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Children’s views on Sport and Human Rights in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2013 (English)In: Sociology and Sport in Face of New Challenges: The 10th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference / [ed] Álvaro Rodríguez Díaz, David Moscoso Sánchez, Jesús Fernández Gavira, José Vinas Rodríhuez and Francisco Pires Vega, Cordoba, 2013, 54-54 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines Swedish child sport in relation to Human Rights, and more specifically to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). In 1989, United Nations (UN) decided that children under 18 years old needed a convention for special care and protection. UNCRC is a legally binding international instrument that incorporates the full range of human rights for children. The Swedish Sport Confederation has since 2009 included a child rights perspective in their policy guidelines for child sport in Sweden. This paper draws on a study of children’s perceptions about children’s right to express their opinions, right to life and development, right to a non-discrimination environment, right to protection from any forms of violence and that the best interests of the child should be a primary consideration (related to article 2, 3, 6, 12 and 19 in UNCRC). In this paper results from group interviews with 12 children, ranging from 12 to 16 years of age participating in the individual sport Equestrian and the team sport

Floorball, are presented. Written life stories were also collected from each child. The preliminary results highlight the fact that children are unaware of that the UNCRC should applies in sport and they also have very limited knowledge about what it stands for. But the results also show that issues discussed related to UNCRC are considered by the children to be of most importance. This study contributes to a deeper understanding of the children’s views and the challenges for sport clubs to work in accordance with children’s rights and the UNCRC.

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Cordoba, 2013. 54-54 p.
Keyword [en]
Child sport, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, human rights, Equestrian, Floorball
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-81497OAI: diva2:655792
The 10th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, May 8-11, 2013, Cordoba, Spain.
Available from: 2013-10-14 Created: 2013-10-14 Last updated: 2014-01-16Bibliographically approved

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