Being on the sex offenders register (SOR)

Since 1997, anyone cautioned or convicted for a sexual offence, is put on the sex offenders register (SOR). This includes anyone who commits a sexual offence on the internet.

Under the Sexual Offences Act, all sex offenders must register with the police within three days of their conviction or release from prison. If you are convicted, you will be required to go to your local police station and sign the register. If you do not register, you will be charged with another criminal offence.

You are required to provide the following information at registration:

  • Full name and any other names used (aliases)
  • The addresses of any properties that you stay in for more than 7 days a year (non-consecutive)
  • Date of birth
  • National insurance number
  • Passport details

In addition, you must:

  • Notify the police of all foreign travel
  • Notify the police where living or staying with a person aged under 18, for 12 hours or more
  • Notify the police of certain credit card and bank account details

You will be required to go the police station on a regular basis in order to sign a document stating that you are still complying with SOR regulations.  If you have no fixed abode, you will be required to go to the police station once a week.

Failure to notify the police of any of the above and failure to notify the police of any changes to any of the above, is a criminal offence.

How long will I be on the SOR? – This will depend on the offence you have committed and the sentence you have been given. If you are convicted of offences relating to the access of sexual images of children, you could receive:

Length of sentence: Length of time on SOR:
Custodial sentence of 30 months of more: Indefinite notification
Custodial sentence of more than 6 months but less than 30 months: 10 years
Custodial sentence of 6 months or less: 7 years
Caution: 2 years

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