Child Protection Policy
Junior Section - Introduction
Trentham RUFC believes that the welfare of all young people is paramount, and we recognise and accept our responsibility to safeguard and promote the interests and well being of young people. We are committed to ensure that young people*, whatever their age, gender, culture, ability, language, religious beliefs, racial origin, and/or sexual identity enjoy the game in a fun environment, safe from abuse of any kind, whilst participating in the sport and using the club facilities. We aim to deliver the highest possible standards of care in striving to meet this goal.
The Child Protection Policy has been drawn up and approved by the Playing committee and the General Committee who is the accountable body within the Club.
1.To ensure that all those involved in Trentham RUFC recognise and understand their responsibility of safeguarding the children and young players’ welfare, and protecting them from physical, emotional or sexual harm and from neglect or bullying of any kind.
2.To respect young peoples’ rights, reasonable wishes and feelings.
3.Individuals working with young people will be made aware of good practice in order to ensure that they are not placed in situations where allegations could be made.
4.To ensure that all coaches have appropriate qualifications for the tasks they undertake. This is the responsibility of the Coaching Co-ordinator.
5.To ensure that each age group Lead Coach has the correct level of formal qualification for that age group.
6.To ensure that all coaches have a clear understanding of their responsibilities both with respect of their coaching tasks, and with respect to their role in Child Protection.
7.To encourage at least one coach from each age group undertake a formal Child Protection course.
8.For all coaches to be encouraged to undertake additional appropriate training to assist in their development. (This to be identified by either the coach him/herself, or coaching co-ordinator, and mutually agreed).
9.To keep formal written records of;
Membership – Responsibility of Membership Secretary
Attendance – Responsibility of lead coaches for individual age groups
Parental Consent – Responsibility of Membership Secretary
Disciplinary Actions – Responsibility of Child Welfare Officer
Accidents – Responsibility of Child Welfare Office.
10.To have a nominated ‘Child Welfare Officer’ readily contactable by any person, either adult or child, who has any concern whatsoever.
11.To have written and visible procedures for dealing with suspicions or accusations which are accessible to anyone.
*Young people – anyone under the age of 18years
Philip Millington (Chairman)
On behalf of the Committee