NSPCC launches campaign to close loopholes in law to safeguard children

NSPCC launches campaign to close loopholes in law to safeguard children

 

The recent media coverage of abuse in football has highlighted gaps in child protection which could make our youngsters vulnerable to being abused in our clubs and snowsport settings.

 

The NSPCC has launced a campaign #TrustToLead.  

 

Currently position of trust laws which protect 16 and 17 year olds in schools and care settings do not extend to the sports setting.  Whilst it would be a SSE disciplinary offence for someone in a position of trust to have a sexual relationship with a 16 or 17 year old in their care, it is not usually a criminal offence.  All cases would be reported to the LADO at Social Services.

 

The campaign also calls for all those working with children to have an Enhanced DBS with barred list check.

 

Peter Wanless NSPCC Chief Executive said "It is remarkable that the roles like sports coaches are not considered to be a position of trust by law, given the significant amount of responsibility, influence and authority that an individual in this role can hold in a young person’s life.  Sadly, we know that this trust can be abused and it is therefore vital that this legal definition is widened to include sports coaches and other youth workers, bolstering protection for teenagers at risk of grooming once they pass the age of consent".

 

To read more about the campaign - click here.

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