Child protection in voluntary sector sport organisations

Summers, Diana E (2000) Child protection in voluntary sector sport organisations. PhD thesis, University of Bristol.

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This thesis examines the issue of child protection policy in voluntary sector organisations. More particularly it examines policies concerned with protecting children from child sexual abuse, within the Church of England and British voluntary sector sport over a period in the mid-1990s. Using a poststructuralist theory, specifically Actor Network Theory (ANT) this thesis explores child protection policy and discussion through case studies in the contexts of one Church of England diocese and seven voluntary sector sport organisations, utilising semistructured interviews and documentary analysis. It is suggested that the Church of England and British voluntary sector sport have common discursive 'frames', through the historical incorporation of Christian discourses into the beginnings of modem sport in the 19th Century English Public Schools, that support sexual violence against women and children and which provide legitimate identities for abusers. This cultural support for abuse, combined with similar incoherence in the organisational structures in both the Church of England and British voluntary sector sport organisations, is identified as preventing the effective dissemination of child protection policy, where such existed. The major difference between the two areas is identified as the focus within sport organisations on an 'organisational body project' by which organisational aims are achieved. This focus on the body in sport, it is argued, provides increased access and opportunities for abuse by those, like coaches, who most immediately manage the 'organisational body project'.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Woodward, DianaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Aitchison, CaraUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Additional Information: PhD awarded by University of Bristol - Submitted to the University of Bristol through Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education which later became the University of Gloucestershire.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child protection, Voluntary sector; Sport organisations; Christianity
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV0711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 16:39
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 16:39
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5283

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