Dr Mike Hartill

An academic from Edge Hill University has collaborated with a national charity to develop training to raise awareness of child abuse within sport.

Dr Mike Hartill, Reader in the Sociology of Sport and part of the current FA inquiry into non-recent allegations of sex abuse in football, has teamed up with the National Working Group on Child Sexual Exploitation (NWG) to develop a one day course designed to provide a greater comprehension into the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in sport.

The CPD accredited course, which draws upon Mike’s research with ‘survivors’ of CSE in sport, will explain why and how child protection in sport has developed since the 1990s, including developments in policy that have been put in place to safeguard children. It is aimed at anyone working in sport who wants to broaden their understanding of CSE in sport but will also be of benefit to those with responsibility for children and young people’s welfare in other sectors.

Mike has arranged for a member of the NWG to visit Edge Hill in November to speak to students about CSE in sport and discuss the opportunities of working in this field.

The NWG is a charitable organisation formed as a UK network of over 14,000 practitioners who distribute information to professionals working on the issue of CSE within the UK.

The training course will take place on Wednesday 11th October at the NWG in Derby. Find out more here.