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FA chairman: Football asleep to issue of child sex abuse in 1990s

FA chairman Greg Clarke said football - and society as a whole - had a "total unawareness" of safeguarding children in the 1990s.

Speaking as police forces around the country investigate historical allegations from more than 20 former players said the sport and other institutions were "sleepwalking" rather than dealing with the problem.

Eight police forces are now looking into allegations of historical abuse in football.

There have been 250 reports made to police and more than 50 calls were made to an NSPCC hotline set up for sexual abuse victims in football in the initial hours of opening.

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Government will not review DBS check requirements yet

The government will not be looking at reviewing DBS checks as a result of fresh allegations of child sex abuse in football, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley has said.

Mrs Bradley was asked whether the government would consider looking into the "loophole" whereby some people who work with children do not need DBS checks, when she said it would not do so initially.

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks ensure that people with criminal records are not allowed to work with vulnerable people including children.

There is currently no requirement for volunteer football coaches to have a DBS check if they are being supervised by someone in a regulated activity.

However, Mrs Bradley stressed that DBS checks are required if people are being left alone with children, and that it will be looked at if enquiries show that this was an area which could have prevented abuse.

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