Three members of The FA Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group (FASSSAG) who have waived their anonymity have recorded a film reflecting their lived experience of non-recent childhood sexual abuse in football. Their deeply personal recollections include a message for all parents and carers to tie into this year’s FA-led Play Safe campaign, encouraging parents and carers to find time to do the free, short online safeguarding awareness course you’ll find below
Thinking about reporting? If you are an adult victim and survivor of childhood abuse within a football context and are thinking about reporting it to the police, follow the link below to watch a video produced by Operation Hydrant¹ and Police Scotland provides supportive information:
¹Operation Hydrant is a co-ordination hub established in June 2014 to deliver the national policing response, oversight, and co-ordination of non-recent child sexual abuse investigations concerning persons of public prominence, or in relation to those offences which took place within institutional settings.
How to report concerns
Here are some organisations to whom you can make a formal report of childhood sexual abuse within a football context:
|Police||As in your area||
In an emergency dial 999 or 101 if it is not an emergency
|As in your area|
|NSPCC Football Helpline or generic Helpline||https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/report/||0800 023 2642 or 0800 800 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|The FA||Visit Section 2||0800 169 1863 and ask for the safeguarding email@example.com|
In addition, If you have reported your case to the Police previously but no action was taken by the Police or Crown Prosecution Service at the time, and you are not satisfied that the original allegations were dealt with properly, there is a new option available to you to seek a review under the Child Sexual Abuse Review Panel (CSARP) process.
This video produced by the CSARP tells the story of survivor David Lean’s experience through the process. It also contains information on the work of the Panel and encourages victims and survivors to come forward to refer their case, if appropriate watch the video below: