This policy is one of a series of policies covering the work of London Scottish Rugby Football Club and should be read in conjunction with these, especially the coaching and Health & Safety policies.
At London Scottish Rugby Football Club we believe that taking part in sport should be a positive and enjoyable part of children's lives.
We recognise that:
- Child Abuse can take many forms: physical, sexual and emotional
- The coaches and helpers within the Club are responsible for the welfare of the children in their care
- Rugby is a physical sport and that safe coaching it requires a degree of physical contact and verbal encouragement
We want to make sure that children in our care are protected and kept safe from physical, sexual and emotional harm while they are with the Club's coaches, helpers and other volunteers or in the Club's grounds.
To achieve this we aim that:
- All coaches will have attended at least one official Rugby Union training course before being responsible for children
- All coaches will have qualified to Preliminary Award level before they are allowed to be the Head Coach of any age group
- The Club will encourage and help coaches to stay up to date with rugby, the laws, techniques, coaching and child protection issues.
- All managers, coaches and specialist helpers will be given a this Policy and a the Rugby Union's Code of Conduct on Child Protection.
- All managers, coaches and specialist helpers have completed a CRB Disclosure Application form.
- We will provide coaches and parents with a written procedure for dealing with suspicions and accusations of child abuse.
- We will identify a person whose role it is to deal with any concerns about physical, sexual or emotional abuse within the club or its grounds.
- We will keep written records of attendance, parental consents and significant accidents.
- As a Club we will promote 'fair play' and always play within the letter and spirit of the Laws.
We are also working to:
- Ensure that all managers and coaches will have attended a Child Protection Workshop
- Recruit a higher proportion of women coaches
The club's child protection officer is Siobhain Calway (Mcls21999@blueyonder.co.uk)