ONLY five people in Wigan used a scheme where they ask the police to check whether an individual who has access to children has committed any child sexual offences.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed that only 49 requests were made across the region, of which five where in Wigan, to use the Child Sex Offender Disclosure (CSOD) scheme last year.
The national scheme means that anyone can ask the police to check whether an individual who has access to children has committed any child sexual offences.
Lancashire Police say they have also seen a decline in the numbers of people applying for disclosure has reduced in the last 12 months and that they are encouraging anyone who has concerns whether people who have contact with their children are a possible risk to use the scheme.
They said that since April 2011 Lancashire has received 152 enquiries which have been classified under the child sex offender disclosure classification. This breaks down into 60 referrals in 2011, 70 in 2012 and 23 up to 30 April 2013.
Lancashire Constabulary’s Head of Public Protection Detective Superintendent Neil Esseen said: “This scheme provides members of the public with a formal way to check whether people who have contact with their children are a possible risk, and I would encourage anyone who has any concerns in this area to make use of it.
“The scheme helps parents, carers or guardians ensure that their children are safe, and also assists the police in managing known sex offenders living in the community more effectively.
“We already have a robust system to manage sexual and violent offenders through Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and we work very closely with our partners in the prison and probation service to keep our children safe.”
For information visit: www.gov.uk/find-out-if-a-person-has-a-record-for-child-sexual-offences