Safeguarding Children

Children are the lifeblood of the game and it is crucial that they are cared for in the correct manner. Any player under the age of 18 is classed as a child and should be respected as such.

The Lymm RFC Safeguarding Policy (2017) sets out the clubs key principles as well as providing best practice guidance. All people involved with the club shares the responsibility for safeguarding and, therefore, this policy and guidance will be both relevant and useful for all those involved in creating safe environments in rugby union whether as a parent, coach, spectator or club official.

In order to provide children with the best possible experiences and opportunities in rugby union, it is imperative that everyone operates within an accepted ethical framework and demonstrates exemplary behaviour. This not only ensures the game makes a positive contribution to the development of children, safeguards them and promotes their welfare but also protects all personnel from allegations of abuse or poor practice.

Allegations of abuse or poor practice are reported to the RFU as soon as possible in order to effectively manage any case or concern.

To promote and maintain good safeguarding practices, Lymm coaches attend safeguarding courses run by the RFU. These courses are designed for all individuals within a rugby environment.

The Lymm in conjunction with the RFU utilises the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) to operate and manage a criminal record checking service for those working with children or vulnerable adults.

On all occasions the Lymm RFC consider the welfare of the child paramount.

Lymm RFC has an appointed Club Safeguarding Officer – Ralph Tucker, who can be contacted

regarding all safeguarding matters.

Ralph TuckerRalph TuckerSafeguarding Officer, Team Welfare Officer