If you are an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse in football, please follow the link below to see more information on support and reporting
If you are worried about a child, it’s vital you report your concerns. Doing nothing is not an option. It’s also important you stay calm, and if any child is present, reassure them they are not to blame. But don’t make promises of confidentiality or outcome.
There are five ways to report a concern:
- To your club or league Designated Safeguarding Officer – please find out from your club who these people are;
- To your County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer. Click here for a list of County FA contacts;
- By emailing The FA Safeguarding Team at safeguarding@TheFA.com;
- If urgent and you cannot contact your club, league or County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, you can contact the NSPCC Helpline for expert advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
- If it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the Police or Children’s Social Care in your area.
The CEOP Safety Centre, which is run by the National Crime Agency (NCA), helps children and young people who are being sexually abused or are worried that someone they’ve met is trying to abuse them online. If you are a child or young person and someone you have met online is putting you under pressure to have sex or making you feel uncomfortable you should report to CEOP. If the concern happens within a football context, then please also let your County FA know (see list of contacts) or The FA direct via safeguarding@TheFA.com.
To find out more about staying safe in a digital environment, please read The FA's guidance below:
In addition, watch below what the 2016 England captains had to say about ensuing everyone knows how to report a concern about a child.