We have a received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:
How decisions will be made over whether a sex offender should be removed from the official register, e.g. guidance or criteria for police officers to make such decisions.
We released the following information on 17 September 2012.
On 30 July 2012, the Sexual Offences Act 2003 was amended by the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Remedial) Order 2012 to introduce a mechanism which enables sex offenders who are subject to notification requirements for life, to apply for those requirements to be reviewed.
Persons will not cease to be subject to the indefinite notification requirements automatically. Qualifying offenders are required to submit an application, with as much evidence and information as possible, to the police area in which they reside or stay. The police will conduct a robust review, involving all relevant agencies and taking into account a range of factors, so that a full picture of the risks to the public can be considered before determining whether an offender is removed from the notification requirements. Those sex offenders who continue to pose a risk will remain on the register.
The Secretary of State has issued statutory guidance which outlines the steps of the review process. The ‘Guidance on Review of Indefinite Notification Requirements’ can be viewed on the Home Office website via the following link: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/legislation/sexual-offences-remedial-order/review-notification-requirements?view=Binary