Club Handbook, Junior and Youth Section ~ Season 2018 - 19





Children are the lifeblood of the game and it is crucial that they are cared for in the correct manner.
It is the responsibility of every adult to protect children from abuse. Child abuse and particularly child sexual abuse provokes strong emotions. It is very important to understand these feelings and not allow them to interfere with your judgement about any action to take.
Abuse can occur within many settings including home, school and sporting environment. It can happen to any children. Some individuals will actively seek employment or voluntary work with children in order to harm them.
With this in mind it is important for everyone working within Rugby Union, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, together with those working in affiliated organisations, to realise that they have a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of children and preventing them coming to harm. All adult club members and coaches may have regular contact with children and can be a very important link in identifying cases where a child needs protection.
Ilkley Rugby Club recognises its moral and legal obligation to ensure that coaches and volunteers who have a responsibility for young people within the club provide them with the highest possible standard of care. The committee and members of Ilkley Rugby Club, the RFU and RFUW recognise that they have a high degree of responsibility to:

Safeguard and promote the interests and wellbeing of all the children with whom they work.

Take all reasonable practical steps to protect children from harm, discrimination, or degrading treatment.

Respect their rights, wishes and feelings.

Safeguarding procedures will:

Offer safeguards to the children with whom we work, all our members of staff, coaches and club members.

Help maintain the professionalism and the safeguards of good practice, which are associated with the RFU and RFUW. It is recognised that any procedure is only as effective as the ability and skill of those who operate them.

Ilkley Rugby Club, the RFU and RFUW are committed to the sound recruitment, provision of support and appropriate training for all their staff and all volunteers working in the club.

This training will enable them to work together with parents/ guardians and other organisations to ensure that the needs and the welfare of children remain paramount.

Ilkley Rugby Club supports all aspects of child protection and as such we encourage total openness in our work with young people.

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Ann Christian

 Therefore coaches will not:

Spend time alone with youngsters away from others.

Take youngsters alone on car journeys.

Take youngsters alone to their homes.

Ilkley Rugby Club requires all coaches and those involved with the Junior section of the club to be checked and cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). It is recommended that everyone involved in any way with the club are also DBS checked.

The Safeguarding Officer at Ilkley Rugby Club is Ann Christian. She can be contacted if any parents or children have any concerns or require information on this subject,Ann can be contacted at: (07969 990865 / 01943 608317).

The club has a complete and detailed Welfare and Procedures Policy Manual. Copies can be obtained from the committee or from the club website.