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FAI Issues Statement Reiterating Their Support Lines For Child Welfare

David Kent
By David Kent
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The Football Association of Ireland have reiterated their support of the ISPCC after the allegations made by Roddy Collins in the papers during the week.

It's been two weeks since the first set of allegations in the Guardian newspaper. There's been a number of cases emerging since.

The FAI treats all Child Protection and Welfare issues with the highest priority. The Association is working with ISPCC, the national child protection charity, and has worked closely with several organisations, including Barnardo's (www.barnados.ie) and One-In-Four (www.oneinfour.ie).

The FAI would like to remind all member clubs, leagues and stakeholders that they have a responsibility to comply with the statutory regulations laid out in National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 to ensure all adults working with children have received Garda vetting.

Caroline O'Sullivan of the ISPCC urged clubs to make children aware of their support lines:

It is really important that sporting organisations and clubs are proactive in their approach to child protection, and that children are aware of where to go for support should they need it, so that they can be listened to and believed


You can read the full statement from the FAI hereBohemians launched an investigation into claims made by their former manager on Tuesday.  There have since been further police investigations launched in the UK by East Midlands Police.


There are multiple helplines available for people who are dealing/have dealt with abuse:

One in Four
Professionally supports men and women who have experienced sexual abuse during childhood.
Phone: 01 662 4070 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 17:30)

ISPCC Childline
National 24-hour service for children and young people up to the age of 18.
Freephone: 1800 66 66 66
Text Talk to: 50101


Rape Crisis Centre
National 24-hour confidential helpline for women and men who have been raped, sexually assaulted, sexually harassed or sexually abused at any time in their lives.
Freephone: 1800 77 88 88

SEE ALSO:'Proper Football Men' Should Not Maintain Silence Over Child Abuse Revelations

SEE ALSO:'I've Got So Much Anger Towards Everything That's Happened' - Sexually Abused Footballer Speaks Out


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