Positions of Trust – The law is changing

If you coach or volunteer with young people at your cricket club you need to be aware that the definition of position of trust has been extended. Read on for full details…


It is currently an offence in England and Wales for anyone aged over 18 years in a position of trust to engage in sexual activity with a child in their care. On 28th June 2022 the roles included in the definition of position of trust were extended to include anyone who “coaches, teaches, trains, supervises or instructs on a regular basis in a sport or religion”.

This very welcome change in the law extends legal protection particularly to 16- and 17-year-olds
who are participating in sport. Sexual contact with those under 16 remains prohibited within
existing legislation.

This change supports and strengthens the existing expectations of the coaches’ code of conduct,
which states that coaches must avoid sexual intimacy with players, either while coaching them or in the period of time immediately following the end of a coaching relationship.

The ECB expects that everyone who works or volunteers with children and young people in cricket to be responsible and accountable for the way in which they behave towards them. It is expected that all adult-child relationships maintain clear boundaries, are positive and aimed at improving the young person’s skills, development and progress.

The ECB Safeguarding Team will continue to assess all instances of inappropriate behaviour towards children in cricket, referring any potential illegal activity to our safeguarding partners.

To find out how this affects you or your club, speak to your Club Safeguarding Officer, or contact the County Safeguarding and Education Manager Brian Hoyle.