Sexual harm prevention order (SHPO)

A sexual harm prevention order (SHPO), previously known as a sexual offence prevention order (SOPO), is a court order that can be requested by the police, or court when there is a specific concern about an individual. This court order will be requested to prevent a person from engaging in a particular activity.

It is very common for a person who is convicted of online sexual offenses relating to children, to be subject to a SHPO. Examples of conditions set by the order include:

  • Not being allowed to visit places where it is likely there will be many children e.g. a playground in a park
  • No access to the internet without installed computer monitoring software
  • No deleting of internet history

The police are required to go to your home without giving you notice, to ensure that you are complying with your conditions.

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