Comment as Police Scotland confirm Scottish reports of historical child abuse in sport

As Police Scotland confirm Scottish reports of historical child abuse in sport, Alison Todd, Chief Executive of Children 1st, said:

“Abuse pervades all parts of society. The fact that reports of child abuse in sport are now surfacing in Scotland is no surprise.

“The bravery shown by footballers last week to speak out about the abuse they suffered as children has given others the courage to come forward.

“We hope people feel able to report abuse – historical or otherwise – so that they can be properly supported and so that perpetrators can be brought to justice.

“Children 1st, through its Safeguarding in Sport service, acknowledges the hard work that associations, governing bodies and clubs have put in to making sport safe and fun for children.

“Their efforts, together with the response of the public to recent events, sends a message to abusers that we will not stand by and allow children and young people to come to harm.

“Any organisation which requires advice, training or resources to ensure their child protection measures are robust and effective can contact Safeguarding in Sport at: www.safeguardinginsport.org.uk.”