Stepping Stones help group based in Wrexham is calling for an inquiry into historical child sex abuse in football after a number of ex Wales based footballers have come to them seeking help.
Joy Dyment director of Stepping Stones said, “Although a full inquiry by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) is vital, our concern is for the historic survivors of these crimes.”
In December “three of four Wales’ Police forces said they were investigating allegations of historical child sexual abuse at football clubs.”
Steve Walters, an ex player who has recently disclosed that he suffered abuse as a youth player, launched the Offside Trust which is a charity which supports players who have suffered abuse commented, “We have been making approaches to the FAW for some time to follow the lead of other British Football Associations and start their own inquiry into abuse in the game in Wales. We have had a number of individual Welsh based ex players come forward to ourselves seeking support and it is for them that we are very keen to see an inquiry take place.”
Sian Jones who is the safeguarding manager the FAW offered reassurances by confirming that the FAW is committed to safeguard footballers’ safety. She went on to say, “We take any allegation, suspicion of harm, or concern extremely seriously and ensure that this is managed in the appropriate manner. Since the revelations of non-recent abuse within football we have written to each club detailing how support can be accessed and urge anybody with any concerns queries of those who require support to come forward.
Additionally, we have provided clubs with details as to what information parents/guardians should be provided with and encourage those to ask queries of the organisation that their child is a part of.”
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. We would encourage anyone who would like help in pursuing a civil claim to contact us.