BEING A RUGBYSAFE SCHOOL OR COLLEGE

Schools, colleges and any organisers of rugby activities have a responsibility towards the health and safety of players, staff and volunteers. Appropriate measures including training, first aid provision and equipment should be in place to ensure that rugby union is delivered to the highest standards in a safe and enjoyable environment.

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As schools and colleges are responsible for their own regulation, the information provided on this page is for guidance only. Whilst the implementation of procedures and best practice is highly recommended, it is recognised that not all the information will be relevant to every school or college.

Although schools/colleges will carry out general risk assessments it may be appropriate for an individual risk assessment-based approach to be undertaken. This may then determine any specific requirements for their rugby programme and provision.

Guidance on this and other related topics is available via the subject headings below.

Checklist

The Being A RugbySafe School/College checklist provides an overview of what schools and colleges should have in place to ensure they are delivering a safe and enjoyable rugby programme so they can demonstrate how they are RugbySafe.

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RFU Regulation 9 (Player Safety)

RFU Regulation 9 (Player Safety) sets out the responsibilities and requirement of those organising any rugby union activity.

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Insurance

Liability cover is not arranged by the RFU for schools and colleges.

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Risk Assessment

An annual first aid specific risk assessment should be carried out to assess the provision requirements.

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First Aid/Immediate Care Provision

The level of cover that it is reasonable and practicable to provide will depend on the individual circumstances of the school, college or event organiser.

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First Aid/Immediate Care Training

Schools and Colleges should ensure that any first aid / immediate care training is appropriate and meets the RFU’s minimum requirements.

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Minimum Standards for Coaches & Referees

High quality coaching and officiating can contribute to reducing the risk of injury occurring.

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First Aid Facilities & Equipment

Where possible and practicable, schools/colleges should have a suitable first aid room (or rooms) for use during rugby and other sporting activities.

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Medical Emergency Action Plan

Schools and colleges have a responsibility to ensure that their facilities provide a safe environment.

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Incident & Injury Recording/Reporting

As is commonplace in schools, the RFU recommends that any organisation that runs a rugby activity keeps a record of any incidents and/or injuries.

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Management of Suspected Concussion

Schools/colleges should ensure that all staff, coaches and referees are aware of and follow the Department of Education Guidelines that are in line with the RFU’s HEADCASE programme guidelines.

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RugbySafe Best Practice

School and college rugby programmes can vary greatly.

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