Published: 07th July 2013
July means sunshine and holidays for most... for me it’s agonising flashbacks to the day my Sarah was taken
"SARAH’S Law [sic] is formally known as [is] the Child Sex Offender [sic] Disclosure Scheme."
"It allows parents, guardians and members of the public to enquire about whether a person who has access to children is a registered sex offender, or poses a risk to a child.
The scheme was launched [formalised] by the Home Office in September 2008 across four police forces.
Following its success [sic], it was decided the initiative [sic] should be rolled out nationally across all police forces in England and Wales in 2011 to help safeguard [weasel word] and protect [sic] kids from harm [hahahaha].
Anyone can apply for information regarding a specific individual.
Disclosure is only given to parents or guardians who will be best placed [sic] to protect the child.
Police will process the application.
Even if there are no grounds for suspicion, it can trigger a probe into the individual to find out if they pose a risk to children.
— 4,229 applications have been made for information under Sarah's Law [sic]
— 635 paedophiles' [sic] details have been disclosed to police by worried parents since 2011
— 65 The most disclosures have been made in Nottingham"
Sara Payne - A Huge "Thank you"
Not one 'sex offender'/'paedophile' involved.
The CSODS (or even the madness of full, public, disclosure), could have done nothing, so as to save Sarah.
Only a reasonable/effective level of parental/guardian care/responsibility, could have done that; there lies the valuable lesson, from history.
We do need to say, that even that could help, little, in the sad case of Sarah - as presented.
October 29, 2012
High Court calls for joined-up thinking on disclosure of sex offender information
"X (South Yorkshire) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and Chief Constable of Yorkshire  EWHC 2954 (Admin)
The High Court has made an important ruling about the disclosure of information under the Child Sex Offender [sic] Disclosure Scheme (CSOD).
This non statutory arrangement has been in place since March 2010.
It allows members of the public to seek details from the police of a person who has some form of contact with children with a view to ascertaining whether that person has had convictions for sexual offences against children or whether there is other “relevant information” about them which ought to be made available."
October 24th, 2012
Disclosure of sex offender information – new high court judgment
"In the light of the considerations we have set out, it follows, in our judgment, that the CSOD Guidance ought to have set out a requirement that the decision maker consider, in the case of any person about whom disclosure might be made, whether that person be asked if he wishes to make representations. In the generality of cases without that person being afforded such an opportunity, the decision maker might not have all the information necessary to conduct the balancing exercise which he is required to perform justly and fairly. Whilst each case will turn on its own facts, it is difficult to foresee cases where it would be inappropriate to seek representations, unless there was an emergency or seeking the representations might itself put the child at risk´"
"Thus, in contrast with Megan’s law, where the general public are allowed access to details of convicted sex offenders living in a particular area, sex offenders in this country retain a right to privacy in respect of information relating to their offences, albeit that that right may lawfully be interfered with on a case by case basis."