“I know people think I’m a complete pain in the neck”: An examination of the introduction of child protection and ‘safeguarding’ in British sport from the perspective of national governing body Safeguarding Lead Officers

Hartill, Michael and Lang, Melanie (2014) “I know people think I’m a complete pain in the neck”: An examination of the introduction of child protection and ‘safeguarding’ in British sport from the perspective of national governing body Safeguarding Lead Officers. Social Sciences, 3 (4). pp. 606-627. ISSN 2076-0760 DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci3040606

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Abstract

Child protection in sport emerged at the start of the 21st century amidst headlines about coaches raping, sexually assaulting and abusing children, leading some researchers to argue that concern about children’s welfare in and beyond sport had become a ‘moral panic’. Against this backdrop, in 2001 the UK government established an independent body, the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), to implement child protection policy within sport. The CPSU has since published substantial policy and guidance on safeguarding and child protection in sport. This has included the introduction of national child protection standards for sports organizations including the requirement to appoint national safeguarding ‘lead officers’. To date, research tracking the experiences of those within sport who are charged with implementing child protection and safeguarding policies is limited. Utilizing data from qualitative interviews with nine national governing body safeguarding ‘lead officers’, this paper considers the impact of child protection within the English sports community through the experiences of those who have been at the vanguard of its implementation in the early years of its establishment within sport.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: child protection; safeguarding; sport; implementation; policy, CPSU
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Sports Science
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Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2014 15:20
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/6108

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