At Cinderford Rugby Union Football Club we believe that taking part in our sport should be a positive and enjoyable part of children’s lives. The club wants to ensure that children are protected and kept safe from physical, sexual and emotional harm, while they are with the club’s coaches and volunteers.

Every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in rugby union at the club should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult at the club. All young people whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.

The club recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. The club is determined to meet its obligation to ensure that all mini and youth levels offer children and young people the highest possible standards of care. Should anybody suspect abuse either internally within The Club or externally, your concerns should be immediately reported to the Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO), who will promptly follow the procedures and guidelines laid down in the /RFU/RFUW Policy and Procedures for the Welfare of Young People in Rugby Union.

Child Protection Policy Document

All coaches designated as leading an age group will normally have completed an appropriate RUFC coaching course. Parents are warmly welcomed to assist with coaching sessions under the direct supervision of qualified coaches. The club welcomes parents of both genders to assist with coaching.

All coaches and other volunteers will be asked for their personal details and given a copy of The Coaches Code of Conduct. The club will make those checks that they feel fit into the background of all coaches and volunteers, including a Criminal Records Bureau check. All members of the section will be expected to abide by the relevant code of conduct. All Players, Parents/Guardians, and coaches will be given a copy of this policy. Parents/Guardians are asked to discuss the code of conduct for players with their children.

The Main Committee of Cinderford RUFC will appoint a Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO). Any problems should be initially addressed to the Coach leading a particular age group. Alternatively, issues can also be raised with the Youth Section Chairman. The Club’s own Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO) is also available should any dissatisfaction remain.