North West Region

Sarah’s Law figures ‘alarming’

Sarah’s Law figures ‘alarming’


News that children may be at risk because police are failing to give parents information under Sarah’s Law has been met with dismay by North West UKIP MEP Louise Bours.

“I find the vastly differing Child Sex Offenders Disclosure responses by police forces quite alarming.

“The idea that it is down to a postcode lottery whether you can find out if your child is safe or not will obviously concern a great many families throughout the country.

“The report released today from the NSPCC includes figures showing, for example, that just three per cent of requests made to Lancashire Police led to information being given to applicants and I find that worryingly low.

“I commend the NSPCC for looking into this, although I find it a shame that they have had to make Freedom of Information requests when you would imagine this sort of data should be freely available in the first place.

“The UK has seen some pretty appalling cases involving paedophiles and mass child abuse recently, like Rochdale, Rotherham and Oxford, for example.

“There are also the issues of child exploitation, child brides, and trafficking. The police work very hard under difficult circumstances and ever increasing cuts, but some forces nevertheless really do need to step up to the plate on this.

“These are some of the most serious issues of modern life in Britain, and all agencies should be working hard and together to prevent it.”


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