Mike leads course in child pro­tec­tion

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

AN ACA­DEMIC from Edge Hill Uni­ver­sity has col­lab­o­rated with a na­tional char­ity to de­velop train­ing to raise aware­ness of child abuse within sport.

Dr Mike Har­till, reader in the so­ci­ol­ogy of sport and part of the cur­rent FA in­quiry into non-re­cent al­le­ga­tions of sex abuse in foot­ball, has teamed up with the Na­tional Work­ing Group on Child Sex­ual Ex­ploita­tion (NWG) to de­velop a one-day course de­signed to pro­vide a greater com­pre­hen­sion into the is­sue of child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion (CSE) in sport.

The con­tin­u­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment-ac­cred­ited course, which draws upon Mike’s re­search with “sur­vivors” of CSE in sport, will ex­plain why and how child pro­tec­tion in sport has de­vel­oped since the 1990s, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ments in pol­icy that have been put in place to safe­guard chil­dren.

It is aimed at any­one work­ing in sport who wants to broaden their un­der­stand­ing of CSE in sport but will also be of ben­e­fit to those with re­spon­si­bil­ity for chil­dren and young peo­ple’s wel­fare in other sec­tors.

Mike has ar­ranged for a mem­ber of the NWG to visit Edge Hill in Novem­ber to speak to stu­dents about CSE in sport and dis­cuss the op­por­tu­ni­ties of work­ing in this field.

The NWG is a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion formed as a UK net­work of over 14,000 prac­ti­tion­ers who dis­trib­ute in­for­ma­tion to pro­fes­sion­als work­ing on the is­sue of CSE within the UK.

The train­ing course will take place on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11 at the NWG in Derby.

Find out more at www.eventbrite.co. uk/e/child-sex­ual-ex­ploita­tion-in­sport-tick­ets-33004963735

Mike Har­till

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