Founded in 1907

Selkirk Rugby Football Club

Child Protection

Selkirk RFC Child Protection Policy

Selkirk Rugby Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of all children in Selkirk RFC from harm.

Selkirk RFC recognises that all children have the right to participate in rugby union in a safe, enjoyable and positive environment whilst at the same time being protected from abuse, neglect or poor practice.

Selkirk RFC confirms that it adheres to the Scottish Rugby Safeguarding Policy and the procedures, guidelines, and practices contained in that document and any successor policy.

Selkirk RFC confirms that it will appoint a Child Protection Officer (CPO) at the club. Their details will be available within the clubhouse and on the club website. The CPO will undergo Safeguarding training as directed by Scottish Rugby.

The Selkirk RFC CPO is Colin Anderson and they agree to be contacted with any concerns regarding child protection and safeguarding and will take appropriate action.

Selkirk RFC agrees that all allegations or suspicions of abuse, neglect, harm or poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately.

Selkirk RFC recognises that all children have the right to expect that their participation in rugby union will be supported and delivered by suitably recruited, vetted and managed staff, whether they are volunteering or officiating.

All members of Selkirk RFC who undertake regulated work must be member of the PVG Scheme with a Scheme Record Update if necessary.

Selkirk RFC acknowledges the Disclosure Scotland referrals process and agrees to action a referral if required.

Selkirk RFC agrees that any tours, oversees or domestic must comply with the relevant Scottish Rugby Regulations and Guidance relating to tours.

Benefits of sport for vulnerable children

Participation in sport also makes an important contribution to a child’s development. A child’s natural sense of fun and spontaneity can blossom in a positive environment created by sports organisations.

Sport provides an excellent opportunity for children to maintain good health, learn new skills, become more confident, build resilience, self-esteem and maximise their own unique potential. This is particularly important for children affected by adversity, who may be particularly vulnerable.