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Personal profile

Biography

Melanie is a Senior Lecturer in Child Protection in Sport. She works closely with national sports and coaching organisations to provide research, advice and consultancy on safeguarding, child protection, athlete welfare and gender-based violence-prevention strategies.

She is the UK country lead and a member of the steering committee for the Erasmus+ funded project entitled ‘Child Abuse in Sport: European Statistics (CASES) - the first project to attempt to estimate the prevalence of child abuse and exploitation in sport across six EU countries. She also sat on the strategic core team and served as the national expert for the UK on the European Commission-funded project Gender-Based Violence in Sport.

Melanie is an expert member of the Pool of European Experts on Sexual Violence in Sport (part of the Council of Europe and European Union Pro Safe Sport+ project), and a member of the NSPCC Sport England Child Protection in Sport Unit Research Evidence and Advisory Group and the UK Coaching Safeguarding Talented and Elite Children Expert Group.

She has also delivered training and continuing professional development workshops to sport policymakers, coaches, athletes and charitable organisations from the UK, China, Japan and Ghana. Her work has been supported by the European Commission Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency, the Sport England/ NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit, the Japanese government, and the NWG Network.

Melanie sits on the editorial board of the Irish Journal of Sociology, and is editor of the books ‘The Routledge Handbook of Athlete Welfare’ (Routledge, due 2020);‘Safeguarding, Child Protection and Abuse in Sport: International Perspectives in Research, Policy and Practice’ (Routledge, 2015); and ‘Bullying and the Abuse of Power’ (Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2010). She is also assistant director of the Centre for Safeguarding and Child Protection in Sport at Edge Hill University. 

Research interests

Child protection and abuse in sport

Safeguarding in sport

Athlete welfare

Child welfare and well-being in sport 

Interpersonal violence in sport

Gender-based violence in sport

Sexual harassment in sport

Children's rights in sport

Youth sports

Sport policy implementation and evaluation

Qualitative research methods

Teaching

Melanie introduced some of the first teaching modules on athlete welfare, child protection and children's rights in sport nationwide in her current and prevous institutions. She currently teaches modules on a range of sociology and sociology of sport themes and is a supervisor to MRes and PhD students working in the area of safeguarding and child protection in sport and physical activity. 

Education/Academic qualification

Academic Practice, PGCert, York St John University

Sociology of Sport, PhD, Leeds Beckett University

20062009

Sociology of Sport, MA, Leeds Beckett University

20042005

Modern Languages, BA, University of Sheffield

External positions

Member of the UK Coaching Safeguarding Talented and Elite Children Expert Group

2018 → …

Expert member of the Pool of European Experts on Sexual Violence in Sport

2017 → …

Member of the editorial board of the Irish Journal of Sociology

20142019

Member of the Sport England/ NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit Research Evidence and Advisory Group

2009 → …

Keywords

  • H Social Sciences
  • sport, sociology, child protection, safeguarding, gender-based violence, athlete welfare, abuse
  • HM Sociology
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
  • GV Recreation Leisure

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Research Output 2009 2018

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Gender-based violence in EU sport policy: Overview and recommendations.

Lang, M., Mergaert, L., Arnaut, C. & Vertommen, T., 1 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Gender-based Violence. 2, 1, p. 109-118

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
sports policy
EU member state
Sports
EU
violence
1 Citation (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Kicking ‘No Touch’ Discourses into Touch: Athletes’ Parents’ Constructions of Appropriate Adult (Coach)-Child (Athlete) Physical Contact

Gleaves, T. & Lang, M., 28 Apr 2017, In : Journal of Sport and Social Issues. 4, 3, p. 191-211

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
coach
athlete
parents
contact
discourse
Open Access
File
athlete
coach
nutrition
welfare
discourse
5 Citations (Scopus)
6 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
File
abuse of children
coach
child protection
narrative
Sports
3 Citations (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

Touchy Subject: A Foucauldian Analysis of Coaches’ Perceptions of Adult-Child Touch in Youth Swimming

Lang, M., 1 Mar 2015, In : Sociology of Sport Journal. 32, 1, p. 4-21

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

File
Touch
coach
discourse
Safety
child protection

Projects 2011 2021

CASES : Child Abuse in Sport: European Statistics

HARTILL, M., Rulofs, B., LANG, M., Vertommen, T., Martin, M., Allroggen, M. & Kampen, J.

1/01/1931/12/21

Project: Research

Gender-based violence in EU sport

LANG, M., Mergaert, L., Arnaut, C. & Vertommen, T.

1/10/161/10/17

Project: Research

Sports coaches and allegations of child abuse

LANG, M.

1/06/1131/08/12

Project: Research

Activities 2009 2019

Interpersonal violence in sport: What we know and recommendations for practice and good governance

MELANIE LANG (Keynote speaker)
9 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Safeguarding and Child Protection in Sport: Embedding Policy to Transform Practice

MELANIE LANG (Keynote speaker)
22 Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Safeguarding and child protection in youth sport: Discovery, prevention and challenges

MELANIE LANG (Invited speaker)
3 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk