Guidance

Find out if a person has a record for child sexual offences

The child sex offender disclosure scheme lets those who care for young people find out if a person has a record for child sexual offences.

Overview

The child sex offender disclosure scheme allows parents, carers and guardians to formally ask the police to tell them if someone has a record for child sexual offences.

The aim of this scheme is to keep children safer.

Background to the scheme

The majority of child sex offenders are known to their victims. They are often a member of the family, a friend of the victim, or a friend of the victim’s family.

Only 20 per cent of child sex offences are carried out by strangers.

Started in 2008, the child sex offender disclosure scheme was developed in consultation with Sara Payne, the former victims champion, along with the police, and children’s charities.

The pilot was independently evaluated, and the evaluation report (PDF, 548KB, 47 pages) is available for download.

Where the scheme is available

The scheme is available across all 43 police forces in England and Wales. 

Parents Protect! website

As part of the drive to protect children from harm a new website, Parents Protect!, has been set up by the Lucy Faithful Foundation.

It is designed to raise awareness about child sexual abuse, to answer questions and to give parents and carers the information they need to help prevent it.

Guidance for practitioners

Guidance and tools to help practitioners implement the scheme:

Communications guidance

We’ve put together a communications guidance pack to help participating police forces and other professionals to increase awareness and understanding of the child sex offender disclosure scheme.

Alongside this, we have produced a range of communications materials which police forces and partners can use when informing the public about the disclosure scheme: 

  • A7 roll fold keeping children safe leaflet 
  • A3/A4 single sided disclosure poster 
  • A5 disclosure process booklet 
  • A5 general booklet - keeping children safe

The guidance, posters and booklets can be downloaded and are also available in Welsh.

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