July 07, 2020

Help the NSPCC to ‘Close the Loophole’

The NSPCC has launched a campaign designed to pressure the government into changing a law that currently makes it possible for adults working in sport and other sectors to take advantage of children in their care.

At present only people such as teachers, care workers and youth justice workers are legally in a position of trust, meaning it is against the law for them to have a sexual relationship with 16-17-year-old children that they supervise.

This means that if adults working in any other settings, such as sport, have a sexual relationship with children aged 16 or 17 under their supervision, it is not currently a crime, even if the adult has a significant level of power, responsibility and influence over the child.

How can you help?

Email your MP to call on them to support the NSPCC's Close the Loophole campaign and change the law.

Visit the NSPCC's Close the Loophole campaign page for more information, and use the hashtag #CloseTheLoophole on social media to follow the story.

You can also find out more about preventing abuse of positions of trust within sport in the NSPCC's briefing paper on the subject.

Don't forget to keep up to date on Archery GB's safeguarding guidance here.

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