Changes to the Sexual Offences Act 2003

September 21st, 2022

Sadly it is well known that many victims of child abuse are abused by adults who they know and in particular by adults who are “in a position of trust” such as people who look after children in care homes and educational institutions.

It is against the law for someone in a position of trust to engage in sexual activity with a child in their care, who is between the age of consent but under 18.

There has been a call for a change in the law to acknowledge that the definition of a person in a position of trust goes much further than those involved in a formal care or educational setting. The need to extend the position of trust comes after numerous convictions of abusers within religious and sports settings.

In response, the Sexual Offences Act 2003 has recently been amended to extend the definition of a “person in a position of trust”. The new section, 22A of the Act, now includes individuals who coach, teach, train, supervise or instruct in a sport or a religion.

This change recognises the close relationship between a child and an adult in a number of settings which give adults a unique opportunity for physical contact and who can hold major influence over a child.

Our expert team at Verisona Law have specialist experience of dealing with abuse of vulnerable children/adults and are happy to talk to anyone about a potential claim.

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