More than 200 children have been protected from potential harm during the first year of the new Sarah’s law scheme, which was rolled out across all police forces in England and Wales. Over the last 12 months the police have received more than 1,600 enquiries and over 900 formal applications resulting in 218 critical disclosures.

Home Secretary Theresa May said: ‘Thanks to Sarah’s Law, we know that more than 200 children have been protected from potential harm over the last year.

‘We are doing everything we can to protect the public, and especially children, from predatory offenders by tightening the law and closing loopholes. But families themselves have a vital role to play.

‘It is important that parents, guardians and carers are aware of the disclosure scheme and their right to request information if they have concerns.’

Anyone wishing to make an application should make contact with their local police force.