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 find out if a sex offender lives in my area

There is no process in the UK for you to find out if a sex offender lives in your area.

Sarah's Law lets you ask the police whether a specific person who spends time alone with a child or children is a Registered Sex Offender or is a risk to the child or children.

If you want to tell us about something suspicious or worrying to do with someone's behaviour towards children, find out how to report possible child abuse.


Further advice and information

Child abuse

How Registered Sex Offenders are managed