RFU Safeguarding

Safeguarding Policy


1.            Midsomer Norton Rugby Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children                          involved in Midsomer Norton RFC

2.            Midsomer Norton RFC confirms that it adheres to the Rugby Football Union’s Safeguarding Policy and the                               procedures, practices and guidelines and endorse and adopt the Policy Statement contained in that document and                 any successor policy.

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                 wellbeing are protected.

4.            The Key Principles of the RFU Safeguarding Policy are that:

       •             The welfare of the child 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.

       •             Children have a right to expect support, and personal and social development delivered by an appropriately                            recruited, vetted and managed in relation to their participation in rugby union, whether they are playing,                                    volunteering or officiating in the community or professional areas of the sport.

5.            Midsomer Norton RFC recognises that all children have the right to participate in sport in a safe, positive and                           enjoyable environment whilst at the same time being protected from abuse, neglect, harm and poor practice.                           Midsomer Norton RFC recognises that this is the responsibility of everyone involved, in whatever capacity, at the                   club.

6.            Midsomer Norton RFC will implement and comply with the RFU Code of Conduct and the MNRFC Codes of                           Conduct for Coaches, Spectators and Officials as appropriate. 

7.            The Club Safeguarding Officer is Kath Adamsemail: kathadams5@gmail.com.  If you witness or are aware of                       an incident where the welfare of a child has been put at risk you must, in the first instance, inform the  club                             Safeguarding Officer. They will then inform the CB Safeguarding Manager and the RFU Safeguarding Team.                            If an incident involves the Club Safeguarding Officer you should inform the Junior Chairman and either the                             CB Safeguarding Manager or the RFU Safeguarding Team.

8.            All members of Midsomer Norton RFC who work with children in Regulated Activity must undertake an RFU                           Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in accordance with RFU Regulation 21.

9.            Midsomer Norton RFC will ensure that all its members, whether they are coaches, parents, players or officials will                   comply with the Best Practice Guidance as issued by the RFU.  In summary, the following are NOT acceptable and                 will be treated seriously by the club and may result in disciplinary action being taken by the club, the CB or the                         RFU:

       •             Working alone with a child.

       •             Consuming alcohol whilst responsible for children.

       •             Providing alcohol to children or allowing its supply.

       •             Smoking in the presence of children.

       •             Humiliating children.

       •             Inappropriate or unnecessary physical contact with a child.

       •             Participating in, or allowing, contact or physical games with children.

       •             Having an intimate or sexual relationship with any child developed as a result of being in a ‘position of trust.’

       •             Making sexually explicit comments or sharing sexually explicit material.

10.          Midsomer Norton RFC manages the changing facilities and arranges for them to be supervised by two DBS                              checked adults of the appropriate gender for the players using the facilities.  Midsomer Norton RFC ensures that                    all its coaches, parents, officials and spectators are aware that adults must not change at the same time, using the                  same facilities as children. 

11.          Midsomer Norton RFC will ensure that its coaches] will receive the support and training considered appropriate                       to their position and role. The RFU “Managing Challenging Behaviour” Policy has been adopted and circulated                       amongst the club workforce both, voluntary and paid.


12.          Any events held on Midsomer Norton RFC premises must comply with  this Policy and if appropriate a                                     Safeguarding Plan should be discussed and circulated to those affected.  Any tours, overseas or domestic,                             undertaken by Midsomer Norton RFC must comply with the relevant RFU Regulations and Guidance relating to                       tours.



Date:       July 2017

A Downloadable copy of this policy ts available here

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Child Protection in Sport Unit

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