Keeping Children Safe:
Welcome to our club Safeguarding area.
Children are the lifeblood of the game and it is crucial that they are cared for in the correct manner. Any player under the age of 18 is classed as a child and should be respected as such.
The RFU Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults in Rugby Union Policy and Guidance sets out the key principles as well as providing best practice guidance. Everyone shares the responsibility for safeguarding and, therefore, this policy and guidance will be both relevant and useful for all those involved in creating safe environments in rugby union whether as a parent, coach, spectator or club official.
The RFU are committed to ensuring our staff and volunteers have appropriate safeguarding training. In addition on an on-line safeguarding awareness course, the RFU regularly delivers two face to face safeguarding courses countrywide.
INTRODUCTION TO SAFEGUARDING
This awareness course is for all involved in Age Grade Rugby and completion is compulsory prior to all DBS applications and prior to participation in England Rugby Coaching or Refereeing Award Courses.
The course ensures that everyone has a grasp of the basics in relation to safeguarding, including being able to recognise potentially abusive situations and understand how to report concerns.
Booked via the Course Administration Centre, it will take 30-40 minutes to complete; it is free, open to all.
The RFU utilises the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) to operate and manage a criminal record checking process for those working with children or vulnerable adults. A conviction or caution does not necessarily impede an individual’s future in the game; each situation is considered in relation to the individual circumstances.
Any adult who comes into direct contact with children in our club must have a valid DBS return. Please contact the safeguarding officer to arrange this.
Club volunteers need to have DBS checks done through the RFU if they are involved with Junior Blues – coaches, parent reps, parent helpers, parents on tour; we cannot accept DBS certificates from other organisations with the current RFU processes in place.
Within our club we have a Safeguarding Officer who is there is assist with any issue relating to child Safeguarding.
Joe Derilo can be contacted with any safeguarding matter.
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 07711 397540
Our club Child Protection policy and the RFU Safeguarding Policy are both attached below.
Full details can be found at the England Rugby Safeguarding pages. England Rugby Safeguarding link