It’s important to note that the sex offenders register only covers people who have been cautioned for, or convicted of, sexual offences. The length of time an offender is on the register depends on their sentence.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) annual Crime Survey for England and Wales, estimated that over the course of the the year ending March 2020, there were 773,000 adults aged 16 to 74 years who were victims of sexual assault (including attempts).
People on the sex offenders register do not carry specific ID cards
The Facebook post also claims that people on the sex offenders register “don’t carry a card because it violates their privacy”.
There is no specific ID that declares a person to be on the sex offenders register.
However, a person on the register must disclose a long list of personal details including National Insurance number, passport details and bank account and credit card details.
MAPPA can cover conditions like living at approved premises, being subject to exclusion zones in certain towns or cities and, in very extreme circumstances, covert monitoring of offenders.
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For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as partly false
because there are not more than 850,000 registered child sex offenders in the UK. The National Crime Agency said earlier in 2021 that there could be up to 850,000 people in the UK who posed a sexual risk to children, but these are not registered offenders.
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