Media reports on Mental health and child sexual abuse in football

Media reports last night highlighted two specific issues – 1) mental health and 2) child sexual abuse in football.

1) Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death.
A programme was shown on Channel 4 last night about Caroline Flack. Caroline took her own life last February and on 06/08/2020, a coroner ruled that her death was suicide, saying that the presenter killed herself “because of an exacerbation of fluctuating ill health and distress”.

The Safeguarding Team would like to remind people: If you are living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, then having access to the right information – about a condition, treatment options, or practical issues – is extremely useful.

Mind has a confidential information and support line, the Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393. Their website can be found here:

You can also speak with the Samaritans, 24 hours a day and throughout the year, on 116 123.


2) A new report into: ‘Football’s sex abuse scandal: Report finds FA put children at risk amid ‘significant institutional failings’

If anyone has been affected by this media coverage please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01733 887040 on 01733 887041. They can also be emailed:

For those who have a lived experience if abuse within a church setting, we recognise that this option may not feel safe for you. Safer Spaces is a free and independent support service providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with the Church of England, Catholic Church of England and Wales or the church in Wales. If you, or anyone you are in contact with, want to talk to someone independently please call the Safe Spaces helpline on 0300 303 1056 or email: or visit the Safer Spaces website.

If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999.

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