Independent Review into Child Sex Abuse Allegations in Football
Sport Resolutions is administering the Independent Review into Child Sex Abuse Allegations in Football.
How to submit:
A dedicated mailbox has been set up for the period of the Independent Review into Child Sex Abuse Allegations in Football. Written submissions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, send your submission by post to:
Secretariat to the Independent Football Review, 1 Salisbury Square, London, EC4Y 8AE
Mr Clive Sheldon QC, who is leading the Independent Review into child sex abuse allegations in football, has announced that there will be a delay in completing the review into this important and complex work.
The Review into what the Football Association and Clubs knew and did about allegations of child sexual abuse between 1970 and 2005 has run concurrent to ongoing criminal investigations. In carrying out the Review, there has been close and constant cooperation with Operation Hydrant and the police forces around the country investigating allegations of abuse. It is of paramount importance, and is recorded in the Review’s terms of reference, that the Review does not in any way compromise any ongoing investigations. This has been a complex process and the timing for completing the work, in light of the ongoing investigations and cases, has been kept under constant review.
Mr Sheldon QC expected to be able to finalise his Review after the summer, following the completion of three major criminal trials this year. However, the retrial of Bob Higgins, and the fact that there is an ongoing investigation into allegations against Barry Bennell, has required Mr Sheldon QC to review this position. Mr Sheldon QC intends his Review to be as comprehensive as possible, and has decided that he should not finalise his Review until he has had the opportunity to speak to more individuals associated with the re-trial of Bob Higgins and the outcome into the police investigation into allegations against Barry Bennell, and to receive and analyse any other information about abuse in football that may emerge over the coming months.
The Review is particularly interested in hearing from anyone who reported the abuse at the time to an employee or Board member of a football club or the FA, or had reason to believe that the FA or the clubs were aware of any allegations of abuse.
Clive Sheldon QC said:
“We have made good progress with the review and have now reached a crucial stage – hearing directly from survivors of abuse.
“Survivor testimony is critical to getting to the bottom of how abuse allegations were dealt with within football and to ensure that we take forward the right lessons.
“I fully understand the sensitivity of giving evidence, and we will do everything in our power to give survivors the opportunity to have their voice heard, including by taking anonymous evidence.
“I am hugely grateful to those who have felt able to come forward so far and would like to hear from as many other survivors as possible, particularly from the amateur game. Their testimony will be hugely valuable in our search for the truth.”
For media enquiries please contact our press line on 020 7866 7935.
The review team have taken the following steps to ensure that the process fully protects survivors that come forward:
- All individual’s names are checked with Operation Hydrant in advance of any meeting to ensure that the meeting will not compromise ongoing criminal investigations.
- If information is passed to the Review that concerns an allegation of a criminal offence it will be passed on to Operation Hydrant.
- If any information raises a concern about someone currently involved in football we will pass that concern on to the FA to ensure that children are not put at risk.
- The Review will not publish information that will enable others to identify any interviewee, unless he has specifically consented to the publication.
- If the survivor requests, the Review will not inform the FA that the meeting took place.
- The Review will not refer to or mention the fact that the Review met with the survivor in any report unless the individual expressly consents.