Over the last few years, sexual offence law in the UK has had a bit of a shake-up; this has
been partly due to research on the prevention of sexual offences and how well the
prevention methods work.
And so, since prevention is better than cure, there has been a law passed in 2022 called
the Sexual Offender Management Law, which is set to increase the placing of both sexual
risk orders and sexual harm prevention orders in the UK.
This article will answer questions relating to sexual risk orders with the help of a sexual
What are the differences between a sexual harm prevention order and a
sexual risk order?
According to a sexual offence solicitor, the core difference is the risk.
If you have had a sexual harm prevention order placed, you are likely to have been
arrested and charged with a sexual offence. However, if you have a sexual risk order
placed, you will be deemed to be at risk of committing an act of sexual assault even if you
have not previously committed one.
Indeed, a sexual risk order or an SRO can be brought by police against you if they feel you
are at a high risk of committing a sexual offence.
Can I appeal a sexual risk order?
Yes, you can appeal a sexual risk order, but you will need the help of a sexual offence
solicitor. Even though you
haven’t committed a sexual
offence, these experts will
know the law surrounding
such an order thoroughly and
assist in the withdrawal and
appeal against such an order.
Be aware that even with the
help of a trained sexual
offence solicitor, a sexual risk
order may be tough to have
lifted since it is based on risk
and not fact.
How long do sexual risk orders last?
This will vary on the reason as to why it is being placed.
According to a sexual offence solicitor, the minimum term for a sexual risk order is 2
years, but this can be extended and last indefinitely. During this, to meet the requirements
of the order, you w