In response to the latest news that child sexual abuse has been rife within sports like football, Voicing CSA, a project which works with the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse supporting survivors and victims, will be hosting a meeting next year to address the issues. It is understood that the project will be asking the Inquiry to look at child sexual abuse in sport.

Speakers attending include former professional footballer Andy Woodward, who has been in the news recently talking about his own terrible experiences at the hands of convicted paedophile coach Barry Bennell.

The Voicing CSA website explains the purpose of the meeting in more detail:

“The meeting is in response to the disclosure by survivors of childhood sexual abuse by ex and  current football players. It is all encompassing and includes all sport.

Speakers include Andy Woodward, survivor and former footballer. Steve Walters former midfielder and survivor. Phillip Lafferty, Chair of Voicing CSA. Daniel Wolstencroft, co-founder of ShatterboysUK. Elaine Hook an Inspirational motivational speaker, advocate & campaigner for victims & survivors of abuse. Jameel Hadi will discuss ‘The Culture and Complacency of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Sport’. Donna Peach will discuss ‘The impact of sexual abuse in childhood development’. Georgina Hall from Whistleblowers UK will discuss The need for whistleblowing in relation to childhood sexual abuse.

This venue will be by confirmation of application to attend only. “

The meeting will take place on Saturday 11th February, 2017 from 11am-5pm.

If you would like to attend, please email, or alternatively you can go online and fill in their form.

A big thank you to Phillip Lafferty for getting in touch with us and alerting us to this meeting. You can reach Phillip on Twitter over at @philspetition.