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Evidencing the need to broaden the position of trust legislation to include sports coaches

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posted on 2023-02-27, 10:18 authored by Daniel RhindDaniel Rhind, Andrew Fellows, Emily Davies
When an individual is in a position of trust over another person, the age of consent is raised from 16 to 18 in the United Kingdom. Currently, the definition of a Position of Trust is restricted to professions such as teachers, care workers and youth justice workers. Recent high-profile cases have contributed to a growing consensus amongst key stakeholders of the need to broaden this legislation to include other roles, such as a sports coach. This study represents the first investigation into the number of concerns recorded by local authorities across England and Wales regarding sexual relationships between a person who is in a potential Position of Trust which is not currently covered by the legislation and someone who was aged 16 or 17 years old. Freedom of Information Requests resulted in full responses from 142 out of the 172 local authorities. A total of 653 cases were recorded over a 4-year period. The most prevalent of the identified roles were related to sport, however, roles related to religion, youth work, transport and uniform services were also cited. Regional differences regarding the number of cases recorded are highlighted and the implications of these findings are discussed.

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School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

International Journal of Physical Education, Fitness and Sports

Volume

11

Issue

3

Pages

1 - 8

Publisher

IOR Press

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by IOR Press under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

2022-06-22

Publication date

2022-07-06

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

2277-5447

eISSN

2457-0753

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Daniel Rhind. Deposit date: 26 February 2023

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