Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (Sarah’s Law)
The Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme or Sarah’s Law was introduced in Gloucestershire on 1 October 2010. It was developed nationally in consultation with Sara Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah was murdered by a convicted paedophile Roy Whiting.
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. However the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - Clare's Law - maybe more appropriate in these cases.
How do I make an enquiry?
To make an enquiry, please ring the Gloucestershire Public Protection Bureau Central Referral Unit on 01452 75 3444 or 101 between 08:00 and16:00 Monday to Friday.
Anyone who believes a child is in immediate danger should ring police on 999.
Providing the following information will assist police enquires into your application:
- child's details including details of both parents
- details of the individual you are concerned about, for example, name, age, address, vehicle and registration or employment
- details of any contact the child has had with the individual you are concerned about
What happens next?
Click here to view a Home Office leaflet explaining the disclosure scheme process.
Note: It is envisaged that the maximum time it will take to complete the whole process, including the disclosure of information if decided necessary, is 21 days. The applicant will be updated with the disclosure decision.