REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER NAME CHANGE
The Safeguarding Alliance have identified a serious safeguarding loophole whereby registered sex offenders are able to change their name by deed poll both enrolled and un-enrolled, and go under the radar of all authorities, putting societies most vulnerable at considerable and immediate risk of harm. This renders both the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (otherwise known as ‘Sarah’s Law’) and the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme ( otherwise known as ‘Claire’s Law’) redundant, and makes a mockery of the legal system.
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OUR KEY FINDINGS
The process by which a registered sex offender can change their name by deed poll, both enrolled and un-enrolled, is far too simple, inexpensive and unregulated. An offender can change their name, from prison or elsewhere, at minimal or no cost and commence the process of obscuring their identity unmonitored;
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 places the onus of reporting a name-change on the registered sex offender. This is a legal loophole rendering reporting unreliable and resulting in sex offenders avoiding slipping under the radar of all authorities;
There is no joined-up approach between statutory and other agencies. As a result, the effectiveness of important legislation, the Sex Offenders Register and the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme and Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme are being undermined and rendered redundant.