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1. Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy



1. The club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and vulnerable adults involved in the club from harm.

2. The club confirms that it adheres to the RFU’s safeguarding policy and procedures, practices and guidelines and endorse and adopt the policy statement contained in that document.

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 reasonable precaution is taken to ensure his safety and well being are protected.

4. The key principals of the RFU Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy are that:

· The welfare of the child or vulnerable adult (where appropriate) 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 or harm.
· All allegations or suspicions 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 and young people.
6. The club recognises that all children have the right to participate in
a safe , positive and enjoyable environment whilst at the same time being protected from abuse, neglect, harm and poor practice. The club recognises that this is the responsibility of everyone involved, in whatever capacity, at the club.

7. The club will implement and comply with the RFU Code of Conduct and the Codes of Conduct for coaches, spectators and officials as appropriate. The club will ensure that it’s spectators, parents, members and officials are all aware of and have accepted the club photographic policy as sent out in the club Welcome Pack and on the website.

7. The club will endeavour to comply with the guidance for websites
as set out on the RFU website.

8. The club Safeguarding Officer is Paul Cochrane, who’s photograph is posted on the website. If you witness or are aware of an incident where the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult has been put at risk you must, in the first instance, inform the club Safeguarding Officer. He will then inform the CB Safeguarding Manager and RFU Safeguarding Executive. If an incident involves the club Safeguarding Officer you should inform Ed Hegarty or Andy Jermy, Chairs of the club’s Youth and Mini sections respectively.

9. All members of the club who have regular supervisory contact with children or a management responsibility for those working with children must undertake an RFU Enhanced DBS Disclosure.

10. The club will ensure that all it’s members, whether they are coaches, parents, players or officials will comply with the Best Practice guidance as issued by the RFU. The following are NOT acceptable and will be treated seriously by the club. Disciplinary action may be taken by the club, CB or the RFU.;

· Working alone with a child, vulnerable adult or adults.
· Consuming alcohol whilst responsible for children or vulnerable adults.
· Providing alcohol to children or allowing supply.
· Smoking in the presence of children.
· Humiliating children or vulnerable adults.
· Inappropriate or unnecessary physical contact with a child or vulnerable adult.
· Participating in, or allowing contact or physical games with children or vulnerable adults.
· Having an intimate or sexual relationship with any child or vulnerable adult developed as a result of being in a position of trust.
· Making sexually explicit comments or showing sexually explicit material.

11. The club manages the changing facilities and arranges for them
to be supervised by two adults. (DBS Checked). The club ensures that all it’s coaches, parents, officials and spectators are aware that adults must not change at the same time, using the same facilities as children and vulnerable adults.

12. The club will ensure that it’s coaching staff will receive the support
and training considered appropriate to their position and role. The RFU Challenging Behaviour Policy has been adopted and circulated.

13. Any events held on the club’s premises must comply with this
policy and if appropriate a Safeguarding Plan should be discussed
and circulated. Tours, both domestic and overseas, must comply to
the RFU regulations and guidelines.