Positions of trust – FAQs about the changes

Last updated: 02 Jan 2024 Topics: Duty of care Inappropriate or concerning behaviour Safe recruitment

The government has amended the Sexual Offences Act 2003 following the NSPCC's Close the Loophole campaign. 

The changes have extended the settings and roles where it is illegal for an adult holding a position of trust to enter into a sexual relationship with a 16 or 17 year old in their care. We hope that this will extend legal protection for young people aged 16 and 17 who are abused by those in positions of trust. 

We have put together this document to answer your frequently asked questions about this change to the law. 

We have also produced two briefing papers which detail further information on the definition of abuse of positions of trust within a sports and dance context, and recommended best practice for sports clubs, activities and organisations. 

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