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    PhD projects

    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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    Personal profile


    Mike Hartill is Professor 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 2001 and 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). His recent research includes the VOICE Project - an EU-funded collaboration between eight European countries focused on the experiences of victims of sexual abuse in sport. Mike is currently leading an international study into the prevelance of abuse in sport (CASES: Child Abuse in Sport: European Statistics) (also funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme). Mike also serves as an academic expert on sexual violence in sport for the Council of Europe/EU initiative 'Safeguarding in Sport'; he 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.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    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

    Research Institutes

    • Institute for Social Responsibility

    Research Centres

    • Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport


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