Safeguarding in Hampshire's Rugby Clubs
Hampshire RFU acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children involved in rugby at our member clubs, and confirms that it adheres to all the RFU's Safeguarding Policies and procedures, recommended practices and guidelines and furthermore endorse and adopt the statements contained in those documents.
These can be viewed at:
Under Child Protection laws and RFU policy, a "child" is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any rugby union activity.
The Key Principles of the RFU Safeguarding Policy are that:
Hampshire RFU has appointed a Safeguarding Manager (CBSM) to co-ordinate their network of Club Safeguarding Officers (CSO).
The CB Safeguarding Manager is
Tel: 07884 271543.
e-mail: Michele Amos
The Safeguarding Manager will:
All rugby coaches, coaching assistants, first aiders and team managers must
It is EVERYONE'S responsibility at a rugby club to report concerns.
Hampshire RFU is committed to working in partnership with parents/carers and statutory agencies in order to safeguard the young people at our clubs.
Please ensure that your club manages the changing facilities and arranges for them to be supervised by at least two adults (DBS checked) of the appropriate gender for the players using the facilities. Also ensure that all your club's coaches, parents, officials and spectators are aware that adults must not change at the same time, using the same facilities as children. Clear signage can really help with this:
"NO UNAUTHORISED ADULTS ARE ALLOWED TO BE IN THE PLAYERS CORRIDOR, CHANGING ROOMS OR SHOWERS. "
We strongly recommend that club coaches DO NOT participate in communication with children on social networking sites or by personal or frequent text messaging. Contact with players should always be via (or copied to) their parent or carer. All social network groups should be CLOSED and participation should be ADULTS ONLY or PLAYERS ONLY by invitation. Player groups should be administered by a DBS cleared adult/s who is made known to all parents of participating players. The administrator should only act in a monitoring capacity to ensure no inappropriate content or bullying and should not be participating in the conversations of the group.
Hampshire RFU Equity Statement
Hampshire RFU aims to ensure that all members irrespective of their age, gender, ability, race, religion, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, social status or sexual orientation have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in rugby. This aim covers all players, coaches, administrative staff, match officials or spectators.
It is the aim of Hampshire RFU and its member clubs not to disadvantage any individual by imposing any conditions or requirements which cannot be justified.
Hampshire RFU and its member clubs aim to create a safe and secure learning environment where individuals treat each other with respect and understanding. Bullying will not be tolerated at all in our any of our Clubs. Bullying will be taken seriously, responded to promptly, and procedures followed to deal with the situation. It is the responsibility of every adult working in rugby union whether professional or volunteer, to ensure that all young people can enjoy the sport in a safe enjoyable environment. Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour which results in the victim feeling distressed. Bullying occurs when this behaviour is exercised through the use of power rather than an exchange between equals.
Establishing a positive Club ethos
The most important aspect of our strategy to combat bullying is the creation of a positive and inclusive ethos in all our member clubs. This begins with how adults in clubs treat each other, parents, and players: with respect and understanding, even in difficult situations. Concerns expressed by players and parents are always listened to carefully and taken seriously.
We promote and follow the RFU Core Values (http://www.englandrugby.com/news/rugby-core-values-1288344/)
Everyone involved in rugby in England, whether as a player, coach, referee, administrator, parent or spectator is expected to uphold the Core Values of our sport:
Teamwork – Respect – Enjoyment – Discipline – Sportsmanship
We aim to be constantly promoting and reinforcing positive behaviour and developing all children's self-esteem through celebration of achievement. In this way, by aiming to 'include' everyone in the rugby community, it is much less likely either those children will become a focus for bullying, or that others may resort to bullying
We encourage children, parents and club personnel to report any suspected instances of bullying to a member of the coaching staff or to the Club's Safeguarding Officer.
Managing Touchline Behaviour
We do not tolerate poor touchline behaviour at any of our member clubs, it will be addressed at every level. Spectators and coaches alike MUST NOT enter the field of play without the referees permission whilst a game of rugby is in progress unless there are exceptional circumstances. Poor behaviour on the touchline is no more acceptable than poor behaviour on the pitch.
Useful downloads & links
Further details on England Rugby, Regulations:
Click the link "online course booking system",
Select "Safeguarding" from the first drop down menu, then select the course you want from the next box: apply the date of the course you are looking for or your post code to find your nearest course.