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Safeguarding Young People and Vulnerable Adults in Rugby Union

Read about our responsibility to ensure a that rugby is a safe and supportive environment for all young people and vulnerable adults

At Wasps we believe that taking part in sport should be a positive and enjoyable part of the lives of children and vulnerable adults. We want to make sure that children and vulnerable adults are protected and kept safe from poor practice, emotional, physical and sexual harm while they are with the club’s coaches, helpers and other volunteers.

Information courtesy of the Rugby Football Union

Children are the lifeblood of the game and it is crucial that they are cared for in the correct manner. Any player under the age of 18 is classed as a child and should be respected as such.

The NSPCC have produced a very powerful video from the children's perspective called 'My Magic Sports Kit'. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

The RFU Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults in Rugby Union Policy and Guidance (available here) sets out the key principles as well as providing best practice guidance. Everyone shares the responsibility for safeguarding and, therefore, this policy and guidance will be both relevant and useful for all those involved in creating safe environments in rugby union whether as a parent, coach, spectator or club official.

In order to provide children with the best possible experiences and opportunities in rugby union, it is imperative that everyone operates within an accepted ethical framework and demonstrates exemplary behaviour. This not only ensures the game makes a positive contribution to the development of children, safeguards them and promotes their welfare but also protects all personnel from allegations of abuse or poor practice.

Allegations of abuse or poor practice must be reported to the RFU. It is important when reporting an incident that the RFU are informed as soon as possible in order to effectively manage any case or concern.

To promote and maintain good safeguarding practices, the RFU created and regularly delivers safeguarding courses. These courses are held throughout the country and are designed for all individuals within a rugby environment.

The RFU utilises the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) to operate and manage a criminal record checking process for those working with children or vulnerable adults. A conviction or caution does not necessarily impede an individual’s future in the game; each situation is considered in relation to the individual circumstances.

On all occasions the RFU consider the welfare of the child paramount.

Online Course Booking:

The RFU online course booking system allows you to search by course type, region, postcode or date before booking and paying for your course. Click here for details.