The Child Sex Offender Disclosure (CSOD) scheme has now been extended to.This means that anyone can ask the police if there are any sex offenders in theire area that might come into contact with their children.
The police will now have to name all such sex offenders. In the past child sex offenders in The UK had anonymity when released from jail into the community.
The scheme is sometimes known as Sarah's Law and Lancashire joins all police forces to benefit from the national roll out of the scheme across the country. Lancashire Police and community groups have welcomed the roll out to Lancashire.
Lamcashire Police's Superintendent Ian Critchley, head of public protection, said: “It will help parents, carers or guardians ensure that their children are safe, and also assists the police in managing known sex offenders living in the community more effectively."
The pilot schemes have shown that around 87% of all applications for disclosures are from parents or guardians of children. These included parents asking to know if their new partner or neighbour had any child sex offences held against them.
Some had thought that scheme could lead to vigilante attacks on former child sex offenders but so far this has not been the case in the pilot areas.