Children and Organised Sport

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Dunedin Academic Press, 2011 - Social Science - 83 pages
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Much has been written about the benefits to children who participate in sports. Less is known or understood about the potential risks faced by children in these settings. In the build up to the 2012 London Olympics, there is likely to be a large number of children attracted in sports in the UK. New knowledge about the potential harms to children in these settings will help inform sport governing bodies - as well as all those in sport policy and practice - on how to keep children safe in sports. This book draws on extensive research based on the views of more than 6,000 young people across the UK. The survey and follow-up interviews asked young people to reflect on their experiences in sports as children. It reports in detail their positive and negative experiences of sport participation, and it provides information about the range of harms faced by children in these settings. These include disrespectful and bullying treatment, body image issues, issues of self-esteem and self-confidence, physical abuse, and child sexual abuse. (Series: Protecting Children and Young People)

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Dr Anne Stafford is Director of the University of Edinburgh/NSPCC Centre for UK-wide Learning in Child Protection (CLiCP) where Kate Alexander is Research Fellow, Child Protection in Sport.

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