Sports Coaches (Positions of Trust)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester 11:00 am, 4th March 2020

My hon. Friend is making exactly the right case. I have experience of a situation in which a driving instructor had clearly groomed one of my constituents, as well as another case, which is well known to the NSPCC, in which somebody was groomed for a very long time by a sports coach who continues to offer his services.

In truth, we know from recent exposures that the problem is not limited to the UK—it happens around the world—and it is time this country set an example by changing the law. Does my hon. Friend agree that, with a new Justice Minister—my constituency neighbour and hon. Friend Alex Chalk—that would be a great step forward?