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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

NSPCC AND THE FA LAUNCH DEDICATED 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 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 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 safeguarding@thefa.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 safeguarding@thefa.com.









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OUR HUMAN RIGHT TO LAMPOON AND CRITICISE POLITICIANS

THE HIGH COURT has ruled....People have a right to lampoon and criticise politicians and public officials under the Human Rights Act, the High Court has ruled.

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ampoon (lampoon) Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn/ verb [with object] publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press noun a speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons.

Derivatives: lampooner noun lampoonery noun lampoonist noun Origin: mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid).

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NUJ Code of Conduct

The NUJ's Code of Conduct has set out the main principles of British and Irish journalism since 1936.

The code is part of the rules and all journalists joining the union must sign that they will strive to adhere to the it.


Members of the National Union of Journalists are expected to abide by the following professional principles:

A journalist:

1 At all times upholds and defends the principle of media freedom, the right of freedom of expression and the right of the public to be informed

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4 Differentiates between fact and opinion

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10 Does not by way of statement, voice or appearance endorse by advertisement any commercial product or service save for the promotion of her/his own work or of the medium by which she/he is employed

11 A journalist shall normally seek the consent of an appropriate adult when interviewing or photographing a child for a story about her/his welfare

12 Avoids plagiarism The NUJ believes a journalist has the right to refuse an assignment or be identified as the author of editorial that would break the letter or spirit of the code.

The NUJ will fully support any journalist disciplined for asserting her/his right to act according to the code

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