Everyone shares the responsibility for safeguarding and creating safe environments in rugby union whether as a parent, coach, spectator or club official.
All should operate within an accepted ethical framework and demonstrate exemplary behaviour to both safeguard children and protect all personnel from allegations of abuse or poor practice. Children, which is anyone under the age of 18, must be cared for in the correct manner, as set out in the RFU Safeguarding Policy.
Just as clubs do, societies can ensure that they safeguard their members. This can be done by putting systems in place such as safeguarding officers, DBS checks and regular training to ensure that we are creating safe environments in rugby union.
*Note: Search virtual courses to find Introduction to Safeguarding