The Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (CSODS) lets you formally ask the police whether someone who has contact with a child or children:

  • has a record for child sexual offences
  • poses a risk to the child or children for some other reason

It's not a law, but it is sometimes called 'Sarah's Law'.

Sarah's Law is not for you to report something to the police. Tell us about something you've seen or heard here or find out how to report possible child abuse here.

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I want to find out about someone I employ

Sarah's Law is for applications for information in relation to a specific child or children. You should use the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for checks on an employee or someone you are thinking of employing.

If you want to tell us about something suspicious or worrying to do with someone's behaviour towards children, find out how to report possible child abuse.