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What are 'notification requirements' if the offender is put on the sex offenders register?

Registered sex offenders are subject to 'notification requirements' . This means they must tell the police about some of their personal details. The notification requirements are an automatic consequence of a conviction or caution for a Schedule 3 offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The information the offender needs to give to the police and how long they need to do this for depends on the sentence they were given.


Offenders who are subject to notification requirements for life can apply to have this reviewed after a set period of time following their first notification, which usually takes place at release from prison. The set period of time is 15 years for adults and 8 years for juveniles. If the offender makes such an application, the police will then carry out a review, including a risk assessment to decide whether the offender's notification requirements may be stopped.


Sex offenders who are assessed as still being a risk will remain subject to notification requirements and will do so for life if necessary.


If you are a victim of an offender who makes such an application, you are entitled to make representations to the police as part of the review. For more information, you should contact your local police force.

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