A loophole in the law allows adults to target teenagers for sex.
Police are unable to investigate more than 650 complaints made to councils about adults having sex with teenagers in their care made between 2014 and 20181. A legal loophole means individuals such as sports coaches and faith leaders aren't covered by the Position of Trust law.
Currently, 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 sex with 16 or 17-year-olds that they supervise. Our Close the Loophole campaign is calling for these laws to be extended to all adults working with young people, to stop children being preyed upon as soon as they turn 16.