Independent review of sexual abuse in football must be catalyst for change

In response to the interim findings of the independent review of sexual abuse in football, Mary Glasgow, Interim Chief Executive Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity, which runs Safeguarding in Sport, said:

“Child protection must be the top priority for everybody in football. The incredible bravery shown by the boys and men who spoke up about their suffering, and which led to today’s report, must be a catalyst for more rapid change. Their voices cannot be ignored. More must be done, at every level of the game, so other children do not continue to suffer, as they did.”

“The SFA can no longer say they did not know what was going on, or what they need to do about it. Football is the biggest, most resourced sport in Scotland and must now focus on developing stronger leadership, clearer lines of accountability and measures to give children a greater voice within their clubs and associations to keep children safer. Progress to develop a culture which is child centred must be faster and more in-depth. We are keen to work closely with the SFA to help them deliver the report’s recommendations and monitor their progress.

“Where sports coaches listen to and value children and young people, recognise signs of concern and take the right preventative and protective measures to keep children safe, sport is an enormous force for good.

"Any volunteer or official looking for advice or support about a child can contact Safeguarding in Sport online or on 0141 419 1156. Children 1st’s Parentline service can also offer advice and support to parents online or on 08000 28 22 33.”