The Football Association’s Child Protection in Football Research Project 2002–2006:Rationale, design and first year results

Brackenridge, Celia, Bringer, Joy D., Cockburn, Claudi, Nutt, Gareth, Pitchford, Andy, Russell, Kate and Pawlaczek, Zofia (2004) The Football Association’s Child Protection in Football Research Project 2002–2006:Rationale, design and first year results. Managing Leisure, 9 (1). pp. 30-46. ISSN 1360-6719

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Abstract

In common with most sport organizations, the English Football Association has come relatively recently to the issue of child protection. Abuses of various kinds have been known about in the sport for many years but, until the late 1990s, very little systematic work was undertaken to address them. The launch of a Child Protection Strategy by the English FA in May 2000 reflected recognition by those in authority within the sport that child abuse and protection were properly the subject of football policy and should become embedded in all aspects of the affiliated game. In addition to adopting child protection, the then-Chief Executive Officer of the FA made a commitment to evidence-based policy in his strategic plan for the game. In line with this commitment, the FA commissioned a 5 year study of the impact of child protection on the game, the first year of which constituted an audit of the state of child protection in the affiliated game. Data were collected through 11 internet surveys, 32 club case studies, over 200 interviews with various stakeholders and an analysis of 132 case files for child abuse referrals. This paper sets out the context of child protection in sport more generally and the background to the FA’s child protection research project in particular. It also presents selected first year results for key stakeholder groups.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: football,child protection (policy and practice),research design
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 10:00
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2020 23:41
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59267
DOI: 10.1080/1360671042000182943

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