Overview

The Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport (CPSS) is at the forefront of research on understanding and preventing abuse, exploitation, and maltreatment in sport, and promoting athletes’ rights.

CPSS produces high-quality, cutting-edge research evidence that informs policy and practice. We work with many organisations and agencies – local, national, and international – from the sport, child protection, and coaching sectors as well as with current and former athletes, ‘survivors’ of violence and abuse from sport, and coaches and coach educators.  

CPSS staff have global reputations and a range of relevant expertise. We contribute to national and international research projects, enquiries, expert panels, and conferences, and deliver CPD training and expert consultancy services to the sport and safeguarding sectors. 

The Centre’s work attracts research grants to explore new areas of knowledge and help us stay at the forefront of developments in the field. Members have collaborated with organisations including the International Olympic Committee, World Athletics, the Canadian Coaches Association, Sport England, the Football Association, and UK Coaching.