The FA and Kick It Out probe into barriers of reporting abuse in grassroots game

July 27 – The FA and Kick It Out have combined on a research project into the barriers of reporting discriminatory and physical abuse across grassroots football.

Dal Darroch, The FA’s Head of Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Programmes, said: “We want all incidents of discriminatory or physical abuse to be reported so they can be dealt with appropriately and effectively. We understand that there are various barriers to reporting for some people and it’s crucial for us to learn what they might be.”

The aim is to learn what the perceived barriers to reporting incidents may be, so that the reporting process can be improved and people are more willing to come forward in future.

The FA said key points covered within the survey will include:

  • The number of serious incidents directly experienced or witnessed – and how this compares to reporting rates
  • Perceived barriers to reporting
  • Likelihood to report in the future and how
  • Perceptions of and confidence in the reporting process
  • Desired improvements to the process

Tajean Hutton, Grassroots Manager at Kick It Out, said: “We receive a number of reports every year concerning discriminatory abuse in grassroots football, so we want to better understand how we can play our part in improving the reporting process at this level of the game.

“This research will provide crucial insight which we will use to inform our grassroots reporting work alongside The FA and make the right changes, which will ultimately help the people we want to support and hopefully improve their experience in the game for the better.”

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