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1. The Role of Safeguarding

Your Safeguarding Officers are:

Linda Lee and Paul Gabel

Main Purpose of the Role:

To act as a point of contact in all issues relating to the safeguarding and welfare of young people and to ensure all appropriate documentation and forms are completed in accordance with the RFU/RFUW Policy and Procedures for the Safeguarding of Young People in Rugby Union.


1. Ensure the club has a Child Protection Policy and self-monitoring strategy.
2. Ensure Codes of Conduct are well published and adhered to.
3. Ensure all reported incidents are managed at the appropriate level in line with RFU/RFUW procedures.
4. Ensure all relevant club members are aware of training opportunities.
5. Ensure all parents, children and young people are aware of the club policy on Child Safeguarding and the correct procedures and channels for voicing concerns.
6. Ensure that all adults who have regular contact with young people undertake DBS disclosure.
7. Be aware of local Social Services and Local Safeguarding Children's Board.
8. Sit on relevant club committees.

What to do if you have a Child Safeguarding Concern

Everyone at Hessle RUFC is deeply committed to the Safeguarding of the young people in our squads.

All the coaching staff are volunteers and are all DBS checked in accordance with the RFU guidelines and many have attended Child Safeguarding courses.

However, spectators and parents/carers and indeed the children themselves may at times have a concern about something that they have seen or experienced that causes them to question whether or not this is right.
It is important at this stage that there is someone for them to talk to, as often issues can be rectified quickly rather than allowed to fester and grow creating tension and anxiety.

Your Child Safeguarding team are trained for just this purpose whilst at the same time recognising that it is most important not to create an atmosphere of over-reaction or suspicion.

All details regarding the R.F.U. Policy on Safeguarding Young People are available via the RFU website ( with links to this being further available from our club website.

If you have an immediate concern relating to the welfare of a young person please contact Linda or Paul.

Or if you prefer the:
RFU Child Welfare line 02088316655,
N.S.P.C.C. Helpline 0808 800 5000,
Police or Hull Social Services.

Hessle RUFC
Livingstone Road
HU13 0EG
01482 643 430