Sex offender community disclosure scheme: overview

How to apply to the police for information if you have concerns about someone's access to a child.

Support Helplines

If you are concerned that a child is in immediate danger: Call 999

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child: Call the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit Textphone available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: 0800 056 0566

The NSPCC Helpline is a free, 24-hour service which provides counseling, information and advice to parents who need support and anyone who has concerns about a child.

Stop it Now! is a confidential freephone helpline for people who might be worried about their own thoughts and feelings towards children or the behaviour of others; parents and carers of young people with sexually worrying behaviour; and professionals needing help with difficult cases. This confidential helpline operates from 9am - 9pm Monday to Thursday and from 9am - 7p-m on Friday. The number to call is: 0808 1000 900 or visit the website:

For general information about keeping children safe: CHILDREN 1 ST, 83 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh EH9 1AT Tel: 0131 446 2300 / Fax: 0131 446 2339 Helpline 0800 0282 233 / Email:

Parents and carers can call the national, free and confidential helpline: ParentLine Scotland on 0800 0282 233. ParentLine opening hours are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am - 5pm; Tuesday and Thursday 9am - 9pm.

For advice on online and internet safety: The Child Exploitation and Online Protection ( CEOP) Centre at provides a range of very useful advice for young people, parents, teachers and other professionals. The information to help parents can be found at

CEOP also runs the 'most wanted' service for local police forces where members of the public can work with the police to locate some of the UK's most wanted child sex offenders.

You can register to receive updates about these offenders by visiting


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