Dr. Melanie Lang

Senior Lecturer Child Protection in Sport

Department of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests:
Qualitative project exploring the experiences of NGB Lead Officers for child protection and safeguarding in sport, An analysis of the current position of safeguarding within the RFL through an Activation States approach, Mixed methods study into youth sports coaches concerns about allegations of abuse, Qualitative study into youth swimming coaches' experiences of being accused of abuse or poor practice, Qualitative exploration of youth swimming coaches' perspectives on good practice and child protection

PhD Sociology - Child Protection & Good Practice in Competitive Youth Swimming, Leeds Metropolitan University (2009), MA Sport, Leisure and Equity, Leeds Metropolitan University (2005), Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2010), BA (Hons) French & Linguistics, Sheffield University


Melanie is Assistant Director of the Centre for Safeguarding and Child Protection in Sport (CPSS) at Edge Hill Univeristy and Senior Lecturer in Child Protection in Sport. Her research and teaching focuses on safeguarding and child protection issues (especially non-sexual abuse), athlete welfare, gender-based violence, and children's rights in sport. She is the UK country lead and a member of the steering committee for the 2019-2021 Erasmus+ funded project ‘Child Abuse in Sport: European Statistics' (CASES) - the first project to estimate the prevalence of child abuse in sport across six EU countries. She served as UK national lead and steering committee member on the 2016-2017 European Commission-funded project 'Gender-Based Violence in Sport' and has worked on funded consultancy withmore...

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