Regulating Safe Sport Environments
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An increasing area of government policy intervention in sport can be broadly identified as attempts to improve the environment in which people can participate safely in sport. In Australia, these policies fall under the banner of ‘member protection’ and are focussed on issues such as the prevention of abuse, harassment and discrimination. A particular focus of these policies in some jurisdictions, such as the UK, has been on protecting children. We should point out that government policy intervention in these areas is not limited to sport, but highlight that the particular context of sport, with high numbers of children participating, its dependence on volunteers for service and program delivery, individual's emotional investment as coaches, players, parents, spectators, officials and administrators and the very nature of sporting competition heightens the potential for the incidence of behaviours such as abuse, harassment or discrimination. As a result, many national and sub-national governments have developed specific regulatory policies aimed at ensuring the safety of people participating in sport.