Delivered by Kevin Murphy – NWG Safeguarding in Sport Lead.

Kevin has worked within children’s services in a number of roles for a significant number of years. He has been a front-line practitioner and worked his way up through the ranks to become an Operational Manager before moving on to a Head of Service for a Local Authority Children’s Service. Kevin has a wealth of experience working with vulnerable children and their families and he has a unique perspective and understanding of special educational needs and disability. He has a sound understanding of how young people need to be protected when engaging in community activities and has been involved in the International VOICE’s for Truth and Dignity project. This project involved 7 countries researching the experiences of those abused through sport and bringing that knowledge and those voices into his role.

This CPD accredited course has been developed in collaboration with Edge Hill University’s Dr Mike Hartill to provide a greater comprehension around the issue of sexual abuse and exploitation within sports. The course provides attendees with the historical context and prevalence of exploitation in sport within the UK and beyond. The course looks towards developments in policy that have been put into place to safeguard children in sporting environments and how these may impact on our practice as individuals and as organisations. During the training day learning is enriched through the use of the voices of survivors of sexual exploitation in sport.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course delegates will be able to;

  • Define Child  Exploitation (CE) and recognise perpetrator modus operandi.
  • Understand the historical context of exploitation and abuse within sports and how this can impact on young people disclosing abuse.
  • Describe the NWG Process of CE and what happens within the stages of the process, including being able to give examples that are specific to the sporting arena.
  • Verbalise what they have learnt about perpetrators of CE.
  • Articulate the prevalence of exploitation and abuse within sports and how it can impact on the physical and emotional wellbeing of young people.
  • Consider and explain the impact perceptions of sports have on personal, organisational and societal beliefs.
  • Understand the meaning of consent and its connection with exploitation and sport.
  • Understand how policy has developed and how this impacts on our professional roles.