Closing the loophole on exploitative sex in Oldham Borough

A dangerous loophole has been found that is threatening young people’s safety. Liberal Democrat Councillor Diane Williamson wants to close the loophole on adults that can have sex with people just over the age of consent in the UK (currently 16).  This loophole concerns adults in a position of authority not defined in the law highlighted in an NSPCC campaign to change the law. 

“Teachers are currently covered by the law preventing sex between them and 16/17-year olds, but faith workers, youth workers and sports coaches are currently exempted,” stated Councillor Williamson.  “These are people who could potentially exploit young people for sex and there have been many cases where they have.”

The Liberal Democrats want Oldham Council and the Mayor of Greater Manchester to be ahead of the curve, back the NSPCC campaign and urge the UK government to change the law.

Liberal Democrat college backing this proposal, Councillor Chris Gloster says:  “Oldham Borough is sadly not exempt from child protection issues, and we should be at the forefront of ensuring that child protection is a key priority and where we can influence legislation to further protect some of our most vulnerable people, we must do so.”

“This is an easy win for child liberty, all it takes is for Councils to urge the Government to change the law and close the loophole.  Councils have received 653 complaints about adults who are not currently covered by the law having sex with children in their care.  This needs to end now.”

“We are bringing this to council to not only raise awareness on the issue but to ensure that no child is left behind because of shoddy law-making.”

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