This would bring them into alignment with other professions such as teachers, social workers or medical staff, where it is illegal to have sexual relationships with any child under 18 in their care.
There has long been a legal loophole concerning positions of trust, with the NSPCC saying it was ‘a landmark step’ for protecting children and young people.
The legislation will also strengthen sentencing for the premeditated murder of a child.
The NSPCC in Northern Irelandhasrenewed their call on the NI Executive to implement the same change to protect children in Northern Ireland.
School Heads Pleased with First Day of Return
Millions of children have begun their staggered return to schools across the UK
Reports suggest that there has been a ‘high level’ of take-up in COVID testing and compliance with safety measures within schools.
A snapshot of more than 700 secondary schools suggested that the use of COVID testing was between 90-100% for more than half of schools. However, in around 1 in 20 schools the take-up rate for testing was below 60% for pupils.
This follows previous warnings that parental consent would create difficulties for the mass testing roll out.
To find out more about the guidance on schools returning in your region, check out our recent article here.
Trainee Paramedic Admits Sex Offences Against Four Young Children