1. Wednesbury Rugby Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all its children involved in Wednesbury Rugby Club from harm.
2. Wednesbury Rugby Club confirms that it 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.
3. 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 precaution is taken to ensure his safety and wellbeing are protected.
4. 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 and harm.
• All allegations or suspicion 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 the right to expect support, and personal and social 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.
5. Wednesbury Rugby Club recognizes 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. Wednesbury Rugby Football Club recognizes that this is the responsibility of everyone involved, in whatever capacity, at the club.
6. Wednesbury Rugby Football Club will implement and comply with the RFU Code of Conduct and the Codes of Conduct for Coaches, Spectators and Officials as appropriate.
7. The Club Safeguarding Officer is Karen Butler. If you witness or are aware of an incident where the welfare of a child has been put at risk you must, in the first instance, inform the Club Safeguarding Officer. They will then inform the CB Safeguarding manager, and the RFU Safeguarding Team. If an incident involves the Club Safeguarding Officer then you should inform, David Reynolds 07748338588, email@example.com and either the CB safeguarding manager or the RFU safeguarding team.
8. All members of Wednesbury Rugby Football Club who work with children in Regulated Activity must undertake an RFU disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in accordance with regulation 21
9. Wednesbury Rugby Football Club will ensure that all its members, whether they are coaches, parents, players or officials will comply with the Best Practice Guidelines as issued by the RFU. In summary, the following are NOT acceptable and will be treated seriously by the club and may lead to disciplinary action being taken by the club, the CB or the RFU:
• Working alone with a child
• Consuming alcohol whilst responsible for children
• Providing alcohol to children or allowing bits supply
• Humiliating children
• Inappropriate or unnecessary physical contact with a child
• Participating in or allowing contact or physical games with children
• Having an intimate or sexual relationship with any child developed as a result of being in a ‘position of trust’
• Making sexually explicit comments or sharing sexually explicit material
10. Wednesbury Rugby Football Club manages the changing facilities and arranges for then to be supervised by two DBS checked adults of the appropriate gender or the players using the facilities. Wednesbury Rugby Football Club ensures that all its Coaches, Parents, Officials and Spectators are aware that adults must not change at the same time, using the same facilities, as children.
11. Wednesbury Rugby Football Club will ensure that all its Coaches and Team Managers will receive support and training considered appropriate for their position and role. The RFU ’Managing Challenging Behaviour’ has been adopted and circulated amongst the club workforce both voluntary and paid.
12. Any events held on Wednesbury Rugby Football Club premises must comply with this Policy and if appropriate a safeguarding Plan should be discussed and circulated to those affected. Any tours, overseas or domestic, undertaken by Wednesbury Rugby Club must comply with RFU Regulation and Guidance relating to tours.