The third-round tie of the Carabao Cup between Liverpool FC and Derby County FC this week highlighted the importance of safeguarding in sport, with both teams partnering with the NSPCC.
At Wednesday’s match, Derby County Football Club became the first professional football team to display the NSPCC’s logo on their first team’s shirt as they took to the pitch at Anfield. Away from the pitch, the two teams have pledged to work with the child protection charity to help improve the lives of children and promote safeguarding in sport.
Last year, the LFC Foundation became the first Premier League foundation to form an official partnership with the NSPCC, continuing its work to support young people across Liverpool and beyond. The partnership supports the work of NSPCC practitioners and Childline volunteers based at the charity’s Hargreaves Centre in Great Homer Street.
In 2021/22 in Merseyside and the North West, Childline volunteers – including the team at the Hargreaves Centre – delivered over 200,000 counselling sessions to children and young people. They estimate around 4,200 of these children lived in Merseyside.
Meanwhile, the NSPCC Helpline made 785 referrals to local agencies in Merseyside, such as the police and children’s services, while the charity’s Schools Service delivered the Speak Out Stay Safe programme to 23,596 children in 85 schools in the area. Other local campaigns reached more than 1,250 professionals, adults and children across the region.
The partnerships mean Liverpool FC, Derby County Football Club and their respective Foundation and Community Trust are also able to access the charity’s safeguarding advice and additional expertise. This support helps ensure both clubs can continue to provide a first-class experience for children across their academies to the LFC Foundation and Derby County Community Trust, as well as to young supporters and their families who attend matches.
The Liverpool FC Safeguarding Team said: “Everyone has a part to play in ensuring the safety of children, and everyone at LFC and the Foundation is proud to be associated with the NSPCC.
“Whatever the result on Wednesday night, we’re very pleased to be highlighting the excellent work of a charity which both clubs have such strong links to. Liverpool has a fantastic community spirit. We look after each other, and by working together with the NSPCC and other clubs from all levels, we can make our city and our society a safer place.
Derby County owner, David Clowes, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the NSPCC. To be able to highlight such a worthwhile charity, one that has been at the forefront of protecting children for over a century, was one of the easiest decisions to make.
“The name on the front of the shirts should not simply be a commercial decision, it should be one taken with a consideration for what is right for both the club and the wider community. It is a privilege for Derby County to be associated with the NSPCC.”
Chris Dunn, NSPCC North West regional relationship manager, said: “By working together with incredible partners like Liverpool FC and Derby County, we strive to ensure that every child receives the support they need when they need it most.
“It’s vital that we all play our part in protecting children, and we’re delighted to have fans, supporters and residents in Liverpool, Derby and across the country to help us do that. Sport has the power to change the lives of young people and communities, and with partnerships like these, we can support more children across the country to pursue a lifelong love for sport in a safe environment.”
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