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Changes to orders dealing with sexual offences

On the 8th May 2015, the Sexual Offences Act 2003 was amended, making changes to the provisions dealing with behaviour orders.

The following orders were repealed at that time:

These were replaced with:

Sexual Harm Prevention Orders (SHPO), can be made by a court at the point of sentencing for a sexual or violent crime, or following a complaint made about a person previously convicted of a sexual offence where their behaviour suggests that they may re-offend. Read more about SHPO’s here.

Sexual Risk Orders can be made where a person has carried out an act of a sexual nature as a result of which there is reasonable cause to believe that it is necessary for such an order to be made, even if they have never been convicted. See here for further information.


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