Sex offender law helps keep children safe across Essex

Halstead Gazette: Sarah Payne, whose death at the hands of a convicted paedophile led to Sarah’s Law coming in. Sarah Payne, whose death at the hands of a convicted paedophile led to Sarah’s Law coming in.

Dozens of children in Essex have been kept safe from sex offenders since the murder of Sarah Payne.

The eight-year-old was killed by a known sex offender in 2000.

Following her death a successful campaign was launched to give people controlled access to the sex offenders’ register to try and avoid paedophiles having access to children.

It is called Sarah’s Law - or the child sex offender disclosure scheme.

In the past three years 181 applications have been made to Essex Police to ask whether someone who has contact with a child is a sex offender.

In total, 31 disclosures have been made.

Det Chief Insp Paul Johnson said: “The idea is people come to us if they think there is a danger.

“We can’t see everything and can’t always see what sex offenders are doing, although we do monitor them closely.

“If there is a risk we can disclose it.”
About one in six requests uncovers a risk.

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1:11pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

It's again one of those laws I dislike because it can give people false confidence. The vast majority of such cases - something like 75% - are done by first time offenders who would not be picked up by this law.

If you feel so insecure in a relationship you need to ask about the partner then you need to leave as they are the other 75%...
It's again one of those laws I dislike because it can give people false confidence. The vast majority of such cases - something like 75% - are done by first time offenders who would not be picked up by this law. If you feel so insecure in a relationship you need to ask about the partner then you need to leave as they are the other 75%... Jack222
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