Tue 22 Jun 2021 21:44

Aylesford Bulls RFC acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children involved at Aylesford from harm.
Aylesford Bulls RFC confirms that it adheres to the Rugby Football Union’s Safeguarding Policy and the procedures, practices and guidelines and endorses and adopts the Policy Statement contained in that document.
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 that his safety and wellbeing are protected.
The Key Principles of the RFU Safeguarding Children Policy are that:
 The welfare of the child is paramount.
 All participants regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, race, faith, size, language or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse or harm.
 All allegations or suspicions of abuse, neglect, harm and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately.
 Working in partnership with other organisations, statutory agencies, parents, carers, children and young people is essential for the welfare, health and development of children and young people.
Children have the right to expect support and personal and social development delivered by an appropriately recruited, vetted and managed individual and that support and development should relate to their participation in rugby union whether as players, volunteers or officials in the community or professional areas of the sport.
Aylesford Bulls RFC recognises that all children have the right to participate in sport in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment whilst at the same time being protected from abuse, neglect, harm and poor practice. Aylesford Bulls RFC recognises that this is the responsibility of everyone involved, in whatever capacity, at the club.
Aylesford Bulls RFC will implement and comply with the RFU Code of Conduct and the Codes of Conduct for Coaches, Spectators and Officials as appropriate. Aylesford Bulls RFC will ensure its spectators, parents, members and officials are all aware of and have accepted the club Photographic Policy as set out on the Club Policies pages of the club website.
Aylesford Bulls RFC will endeavour to comply with the RFU Cyber guidance recommendations.
The Club Safeguarding Officer is: John Fleming, direct contact can be made by e mail using fleming_j3@sky.com, telephone number 07905 267 016
If you witness or are aware of an incident where the welfare of a child 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 National Safeguarding Team.
If an incident involves the Club Safeguarding Officer you should inform the Club Secretary, Jayne Ashdown-Denney email: ashdowndenney@icloud.com telephone number 07842962825 and either the CB Safeguarding Manager or the RFU National Safeguarding Team.
All members of Aylesford Bulls RFC who have a regular supervisory contact with children or a management responsibility for those working with children must apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service Clearance.
Aylesford Bulls RFC will ensure that all its members, whether they are coaches, parents, players or officials will comply with the Best Practice Guidance as issued by the RFU. 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 or children.
 Consuming excessive alcohol whilst responsible for children.
 Providing alcohol to children or allowing its supply.
 Smoking in the presence of children.
 Humiliating children.
 Inappropriate or unnecessary physical contact with a child.
 Participating in, or allowing, contact or physical games with children.
 Having an intimate or sexual relationship with any child developed as a result of being in a ‘position of trust.’
 Making sexually explicit comments or sharing sexually explicit material.
Aylesford Bulls RFC manages the changing facilities and arranges for them to be supervised by two adults (RFU DBS checked) of the appropriate gender for the players using the facilities. Aylesford Bulls RFC ensures that all its coaches, parents, officials and spectators are aware that adults must not change at the same time, using the same facilities as children.
Aylesford Bulls RFC will ensure that its coaches and team managers will receive the support and training considered appropriate to their position and role. The RFU “Managing Challenging Behaviour” Policy has been adopted and circulated amongst the club workforce both, voluntary and paid and is appended hereto.
Any events held on Aylesford Bulls RFC premises must comply with this Policy and if appropriate a Safeguarding Plan should be discussed and circulated to those affected.

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