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Premier League statement on safeguarding children

25 November 2016

League responds to allegations of historic abuse

The Premier League is very concerned by allegations of historic abuse at football clubs and offers sympathy and support to the brave individuals who have come forward.
 
Should anyone have information which can assist with these or other allegations we would urge them to contact the relevant authorities. The FA has introduced a dedicated hotline, staffed by NSPCC professionals, which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642. Anyone who wishes to contact the Premier League directly should email our safeguarding team on safeguarding@premierleague.com 
 
All Premier League clubs believe their Academies, community projects, and stadiums should be safe and welcoming for young people and work hard to ensure that safeguarding provisions are of a high standard.
 
The Premier League and its clubs have followed the principles of the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit’s national safeguarding standards for over 10 years. Each club employs a dedicated full-time Head of Safeguarding, an Academy Safeguarding Officer, a Community Safeguarding Officer, and nominates a Board member as its safeguarding lead. 
 
There is no complacency – the League’s own safeguarding team visits each club regularly throughout every season to guide and quality assure their work with children and young people, ensuring their safeguarding provision meets our requirements.
 
We will continue to work with clubs, The FA, statutory authorities, and the NSPCC to ensure that clubs continue to be safe places for the young people who engage with them. 


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