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Sex offender details available to parents in Lichfield and Burntwood

Parents in Lichfield and Burntwood will be able to find out if people who have contact with their children have any history of sexual offences.

Staffordshire Police has joined the Child Sex Offender Disclosure scheme which gives people the right to request information about a person who has contact with their child.

Spearheaded by Sara Payne, mother of eight-year-old Sarah who was murdered by a sex offender in 2000, the scheme is co-ordinated by the Home Office.

Assistant Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said:

“We welcome the opportunity to take part in this scheme, which will further enhance robust procedures already in place to manage sexual and potentially dangerous offenders in Staffordshire.

“Parents, carers and guardians who have real concerns about an individual who has contact with their child, or children, can now request information as to whether or not that individual has a record of child sex offences.

“All requests for information will be carefully considered by officers and relevant partner agencies to ensure they are genuine, and the disclosure of information will protect children from harm. Those people with concerns are encouraged to attend their local police station or speak to their local police officer.”

Police say that once a request is made it will be assessed within 24 hours, before being reviewed by a case officer in the force’s Protecting Vulnerable People Department.

Councillor Ian Parry, Staffordshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

“This is an important step forward in the way we safeguard children. It gives parents, carers and guardians who require more information about someone in contact with their child the information they need to make an informed decision. We certainly welcome the opportunity to be part of this scheme, which will enhance our already considerable safeguarding procedures.”

Anyone concerned about children in their care can contact Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 44 55 or visit their local police station. People can also request information via filling in an online form at www.staffordshire.police.uk.

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