When a person is convicted or cautioned in relation to a sexual offence or has committed a sexual offence but been found not guilty due to insanity or a disability, they are added to the Sex Offenders Register.
Reporting yourself as a sex offender to the police
If a person is added to the Sex Offender Register, they are required by law to notify police officers of the following details within three days of the caution, conviction or finding, or their release from custody or detention;
- name and any other false identities used
- date of birth
- home address or premises where they can usually be found.
Sex offender register obligations
The person on the register is also responsible for notifying officers of;
- any changes to the name and address already registered, within three days of the change
- addresses where they’ve stayed for seven days or longer
- any intended travelling seven days prior to departure
- anywhere they have remained for at least 12 hours at a household or other private place where an under 18 year old stays
- passport, credit card and bank account details and national insurance number.
At least once every 12 months, sex offenders must confirm that their details are still correct.
If you are a registered sex offender, you must visit one of our police stations.
Concerns about sex offenders
If you’re concerned someone may have been convicted of a sex offence and could be posing a risk to someone, you can apply for disclosure information through Clare’s Law and Sarah’s Law.