Guidance

Guidance on Part 2A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003

Guidance for police and practitioners about closure orders under Part 2A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Detail

Section 21 of, and Schedule 2 to, the Policing and Crime Act 2009 inserted new Part 2A into the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

These provisions introduced new powers for the courts to close, on a temporary basis, premises associated with certain prostitution or pornography related offences. This tool is similar in nature to the existing closure powers contained within the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, although those powers target anti-social behaviour and Class A drug use, whereas the powers introduced by the Policing and Crime Act are targeted at sexual exploitation.

The addendum, published on 8 March 2015, updates the guidance to cover provisions in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (the 2014 Act).