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Safeguarding culture: Towards a new approach to preventing child maltreatment in sport

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posted on 27.07.2021, 14:46 by F Owusu-Sekyere, Daniel RhindDaniel Rhind, L Hills
There is now undeniable evidence of child maltreatment in sport. This has provoked the gradual proliferation of safeguarding research aimed at protecting children from harm in sport. Such research recognises the need for a comprehensive and holistic approach that addresses individual, interpersonal and systemic contributors to child maltreatment in sport. This study sought to provide such an approach by applying the well-researched concept of safety culture to safeguarding children in sport. The aim of this study was to conceptualise safety culture from a child safeguarding in sport perspective (i.e., safeguarding culture). To achieve this, 77 participants from five globally representative organisations took part in 45 Interviews and 7 focus groups. This produced 52 units of qualitative data which were analysed using thematic analysis. Findings suggested that safeguarding culture represents a holistic and integrated approach to prevent child maltreatment which comprises three first-order themes; safety management systems, committed leadership and stakeholder engagement. These themes have dynamic and reciprocal relationships, with their ideal formation and application dependent on internal and external contextual factors. Based on these findings, the Safeguarding Culture in Sport Model is presented before practical implications, limitations and directions for future research are offered. By presenting a new approach and model to safeguarding children in sport, this study represents an important advancement of knowledge around safeguarding children in sport.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Sport Management Review

Pages

1 - 23

Publisher

TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Taylor and Francis

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport Management Review on 09 Jun 2021, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/14413523.2021.1930951

Acceptance date

14/05/2021

Publication date

2021-06-09

ISSN

1441-3523

eISSN

1839-2083

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Daniel Rhind . Deposit date: 27 July 2021