Sarah's Law Launched

3 March 2010, 06:16 | Updated: 3 March 2010, 06:25

Parents here will be able to request more information about people in contact with their children from August.

It's been announced today that Suffolk and Essex Police will be among the first counties introducing what's been dubbed 'Sarah's Law'. The Child Sex Offender Disclosure scheme has already had success after more than 60 children were protected from potential abuse during a 12 month pilot in Cleveland, Hampshire, Warwickshire and Cambridgeshire.

The scheme launches here in August, as well as 17 other areas. It'll give added reassurance to parents worried about those in contact with their children. The Government aims to roll 'Sarah's Law' out to all police forces by the end of March 2011.

Sara Payne, Victims' Champion said: "I am delighted that the years of campaigning and hard work by so many friends and colleagues have provided those who care for children with the right to check that adults who have access to them do not pose a danger."