Is the sex offenders disclosure scheme a good idea?
Parents will be able to check if someone is a sex offender in a scheme due to be rolled out across England and Wales by March 2011, the Home Office says. Do you think the scheme will be useful?
A year-long pilot has already protected 60 children, ministers say. A similar scheme is to be launched in Scotland.
The take-up of the pilot was lower than expected, leading researchers who evaluated the programme to question whether it was worth it. The biggest category of applicants in the pilot areas was fathers concerned over the new boyfriends of ex-partners.
The scheme emerged after a long campaign by Sara Payne, whose daughter Sarah was killed by a convicted paedophile who had been released from prison.
Are you a parent? Is this the solution to keep children safe from sex offenders? Would this scheme make you feel safer about who comes into contact with your children? Would this scheme have helped you in the past? What other safeguards should be in place to protect children from sex offenders?