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    Sexual abuse in sport; Male narratives of sexual violence and child sexual abuse; Child abuse and maltreatment in sport; Narratives of abuse; Masculinity and sport; Safeguarding and child protection in sport; Politics and policy of safeguarding in sport.

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    • 7 h-Index

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    Mike Hartill is Reader in the Sociology of Sport at Edge Hill University (Department of Social Sciences) and director of the Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport (CPSS). He has conducted research into child sexual exploitation in sport since 2001and delivered undergraduate programmes on child welfare in sport since 2002. Mike has worked on a number of national and international projects aimed at preventing abuse of children in sport and has collaborated with many organisations from a range of sectors including higher education, child protection, and sport. He recently authored a research monograph 'Sexual abuse in youth sport: a sociocultural analysis' (Routledge, 2016) and his current research includes the VOICE Project - a collaboration between eight European countries focused on the experiences of victims of sexual abuse in sport - and the CASES (Child Abuse in Sport: European Statistics) Project (both funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme). Mike also serves as an academic expert on sexual violence in sport for the Council of Europe, is a founding member of the Sport England Advisory Panel (SEAP) and is currently providing expertise on child protection in sport for the English Football Association's independent review into allegations of child sexual abuse in football.

    Other positions

    Director, Male Survivors Partnership

    1 Oct 2018 → …

    Child protection in sport expert advisor for the Football Association’s Independent Review into Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse in Football (led by Clive Sheldon QC) , The Football Association

    25 Jan 2017 → …


    • H Social Sciences (General)
    • safeguarding
    • sport
    • sociology
    • sexual abuse
    • child protection
    • gender

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    Research Output

    Sexual abuse in youth sport: a sociocultural analysis

    Hartill, M., Sep 2016, London: Routledge. 256 p. (Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    69 Downloads (Pure)

    “I know people think I’m a complete pain in the neck”: An examination of the introduction of child protection and ‘safeguarding’ in British sport from the perspective of national governing body Safeguarding Lead Officers.

    Hartill, M. & Lang, M., 8 Feb 2016, Contemporary Developments in Child Protection: Broadening Challenges in Child Protection. Parton, N. (ed.). Basel: MDPI AG Publishing, Vol. 3. p. 34-55

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Exploring Narratives of Boyhood Sexual Subjection in Male-Sport

    Hartill, M., Mar 2014, In : Sociology of Sport Journal. 31, 1, p. 23-43 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 10 Citations (Scopus)

    Suffering in gratitude: sport and the sexually abused male child

    Hartill, M., 2014, Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality. Hargreaves, J. & Anderson, E. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 426-434 528 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)



    Mapping the field: how big is the problem? Facts and figures on sexual violence against women and children

    MICHAEL HARTILL (Keynote speaker)

    30 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Prevention of sexual violence in sport: The VOICE Project

    MICHAEL HARTILL (Invited speaker)

    24 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    The sexual abuse of boys in sport: past, present, future

    MICHAEL HARTILL (Invited speaker)

    29 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Voices for truth and dignity in European Sport: The Voice project and its legacy


    30 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Safeguarding in Sport


    25 Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...



  • Thesis

    The sexual subjection of boys in organised male sport

    Author: Hartill, M., 31 Jul 2011

    Supervisor: REYNOLDS, P. (Director of Studies) & CULBERTSON, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis