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Club's Safeguarding Audit Due

CLUBS are reminded that they should complete their annual RFU Safeguarding self-audit by Monday,  September 30, 2019.

The audit can be found in the questionnaire section of GMS. If you completed the audit before Monday, August 16, could you please double check that the status is ‘submitted’ if it states that the questionnaire is ‘open’ please submit again.

The self-audit will help the RFU and your Constituent Body safeguarding managers to identify clubs that may need some further support in safeguarding; CBSMs will continue to undertake a more in depth audit with 10 per cent of their clubs.

If your club does not have an age grade section, or 17-year-olds playing adult rugby, please just declare this on the form and you will not be expected to answer further questions.

The RFU Safeguarding team are happy to answer any questions, or offer assistance and can be contacted by emailing 


On your club's GMS account click on Organisation Profile and then look for Questionnaires.


Upcoming Safeguarding Courses

Please see below dates for Safeguarding Courses coming up in the next couple of months, these will be

the last courses until the new season. Link to get booked also below, if you could pass onto your clubs reps

that would be a great help, more people that see the message will hopefully allow us to fill the spaces.
·         Play it Safe, Newquay Hornets RFC, 29th April 
·         Play it Safe, Camborne RFC, 20th May
·               InTouch, Bodmin RFC, 7th May

To book on the courses see link below.

Any queries to Jonny Stephenson RDO e-mail: 

Safeguarding Courses UPDATED

The following Safeguarding Courses have been arranged. Please contact Ann Demaine at for further information.


Play It Safe

Liskeard Looe RFC – new date to be confirmed


Play It Safe

Perranporth RFC - date to be confirmed


In Touch

St Austell RFC – Wednesday 22nd March 2017


Play It Safe

Camborne RFC – Wednesday 29th March 2017


Play It Safe

Penryn RFC – Thursday 30th March 2017


Play It Safe

Penzance & Newlyn RFC – date to be confirmed


CSO Conference

Venue and Date to be confirmed




For the last 3 years we have had only 2 assistant safeguarding managers to assist the safeguarding manager with the increasing number of safeguarding issues within the CB. We would like to attract 1 or 2 additional volunteers, with a safeguarding background, who would be willing to assist in this important task. 

If you are interested - or know someone who might be suitable and interested - please contact Ann Demaine:

Attached is a job and person specification for the role as outlined by the RFU.

We look forward to hearing from you.


RFU Safeguarding Communication


RFU Safeguarding Communication

For CSOs and Club Committee Members
December 2016

In order to continue to provide a safe and positive environment for children, all Club Safeguarding Officers and all Club Committee members must read and be familiar with Regulation 21 (Safeguarding) and the RFU Safeguarding Policy. Anyone involved in rugby union must report safeguarding concerns to the RFU Safeguarding Team.

The RFU’s Safeguarding Policy, Toolkit and RFU Regulation 21 set out our requirements and aims to assist clubs in ensuring that the welfare of children remains of paramount importance. We also offer clubs an effective safeguarding training programme for all members of the game. We would strongly recommend that anyone involved in rugby (specifically those involved in the under 18’s game) attend. You will find further information on our training on the England Rugby website.

We have previously communicated to the game our requirements in managing Safeguarding concerns/incidents and the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) applications. In order to ensure you are familiar with our requirements, please see the following information -

Safeguarding Children

The RFU believes that the wellbeing of children involved in rugby is of paramount importance and has the jurisdiction to deal with any allegation of abuse of a child, any breach of the Safeguarding Policy and/or any breach of Regulation 21.

Concerns must be dealt with in accordance with the RFU Policy and Regulations to assess the most appropriate manner of dealing with them.  Some incidents may need referral to Statutory Agencies, such as police or children’s services, while if the child is not in immediate danger the RFU Safeguarding Team will take action. However, even apparently low-level concerns may require the RFU to seek initial advice from Statutory Agencies.

It is essential to refer concerns to the RFU at the earliest opportunity to ensure that children are kept safe.  Concerns may then be delegated back to a club or CB to manage.

It is vitally important that no investigation is carried out by the club, other than gathering information prior to informing the RFU. This is so as not to jeopardise any police investigation or criminal proceedings and also to preserve evidence. This is especially relevant when dealing with cases involving inappropriate use of the internet and social media.

