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What if a Child Sex Offender is Living in Your Area?

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 1 Feb 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Child Sex Offenders In Community

Protecting our children is always a priority and one of the most frightening things which could unnerve a parent might be to discover that a child Sex Offender Is Living Within The Community. Although it’s likely to cause you to harbour great resentment and could worry you, the UK has implemented strict measures to protect the public from known sex offenders.

All of these measures working together are designed to ensure that the threat from a known sex offender who has been released back into the community poses as minimal a risk as is possible, and the whole procedure is carefully monitored and managed.

How is it Monitored & Managed?

The courts have been granted more powers in terms of being able to issue longer prison sentences, open-ended sentences and, in the most dangerous cases, even ordering a life imprisonment sentence in the severest of cases. They can also issue Sexual Offences Prevention Orders that forbid offenders from taking part in particular activities and engaging in certain types of behaviour, as well as there being strict legislation in place concerning vetting procedures for working with children.

Offenders also need to comply with the Sex Offenders' Register and give their name and current address to the police. This must always be updated if there are any changes, and their failure to do so can result in a prison term of up to 5 years.

How Can I be Sure that My Child is Safe?

There are a number of organisations who all work together to ensure that the safety and security of children comes first if a sex offender may be living in the community. These include:
  • The police
  • The probation and prison service staff
  • Housing, health and social services

MAPPA Management

The organisations outlined above combine to form what’s known as a MAPPA team. MAPPA stands for ‘Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements’ and no matter where you live in the UK, you’ll have a MAPPA team working within your area. Their role is to monitor and manage sex offenders who might be living within a community, and to ensure that they don’t offend again. Some of the methods they use include:
  • Regular police visits and interviews
  • Ongoing reviews and assessments of the risk the offender poses, as well as surveillance of high-risk offenders
  • Treatment to reduce the risk of re-offending
  • Placing offenders in supervised accommodation where they can be closely monitored, tagged and placed under curfew if necessary
  • Recalling offenders back to prison where they have breached conditions associated with their release

Do I Have the Right to Know?

You local MAPPA team produce an annual report which explains how sex offenders are being managed in your area, as well as the number of known sex offenders who are living in the community. In addition, the police have in place what is referred to as ‘controlled disclosure’, which permits them to share specific information about the names and addresses of known sex offenders living in the community with those individuals and organisations that have a professional responsibility for either the safety of children.

These organisations include leisure centres, schools, employers and landlords, and there are a number of pilot schemes which are currently being trailed in specific areas of the country whereby some parents and carers are able to gain access to more detailed information about known sex offenders living in the area in terms of their name, address and workplace, if they have one. And, in certain individual instances, the police may decide to share any relevant information with you if you feel there is a direct threat to your child as the result of any report you’ve made to them.

Why Don’t We all Have the Right to Know?

The problem of simply ‘naming and shaming’ all known sex offenders who are living in the community is that there is a danger that they will become victims of persecution. Even usually law abiding citizens have been know to form vigilante groups to act against the offender. The problem with this is that it will often simply drive the offender underground where they’ll disappear. They can then pose an even greater risk to the public as the authorities would then be unable to monitor and supervise their activities. If that was to happen, it is likely to increase the number of incidents of re-offending.

However, if you have reason to suspect that a person is or has engaged in committing a sexual offence against a child or you believe that a person is acting suspiciously around young children within the neighbourhood, then you should report these matters to the police.

