Users' questions

Can I find out if there are sex offenders in my area Scotland?

Can I find out if there are sex offenders in my area Scotland?

You can do this by visiting a police station, phoning police or speaking to a police officer on the street. Police will carry out background checks, and if the checks discover any child sex offences in the person’s background the parent, carer or guardian will receive information on them.

Can I view the Sex Offenders Register UK?

There is no public sex offenders register available in the UK, but information about people who pose a risk to children can be given to parents and guardians in certain police service areas under the government’s child sex offenders disclosure scheme (also known as Sarah’s Law).

Is the Sex Offenders Register public Scotland?

ViSOR is additionally used by a number of other agencies including the National Probation Service, Criminal Justice Social Work and the Scottish Prison Service. Essentially, ViSOR provides what is publicly referred to as the Sex Offenders Register.

How long does someone stay on the sex offenders register?

How long will I be on the sex offender register?

Length of the sentence: Length of time on SOR:
Custodial sentence of 30 months or more: Indefinite notification
Custodial sentence of more than six months but fewer than 30 months: Ten years
Custodial sentence of six months or less: Seven years
Caution: Two years

What is Sarah’s Law?

The child sex offender disclosure scheme, sometimes called ‘Sarah’s Law’, allows parents, carers or guardians to formally ask the police for information about a person who has contact with their child, or a child close to them, if they’re concerned the person may pose a risk.

Do sex offenders have to tell neighbors Australia?

America’s ‘Megan’s Law’ The United States has a law, known as Megan’s Law, which requires police to release information about registered sex offenders to the public, including their name, picture, current address, imprisonment date and crime. This law does not apply in Australia.

What is April’s law?

A campaign by the family of murdered schoolgirl April Jones calling for tougher sentences for sex offenders has been debated in Parliament. “April’s Law” calls for sex offenders to remain on the register for life, with an online petition receiving more than 100,000 signatures.