Close the Loophole

Help us #CloseTheLoophole in the law so it’s illegal for all adults to engage in sexual activity with any young person under 18 in their care.

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It's illegal for teachers, care workers and youth justice workers to have sex with 16 or 17-year-olds in their care. But there's a loophole in the law that means other adults who hold a position of power over a young person can legally have sex with them. This is wrong.

In 2017, the government made a commitment to include sports coaches in the Position of Trust law. But now they've backtracked. We're calling for the law to be extended to include any adult who holds a position of power over 16 or 17-year-olds.

Whether it's taking part in sport, during a driving lesson, or attending a faith or youth group, we need your voice to ensure all young people are safe.

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Help us #CloseTheLoophole so it's illegal for any adult to have sex with any young person under 18 in their care.

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Why we need to #CloseTheLoophole

Boy looking down

When Lee* was 16, he was groomed at a Church youth group by his youth leader, Adam.

Adam began texting Lee, encouraging him to hang out at his house and pressured him to engage in sexual acts. Lee told him he wasn't comfortable, but he didn't listen.

Adam abused his position of power.

"The way the law stands currently, Adam can’t be legally prosecuted for what happened. This is because I was 16 at the time and he wasn’t viewed to be in a position of trust."

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More on why we want to #CloseTheLoophole

Loophole allows adults to abuse their position of trust

Police unable to investigate over 650 complaints.

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Lee's story

Hear about Lee's experience of being groomed at a local Church youth group aged 16.

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Grooming

Children and young people can be groomed online or in the real world, by a stranger or by someone they know – a family member, friend or professional.

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*DISCLAIMER

This is a true story but names have been changed to protect identities and photographs have been posed by models.