Has anyone used Sarah's Law to find out about a neighbour? I don't want details about the person obvs because I know it's a breach of confidentiality but how easy was it for you? Did you walk into a police station and just ask? Or phone them up? Were you questioned about your motives? There is a person near me who just gives me the creeps as he keeps bringing his toys out to play with the kids when they are out playing, it's not just this, there's a lot of other stuff. He may really genuine but I'd rather be safe than sorry. I just need to know how willingly the police will give over any info.
But I thought that Sarah's law meant they had to tell you if there was a previous conviction? I did google but I was after someone's experience of going to the police and google is good but I it doesn't message me back. 80% of questions on mumsnet could be googled, it's not that simple though.
No they don't have to tell you. Sarah's law is for people who are concerned about people that have proper access to their children. Thinking your neighbour is creepy won't get you the information. He isn't with your children unattended. It is for new partners of family members where the person is in close contact.
Ring 101 and apply. I would be very surprised if they told you. It includes neighbours if they have access to your children unsupervised, so if they were babysitting, it doesn't include neighbours that your children will see in the street. I know, it's my job to know.
My children play outside, we live in a 5 house dead end road. He doesn't speak to any other residents but strangely, when the kids are out he's out there with his rollerblades/drone/remote control car. He's in his 40s. Talking to them and saying people think he's weird because he likes playing with kids toys. It's just making me a bit
Rather than focus on Sarah's Law, just keep on doing what you're no doubt doing at the moment: make sure you supervise your DC outdoors; remind them that they mustn't go into anybody else's house without your permission, even if that person says you wouldn't mind; tell them to tell you immediately if any adult does something that makes them uncomfortable or asks them to keep anything a secret. Knowing that he has a conviction shouldn't affect how you keep your children safe anyway, and if he turns out to have no history at all then he's still a "creepy" man who you don't like and I doubt being reassured that he's never been convicted is going to change how you feel about him.
True, I tell them every time they go out about tricky people and I regularly check on them. It's just he acts SO suspiciously that I am going to have to check, like I said in my OP there's a bit more to it than the toys but I can't go into it without bringing my other neighbours into it when it may out.