FIVE child sex offenders have been outed as part of a police scheme to protect children.
Under Sarah’s Law parents can ask police about anyone with access to their children and officers will reveal details confidentially if they think it is in the child’s interests.
Police can also warn parents if concerns are raised by grandparents or neighbours.
From April 2011 to February this year, of 41 inquiries made to Cleveland Police 39 were processed and two were discounted.
Five disclosures were involving convicted child sex offenders and information was passed on in three other cases.
Durham Constabulary had 34 inquiries, with eight resulting in action to protect a child from harm. There were no specific figures for Hartlepool or east Durham.
Nationally, Sarah’s Law is said to have helped protect more than 200 children from harm in its first year.
Sara Payne, who campaigned for the law to be brought in following the murder of her daughter Sarah, said sex offenders could no longer hide their criminal history and put children at risk.
The disclosure figures come after it was revealed by children’s charity the NSPCC that 307 youngsters in the Cleveland area and 253 in County Durham were subjected to sexual abuse last year.
Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary can be contacted by ringing 101.