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Safeguarding at Fareham Heathens Rugby Football Club

Fareham Heathens RFC is totally committed to the RFU principles and guidelines for safeguarding young players and as such require ALL adults who work in an unsupervised capacity with players under the age of 18 to undertake an enhanced CRB clearance through the RFU before commencing duties at the club. Any failure to do so will result in such persons being removed from this role.

Fareham Heathens RFC acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and vulnerable adults involved in rugby at our club.

Fareham Heathens RFC confirms that it adheres to all the RFU’s Safeguarding Policies and procedures, recommended practices and guidelines and furthermore endorse and adopt the statements contained in those documents.

The RFU Child Safeguarding Policy can be found by clicking this heading and following relevant links on the RFU website

For the definitions under ‘Child Protection’, a child is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any rugby union activity. However, where a 17 year old male player is playing in the adult game it is essential that every reasonable precaution is taken to ensure his safety and well being are protected.

The Key Principles of the RFU Welfare Policy are that:
The welfare of the child or vulnerable adult (as appropriate) is, and must always be, paramount to any other considerations.
All participants regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, race, faith, culture, size, shape, language or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse or harm and should be able to enjoy their rugby in a positive, safe and enjoyable environment.
All allegations or suspicions of abuse, neglect, harm, discrimination and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately.
Children have a right to expect support, and personal and social development delivered by an appropriately recruited and vetted adult.

In the interest of maintaining child welfare it is important to adhere to the following rules when applicable:
All rugby coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person with whom they work with and treat them equally within the context of rugby union.
All rugby coaches must place the physical and emotional well being of all young players above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
The relationship that a rugby coach develops with the players with whom they work must be based on mutual trust and respect.
All rugby coaches must ensure that all activities undertaken are appropriate to the age, maturity, experience and ability of the young players.
All rugby coaches must encourage young players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

All coaches and adult helpers working with young people at our club will be made aware of good safeguarding practices and any poor practices will be addressed immediately.

It is EVERYONE’S responsibility at Fareham Heathens RFC to report concerns.
Fareham Heathens RFC is committed to working in partnership with parents/carers and statutory Welfare agencies in order to safeguard the young people at our club.

The Club Safeguarding Officer is Lucy Perrio, please see the contact list for her details.

If you witness or are aware of 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. They will then inform the CB Safeguarding Manager and the RFU Safeguarding Executive.

If an incident involves the Club Safeguarding Officer you should inform the Club Chairman or contact the RFU Safeguarding team at

All members of Fareham Heathens RFC who have a regular supervisory contact with children or a management responsibility for those working with children shall undertake an RFU Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure and must also be ISA-registered in accordance with the RFU ISA-registration Policy.

In summary, the following are NOT acceptable and will be treated seriously by the club and may result in disciplinary action being taken by the club, the CB or the RFU:
Working alone with a child, children, vulnerable adult, or adults.
Consuming alcohol whilst responsible for children or vulnerable adults.
Providing alcohol to children or allowing its supply.
Smoking in the presence of children.
Humiliating children or vulnerable adults.
Inappropriate or unnecessary physical contact with a child or vulnerable adult.
Participating in, or allowing, contact or physical games with children or vulnerable adults.
Having an intimate or sexual relationship with any child or vulnerable adult developed as a result of being in a ‘position of trust.’
Making sexually explicit comments or sharing sexually explicit material.

We strongly recommend that FHRFC coaches DO NOT participate in communication with children on social networking sites or by personal or frequent text messaging. Contact with players should always be via (or copied to) their parent or carer.