The independent review into allegations of child abuse in football made its first call for evidence yesterday.
Set up by the Football Association and led by Clive Sheldon QC, the review has written to all football clubs in England and Wales, both amateur and professional, asking for information about allegations of child sexual abuse between 1970 and 2005.
The clubs have been given until March 15 to respond but, in the meantime, the review is also inviting any individuals with information to send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sport Resolutions, the independent arbitration service for sport in Britain, is providing back-office support for Sheldon’s inquiry, with further legal assistance coming from 11KBW Chambers and expert advice from child protection specialist Dr Mike Hartill.
In a statement, the independent review said all correspondence will be treated in confidence but allegations of criminal behaviour will be forwarded to Operation Hydrant, the unit co-ordinating police investigations into child sexual abuse across Britain.
The review also reminded anyone who experienced abuse as a young footballer that the NSPCC has a dedicated helpline that can be reached 24 hours a day at 0800 0232-642.