Hertfordshire FA – Safeguarding & Respect Video

Posted on November 26, 2016

A statement from The FA’s Sue Ravenlaw on the recent disclosures of sexual abuse in football.

“Reading Andy Woodward’s story in The Guardian was heartbreaking and we applaud his immense courage in coming forward to speak about the horrific abuse he suffered.

“Barry Bennell remains permanently suspended from football, in line with our procedures.

“The FA takes all matters of safeguarding and child protection seriously and we encourage

anyone who may have experienced or is experiencing abuse in football, to contact the NSPCC’s confidential 24 hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 or Child Line for children and young people 0800 1111.

“We’ve worked with the NSPCC for 16 years and we know how important it is for victims of abuse to be guided to where they can receive independent, confidential support from trained professionals.

“Important information on how to report any concerns about a child’s welfare in football can be found here.

“Reports can be made via designated safeguarding officers, direct to the professional who work at The FA or via statutory agencies and the NSPCC.

“In conjunction with the Premier League, English Football League and County FAs, we’ve been working to build fun and safe environments for children and young people to participate in. The FA and the football bodies do not tolerate any form of bullying and or abuse in football.

“Criminal record checks are required for those in regulated activity with children, in line with legislation and FA Regulations.

“More than 35,000 people go through The FA’s safeguarding children awareness workshop, or tailored training every season and we require every club or league with affiliated teams who are U18, to have a named, trained designated safeguarding officer, who has been criminal record checked.”

FA & NSPCC Launch Helpline for Victims of Abuse in Football

Given the serious information that continues to come to light regarding child abuse in football, The FA has commissioned a dedicated NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry.

The launch of the free, independent helpline follows former footballers Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, David White and Paul Stewart bravely speaking out about the abuse they suffered as young footballers.

Staffed by independent, experienced NSPCC professionals, the helpline will offer support and guidance for adults who were victims of childhood sexual abuse within the game at all levels from grassroots to Premier League and is a safe space for any further whistleblowing.

The helpline will be available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.

Click here to read more about Football’s Policy and Procedures for the affiliated game

For more information on Safeguarding in Hertfordshire football, please contact Hertfordshire FA Raising Standards Officer, Richard Drake on 01462 650215 or email richard.drake@hertfordshirefa.com

Read more at http://www.hertfordshirefa.com/news/2016/nov/fa-statement-safeguarding#dP4tQmDtCj7YiSPE.99