Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme
What is the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme?
Threats to a child’s safety are more likely to originate from a family member or a friend of a family than a complete stranger. Around 75 per cent of child sex offenders are related to or known to their victim. The Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme has been developed to respond to this.
The scheme allows members of the public – parents, carers, guardians or interested third parties – to ask the police to tell them about a person’s record of child sex offences if they are concerned about that person’s access to a child.
The police already disclose information about registered sex offenders and violent offenders in a controlled way to a variety of people, including head teachers, leisure centre managers, employers, landlords and parents. The disclosure scheme is an additional tool that the police can use to keep children safe.
When will information be disclosed?
Disclosure will only happen if the police believe there is a need to protect a child and that it is necessary and proportionate. Information will only be disclosed to the person best-placed to protect the child and anyone receiving this information must keep it confidential and use it only to protect the child concerned.
The Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme is not a UK version of ‘Megan’s Law’, the scheme which operates in the USA and makes all information about sex offenders publicly available. Anyone who breaches the confidence of the UK scheme may have action taken against them by the police.
How can a member of the public ask for information?
submit a disclosure request to the police by letter, phone, at a police
station or by speaking to a police officer. Your request will be managed
by the force’s Public Protection Unit, who will contact you once your
request has been recorded on the force’s database.
Non - emergency Number: 101
- Dyfed Powys Police HQ, Po Box 99, Llangunnor, Carmarthen, SA31 2PF
- Gwent Police HQ, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, NP44 2XJ
- South Wales Police HQ, Cowbridge Road, Bridgend, CF31 3SU
- North Wales Police HQ, Glan-y-Don, Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 8AW
will require information about you, the child you believe may be at
risk and the person you are concerned about. If you think a child is in
immediate danger call 999 at any time. Your concern will be dealt with under existing child protection arrangements.