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    Equity & Welfare
    Biggleswade Rugby Union Football Club
    Langford Road
    Bedfordshire SG18 9RA

    Everyone involved in rugby in England, whether as a player, coach, referee, administrator, parent or spectator is expected to uphold the Core Values of our sport.
    Teamwork • Respect • Enjoyment • Discipline • Sportsmanship
    Play to win – but not at all cost.
    Win with dignity, lose with grace.
    Observe the Laws and regulations of the game.
    Respect opponents, referees and all participants.
    Reject cheating, racism, violence and drugs.
    Value volunteers and paid officials alike.
    Enjoy the game
    Biggleswade RFC recognises and approves the RFU Policy on Welfare of Young People in Rugby Union (see Appendix 1) and manages the club in accordance with its principles and regulations. If you haveany questions or queries about any aspect of the policy, contact the Club Safeguarding Officer:

    Sandie Mulligan or Graham Place safeguarding@biggleswaderugby.co.uk or 07789074828.

    Biggleswade Rugby Football Cb Safeguarding Vulnerable People Policy

    •  Biggleswade Rugby Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and vulnerable adults involved in Biggleswade RFC from harm.
    •  Biggleswade 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 his safety and wellbeing are protected. In particular, a capability assessment must done of the player and a written record kept by the club.
    • The Key Principles of the RFU Safeguarding Vulnerable People Policy are that:
    • The welfare of the child or vulnerable adult (as appropriate) is, and must always be, paramount to any other considerations.
    • All participants regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, race, faith, culture, size, shape,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 of children and young people.
    • Children have a right to expect support, and personal and social development delivered by adults who are appropriately recruited, vetted and managed in relation to their participation in rugby union, whether they are playing, volunteering or officiating in the community or professional areas of the
    •  Biggleswade 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. Biggleswade RFC recognises that this is the responsibility of everyone involved, in whatever capacity, at the club.
    • Biggleswade RFC will implement and comply with the Code of Rugby (see above). Biggleswade RFC will ensure its spectators, parents, members and officials are all aware of and have accepted the club Photographic Policy as set out in the club welcome pack and on the website.
    • Biggleswade RFC will endeavour to comply with the Guidance for Websites as set out on the RFUwebsite.
    • The Club Safeguarding Officer is Sandie Mulligan – safeguarding@biggleswaderugby.co.uk or Graham Place on 07789074828. If
      you witness or are aware of an incident where the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult 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 Safeguarding Executive. If an incident involves the Club
      Safeguarding Officer you should inform the Mini/Junior Coordinator and either the Club Chairman or the committee member.
    • All members of Biggleswade RFC who have a regular supervisory contact with children or a management responsibility for those working with children must undertake an RFU Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure.
    • Biggleswade 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, children, vulnerable adult, or adults.
      Consuming alcohol whilst responsible for children or vulnerable adults.
      Providing alcohol to children or allowing its supply.
      Smoking in the presence of children.
      Humiliating children or vulnerable adults.
      Inappropriate or unnecessary physical contact with a child or vulnerable adult.
      Participating in, or allowing, contact or physical games with children or vulnerable adults.
      Having an intimate or sexual relationship with any child or vulnerable adult developed as a result of being in a ‘position of trust.’
      Making sexually explicit comments or sharing sexually explicit material.
    • Biggleswade RFC manages the changing facilities and arranges for them to be supervised by two adults (RFU CRB checked) of the appropriate gender for the players using the facilities. Biggleswade 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 or vulnerable adults.
    • Biggleswade 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.
    • Any events held on Biggleswade RFC premises must comply with this Policy and if appropriate a Safeguarding Plan should be discussed and circulated to those affected. Any tours, overseas or domestic, undertaken by Biggleswade RFC must comply with the relevant RFU Regulations and Guidance relating to tours.
    • Biggleswade RFC owns the Rugby Club and grounds at Langford Road, Biggleswade which is its home ground and through an arrangement with the local farmer. Leases the additional pitches on the opposite side of the road.
      This policy has been adopted in accordance with the club constitution.