Rugby St. Andrews RFC Limited is committed to ensuring that all children who play rugby at our club, are protected and feel safe. The club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children involved in Rugby St. Andrews RFC from harm.
All Coaches and Staff that work with children at the club have undertaken an Enhanced DBS Check and have also attended the RFU's 'Play If Safe' safeguarding training.
Rugby St. Andrews RFC confirms that the club adheres to the Rugby Football Union’s Safeguarding Policy and the procedures, practices and guidelines and endorse and adopt the Policy Statement contained in that document and any successor policy.
A child is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any rugby union activity. However, where a 17 year old male player is playing in the adult game it is essential that every reasonable precaution is taken to ensure his safety and wellbeing are protected the appropriate consent being obtained where necessary.
The Key Principles of the RFU Safeguarding Policy are that:
The welfare of the child is, and must always be, paramount to any other considerations.
All participants regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, race, faith, culture, size, shape, language or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse or harm.
All allegations or suspicions of abuse, neglect, harm and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately.
Working in partnership with other organisations, statutory agencies, parents, carers, children and young people is essential for the welfare of children.
Children have a right to expect support, and personal and social development delivered by an appropriately recruited, vetted and managed in relation to their participation in rugby union, whether they are playing, volunteering or officiating in the community or professional areas of the sport.
Rugby St. Andrews RFC recognises that all children have the right to participate in sport in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment whilst at the same time being protected from abuse, neglect, harm and poor practice. Rugby St. Andrews recognises it’s the responsibility of everyone involved at the club in whatever capacity. Rugby St. Andrews complies with the RFU Code of Rugby and Core Values being a family focused club, we aim to ensure that all our players, coaches, parents, spectators and volunteers uphold the Core Values of Rugby Union : Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.
The clubs Safeguarding Officer is Lorraine Marston. If you have any questions or concerns with regards to Safeguarding, you can confidentially contact Lorraine at email@example.com or for more urgent concerns please use 07900 017 335.
Abuse will always be taken seriously and any concerns should be reported to the clubs Safeguarding Officer. In their absence the Club Safeguarding Manager or RFU Safeguarding Team should be informed at the earliest possible opportunity. Any report must be made in writing using the RFU Initial Issue/Concern Reporting Form. The Reporting Form may be found at englandrugby.com/safeguarding along with the contact details for all the Safeguarding Team.