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. Bournemouth Rugby recognises that everybody has a responsibility for protecting children and vulnerable adaults. If any member, parent, guardian or spectator, has concerns about any child associated with the club, they should discuss them with the club safeguarding officer or assistants.
In order to provide children with the best possible experiences and opportunities in rugby, 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.
The Club has its own Safeguarding Policy and has adopted the Rugby Football Union’s policies for Anti-bullying, Equity and Photographic policies copies of which are available to download.
Bournmeouth Rugby utilises through the RFU 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. All our coaches complete a DBS check and follow the club’s code of conduct. All volunteers are expected to follow the guidelines as set by the club’s Safeguarding Policy and the RFU Safeguarding Policies and Procedures.
How to report an incident
Allegations of abuse or poor practice must be reported to Bournemouth Rugby. It is important when reporting an incident that the Bournemouth Rugby are informed as soon as possible in order to effectively manage any case or concern. If a child tells you that someone either in or out of the rugby club environment is abusing her or him you should:
Listen do not prompt or add words
Reassure the child that he/she was right to tell you
Be Honest and explain that you will need to tell someone else in order to help and protect him/her
Share concerns with the Club’s Safeguarding Officer
Accurately record on an incident form what the child has said to you and what action you have taken.
The Club’s Safeguarding Officer is:
Simon HORTOP (U14) on 07955433727 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant safeguarding officers
Stuart GALLACHER (U9) on 07899 268265
They will help you to decide what the next steps are. One of them should be available for you to speak to onsite.
The most important thing to remember is that if the child needs urgent medical treatment they should be taken to A&E as a matter of urgency. Should the condition be serious call 999 for amublance and advise that you have a child in need of treatment with safeguarding concerns. They will then advise what the next steps should be.
If you have immediate safeguarding concerns the club safeguarding officer or assistants should be notified immediately. A decision will be made and recorded should police, social services or other agency be informed.
On all occasions the Bournemouth Rugby consider the welfare of the child paramount.
However,if you are not sure what to do, you can gain help from the following services.
Dorset Police – 101
NSPCC 24-hour freephone helpline (0808 800 5000)
Social Services on the following numbers
Bournemouth:- 01202 458000
Poole:- 01202 735046
Purbeck:- 01929 553456
Christchurch:- 01202 474106
Ferndown:- 01202 877445
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