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SAFEGUARDING: The use of social media and indecent images

Don’t suffer in silence

We have growing concerns that in our sport people are using social media and mobiles phones in ways which could lead to our young people being criminalised. The sending of indecent images over the internet or through texting is illegal. People caught doing so can and will be prosecuted.

We currently have a police investigation going on in which it has been highlighted that the use of social media and texting has been used in a negative and abusive manner. We have also been made aware that indecent images are being requested and distributed around our sport. This practice is totally unacceptable and cannot be condoned.

If you or any of your friends and colleagues have been approached with requests to send images or you have felt pressured into sending images we need you to report this immediately.

Please do not feel guilty or embarrassed about coming forward we are here to support you. You will not be in trouble and we will not be advertising your details anywhere or discussing your personal details with anyone you would not wish us to.

If you know of someone who has been put in the position of having to send images or is receiving abusive or offensive texts or images you can also call or email us on the number below.

We would request that you inform us either through your club child protection officer, your coach or manager or alternatively you could contact the Safeguarding help line.

There is always someone at the end of the line waiting to speak with you if you need it.

Charles Dacres
Director
Ice Hockey UK/ English Ice Hockey Association.

[email protected]

Ice Hockey Safeguarding Helpline number 07546983700

Email: [email protected]

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