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Hi everyone, I was wondering if I could get some advice. I am classed as a vunable (depression,self harm, anxiety) 20 yr old girl to the council etc.. and live in a one bedroom flat in June last year a man moved in below me who also had mental health problems because of our similarities in life I got friendly (not sexually or physically)with him, he was 37 at the timegiving him food etc.. He helped me water my garden & chop overgrown bushes for me etc.. He was a great neighbour & friend who I believed to have a lot in common with. I new he struggled with money like most people so when he said his mobile data to access the internet had ran out & he couldn't afford more I thought I'd be kind and give him my wifi passcode to help him out. When my wifi starting playing up I wondered if it was because he was on my wifi, so I text him asking to come off it for five minutes I had no reply which was overly strange for him. I went downstairs no answer to my knocking, looked through the window, the flat was lifeless I saw his phone charger, food, dirty dishes in the sink so I presumed he had gone out. Even though he'd explained he had no friends or family. 3 weeks went past nothing, his phone was had been disconnected and I became very concerned for his well fair, our other neighbour had a key for his flat, imaging the worst (suicide) we opened the door believing he was going to be dead (no offence) but nothing. We rang the council to explain our concern they understood & came to the block of flats and emptied his flat, explaining he didn't like living here. We were so shocked he hadn't even said good bye nothing, which I believed was very out of character and deep down I new something was not right. Last week I received a letter from a local prison which is pacifically for sex offenders. He wrote ' i am not coping in here, I'm sorry disappearing, as you can guess I'm in prison, I haven't done anything wrong & I have been here since July 2016 if you don't write back I understand' Considering it is January 2017 he has been in prison several months & I do not believe he has been locked up for nothing. But as a young girl how do I know that writing back is not going to make me vunarable to attack or become a victim as I have anxiety this has not left my mind as I believed he was my friend but little did I know I could have a sex offender as a friend. I still haven't written back because quite honestly I'm scared and have never been through or even heard of anything like this before. I'm losing sleep & making myself anxious all the time just thinking of who I had in my flat & what could of happened to me? Can he return? Anyone help / advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Pb - 1-Feb-17 @ 5:35 PM
Hi everyone, I was wondering if I could get some advice. I am classed as a vunable (depression,self harm, anxiety) 20 yr old girl to the council etc.. and live in a one bedroom flat in June last year a man moved in below me who also had mental health problems because of our similarities in life I got friendly (not sexually or physically)with him, he was 37 at the timegiving him food etc.. He helped me water my garden & chop overgrown bushes for me etc.. He was a great neighbour & friend who I believed to have a lot in common with. I new he struggled with money like most people so when he said his mobile data to access the internet had ran out & he couldn't afford more I thought I'd be kind and give him my wifi passcode to help him out. When my wifi starting playing up I wondered if it was because he was on my wifi, so I text him asking to come off it for five minutes I had no reply which was overly strange for him. I went downstairs no answer to my knocking, looked through the window, the flat was lifeless I saw his phone charger, food, dirty dishes in the sink so I presumed he had gone out. Even though he'd explained he had no friends or family. 3 weeks went past nothing, his phone was had been disconnected and I became very concerned for his well fair, our other neighbour had a key for his flat, imaging the worst (suicide) we opened the door believing he was going to be dead (no offence) but nothing. We rang the council to explain our concern they understood & came to the block of flats and emptied his flat, explaining he didn't like living here. We were so shocked he hadn't even said good bye nothing, which I believed was very out of character and deep down I new something was not right. Last week I received a letter from a local prison which is pacifically for sex offenders. He wrote ' i am not coping in here, I'm sorry disappearing, as you can guess I'm in prison, I haven't done anything wrong & I have been here since July 2016 if you don't write back I understand' Considering it is January 2017 he has been in prison several months & I do not believe he has been locked up for nothing. But as a young girl how do I know that writing back is not going to make me vunarable to attack or become a victim as I have anxiety this has not left my mind as I believed he was my friend but little did I know I could have a sex offender as a friend. I still haven't written back because quite honestly I'm scared and have never been through or even heard of anything like this before. I'm losing sleep & making myself anxious all the time just thinking of who I had in my flat & what could of happened to me? Can he return? Anyone help / advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Pb - 1-Feb-17 @ 5:13 PM
