East Yorkshire football clubs backing “Not In Our Community” campaign

Published: Monday 16th March 2015 by KCFM

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Football clubs across East Yorkshire are backing the Not In Our Community anti sex exploitation campaign this week.

The aim is to make all the region’s football players and fans aware of the risks and warning signs around exploitation to protect themselves and each other.

Child sexual exploitation is a form of abuse in which young people are exploited for money, power or status.

Some of the warning signs include:

– Missing from home or care and/or absence from school

– Increased / secretive use of mobile phone or internet

– New ‘friends’ who may be significantly older

– Change of appearance

– Receiving unexplained gifts

– Physical injuries

– Drug or alcohol misuse

Steven Lazenby, the welfare officer at East Riding FA, says the football family’s got a responsibility towards everyone who plays the game:

“We have a duty of care to the children and the young people that are involved in football, just to make sure they’re engaging football in a safe environment, so the people in football are recognising some of the things that can go wrong.”

He says football clubs have a responsibility, to protect their young players:

“We’re engaging with approximately seven thousand children and young people every weekend playing football. Obviously they train during the week, so there’s a lot of children who could be exploited in this way.”

Steve says football’s a useful way of getting the message out to a wide range of people:

“It’s not just a game of football including eleven people. A lot of the football clubs are community based so they cover a big area. This is what we’re trying to achieve and raise the awareness within the communities, not just within the football team.”

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Published: Monday 16th March 2015 by KCFM

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