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Government urged to close ‘abuse of trust’ loophole

October 2019

The government is being pressed to close a loophole that allows sports coaches and religious figures to have sexual relationships with young people aged 16 and 17.

Currently, children under the age of 18 are protected in law from being abused by those in a position of trust, and the law is particularly relevant for 16 and 17-year-olds, who are over the age of consent. But the law does not apply to sports coaches or church leaders.

The all-party parliamentary group on Safeguarding in Faith Settings has launched an inquiry and is calling on the Ministry of Justice to widen the scope of the law – something which The Christian Institute has been campaigning for since 1999.