The Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme
(CSODS) 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.
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 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.
How can a member of the public ask for
You can submit a disclosure request to the police by letter or
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
We will require information about you, the child you believe may
be at risk and the person you are concerned about. Your concern
will be dealt with under existing child protection
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 UK scheme is not the same as the USA’s ‘Megan’s Law’ scheme
which makes all information about sex offenders publicly available.
Anyone breaching confidence of the CSOD Scheme may have action
taken against them by the police.
For more information about this scheme, call us on 101
or 0300 330 0101 and ask for Public Protection.
If you think a child is in immediate danger call 999 at
CSOD Scheme Leaflet .
Home Office leaflet to help you keep your child safe from
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