Through the Safe Sport Research Grant Program, we are partnering with leading academics to increase our understanding of:
- the root causes of maltreatment in sport;
- the positive behaviours that lead to fun and welcoming sport experiences; and
- the impact of Abuse-Free Sport’s independent programs and services.
The program has funded a total of 10 research projects in 2021-22, each conducting a knowledge synthesis on one of ten themes identified by an expert working group:
- Best practice for athletes to feel safe in reporting maltreatment;
- Best practices for complaint handling systems;
- Best practices to ensure survivors-centric complaint process/trauma-informed process in non-sport sectors;
- Comparative analysis of other safe sport initiatives worldwide;
- Experience of high-performance athletes with the complaint process;
- Experience with the complaint process for marginalized groups;
- Positions of survivor groups on maltreatment complaint processes;
- Prevalence of maltreatment in community-level sports;
- Review of non-sport-organizations’ management of complaints; and
- Review of programs supporting survivors in sport and other fields.
In the fall 2022, Abuse-Free Sport will hold a Safe Sport Research Symposium to share the results of this research and establish priorities for the safe sport research grant program in the coming years.
Following the Symposium, a call for applications will be issued for the next round of research funding.