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Clive Sheldon QC's report into non-recent child sexual abuse allegations in football

The FA has today published Clive Sheldon QC’s independent report into allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse in football.

Surrey FA welcomes the publication of Clive Sheldon QC's Report into non-recent child sexual abuse in football, published by The FA, here.


The review was commissioned by The FA in December 2016, following the disclosures of abuse in the media by former footballers.  


Survivors are central to the Report which includes a number of survivor accounts. The executive summary from the Report notes that during the review Clive Sheldon’s team had the full cooperation of The FA, the Premier League, EFL, all County FAs and all impacted clubs.


Following the disclosures, a significant number of criminal processes have taken place, several leading to criminal convictions and some to lengthy custodial sentences for individual perpetrators.

You can read The FA’s statement here.

For information about safeguarding in football in 2021 please click here, and for safeguarding in Surrey click here.


For any queries about the Report, including if you are a survivor affected by the Report, please email


If you wish to report a child abuse concern, please contact: 

  • NSPCC Helpline - 0800 023 2642 or 0800 800 5000
  • The FA safeguarding case management team
  • If it is an emergency, please contact the Police or Children’s Services in your area.