A touchy subject? The (unintended) consequences of child protection regulations on youth swimming coaches

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    Abstract

    This chapter discusses one of the key findings from a study into good practice in competitive youth swimming – how child protection and safeguarding regulations are resulting in coaches avoiding all forms of child touch in order to protect themselves from false allegations of abuse and/or poor practice. It begins by offering an overview of the development of child protection regulations in British sport, and in swimming in particular, before highlighting the impact that child safety discourses have had on adult-child settings, including sports coaching. An outline of the methods used in the study is then presented, followed by a discussion of the key themes. To conclude, the central messages for policymakers and sports organisations are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationElite Child Athlete Welfare: International Perspectives
    EditorsCelia H Brackenridge, Daniel Rhind
    Place of PublicationUxbridge
    PublisherBrunel University Press
    Pages127-137
    Number of pages159
    ISBN (Print)9781902316833
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • child protection
    • coach protection
    • swimming

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