Welcome the Old Pats Safeguarding section where you will find details of the Safeguarding team, how to contact us, information about the role of Safeguarding with subjects such as injuries, concussion, DBS checking, RFU Safeguarding Policies and Procedures. The Club actively promotes Safeguarding and recognises that everyone shares the responsibility for safeguarding and creating safe environments in rugby union whether as a parent, coach, spectator or club official.
Children, which is anyone under the age of 18, must be cared for in the correct manner, as set out in the RFU Safeguarding Policy.
Rugby is fun – it helps you to make new friends, try out new activities and amaze yourself with what you can do. But for a few children the fun is spoilt by adults who do or say things during sporting activities that hurt or frighten them. This may be abuse and if something is worrying you or your Child don’t keep it to yourself.
- Tell an adult you trust as soon as possible. This could be: a parent or someone else in your family; another member of staff or coach at the club.
- Contact the Club Safeguarding Officer who is there for all children involved in rugby and makes their needs a priority.
- If you have a concern about how others are treating you or another child, or if something is making you unhappy your Club Safeguarding Officer is there for you.
All should operate within an accepted ethical framework and demonstrate exemplary behaviour to both safeguard children and protect all personnel from allegations of abuse or poor practice.
All children and vulnerable adults are entitled to protection from harm and be able to take part in sport in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment.
When recruiting volunteers all reasonable steps are taken to ensure only suitable people are selected to be involved with children at Old Pats.
Any concerns about a child should be reported to either your Club Safeguarding Officer as soon as possible.