Sexual offences

All Commons Briefing Papers
22 Documents
DateDescription
20.10.2016Commons Library analysis of the Sexual Offences (Pardons Etc.) Bill 2016-17
The Sexual Offences (Pardons Etc.) Bill 2016-17 is a Private Member's Bill. It would pardon anyone convicted of certain historic gay sex offences. It would also extend the existing "disregard scheme" under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
11.08.2016The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and background
This briefing concerns the establishment of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, a statutory Inquiry which formally opened in July 2015. This Inquiry replaced the previous, non-statutory, Inquiry set up in July 2014 which saw both of its Chairs resign; on 4 August 2016, Justice Goddard resigned as the Chair of the statutory inquiry and on 11 August it was announced that Professor Alexis Jay would be the new Chair.
22.07.2016Modern Slavery Act 2015: Recent Developments
Modern slavery is organised crime encompassing sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude. All the countries of the UK have brought in legislation to deal with the problem of modern slavery. This briefing paper looks at the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which applies in England and Wales.
23.05.2016Registration and management of sex offenders
This note provides an overview of the various measures in Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 aimed at enabling the police to monitor and manage sex offenders living in the local area. It considers the requirement for certain sex offenders to notify the police of personal information such as their name and address, and to update the police whenever this information changes. The police record of these notifications is commonly referred to as the "sex offenders' register". It also considers a range of civil orders that can be used to manage the behaviour of sex offenders.
07.01.2016Extreme pornography: UK law
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the law relating to the possession of extreme pornography.
13.03.2015Modern Slavery Bill: Progress of the Bill
This is a note on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Modern Slavery Bill. It complements Library Research Paper 14/37 prepared for the Commons Second Reading.
12.02.2015Serious Crime Bill: Progress of the Bill
The Serious Crime Bill [HL] 2013-14 had its second reading in the Commons on 5 January 2015. Library Research Paper 14/67 Serious Crime Bill provides background on the proposals in the Bill.
02.07.2014Modern Slavery Bill 2014-15
This Bill modernises and consolidates the offences relating to slavery, and creates an Anti-Slavery Commissioner, and provision for child trafficking advocates.
12.06.2014Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Commons stages
The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2013-14 had its second reading on 24 February 2014 and was carried over to 2014-15 session. Library Research Paper 14/8 The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill provides background on the proposals in the Bill. There are four parts covering criminal justice, including offences relating to extreme pornographic images and release and recall of prisoners, young offenders, secure colleges and youth cautions, changes to courts and tribunals, including strict liability and jury misconduct, and judicial review changes, which attracted much written and oral evidence.
05.03.2014Combating violence against women and girls around the world
As 8 March, International Women's Day, approaches, this note briefly surveys efforts to combat violence against women and girls around the world, focusing strongly on those that involve the UK.
20.02.2014Criminal Justice and Courts Bill
The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill would make a number of changes to the criminal justice system including sentencing; cautions; prisoners' release and recall; and the detention of young offenders. It would also reform court proceedings and costs; establish a new system of strict liability in contempt proceedings; create new offences for juror misconduct; make changes to the conduct and funding of judicial review claims; and amend the law on extreme pornography.
13.01.2014Human Trafficking: UK responses
This note examines the UK responses to human trafficking, including the Government's strategy and implementation of the Council of Europe Convention Against Trafficking and a related EU Directive. Standard Note SN/HA/6792 looks at the Draft Modern Slavery Bill published in December 2013.
10.04.2013Limitation period in sexual abuse case
The limitation period is the time within which one person may bring a civil action against another. The current rules on limitation periods in civil proceedings are complex. Different periods apply to different causes of action.
06.03.2012Sarah's law: the child sex offender disclosure scheme
This note summarises the child sex offender disclosure scheme, also known as Sarah's law, under which members of the public can ask the police whether an individual (e.g. a neighbour or family friend) is a convicted sex offender. In August 2010 the Home Secretary announced that the scheme would be rolled out across all police force areas in England and Wales, following a successful pilot.
07.02.2012Anonymity in rape cases
People who complain that they have been the victims of sexual offences are automatically given anonymity. Defendants in such cases, however, are not. This note considers the relevant legislation and the continuing debate as to whether defendants should be granted some form of anonymity. Shortly after the general election the Government indicated that it intended to introduce anonymity for defendants in rape cases. However, these plans were subsequently dropped on the basis that there was insufficient empirical evidence on which to base a decision on providing those accused of rape with anonymity.
20.07.2009Human Trafficking: international responses
This note examines international responses to human trafficking, including an overview of relevant treaties from organisations such as the UN, the International Labour Organization and the Council of Europe.
09.08.2007The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill Bill 130 of 2006-07
10.07.2003Sexual Offences Bill (HL);policy background (Bill 128 2002/03)
Sexual Offences Bill (HL):policy background (Bill 128 2002/03). House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/61.
10.07.2003Sexual Offences Bill (HL) (Bill 128 2002/03)
Sexual Offences Bill (HL) (Bill 128 2002/03). House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/62.
07.02.2000Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill: 'Age of consent' and abuse of a position of trust (Bill 55 1999/2000)
Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill: 'Age of consent' and abuse of a position of trust (Bill 55 of 1999/2000). House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/15.
21.01.1999Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill: 'Age of consent' and abuse of a position of trust (Bill 10 1998/99)
Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill: 'Age of consent' and abuse of a position of trust (Bill 10 of 1998/99). House of Commons Library Research Paper 99/4.
24.01.1997The Sex Offenders Bill 1996/97
The Sex Offenders Bill (Bill 66 1996/97). House of Commons Library Research Paper 97/11.