Disclosure Details

Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme - 244/12

Dated: 16 Mar 2011

Date of request:   02/03/2012

Date of response:  16/03/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 2 March 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

Since Northumbria Police adopted the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (also known as "Sarah's Law")

  1. Under "Sarah’s Law" how many requests has your force received asking if someone who has regular access to children has a sex offender’s record?

  2. How many of the requests were of a positive nature with the subject having a sex offender’s record?

  3. Of those individuals who did have a sex offenders record please state the main/primary offence that caused concern.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Disclosure Section of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. Since Northumbria Police adopted the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme on 1 October 2010 there have been 57 requests.

  2. A total of 9 subjects having child sex offender records.

  3. Taking indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children
    Indecent assault on male under 16
    Indecent assault on female under 16
    Intercourse with girl under 16
    Gross indecency with child under 16
    Rape of female under 16
    Breach of Sexual Offences Prevention Order
    Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of child under 13
    Breach of risk of Sexual Harm Order or Interim Order
    Sexual assault of male child
    Detaining a child without lawful authority

Under the scheme, a parent, guardian or third party can make an application to find out if there is information which they need to know about in order to protect a child or children in their care.  If there is a need to pass information to someone in order to allow them to better protect a child, then the police will disclose to whoever is in a position to use, or need, that information.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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