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 RFU Safeguarding Children Policy (PDF 372kB) sets out the key principles as well as providing best practice guidance. A printer-friendly version of the policy is also available here (PDF 270kB)

Everyone 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.

This policy and guidance should be read by everyone involved in providing this environment within rugby union. Please refer to Regulation 21 – Safeguarding (PDF 44kB) for the RFU procedures relating to dealing with allegations of abuse or breach of the policy.

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 must be reported. It is important when reporting an incident that the club are informed as soon as possible in order to effectively manage any case or concern.

If you have any concerns please contact us by email -

The RFU utilises the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) to operate and manage a criminal record checking process for those working with children or vulnerable adults. A conviction or caution does not necessarily impede an individual’s future in the game; each situation is considered in relation to the individual circumstances.

On all occasions the RFU consider the welfare of the child paramount.

Every club that runs mini/midi/youth rugby must have a Club Safeguarding Officer.  Lichfield RUFC's CSO is Iain Eadie.  YOu can contact him on the email above or via 07916 139803

There may be occasions when clubs may go on tour and will find the Touring with Children Guidance (PDF 257kB) a useful reference.

Advice for Children

Rugby is fun - it gives you the opportunity to make new friends, try out new activities and amaze yourself with what you can do!

But for a few children the fun is spoilt by adults who do or say things during sporting activities that hurt or frighten them. What these children are experiencing may be abuse. And they may feel they have no one to talk to about it. Or that no one will listen to them or believe what they say.

Is something worrying you? Don't keep it to yourself

  • Tell an adult you trust as soon as possible. This could be: a parent or someone else in your family; another member of staff at the club; a teacher or school counsellor; your doctor or school nurse.

Your club will have a Club Safeguarding Officer who will have a good knowledge of the RFU guidance on safeguarding children in rugby. The Safeguarding Officer is there for all children involved in rugby and makes the needs of these a priority. If you have a concern about yourself or another child, how you are being treated by others or something that is making you unhappy your Club Safeguarding Officer is there for you.

  • Find out who they are and tell them about your worries.
  • Make sure you are not alone again with the person who has tried to harm you.


ChildLine is the free, 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK. You can call about any problem, at any time - day or night. Call 0800 1111.

Think U Know offers age relevant guidance, videos, games and top tips for children of all ages

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