The Child Protection in Sport Unit - Supporting National Governing Bodies in Hearing the Voices of Children: An Evaluation of Current Practice

Everley, Suzanne (2020) The Child Protection in Sport Unit - Supporting National Governing Bodies in Hearing the Voices of Children: An Evaluation of Current Practice. Child Abuse Review, 29 (2). pp. 114-129. ISSN 0952-9136

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Abstract

Sporting environments provide contexts in which a range of abuses of children has occurred. While there is an increasing awareness of the need to improve child protection in sport, the extent to which listening to children's voices can support this has yet to be explored. This paper reports on research commissioned by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's Child Protection in Sport Unit to understand the way in which the expression of children's voices is facilitated in sport. Thirty-four national governing bodies of sport in the UK responded to an electronic questionnaire exploring expression of children's voices in their organisations. Findings indicate that challenges concern: children's perceived lack of interest; confidence in self-expression; time,resources and logistics; organisational culture and attitudinal change. ‘Good practice’was identified in: formal structural communications; tailoring contributions to interests and strengths; use of primary research; and sharing ideas remotely. The projected value of listening to children's voices includes understanding children's perspectives and identification of potential concerns. The expression of children's voices is of value to national governing bodies in sport and there is potential for this to prevent elements of abuse in sport.

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Additional Information: ** Article version: VoR ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router ** History: epub 27-03-2020; issued 27-03-2020. ** Licence for VoR version of this article starting on 27-03-2020: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/termsAndConditions#vor This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Everley, S. (2020), The Child Protection in Sport Unit - Supporting National Governing Bodies in Hearing the Voices of Children: An Evaluation of Current Practice. Child Abuse Review, 29:2, 114-129. doi: 10.1002/car.2615.This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health, Law, physical abuse; child voice; child sexual abuse; child exploitation; children in sport; sports coaches; sport
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV40 Social service. Social work. Charilty organisation and pracitce > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV40 Social service. Social work. Charilty organisation and pracitce > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief > HV701 Children
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router Jisc
Depositing User: Publications Router Jisc
Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 12:46
Last Modified: 14 May 2020 12:52
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5121

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