Children’s Charity, Children 1st, have released a statement in relation to Hearts’ decision to inform Craig Thomson that he will not play for the Tynecastle club again.
Chief Executive Anne Houston commented: “Throughout this situation, CHILDREN 1ST’s concern – as it always is – has been for the welfare of children and ensuring that everyone takes responsibility to protect them.”
“We are relieved that the club now accepts the role it must play in minimising the risk of sexual harm to children. As we have said before, our Safeguarding in Sport initiative would welcome the opportunity to discuss with Hearts, and other clubs, how we might help them with training and procedures on child protection issues,” added Houston.
The statement continued: “The reason we got involved in this issue was because of our longstanding commitment to protecting children and ensuring they are safe and secure. This decision by Hearts sends a clear message to children and young people that they are valued and that their experiences will be taken seriously.”