Only 1 in 6 applications successful despite thousands of requests made
Children may be at risk of harm from sexual predators as very few police forces are making full use of 'Sarah's Law'.
The Child Sex Offenders Disclosure (CSOD) scheme came into force following public outrage over the savage murder of 8-year-old Sarah Payne.It allows parents and others to ask police for details about individuals if they suspect they might harm children.
But since it began in April 2011, our Freedom of Information requests found that just 1 in 6 applications under the scheme known as 'Sarah's Law' were successful in England and Wales.
The new figures also revealed that the number of disclosures made varied greatly from location to location, indicating a postcode lottery when it comes to responding to public concerns.