The Child Sex Offender's Disclosure Scheme- Sarah's Law

The Child Sex Offender's Disclosure Scheme, also known as Sarah's Law, is a national scheme which enables parents, guardians and third parties to enquire whether a person who has access to a child has convictions for sexual offences against children and poses a risk of causing serious harm.

The scheme is about safeguarding and protecting children from such harm. It allows parents, guardians or any third party to make an application to find out if there is information they need to know about in order to protect a child or children in their care.

Each case will be considered separately in consultation with our partner agencies and disclosure will only be made to the person best placed to protect the child, where it is necessary to do so for this purpose.

The scheme builds on existing processes to proactively manage sexual and violent offenders by the Wiltshire Police’s Public Protection Offender Management Unit, with some offenders also managed under the  Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). Although disclosure already takes place pro-actively when children are deemed to be at risk, this scheme enables parents, guardians and third parties to apply directly for information themselves.

Applying for information

If you believe a child is at ‘imminent risk of harm’ please dial 999.

In all other circumstances which are not thought to be emergencies, you can request information relating to a child that you are in a position to protect/safeguard by contacting 101.

You can complete a  disclosure form online or call 101 to discuss any concerns or to make an application. If it is an emergency situation please dial 999.

More information on the child sex offender disclosure scheme:

  Home Office

 NSPCC

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