Operation Hydrant, which is the operation investigating historic abuse cases, has received 1016 referrals with 614 of those being referred by the NSPCC dedicated football helpline.
One hundred extra football clubs, both amateur and professional have become involved Operation Hydrant since December 2016.
The majority of referrals received by Operation Hydrant do relate to football but 22 have been received from other sports including swimming, martial arts, tennis, wrestling, golf, sailing, athletics, cricket, gymnastics and rugby.
The Operation has so far identified 184 suspects and 526 potential victims. Ninety seven percent of the victims are male and range from the ages of 4 to 20 when the alleged abuse took place.
The Football Association has set up an independent review of how abuse allegations were handled in the years before 2005. This is being led by Clive Sheldon QC.
The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) lead for child protection, Chief Constable Simon Bailey has said, “Operation Hydrant is beginning to see a decrease in the number of referrals being received via the NSPCC helpline and directly to forces relating to allegations of abuse within football and other sports. All allegations and information received by the Police forces across the country are being acted upon. We continue to urge anyone who may have been a victim of child sexual abuse to report it.”
We successfully represent and obtain compensation for clients who have suffered abuse whilst participating in sporting clubs and organisations. We would urge anyone affected to contact the Police and report their allegations by dialling 101 or via the NSPCC hotline which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.
We would urge anyone who would like help in pursuing a civil claim to contact us.