Could 'Sarah's Law' scheme cause vigilante attacks?
Police have played down fears that allowing parents to check if someone with access to their children is a sex offender may cause vigilante attacks. Would parents keep the information they have obtained to themselves?
The scheme known as "Sarah's Law" was proposed after the murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne in 2000. It was then piloted in four areas in England from September 2008.
The Home Office pilot scheme is now being extended to eight more forces. Chief Constable Paul West of the Association of Chief Police Officers said it was "realistic" to think people would keep information to themselves.
Would children be safer because of "Sarah's Law"? How widespread should the information be about sex offenders in an area? Could the scheme backfire? Is there a risk of vigilante action and sex offenders going underground?
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