Safeguarding Policy


Bexley RFC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in our sport. All children are entitled to feel safe and protected from any form of abuse and neglect and have the right to take part in sport in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment.

This document contains information on Bexley RFC should do and sets out the legal duties with which rugby clubs must comply with. It should be read alongside statutory guidance ‘Safeguarding Children Policy’ issued by the RFU.

Bexley RFC has a responsibility to provide an environment where children and vulnerable adults are safe and looked after.

This policy is to be read in conjunction with RFU Regulation 21 which deals with Safeguarding of which all the children’s workforce in rugby union should be familiar.

Policy Statement

The key principles on which this policy is based are: -

• The welfare of the child or vulnerable adult is paramount

• All participants regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, size, or sexual orientation have the right to protection from harm.

• All allegations and suspicions of harm or abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately

• Everyone will work in partnership to promote the welfare, health and development of children and vulnerable adults

• The interests of those who work or volunteer with children and vulnerable adults will be protected

• Children and vulnerable adults have a right to expect support, and personal and social development delivered by an appropriately vetted person. They should also be managed in relation to their participation in rugby union, whether they are playing, volunteering or officiating in the community or professional areas of the sport.

A full copy of the Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded from the document hub of this web site