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Sexual harm prevention orders and Sexual risk orders

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Sexual Harm Prevention Orders (SHPO) and Sexual Risk Orders (SRO) replaced Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPO), Foreign Travel Orders (FTO) and Risk of Sexual Harm Orders (RSHO) on 8 March 2015. Their purpose is to simplify the civil prevention order regime and effectively disrupt and prevent the commission of sexual offences both prior to and post conviction. The SOPO/FTO regime was criticised as having artificial obstacles that allowed sexual offenders to continue to commit offences whilst avoiding the imposition (or renewal) of a prevention order. The review concluded that the prevention order regime needed to be updated to confront the modern realities of sexual offending.