The Scottish FA met with representatives from Police Scotland and PFA Scotland yesterday to update on our collective effort to support criminal investigations into reports of child sexual abuse in football.
Both the Scottish FA and PFA Scotland are committed to working together to support Police Scotland in appealing to anyone with information to report child sexual abuse in Scottish football, and to provide a safe and confidential environment in which to do so.
The group will meet on a regular basis to ensure clear lines of communication and information sharing.
We have also undertaken to ensure organisational learning and development is at the forefront of our responsibilities as the governing body for the national game. With this in mind, the Scottish FA has taken initial steps towards establishing an appropriate scope and terms of reference for an independent review.
It is imperative that we take the necessary time and guidance to ensure this review complements the work of Police Scotland, and focuses on processes and procedures in place both currently and historically in Scottish football.
Ultimately, we seek to reassure all those concerned by these allegations that Scottish football is a safe and enjoyable environment for children.
The initial scoping phase will take place with involvement from all stakeholders into the New Year, and once established we will comment further at the appropriate time.
Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive, said: “Police Scotland has reaffirmed that it is the investigatory authority regarding reports of child sexual abuse in football, and it is therefore crucial to draw the distinction between their ongoing investigation and what lessons football can learn from historic allegations.”