A touchy subject? The (unintended) consequences of child protection regulations on youth swimming coaches

Lang, Melanie (2010) A touchy subject? The (unintended) consequences of child protection regulations on youth swimming coaches. In: Brackenridge, Celia H and Rhind, Daniel (eds). Elite Child Athlete Welfare: International Perspectives. Brunel University Press, Uxbridge, pp. 127-137. ISBN 9781902316833

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Abstract

This chapter discusses one of the key findings from a study into good practice in competitive youth swimming – how child protection and safeguarding regulations are resulting in coaches avoiding all forms of child touch in order to protect themselves from false allegations of abuse and/or poor practice. It begins by offering an overview of the development of child protection regulations in British sport, and in swimming in particular, before highlighting the impact that child safety discourses have had on adult-child settings, including sports coaching. An outline of the methods used in the study is then presented, followed by a discussion of the key themes. To conclude, the central messages for policymakers and sports organisations are presented.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: child protection, coach protection, swimming
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Sociology
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Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2011 12:13
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/2641

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