Measuring the impact of child protection through Activation States

Celia H. Brackenridge (Lead Author), Zofia Pawlaczek, Joy D. Bringer, Claudi Cockburn, Gareth Nutt, Andy Pitchford, Kate Russell

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Abstract

Child protection (CP) has risen to the top of the UK sports policy agenda in the
past four years and the Football Association has invested in this major strategy
as part of its commitment to “use the power of football to build a better future”
(FA, 2000a). Evidencing the impact of child protection is, however, a complex
task, exacerbated by the dearth of measurement tools that exist for this purpose
in sport. This article presents a new model of ‘Activation States’ that has been
designed and used to measure shifts in football culture as child protection has
begun to impact upon the sport. The model is used to map changes over time
related to the knowledge, feelings, actions and discourses of key stakeholders in
football. The research for which the model was designed is a longitudinal study,
commissioned by the English Football (soccer) Association, on the impact of the
organisation’s child protection strategy on the culture of soccer. Sample data
from the project are used to illustrate the model and to examine its potential and limitations as a tool for measuring impacts in child protection and other social inclusion themes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-256
JournalSport, Education and Society
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005

Keywords

  • child protection (policy and practice)
  • measurement
  • culture
  • Sports

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