The helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.
Trained staff will offer support, advice and guidance, and will refer cases on to the police or other agencies as appropriate, such as if a child is in immediate danger.
Sue Ravenlaw, Head of Equality and Safeguarding from the FA said:
“The courage and dignity being shown by Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, Paul Stewart and David White is immense.”
“We join Andy, the police and others in the continued efforts to encourage more victims and survivors to come forward.”
“Anyone who has experienced or is experiencing abuse n football or who has concerns about children’s welfare should contact the Police or The FA directly, or utilise this specific NSPCC helpline to gain support and advice.”
Referrals of concerns about recent and non-recent abuse should continue to be made directly via the designated persons’ network in football, or directly to The FA’s safeguarding team via email@example.com and a safeguarding professional from the team will make contact.
The following bullet points are a reminder of the work that is currently undertaken across the game.
· The Football Association works collaboratively on prevention and investigations with the lead officers from the Premier League, the EFL and County FAs, along with other football stakeholders.
· The FA has a team of safeguarding professionals who put in place preventative measures via policy, education, best practice and support for the network of people acting as Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs).
In grass roots football these are Club, Youth League and County Welfare Officers. Alongside this is a team of safeguarding professionals who manage referrals and concerns, work with the statutory agencies in relation to investigations and put in place safeguards, including suspensions from football activity where necessary, to manage people who pose, or may pose a risk of harm.
· There is a network of 8,500 people as DSOs in the professional game and grassroots football, who have been criminal records checked and trained. Their role includes making referrals to the appropriate authorities.
· 55,000 criminal records checks are carried out across the game out each season. These screen out anyone who seeks to work in football who may pose a risk of harm
· 35,000 coaches and referees attend The FA’s safeguarding children awareness course each season. Additional welfare officer training is provided to DSOs in the grassroots and bespoke training is delivered by the Premier League and English Football league EFL with their respective clubs.
· Collectively we work to develop fun and safe environments in football and seek to ensure that if there are concerns, people know how and where to report them
Should you receive a disclosure in your role please encourage the person to report appropriately however any disclosures of abuse made to you must also be reported to the County FA Welfare Officer or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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