This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act and concerns the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme, commonly known as “Sarah’s law”.
1) When did your force introduce the scheme?
For questions 2, 3, 4 and 5, please break this information down into calendar years, including the
most up-to-date information for 2013.
2) How many requests have been made through the scheme since its introduction?
3) How many times has a request resulted in a disclosure because the person has a prior
conviction for a sex offence?
4) How many times has a request resulted in a disclosure despite no prior conviction for a
sex offence? ***
5) How many times has a request resulted in further action being taken, for example, arrests
made for breach of court orders or social services being alerted?
6) How many people whose details were disclosed have complained they have become
victims of violence or anti-social behaviour as a direct result of the disclosure?
***For question 4, if possible, please break this information down into (a) disclosures where
intelligence or information suggests the person has a sexual interest in children despite no prior
sex offence, and (B) disclosures for any other reason. If this is not possible for either logging
reasons or time constraints, please just provide question 4 as one figure.
Please find attached our response.
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.
The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.
If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.