It is important that all those delivering a safe and enjoyable rugby environment fully understand their responsibilities; the RFU Safeguarding Children Policy (PDF 372kB) sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to achieve this aim. A printer-friendly version of the policy is also available here (PDF 270kB). For clubs looking to produce a safeguarding policy of their own or update their current one, a policy template can be found here (MS Word 48kB).
All children and vulnerable adults are entitled to protection from harm and have the right to take part in sport in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment. When recruiting employees or volunteers all reasonable steps should be taken to ensure only suitable people are selected. An application form has been created to help clubs manage this.
This policy and guidance should be read by everyone involved in providing this environment within rugby union. Please refer to Regulation 21 – Safeguarding (PDF 44kB) for the RFU procedures relating to dealing with allegations of abuse or breach of the policy.
Club Safeguarding Officers and Club Officials will also find the RFU Safeguarding Toolkit (PDF 7MB) useful in helping them implement the Policy. There is also a printer friendly version of the RFU Safeguarding Toolkit (PDF 204kB).
There may be occasions when clubs may go on tour and will find the Touring with Children Guidance (PDF 257kB) a useful reference.