Edge Hill University’s new research centre on safeguarding in sport has generated hope for real change.
Edge Hill University Academic Mike Hartill, an expert in sexual abuse in sport, is leading European funded research into child abuse within sport.
Against a background of high profile cases of child abuse in sport in the media, Edge Hill University is playing a major role in a new event to raise awareness and share research about exploitation in sport.
Dr Mike Hartill, Reader in the Sociology of Sport, initiated the EU-funded project ‘Voices for Truth and Dignity’ (VOICE) in 2015. The project, led by the German Sport University, Cologne, is a collaboration between seven European universities plus sport agencies and victim-support organisations.
An academic from Edge Hill University has collaborated with a national charity to develop training to raise awareness of child abuse within sport.
One of the country’s leading experts in child protection in sport is calling for a UK survey to reveal the magnitude of gender based violence in sport. Melanie Lang, Senior Lecturer in Child Protection in Sport at Edge Hill University, is calling on sports funding bodies to commission the survey.