The Football Association have released a short film starring four top footballers, including Wayne Rooney, aimed at keeping children safe in light of the historic abuse scandal.
The film, which also features England women's Steph Houghton, Nat Chalobah, England Under 21's Vice Captain and Jack Rutter, captain of the England Cerebral Palsy team, sets out the FA’s four key steps to safeguarding children.
The campaign highlights the role of The FA Safeguarding teams who are there to check, train and listen to any concerns parents and children may have about adults working in football.
It also explains the four steps the 8,500 safeguarding officers working across England football take to ensure children's safety.
The four steps the FA Safeguarding team take
- 1. Checked – to ensure adults are suitable to work with youngsters
- 2. Trained – from coaches to referees, all are given suitable safeguarding training
- 3. Hear – concerns from both children and adults will be listened to
- 4. Report – the importance of raising concerns about a child’s welfare
Anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child or the behaviour of an adult towards a child or young person under 18 years of age in football, is required to refer it to The FA Safeguarding team.
For more information on how to raise concerns, visit The FA's website.