The Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (CSODS) lets you formally ask the police whether someone who has contact with a child or children:

  • has a record for child sexual offences
  • poses a risk to the child or children for some other reason

It's not a law, but it is sometimes called 'Sarah's Law'.

Sarah's Law is not for you to report something to the police. Tell us about something you've seen or heard here or find out how to report possible child abuse here.

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I want to know if someone is a Registered Sex Offender or poses a risk to a child

You can apply online for information about whether someone who has contact with a child is a Registered Sex Offender or poses a risk to that child.

What you need to know before making an application

  • Sarah's Law is for you to ask the police for information about someone. It is not for you to report something to the police
  • We might share information you give in this application form with other organisations like social care services, probation and health services
  • If you lie on this form to try to get information about someone, we might take action against you
  • If we have some information to share with you, you must agree to keep it confidential, and if you do not keep it confidential we might take action against you

What we will ask you

We'll ask you about:

  • your personal and contact details
  • details of the person you're asking us about, including their name, age, place of birth, ethnicity, gender and address
  • details of the child or children you're worried about, including their name, age, place of birth and address
  • why you're worried about the situation

If you don't know all of this, that's ok, just tell us as much as you know.

After you apply

We'll make some checks within 24 hours, and if we think a child is in immediate danger we'll take action right away.

If we don't think there is an immediate danger, we will get in touch to either:

  • arrange a more in-depth interview with you
  • tell you that we are not going to progress your application, explain why and tell you what we might do instead

The interview should take place within 10 days, and the whole process should take no more than 45 days.

More information about what happens after you apply for information under Sarah's Law

When you're ready, click 'Start' to begin an online application for information under Sarah's Law.

Average completion time: 10 to 15 minutes

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