Clubs and charities must understand bigger picture in handling abuse claims

Attempts to deal with claims quickly – however well-intentioned – can lead to serious legal or reputational consequences, warns Brent Haywood, Dispute Resolution and Litigation Partner at Lindsays

The fast-emerging stories of historical abuse in youth football across the UK have highlighted the vulnerability of sports clubs and other not-for-profit organisations to their own pasts.

Events long ago (or the mishandling of events long ago) under different managers or trustees can easily re-emerge years later, casting doubt over an organisation’s practices or reputation. Organisations of all sizes – from church groups to football clubs to large charities – must know how to react if this happens.

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