Child Sex Offender Review (CSOR) Public Disclosure Pilots: a process evaluation - 2nd edition: summary: summary

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Kemshall, Hazel; Wood, Jason
Home Office
Date of publication
1 March 2010
Research report; 32
Children and Young People, Criminal Justice Services, Social Policy
Social welfare
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Summary of research aiming to determine how successfully four pilots have provided members of the public with a formal mechanism for requesting information about individuals who have unsupervised access to children and who may have convictions for child sex offending. The process evaluation also assessed the extent and nature of the applications, whether the pilots have contributed to existing child protection arrangements and the cost of implementation. Management information shows that a total of 585 enquiries were received across all pilot areas with 315 proceeded with as applications. Twenty-one disclosures (7% of applications) were made under the remit of the pilot and a further 11 applications resulted in non-pilot disclosures, i.e. where practitioners deemed it necessary to impart information that did not relate to convictions for child sex offences. Analysis of the 159 application forms, submitted to the research team for detailed analysis revealed 43 additional applications resulted in other safeguarding outcomes, such as a referral to Children’s Social Care.

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