Telling (Dangerous) Stories: A Narrative Account of a Youth Coach's Experience of an Unfounded Allegation of Child Abuse

Lang, Melanie and Pinder, Sarah (2016) Telling (Dangerous) Stories: A Narrative Account of a Youth Coach's Experience of an Unfounded Allegation of Child Abuse. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. pp. 99-110. ISSN 2159-676X DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2016.1246469

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Abstract

This paper (re)tells the story of a sports coach who was accused of emotionally abuse of a child athlete and, following an investigation by his club, cleared of the allegation. Accounts of such allegations are rare and no research to date has explored coaches’ lived experiences of this. Such stories are ‘dangerous’ and remain largely unrecognized and undebated as they represent a challenge to the meta-narrative of child protection. Using the stance of a ‘storyteller’, the coach-participant’s story is presented as a monologue crafted using his words and embellished with literary techniques. The story is purposefully largely left open for interpretation in an attempt to encourage readers to engage cognitively and emotionally. Telling such a ‘dangerous’ story aims to add to the narrative repertoires available to those working in this field and expand understandings of child protection in sport.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: false/unfounded allegations of abuse, child protection in sport, safeguarding in sport, emotional abuse in sport
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Sociology
Sports Science
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Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 14:25
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/8194

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