RFU Safeguarding Policy, Guidance and Procedures
It is important that all those delivering a safe and enjoyable rugby environment fully understand their responsibilities; the RFU Safeguarding Children Policy sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to achieve this aim. A printer-friendly version of the policy is also available here. For clubs looking to produce a safeguarding policy of their own or update their current one, a policy template can be found here.
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 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 useful in helping them implement the Policy.
There may be occasions when clubs may go on tour and will find the Touring with Children Guidance a useful reference.