Expert calls for mandatory reporting in institutions as football sex abuse claims rise

NAPAC founder calls for mandatory reporting in institutions as football sex abuse claims rise

Football has been rocked by the sex abuse claims

Friday, November 25, 2016

The founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood has called for "mandatory reporting" as the number of former footballers claiming they had experienced sexual abuse rose. 

This follows a hotline set up by the NSPCC receiving more than 50 calls within its first two hours yesterday. In the last week, four former professional footballers, Paul Stewart, David White, Steve Walters and Andy Woodward, waived their anonymity to publicly talk about their ordeals. 

They claimed they were sexually abused by Barry Bennell, who served as a football coach when they were youth players. 

Cheshire police have confirmed that 11 individuals come forward to them with abuse claims after Woodward spoke publicly last week, and Northumbria police are investigating an allegation of historical sexual abuse in Newcastle. 

Peter Saunders, the founder of NAPAC, called for mandatory reporting at "institutions where children are being looked after by others". 

Listen to the full interview above.