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

Under the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (CSODS) the police can tell parents, carers and guardians if someone has a record for child sexual offences.

The aim of this scheme is to keep children safe.

Call 999 if you think the child is in immediate danger.

About the scheme

Most 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.

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 you can read the evaluation report (PDF, 548KB, 47 pages).

Apply to the scheme

You can apply to the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme in England and Wales. Similar schemes are available in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Get more information

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

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.

You can find more information and guidance if you’re concerned that a child or young person is at risk or is being abused.

You can also find more information about keeping children safe online, including resources, advice and information on where to go to get support.

Further information for practitioners

Published 26 March 2013
Last updated 13 May 2021 + show all updates
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