Registering as a Sex Offender

People convicted or cautioned in relation to specific sexual offences are required, by law, to meet certain requirements placed upon them.

If a person is convicted or cautioned in relation to a specific sexual offence or has committed a sexual offence but been found not guilty due to insanity or disability they will become a subject of the Sex Offenders Register.

Registering as a Sex Offender

A person who has become a subject of the Sex Offenders Register is required by law to meet certain requirements.

The person must notify the police of the following details:

  • Name
  • Current name or aliases being used
  • Date of birth
  • Home address - their main residence or if there is no such residence, any premises in the UK where they can be regularly found.

This notification should be made within three days of the caution, conviction or finding, or within three days of their release from custody or any other form of detention, for example from a hospital if they have been the subject of a hospital order.

During the initial notification, the person should submit any changes to their registered details and periodic notification for having their fingerprints and photograph taken.

The person must also do the following:

  • Notify the police of any change to the name and address already registered, within three days of the change, including release from prison for subsequent offences
  • Notify  the police of any address where they live or stay for seven days or longer. This means either seven days at a time or a total of seven days in any 12 month period
  • If the person is of no fixed abode, they must notify the police of this weekly
  • Notify the police of any intended foreign travel no less than seven days prior to departure
  • Notify the police if you have resided or stayed for at least 12 hours at a household or other private place where an under 18 year old resides or  stays
  • Notify the police of passport, credit card and bank account details and certain other information contained in a password or other form of identification each time they make a notification
  • Provide their National Insurance number to the police and be able to confirm it each time they make a notification.

IMPORTANT – Notifications must be made in person.

Annual Notification

At least once every 12 months, sex offenders must confirm that their notified details are correct.

  • The period of 12 months begins immediately following the last notification to the police
  • If a change is notified to the police within 12 months, the 12 month period for confirming details begins again from that date
  • If  a person is outside the UK, in prison or detained in a hospital on that date they must confirm their details within three days of their return/release.

Advance Notification

A sex offender may change their notified details in advance:

  • If such a notification is made, the police must be informed of the date of the expected change
  • If the change takes place more than two days before the expected date, another notification must be made to the police
  • If the notified change has still not been made three days after the expected date, the police must be notified that the change has not happened, within six days of the expected date. 

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