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The FA & NSPCC Launch Abuse Helpline

Thu 24th Nov 2016 | Football Governance

As more claims of child abuse in football emerge, 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 speaking out about the abuse they suffered as young footballers.

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

Sue Ravenlaw, The FA's head of equality and safeguarding added: “The courage and dignity being shown by Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, David White and Paul Stewart 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 in 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. 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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