Independent Review into Child Sex Abuse Allegations in Football

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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: football@sportresolutions.co.uk

Alternatively, send your submission by post to:

Secretariat to the Independent Football Review, 1 Salisbury Square, London, EC4Y 8AE

 

Update | ​Sunday 23 July 2017

FA Review into child sexual abuse in football makes appeal for survivors to come forward.

The head of the Independent Review into Child Sex Abuse Allegations in football Clive Sheldon QC has appealed for survivors of historic sexual abuse to submit evidence to the review.

While dozens of victims have come forward to contribute to the review so far, the review would like to hear from as many of those who want to contribute as possible. There have so far been 741 victims of historic sexual abuse linked to football that have been traced by the review.

The review team has taken steps to assuage any concerns some survivors may have by guaranteeing anonymity through an online form.

With most of the respondents to date from the professional game, the review is particularly keen to hear from those from the amateur game, who have been reluctant to come forward so far. Their evidence is crucial to ensure a spread of voices are heard, to gain a full picture of what happened across football, and to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

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.  The questionnaire can be accessed via the related links tab on the right-hand side​.

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.”

Notes to editor

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.