Hi everyone, I was wondering if I could get some advice. I am classed as a vunable (depression,self harm, anxiety) 20 yr old girl to the council etc.. and live in a one bedroom flat in June last year a man moved in below me who also had mental health problems because of our similarities in life I got friendly (not sexually or physically)with him, he was 37 at the timegiving him food etc.. He helped me water my garden & chop overgrown bushes for me etc.. He was a great neighbour & friend who I believed to have a lot in common with. I new he struggled with money like most people so when he said his mobile data to access the internet had ran out & he couldn't afford more I thought I'd be kind and give him my wifi passcode to help him out. When my wifi starting playing up I wondered if it was because he was on my wifi, so I text him asking to come off it for five minutes I had no reply which was overly strange for him. I went downstairs no answer to my knocking, looked through the window, the flat was lifeless I saw his phone charger, food, dirty dishes in the sink so I presumed he had gone out. Even though he'd explained he had no friends or family. 3 weeks went past nothing, his phone was had been disconnected and I became very concerned for his well fair, our other neighbour had a key for his flat, imaging the worst (suicide) we opened the door believing he was going to be dead (no offence) but nothing. We rang the council to explain our concern they understood & came to the block of flats and emptied his flat, explaining he didn't like living here. We were so shocked he hadn't even said good bye nothing, which I believed was very out of character and deep down I new something was not right. Last week I received a letter from a local prison which is pacifically for sex offenders. He wrote ' i am not coping in here, I'm sorry disappearing, as you can guess I'm in prison, I haven't done anything wrong & I have been here since July 2016 if you don't write back I understand' Considering it is January 2017 he has been in prison several months & I do not believe he has been locked up for nothing. But as a young girl how do I know that writing back is not going to make me vunarable to attack or become a victim as I have anxiety this has not left my mind as I believed he was my friend but little did I know I could have a sex offender as a friend. I still haven't written back because quite honestly I'm scared and have never been through or even heard of anything like this before. I'm losing sleep & making myself anxious all the time just thinking of who I had in my flat & what could of happened to me? Can he return? Anyone help / advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Pb - 1-Feb-17 @ 4:40 PM
Hi everyone, I was wondering if I could get some advice. I am classed as a vunable (depression,self harm, anxiety) 20 yr old girl to the council etc.. and live in a one bedroom flat in June last year a man moved in below me who also had mental health problems because of our similarities in life I got friendly (not sexually or physically)with him, he was 37 at the timegiving him food etc.. He helped me water my garden & chop overgrown bushes for me etc.. He was a great neighbour & friend who I believed to have a lot in common with. I new he struggled with money like most people so when he said his mobile data to access the internet had ran out & he couldn't afford more I thought I'd be kind and give him my wifi passcode to help him out. When my wifi starting playing up I wondered if it was because he was on my wifi, so I text him asking to come off it for five minutes I had no reply which was overly strange for him. I went downstairs no answer to my knocking, looked through the window, the flat was lifeless I saw his phone charger, food, dirty dishes in the sink so I presumed he had gone out. Even though he'd explained he had no friends or family. 3 weeks went past nothing, his phone was had been disconnected and I became very concerned for his well fair, our other neighbour had a key for his flat, imaging the worst (suicide) we opened the door believing he was going to be dead (no offence) but nothing. We rang the council to explain our concern they understood & came to the block of flats and emptied his flat, explaining he didn't like living here. We were so shocked he hadn't even said good bye nothing, which I believed was very out of character and deep down I new something was not right. Last week I received a letter from a local prison which is pacifically for sex offenders. He wrote ' i am not coping in here, I'm sorry disappearing, as you can guess I'm in prison, I haven't done anything wrong & I have been here since July 2016 if you don't write back I understand' Considering it is January 2017 he has been in prison several months & I do not believe he has been locked up for nothing. But as a young girl how do I know that writing back is not going to make me vunarable to attack or become a victim as I have anxiety this has not left my mind as I believed he was my friend but little did I know I could have a sex offender as a friend. I still haven't written back because quite honestly I'm scared and have never been through or even heard of anything like this before. I'm losing sleep & making myself anxious all the time just thinking of who I had in my flat & what could of happened to me? Can he return? Anyone help / advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Pb - 1-Feb-17 @ 4:18 PM
Kat - Your Question:
Hi everyone just need bit of advice really! I've been in my property almost 5 years now and loved it until say the last 12 months, most of the neighbours don't work and they all sit out the front together drinking and smoking and gossiping, well a new family moved in below me and at first I got on quite well with the woman taking her shopping doing skip runs for her so she didn't get into trouble with the housing for her trash also being a personal taxi to her quite a few times, getting medicine for her child when she was ill because she couldn't be bothered to walk to the shops! Anyway we fell out over something really stupid, I didn't go for a drink with her on her bday! Well since then we havnt spoke, well not on friend terms anyway! Her loud music at really late times has always been a problem but since we fell out its been worse! They have it full blast so my to shakes and I can hear every beat also they now I have a child also, the music Wakes my child up so I don't know how theirs sleeps through it! Well we've had numerous arguments over it now which led to them threatening me and my partner, I was extremely close to phoning the police, the only thing that stopped me is that her partner is a body builder (he also hits her) he is extremely intimidating! And I thought the reprocushion after will not be worth it! I've phoned the housing numerous times asking for help and they keep fobbing me off to envioronmental health! They don't work and are living on benefits, where as me and my partner both work full time, I pay full rent n full council tax. Her partner is also on the sex offenders register for assaulting a girl under the age of 18 a few years ago! I have literally had enough and don't know what to do anymore????

