children is checked to see whether they have a record of committing child sexual offences.
If this individual is found to have convictions for sexual offences against children, and poses a risk of causing serious harm to the child or children concerned, then this information may be disclosed to the person best placed to protect the child – usually the parent, carer or guardian.
The Scheme also includes routes for managed access to information on individuals who are not convicted child sexual offenders but who pose a risk of harm to children. These may include people who are convicted of other offences, such as serious domestic violence.
How do I make an enquiry?
To make an enquiry please ring the Gloucestershire Public Protection Bureau Central Referral Unit on 01242 247999 or ring 101.
Anyone who believes a child is in immediate danger should ring police on 999.