Child Abuse In Sport

From research to policy and protection

Authored by: Melanie Lang , Mike Hartill , Bettina Rulofs

Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415840033
eBook ISBN: 9780203795002
Adobe ISBN: 9781134469932


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Children’s participation in sport is generally regarded as beneficial, a component of a healthy childhood and a long, healthy adulthood (United Nations Children’s Fund [UNICEF], 2004). UNICEF (2004: 1) states that sport has the potential to ‘promote the spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play, teach teamwork, self-discipline, trust, respect for others.’ Governments worldwide have sought to harness these benefits, and non-governmental organizations are increasingly using sport and physical activity as tools to achieve international health, social and educational goals (Darnell, 2010).

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