Sarah’s Law Success.
Police across England and Wales have hailed the child protection scheme “Sarah’s Law” a success, after releasing its first year of results.
“Sarah’s Law” was proposed after the murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne by a convicted sex offender 10 years ago. Sarah was kidnapped and murdered by Roy Whiting in West Sussex in 2000, and the scheme was rolled out across police forces in England and Wales on April 4th 2011.
The scheme allows worried parents or carers to check if someone with regular access to their children (including new partners) has a history of child sex offences.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary has received 88 such applications force-wide since the end of February last year, which includes 18 applications that were made in North Somerset and three disclosures were made to parents.
And national statistics reveal police received more than 1,600 enquiries and 900 formal applications for information after the law was brought in, and following investigations police revealed that more than 160 disclosures relating to child sex offences were made along with 58 other crimes.
Sarah Payne’s mother Sara told the Sun newspaper: “If just one child has been kept safe as a result of Sarah’s law then all the work to see it introduced would have been worth it.”
“The fact that it is hundreds of children is wonderful and testament to the fact the scheme is needed.”
Those wishing to make an application under Sarah’s Law are encouraged to make enquiries with their local police force, call 101 or download the contact form via the police website.
All of us at Landlord Referencing would firstly like to congratulate the police and Sara Payne on all the hard work that they’ve done to get this revolutionary scheme initiated.
But the ones that deserve the biggest thank you are the general public, because without their continued vigilance and support of the scheme it just wouldn’t work.
Without likening bad tenants to paedophiles, landlords have had the ability to check with a direct source regarding their potential tenants lifestyle (to protect their existing tenants and communities) for just over two years and the majority of our members now report a vast decline in:
- rent defaults
- property damage
- anti-social behaviour
- drug related crime and
- less theft.
Therefore proving that if landlords and letting agents can find out what their potential tenant is really like it will inevitably reduce crime in all of our neighbourhoods.
And just like Sarah’s Law; the strength lies within our communities.
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