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Title: The Football Association’s Child Protection in Football Research Project 2002-2006: Rationale, design and first year results
Authors: Brackenridge, CH
Bringer, JD
Cockburn, C
Nutt, G
Pawlaczek, Z
Pitchford, A
Russell, K
Keywords: Football;Child protection;Impact assessment
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Taylor and Francis -
Citation: Managing Leisure – An International Journal (9): 30-46, Jan 2004
Abstract: In common with most sport organisations, the English Football Association has come relatively recently to the issue of child protection. Abuses of various kinds have been known about in the sport for many years but, until the late 1990s, very little systematic work was undertaken to address this. The launch of a Child Protection Strategy by the Engalish FA in May 2000 reflected recognition by those in authority within the sport that child abuse and protection were properly the subject of football policy and should become embedded in all aspects of the affiliated game. In addition to adopting child protection, the then-Chief Executive Officer of the FA made a commitment to evidence-based policy in his strategic plan for the game. In line with this commitment, the FA commissioned a 5 year study of the impact of child protection on the game, the first year of which constituted an audit of the state of child protection in the affiliated game. Data were collected through 11 internet surveys, 32 club case studies, over 200 interviews with various stakeholders and an analysis of 132 case files for child abuse referrals. This paper sets out the context of child protection in sport more generally and the background to the FA's child protection reseach project in particular. It also presents selected first year results for key stakeholder groups.
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