1st Edition

Safeguarding, Child Protection and Abuse in Sport International Perspectives in Research, Policy and Practice

Edited By Melanie Lang, Mike Hartill Copyright 2015
    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    The safeguarding of children and young people participating in sport has become an increasingly prominent concern in policy-making and research communities around the world. Major organisations such as the IOC and UNICEF now officially recognize that children in sport can be at risk of exploitation and abuse, and this concern has led to the emergence of new initiatives and policies aimed at protecting vulnerable young people and athletes. This book is the first to comprehensively review contemporary developments in child protection and safeguarding in sport on a global level.

    The book is divided into two parts. Part One critically analyses current child protection and safeguarding policy and practice in sport across a range of countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, China and Germany, providing a global context for current policy and practice. This represents the most comprehensive review to date of the landscape of child protection and safeguarding in sport and provides a starting point for critical international comparisons. Part Two explores a range of issues related to child protection and safeguarding in sport, including many not covered in previous books, such as emotional abuse, injury and over-training. While in many instances the impetus for policy in this area has arisen from concerns about sexual abuse, the second part of this book therefore opens up a broader, more holistic approach to child and athlete welfare.

    By bringing together many of the leading researchers working in child and athlete protection in sport from around the world, this book is important reading for all advanced students, researchers, policy-makers or practitioners working in youth sport, physical education, sports coaching, coach education or child protection.

    Introduction: What is Safeguarding in Sport? - Melanie Lang and Mike Hartill  PART 1  Chapter 1. Safeguarding and Child Protection in Sport in England - Melanie Lang and Mike Hartill  Chapter 2. Safeguarding Children and Young People in Danish Sport - Jan Toftegaard-Støckel  Chapter 3. Preventing Child Maltreatment and Trangressive Behaviour in Flemish Sport - Tine Vertommen, Jan Tolleneer, Guillaume Maebe and Kristine De Martelaer  Chapter 4. (Sexual) Intimidation in Sport: The Netherlands - Nicolette Schipper-van Veldhoven, Tine Vertommen and Lieke Vloet  Chapter 5. Child Protection in German Sport - Bettina Rulofs  Chapter 6. Safeguarding and Child Protection in Sport in Two Southern European Countries: Greece and the Republic of Cyprus - Stiliani "Ani" Chroni and Maria Papaefstathiou  Chapter 7. Child Protection and Welfare in Spanish Sport - Montserrat Martin  Chapter 8. Safeguarding Children from Violence and Abuse in Slovenian Sport - Joca Zurc, Daniel J. A. Rhind and Melanie Lang  Chapter 9. Protecting Children from Abuse and Exploitation in South African Sports - Rudolph Leon van Niekerk  Chapter 10. Athlete Welfare and Protection Policy Development in the USA - Donna A. Lopiano and Connee Zotos  Chapter 11. Athlete Welfare and Safeguarding in Sport in Canada - Sylvie Parent  Chapter 12. Child Safety and Wellbeing in Australian Sport - Kate Russell  Chapter 13. The Protection of Young Athletes in China: Policy and Practice - Fan Hong and Zhang Ling  Chapter 14. Who Safeguards the Child in Japanese Sports? - Aaron L. Miller and Atsushi Nakazawa  PART 2  Chapter 15. Safeguarding Athletes from Emotional Abuse - Ashley Stirling and Gretchen Kerr  Chapter 16. Safeguarding the Welfare of Disabled People in Sport: Some Policy Issues and Considerations - Andy Smith  Chapter 17. Physical Training as a Potential Form of Abuse - Jon L. Oliver and Rhodri S. Lloyd  Chapter 18. Safeguarding, Injuries and Athlete Choice - Elizabeth C. J. Pike and Andrea Scott  Chapter 19. Evaluation in Safeguarding and Child Protection in Sport - Mike Hartill and Jimmy O’Gorman  Chapter 20. Conclusion - Mike Hartill and Melanie Lang


    Melanie Lang is a senior lecturer at Edge Hill University. Her research has focused on child abuse within sport contexts. Recent publications include a review of this field for the Directory of Sport Science (6th ed.) published by the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE).

    Mike Hartill is a Senior Lecturer in Child Protection in Sport at Edge Hill University and a former British international youth swimmer and journalist. Her research centres on safeguarding/child protection in youth sport and I sit on the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit Research Evidence and Advisory Group.

    "Compared with other texts in the same area, this one extends discourse and could be used as both a source of inspiration and ideas as well as a valuable benchmarking tool for organisations, policy-makers and researchers to take stock of their progress and to reimagine the achievements towards which they should continue to strive."

    - Abbe Brady (2016), International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, DOI: 10.1080/19406940.2015.1116459 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2015.1116459