SPORTS clubs from across Greater Manchester have signed up to a week long campaign 'It's Not Okay' to raise awareness of child exploitation.

Salford Red Devils, FC United, Wigan Warriors and Rochdale Hornets are among some of the clubs supporting the campaign, with Greater Manchester Police police and partners who are raising awareness of child sexual exploitation with those that play, watch or coach sport by delivering training sessions, hosting information stalls at local leisure centres and speaking to young players about child sexual exploitation.

Sports clubs will be encouraged to sign and display an ‘It’s Not Okay ‘ charter on their noticeboards, reinforcing their commitment to tackling and preventing child sexual exploitation from happening on their watch.

GMP's Det Supt Joanne Rawlinson said: “Greater Manchester is a fantastic place for sport and we want to celebrate this while ensuring it is a safe space for children and young people.

“Allegations of historical child sex abuse within sport has recently been highlighted nationally and it is important that people feel able to come forward regardless of whether the abuse happened 10 years ago or 10 days ago.

“Children and young people may choose to confide in their coach and it is vital that staff know how to respond to a child who may turn to them for help.

“This week we are providing training to people working within sport to increase their understanding of child sexual exploitation and the steps that can be taken to identify the signs and provide support to victims.”

To report child sexual exploitation, call police on 101 or 999 if a child is in immediate danger. Alternatively, visit to find contact details for local ‘It’s Not Okay’ team.

Sports organisations can download a charter from

Join in the conversation online using the hashtag #ItsNotOkayInSport