Understanding Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in Sport

12th Jun 2018, 9:00am - 4:40pm

Rose Theatre


This symposium builds on nearly two decades of research and activism in this field at Edge Hill University. Insights will be shared, alongside guest speakers who have personal and professional experience of dealing with sexual abuse and child protection in sport.

There will be an introduction to the new educational resources developed, specifically for the sports community, through a recently completed European project: Voices for Truth and Dignity in Sport.

At the centre of the event is a performance by the Alter Ego drama company who – in collaboration with Edge Hill and NWG Network (the national umbrella organisation working to combat sexual exploitation) have produced an educational play Crossing the Line. The play is aimed at children (11+), specifically those within sport settings, in order to sensitise and educate them in relation to this problem.


  • 9.15am – Registration and tea/coffee
  • 9.45am – Welcome & Introduction
  • 10.00am – Dr Mike Hartill: Child Abuse in Sport: a brief history
  • 10.35am –  David Lean: Reflections: a personal account
  • 11.30am – Dr Mike Hartill: The VOICE Project: research with adults who have been subjected to sexual exploitation in sport
  • 12.15pm – Lunch
  • 1.15pm – Alter Ego present Crossing the Line: an educational drama on child sexual exploitation in sports, followed by discussion with the cast
  • 2.30pm – Break
  • 2.50pm – CSE in Sport Officer (CSE National Response Unit, NWG Network): New Initiatives and Developments in Preventing Child Abuse in Sport – Kevin Murphy
  • 3.30pm – Dr Melanie Lang: The Child Protection and Safeguarding (ChiPS) Research Network and conclusions


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