Old Colfeians’ RFC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity, fairness and non-discrimination. We strive to maintain good practice in the coaching of young players, ensuring young players can flourish in a safe environment.
OCRFC is bound by the RFU/RFUW Child Protection Policy document. Any concerns raised will be dealt with initially by OCRFC and then forwarded to KENT, our Constituent Body and then onto the RFU should it be necessary.
Coaches are constantly reminded of their duty in relation to the “Coaches Code of Conduct”. Additionally, parents and supporters, both home and away, are encouraged to support all the players in a manner that constitutes acceptable behaviour both during and after the game has concluded.
Parents should be reminded that whilst their child is being coached on the pitch, he or she will be in the care of a coach or coaches. After training has concluded, the player again becomes the responsibility of the parents or guardian. HOWEVER, due to the nature of Rugby, we strongly recommend that parents remain pitch side and nominate another parent to be guardian should they need to leave momentarily.
What to do if I have a concern
SAFEGUARDING IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERYONE,
IT IS NOT AN OPTION TO KEEP QUIET, OR TO TRY AND DEAL WITH INCIDENTS WITHIN THE SQUAD.
1. If you witness, or become aware of any behaviours in para 9 of the policy, or an incident where the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult has been put at risk you MUST, in the first instance, inform the Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO) or your sections Assistant Safeguarding Officer (ASO).
2. The SO’s will then, where appropriate and following discussion with the RFU/Constituent Body (Kent RFU) Safeguarding Manager, call a Safeguarding Committee to review reported incidents. The Committee will at all times act in accordance with the Club and RFU safeguarding policies and with the approval of the RFU/CB Safeguarding Manager.
3. If an incident involves the Club Safeguarding Officer you should inform the relevant Chair of your section who will then contact the County Board (CB) Safeguarding Manager or the RFU Safeguarding Executive.