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Revealed: Worried parents make 51 requests to Manchester police for information on sexual offenders in 2012

By John Paul Shammas
 
Worried parents made 51 enquires to Greater Manchester Police for information regarding sex offenders in their area last year.
 
MM can reveal that the 51 enquiries were made using the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme, with Bury receiving the most number of requests across the boroughs.

The scheme is also known as ‘Sarah’s Law’, following the death of nine-year-old Sarah Payne at the hands of a convicted sex offender in July 2000.

It was designed to allow parents and guardians to access the sex offenders’ register should an adult have access to their child.

After the extent of the grooming scandal gained national exposure earlier this year however, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) are warning parents and guardians that ‘Sarah’s Law’ isn’t the only way to protect children.

A spokesperson for the NSPCC said: “While Sarah’s Law is helping to protect some children, we know there are many more still at risk. It is important to remember that not all child sex offenders have criminal records and are known to police.

“In 2011 there were more than 23,000 sexual offences reported against children in England and Wales. Everyone must play their part if we are to bring this worrying figure down.”

Bury topped the list of requests with 10 applications, while Trafford was the only borough of Greater Manchester to not make a request in 2012.
 
If people suspect a child is being abused they should get help immediately by contacting social services, the police or the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email [email protected]

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