We are delighted to announce that we are going to work with Sport England to assist local authorities, private sport providers to enhance their safeguarding against child sexual exploitation through a new post within the National CSE Response Unit and will target activity to help sports infrastructure providers and practitioners in England improve their capacity to stop child sexual abuse through exploitation. The NWG Network in association with Edge Hill University aim to build on our existing international research collaboration to enable help sports infrastructure providers and practitioners to build supportive structures for the sporting sector regarding the prevention of child sexual exploitation/abuse, raising awareness across sport and ultimately having a wider beneficial impact on awareness in our communities and on stopping abuse.
The work outlined is to support:
- Children’s and youth sports sector practitioners involved in administration and coaching across a range of sports, small local clubs, and particularly to ensure that those in relatively minor sports with limited resources can access the most advanced information and support available.
- Those responsible for providing and overseeing local and national sporting facilities who are well placed to raise awareness, improve vigilance about risks and ensure disruption of sexual exploitation and abuse in sport; i.e. Local Authority/educational facilitates hiring out to independent coaches.
- Measuring the impact of the work undertaken in the first year with Edge Hill building a framework for the evaluation of the work and evaluating the end of year performance that will give information about impact, identified gaps in provision and recommendations for future work.