Swim England delighted NSPCC Close the Loophole campaign is successful

Swim England chief executive Jane Nickerson has praised a national campaign for helping to protect 16 and 17-year-olds, with the Government set to close a loophole in the law.

The Ministry of Justice has announced the Positions of Trust law, which currently applies to roles like teachers and social workers, will be extended as part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

It is currently illegal for teachers, care workers and youth justice workers to have sex with 16 or 17-year-olds that they supervise.

However, a loophole in the law meant other adults who hold a position of trust over a young person in other settings, such as sport, could legally have sex with them.

Following years of campaigning, the NPSCC’s Close the Loophole campaign has resulted in plans to change the legislation.

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