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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Someone poses a risk to an adult

You can't use the Child Sex Offender's Disclosure Scheme (Sarah's Law) to find out about someone who poses a risk to an adult, but you might be able to use the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law) instead.

Clare's Law lets you formally ask the police if your partner may pose a risk to you. You can also ask about the partner of a close friend or family member.

Request information under Clare's Law