More red tape is a price worth paying if it protects kids

With hindsight it might seem obvious that coaches should never have been allowed to be alone behind closed doors with the boys in their care, and that any form of touching was inappropriate. But a blanket ban on physical contact between adults and children in sport is neither practical nor desirable.

Can we make room for love while keeping those in children’s homes safe?

As a society we have paradoxical attitudes towards children generally, and children in care in particular. On one hand we know they need love if they are to grow into healthy, happy adults – of course we do – but on the other we’ve become more and more suspicious about the motives of the unrelated adults around them.