The child sex offender disclosure scheme, otherwise known as Sarah’s Law, allows anyone to ask the police if someone who has access to a child holds a child sexual offences record. Sarah’s Law parents, guardians and carers with the necessary information to help them make decisions about their children’s safety and welfare.
How do I make a Sarah’s Law request?
You can make a child sex offender disclosure request online here.
This facility is not monitored 24/7 and should not be used to report emergencies and incidents or to pass on urgent information to the police. In an emergency always ring 999.
Any disclosure will only be made to the parent, guardian or carer best placed to protect the child or children. Any third party making the application would not necessarily receive disclosure if they were not best placed to protect the child or children.
What happens after I make the request?
The information you receive is strictly confidential and legal action may be taken if it is disclosed to anyone else. If there is immediate or imminent risk of harm to the child this will be dealt with urgently. If there is no immediate risk, the whole process will be complete within 45 days, unless it is extended due to exceptional circumstances.
You can share you concerns with us online, in person, or by calling 101. Take a look at our contact us page.
You can make an application about anyone who is in contact with a child or children.
The person making the application may not be the person information is disclosed to. Only those with responsibility for the child or children concerned will be given the information as they are in a position to help safeguard them.
If our checks show the person reported has a record suggesting a child could be at risk, information will be disclosed to the person in the best position to safeguard the child or children. The police and other agencies will work with this person to protect the child and give advice and support.
The information given to you or those best placed to help the child or children is confidential and should not be shared with anyone. It is only given to help protect the child or children from risk of harm. If you share it you could be subject to criminal or civil proceedings.