When referring matters to the RFU Safeguarding Team please use the incident report form which can be found on the RFU website under Governance and Safeguarding

Disclosure and Barring Service - DBS


The DBS process is a crucial part of an effective recruitment process. Any club operating rugby for those under the age of 18 is deemed a children’s service provider, which means that certain legislation and commitments must be adhered to.

RFU Regulation 21.2 describes the requirements of the RFU DBS process, further information is provided in the RFU Safeguarding Polucy of the requirements within a rugby setting.

One significant aspect of providing a children’s service is ensuring that a thorough recruitment process is followed, including interviewing potential volunteers, seeking references, checking qualifications are valid, on-going monitoring and carrying out DBS checks via the RFU. All DBS applications must be obtained through the RFU Safeguarding Department and DBS disclosures issued through other Registered Bodies are not accepted.

The DBS issue a certificate for ALL DBS applications - therefore, simply having a DBS certificate does not mean applicants have been approved by the RFU. The certificate is sent directly from the DBS to the applicant’s home address and the RFU does not receive a copy of the DBS disclosure. All applications and results are, however, actively monitored by the RFU Safeguarding Team.  Only when an individual appears on GMS with a “current” DBS status are they deemed “approved/cleared” to work unsupervised with U18s, so it is crucial that clubs monitor GMS, have an up-to-date Child Workforce list and manage those engaged in the youth game.

If a DBS returns containing information, the RFU will instigate the DBS Case Management Process and failure to comply with this process will result in the individual being removed from coaching U18s. On occasion, the RFU will contact a club requesting a reference for an individual. It is imperative that written communication is supplied upon request so that the RFU can carry out a thorough risk assessment when managing a DBS disclosure. Applicants (and clubs where necessary) will be informed of the outcome of the DBS Case Management Process in writing. Additionally the GMS site will be updated to reflect a Current or Rejected DBS status.

Only when a “current” status appears against an individual on GMS are they deemed “DBS cleared” by the RFU.

Within The Cornwall RFU

There is an experienced 3-strong Safeguarding Team comprising Safeguarding Manager and two Assistant Safeguarding Managers. They can be contacted at any time to assist CSOs and liaise directly with the RFU Safeguarding team. If you have any problems or queries please get in touch via the confidential email address, or by phone or message


Ann Demaine -

Rob Harris -

Tom Tree -




Keeping our Children Healthy and Safe in Rugby- Saturday 4th June at St Austell RFC


CRFU 2nd Safeguarding Officers’ Conference


Keeping Our Children Healthy


& Safe in Rugby’


Saturday 4th June


09.30 –1530


Please let the Safeguarding team know how many from your Club will be attending before Monday 23rd May by emailing

Invited speakers

 Admission free

Lunch provided



Arrival, Teas and Coffees



Introduction to the day



Session 1

Head injuries and Concussion – recognising the problem and managing children (and their parents!)

Alison Morton





Session 2

Drugs in Elite Sport

Dr Penny Atkinson


Q&A for invited speakers

Ali and Penny





Session 3 (including tea break)

a.Reviewing Club Audits – working in groups



b.    Feedback from  Club Audits – supporting each other



Session 4


Ann, Tom, Rob






RFU Headcase course - pre-requisite to Play It Safe and In Touch courses

RFU Headcase course - pre-requisite to Play It Safe and In Touch courses

This is a reminder/notification that all delegates, in advance of the course start date, are required to have completed the RFU's Headcase course on the England Rugby website. This is a free of charge course and links closely with safeguarding.

The joining instructions for the safeguarding courses will now include the following wording -


HEADCASE Online Concussion Education Course

The RFU’s online HEADCASE concussion education course covers why it is important to manage concussion properly, and how everyone has a role in protecting and helping players through their recovery and return to play.  Backed by World Rugby and leading brain injury charity Headway, the course lasts approx. 30 minutes with a number of adapted versions depending on the learner’s role including: coaches, match officials and teachers. Candidates should complete the coaches’ course unless another version is more appropriate.

For your benefit the course can be accessed on this link -




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