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The welfare of young people in Rugby Union is a major priority and as such, RFU clubs have each been asked to appoint a Safeguarding Officer. Abbey have been awarded Seal of Approval status and therefore we have an increasing responsibility within the community which includes:

Having to: Appoint a Safeguarding Officer who will act as the first point of conduct for concerns about the welfare of young people

Our Safeguarding Officer is Maria Jaffray whose contact details are Mobile: 07824 642621 Email:

Publish a Child Protection Policy within the Club this is attached below

Work in line with RFU Codes of Conduct and Safeguarding Policies and Procedures also attached

Ensure that all relevant members who have regular supervisory contact with children or a management responsibility for those working with young people undertake an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure.

In Rugby Union, players are impressionable and their behaviour will often reflect that of the adults around them. At Abbey we welcome spectators on our touchlines who embrace the ethos of the game as one of FUN, ENJOYMENT and SKILL DEVELOPMENT.

In Rugby Union the following behaviours are encouraged:

Act as positive role models to all young players

Be familiar with, and abide by, the RFU Codes of Conduct in relation to verbal and emotional abuse
Respect the Rugby Club policy with regard to spectator behaviour

Finally please remember these young people play for FUN and the Love of the Game. Let us all encourage them to achieve that by adopting a positive attitude at all times.


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