Child Abuse in Sport: European Statistics (CASES)

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Period: January 2019 – December 2021
Project grant: €398,083

CASES is a collaborative partnership between seven universities, two national sport agencies and one international sport federation. All partners have a demonstrable commitment to enhancing the safety of children in sport and protecting them from abuse.

CASES will deliver a scientific study into the prevalence of child exploitation and abuse in sport in six EU countries. The team will also collaborate with individuals who have firsthand experience of abuse in sport at all stages of the project. The study will survey a representative sample of (approximately) 2,000 individuals aged 18+ years in each partner country. The survey will focus particularly on the sport context in relation to experiences of sexual exploitation and abuse, but other forms of child maltreatment and abuse will be included.

Participants are requested to report their experiences in retrospective, thus, comparisons of experiences during childhood and adulthood are possible. Following robust analysis of the data generated, the scientific team will write up the findings in a series of national reports, culminating in a Project Report that will provide comparative analysis across countries. The project will then develop educational resources with and for the sport sector aimed at enhancing understanding of this issue within its grassroots partners and affiliated bodies. Ultimately, the study aims to collect scientifically robust evidence that will provide insights pertinent to strategic efforts to prevent abuse in sport and to develop resources for the sport sector that will support their efforts to safeguard children’s welfare.

For further information on the project, see the EU’s Erasmus+ page.

If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact Mike

Project team

Team memberCountryExternal role
Mike HartillUKReader (Assistant Professor)
Bettina RulofsGermanyDeputy Head of Department
Tine VertommenBelgiumResearcher
Melanie LangUKSenior Lecturer
Ecaterina StativaRomaniaSenior Researcher
Ioana NanuRomaniaResearcher
Montserrat MartinSpainSenior Lecturer
Eva CireraSpainLecturer
Rosa DiketmullerAustriaAssistant Professor
Marc AllroggenGermanyHead of Forensic Unit
Daniel SageUKSenior Lecturer
Jarl KampenBelgiumAssistant Professor
Jayne MolyneuxUKDirector: Children & Young People
Elena LambyGermanyProject Manager: Child Protection
Paolo AdamiItalyManager: Health & Science Dept