Norwich City tackles child sexual abuse with new booklet

PUBLISHED: 12:30 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:05 08 November 2017

DCI Andy Coller and NCFC player Russell Martin. Picture: Jason Dawson

DCI Andy Coller and NCFC player Russell Martin. Picture: Jason Dawson


Tackling child sexual abuse is at the top of the agenda for Norwich City Football Club today as they have joined forces with the local safeguarding children board.

The Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) has teamed up with the club to produce a booklet aimed at tackling the issue of child sexual abuse in Norfolk and raising awareness of how everyone can help in dealing with this problem.

A briefing to launch the booklet and to explain what it aims to achieve was held at Norwich’s Carrow Road ground.

Speakers included the chairman of the NSCB, David Ashcroft, Det Chief Insp Andy Coller from Norfolk Police and Norwich City managing director Steve Stone.

The booklet is just one part of a county-wide strategy aimed at preventing the harm associated with child sexual abuse.

It has been informed by some of the most serious recent cases in our county, with lessons learned from past failures.

Det Chief Insp Coller said: “In response to a number of Serious Case Reviews, the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board has developed a multi-agency Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Strategy.

“One of our priorities is to raise awareness of CSA so we have designed a booklet that explains what it is, the signs you need to look out for, how you can report your concerns as well as what resources and support are available.

“We are delighted that Norwich City and the Community Sports Foundation have agreed to support this initiative and look forward to working with them to prevent, protect and effectively safeguard children and young people from CSA in Norfolk.”

Mr Stone said: “We are very happy to support the booklet produced by the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board.

“The booklet provides invaluable support information and advice to help everybody in Norfolk work together to tackle and safeguard against child sexual abuse.

“We’re very aware of our strong responsibility to the community we represent as a family football club - and the work the NSCB are doing will help not only the various agencies tackling child sex abuse but also potentially those whose lives have been affected by it.”

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