PROTECTION OF THE YOUNG IN THE RUGBY COMMUNITY
Through the implementation of a policy for Safeguarding of Young People in Rugby and the support of its coaches and volunteers, the RFU will maintain the professionalism and safeguards of good practice that are associated with the game.
The RFU Safeguarding policy and other relevant information can be accessed at:
It recognises the responsibility of all those involved in rugby union (professional and volunteers) to safeguard and promote the interests and well being of the children and young players with whom they are working. It provides a framework on the recruitment, selection, suitability and deployment of individuals working with young people
- It emphasises the value of working closely in partnership with other coaches, parents, professionals and volunteers, to protect children and young players from harm and discrimination.
- It acknowledges that abuse does take place in sport and that by raising awareness and understanding of the main forms of abuse, and establishing communication and reporting procedures if abuse is suspected, will further safeguard the young players, coaches and all others working within the game.
All clubs with Junior players (U18), should have the following minimum procedures in place.
- A named Safeguarding Officer who is easily contactable;
- DBS checks must be carried out on all adults who engage in regulated activities with Junior players;
- A Safeguarding Policy and related procedures adopted and displayed in the club
The role of the CB Safeguarding Manager includes the following:
- To offer assistance to Club Safeguarding Officers.
- Support clubs to produce a Safeguarding Policy.
- Monitor implementation of Safeguarding Policies and procedures within the CB.
- To ensure the DBS disclosure processes are implemented within the CB.
- Establish contact details for local Social Services, Police and Area Child Protection Committees.
- Have a formal role on relevant committees within the CB.
- To ensure all reported cases are reported to the RFU and to advise clubs on the management of reported cases after consultation with the RFU.
The North Midlands Safeguarding Manager is: -
Judith Phelps: Mobile: 07773 326439
Each county within the North Midlands also has an Assistant Safeguarding Manager – their contact details are:
Louise Baggeley: Mobile: 07956 679057
Herefordshire – Michelle Butt: Mobile 07773 328645
Shropshire – Judith Phelps
Worcestershire – Clive Haley: Mobile: 07884 235790
Judith and the team are there to offer advice and support to all North Midlands clubs. They are also prepared to listen if you have any safeguarding issues you are concerned about. However if they cannot be contacted you can also contact the RFU Safeguarding Case Manager – Kath Bennett on 020 8831 7479 or the RFU Safeguarding Helpline on 0208 831 6655. Alternatively you can email: email@example.com
If you cannot contact the above and feel a child is in immediate risk of abuse or danger, then please contact local children’s services, police or NSPCC hotline. 0808 800 5000
Please remember that we have to consider that the ‘welfare of the child is paramount’. However, this also brings the added benefit of protecting the interests of all others within the game of rugby.
NMRFU Safeguarding Manager