Keeping children safe disclosure scheme
What is the Keeping Children Safe Disclosure Scheme?
The Keeping Children Safe Disclosure Scheme (also known as 'Sarahs Law) is a national scheme which allows anyone who has an interest in the welfare of a named child, or children, to formally enquire whether an individual who has access to a child has a record of child sexual offences and/or poses a significant risk of harm to a child.
For example, a grandparent may enquire about their sons new partner who is living or staying in the same house as their grandchild.
If it is in the childs interest for certain information to be disclosed, it will only be provided to the person most able/responsible for the childs welfare (usually parent, guardians or carers).
The scheme can be used to find out about all child-related offences and information which is beneficial to disclose to protect a child from the risk of significant harm.
Between January 2013 and August 2014 there were 44 Sarahs Law applications in Cambridgeshire.
This scheme does not replace existing arrangements for vetting and safeguarding children procedures