Our Response:
It is the environmental health department you need to talk to about noise nuisance. If you feel they are in breach of the tenancy agreement then the council housing dept will of course need to act, but the assistance of environmental health will be needed to prove a case.
ProblemNeighbours - 31-Mar-16 @ 12:08 PM
Hi everyone just need bit of advice really! I've been in my property almost 5 years now and loved it until say the last 12 months, most of the neighbours don't work and they all sit out the front together drinking and smoking and gossiping, well a new family moved in below me and at first I got on quite well with the woman taking her shopping doing skip runs for her so she didn't get into trouble with the housing for her trash also being a personal taxi to her quite a few times, getting medicine for her child when she was ill because she couldn't be bothered to walk to the shops! Anyway we fell out over something really stupid, I didn't go for a drink with her on her bday! Well since then we havnt spoke, well not on friend terms anyway! Her loud music at really late times has always been a problem but since we fell out its been worse! They have it full blast so my to shakes and I can hear every beat also they now I have a child also, the music Wakes my child up so I don't know how theirs sleeps through it! Well we've had numerous arguments over it now which led to them threatening me and my partner, I was extremely close to phoning the police, the only thing that stopped me is that her partner is a body builder (he also hits her) he is extremely intimidating! And I thought the reprocushion after will not be worth it! I've phoned the housing numerous times asking for help and they keep fobbing me off to envioronmental health! They don't work and are living on benefits, where as me and my partner both work full time, I pay full rent n full council tax. Her partner is also on the sex offenders register for assaulting a girl under the age of 18 a few years ago! I have literally had enough and don't know what to do anymore????
Kat - 28-Mar-16 @ 10:06 PM
sorry to read of your distress. If things haven't improved for you all. I suggest you seek help from your local council. Or book an appointment with the Citizens Advice. All the very best.
LeenB - 5-Oct-15 @ 1:17 PM
Now i am persuingM.A and preparing for civil services,my economic condition is not so good that to go out.So i am to study as hard as possible,but my neighbours make noise and threaten me and my family everytime so it is not possible to focus on study as well,so plz suggest me wht legal action should be taken to protect me and my family.
ALOK - 1-Aug-13 @ 5:46 AM
I don't know where to start to be honest. I am in a SHG property & have had problems with most of my neighbours from day one,when myself & my two children,two boy's moved in three & a half years ago my boy's were 3 & 17yrs old. It first started with stares & whispers from a family of four,& when I say staring-i mean CONSTANT stares everytime we either left the house or were sitting in the front garden. Some families on the close had been here for years & could already tell that our faces did'nt fit. Then came the children,as soon as I eventually decided to try & let my little one mingle he'd come in crying due to his toy's being thrown over the adjacent field,name calling,being left out of their games-he was only 4. One time,& ill never forget I,a girl of 8 asked him if he'd like a cuddle,when he ran to her she slapped him full force around the face-i was heartbroken for him & decide enough was enough. I spoke to both the child & the mother & the mother did'nt look shocked,angry,or even ashamed that her daughter had done this,the child just walked past her mother & went into the living room(as at their frot door)& watched tv! I could'nt believe it. Anyway,as you can imagine this only made the relations between my children ,myself & the neighbours worse. In the summer of 2011,the "lstarey" neighbour let one his children keep on throwing water balloons at my youngest,even though I'd changed him twice beforehand because of it,when I confronted his child he just ran off & the neighbour himself just shrugged it off,swearing as he did so. My eldest son heard this & to cut a long story short,& after putting up with so much-alot more than what I've put in here-he hit him. My son ended up in court & got a fine,& as a family we received an ABC order. Anyway,after thinking things could'nt get much worse,a new family moved in that I "knew" from the school run. I had heard terrible rumours about the father that I had my suspicions about for a while-the "rumours" were from his wifes sister. She told us much to much about them,unfortunately my eldest son was her boyfriend for 6months or so,& now that they are no longer together she is back in with her sister & her husband,even taking her 4yr old daughter to their house...after everything she told us! So as you can imagine,we are now getting loads of grief from them now,yesterday the father told my eldest son that he was going to make sure that we're kicked out of our house,that he's going to get him done over,etc-etc allsorts of nasty threat's & name calling. To make matters worse,they seem to be well in with some of the other more undesirable families on the close & I am so worried for our future here. I love where I live,I have a lovely house,I work as does my eldest-we keep ourselves to ourselves,but for some reason or another we are hated on our street & don't see it improving,they all stick together. Is there anybody else who has encountered similar problems that can prehaps give me a few w
loopylou - 2-Jun-13 @ 8:41 PM
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