Sex offenders’ scheme has started in Burnley

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A SCHEME to check on child sex offenders has come to Burnley.

It means that anyone can ask the police to check whether an individual who has contact with children has committed any child sexual offences.

Details of any previous convictions will be given to the person who is best placed to protect the child if there is reasonable cause to believe a child is in danger of being seriously harmed.

The arrival of the scheme in Burnley is part of it being established nationwide and follows a pilot in which nearly nine in 10 people who asked for information were parents or guardians most frequently concerned about neighbours, ex or new partners, family members or friends of family members.

Det. Supt Ian Critchley, Lancashire Constabulary’s Head of Public Protection, said: “The Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme provides members of the public with a formal way to check whether people who have contact with their children are a possible risk, and it will help parents, carers or guardians ensure that their children are safe, and also assists the police in managing known sex offenders living in the community more effectively.

“We already have a robust system to manage sexual and violent offenders through multi-agency public protection arrangements and closely to keep our children safe.

“We already disclose information about registered sexual offenders and violent offenders in a controlled way and to a variety of people including head teachers, leisure centre managers, employers and landlords, as well as parents.”