As a parent or carer, it's natural to want to know about risks in your local area. Perhaps you're moving to a new home and you want to be sure your neighbourhood will be safe, or you're a new parent and you'd like to understand if the area where you currently live is safe for your child or children. If you've searched for information online, you may have seen headlines promising a map or list of sex offenders in your area, but in the UK there is no public sex offenders register. However, under the government's child sex offender disclosure scheme also known as Sarah's Law , if you have concerns about a specific adult, you can make a request to learn if they are a registered offender, or pose a risk to a child. Our confidential helpline has experienced advisors who can help you with concerns about child sexual abuse and its prevention. Call or click here.
Registered Sex Offenders
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In the United Kingdom , the Violent and Sex Offender Register ViSOR is a database of records of those required to register with the police under the Sexual Offences Act the Act , those jailed for more than 12 months for violent offences, and those thought to be at risk of offending. Private companies running prisons are also granted access. Notification periods for offenders sentenced under the Act are as follows: . In April the United Kingdom Supreme Court ruled that indefinite notification requirements contained in section 82 1 of the Act were a breach of individual human rights as they were disproportionate. Appeals can be made to the local police force by an offender after inclusion on the register for 15 years. If the local police force declines to remove the offender from the register, they may appeal to a magistrates' court.
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Gerry McCann, father of four-year-old Madeleine, said such a database would "help prevent child abuse and track those responsible for such crimes". Madeleine went missing from a holiday apartment in Portugal on 3 May. Almost nine out of 10 MEPs who were canvassed supported introducing a common EU child abduction policy. Nearly nine out of 10 MPs said they wanted to see the UK's Child Rescue Alert - a scheme which publicises suspected child abductions within hours - extended across Europe. Gerry McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, said he and his wife Kate were heartened by the findings of the survey.
Those on parole or probation may be subject to restrictions that do not apply to other parolees or probationers. The United States is the only country with a registry that is publicly accessible; all other countries in the English-speaking world have sex offender registries only accessible by law enforcement. Offenders are kept on the register and are monitored for at least 10 years before they are eligible for termination of the registration and reporting requirements.