Child protection, sexual abuse and welfare: raising awareness, shaping policy and changing practice in youth sport


Description of impact

The research on which this case study is based has:
(1) Contributed significantly to raising awareness of child sexual abuse in sport within the international community, particularly in relation to the abuse of boys, and to the development of a European agenda for the prevention of sexual violence in sport;
(2) Enhanced the ability of the Rugby Football League (RFL) to meet its national obligations in relation to safeguarding children and established the first longitudinal evaluation which monitors the development of child protection and safeguarding in sport;
(3) Facilitated the RFLs engagement with the international sports and child welfare community.
Impact date1 Jan 20081 Jul 2013

Research Centres

  • Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport