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Safeguarding

Children and Young People

Are you safe?

When you go to your club to play, it should be a chance to have fun, learn some new skills, play a match, or maybe just to hang out with your friends.

For rugby to be fun, you need to know you are safe. That means that other people should treat you with respect, and shouldn't do anything that makes you feel unsafe.

That includes the young people who you play rugby with. It also includes coaches, referees or the people who help to run your club.

There are lots of things in place to make sure that the people who coach rugby and the places where you can play rugby, offer a good service to children and teenagers, and know how to look after you properly.

What to do if you are worried?

Here are some of the ways that you can deal with people who may be causing you problems.

  • Tell an adult that you trust. This could be your parents, a coach or someone else at your school or rugby club that you are happy to talk to.
  • Your rugby club will have someone that you can speak to. Check your club notice board for details of a Club Safeguarding Officer.

The WRU oversee how rugby in Wales is run, and has a dedicated Safeguarding Unit to help you to stay safe. You can speak to Sarah or Jo on 02920822442. You can also email us at crb@wru.co.uk. If you'd like us to call or email you back, just tell us how and when.

You can also contact Childline on 0800 1111 for advice and support, or visit www.childline.org.uk for lots of ways to ask questions and get help.

For more information about bullying and how to beat it, try Kidscape at www.kidscape.org.uk/childrenteens.

Problem behaviour - what's not okay?

Most people have a great experience playing rugby, but sometimes people might do things that make you or a friend feel unsafe or unhappy. This is not OK. Some of these things might include someone:

  • Picking on you or bullying you (this could also be online or via text)
  • Hitting you or hurting you
  • Making comments about the way you look or speak
  • Making racist, sexist or homophobic comments
  • Getting you to be friends with them or to meet them or spend time with them when you don't want to

These things are not OK, and you have the right to deal with them.

Children and Young People - Helpful Downloads

Play sport stay safe
Worried? Need to talk?

www.bullying.co.uk/ This site has lots of advice for children about dealing with bullying. There are also useful links to other advice
www.thinkyouknow.co.uk/5_7 5 - 7 years old? This website is to help you go on the internet in a safe way and know who to talk to if you are worried
www.thinkyouknow.co.uk/8_10 8 - 10 years old? You probably know a lot about using the internet. This website is to show you what we think is good, look at what's not and show you ways you can get yourself out of bad situations

www.thinkyouknow.co.uk/11_16

11 - 16 years old? How to have fun, how to stay in control and how to report
www.there4me.com/ Advice site for teenagers 11 - 16. Onscreen advice about all sorts of things, including bullying, abuse, relationships, exams, drugs, difficulties at home
www.kidscape.org.uk Kidscape provides individuals and organisations with practical skills and resources necessary to keep children safe from harm. Kidscape was established to prevent bullying child sexual abuse
www.ceop.police.uk The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children
www.nspcc.org.uk National Society for the prevention of cruelty to children

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Minis to Millennium

Minis to Millennium

The development of the game in Wales starts at U7 level and follows talent development through to senior representative and community rugby

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Club Development

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Leisure Rugby

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Rugby Camps, Touch Rugby and Rugby Tots are all covered in this section covering wider aspects of the community game and development

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Coaching Development

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The WRU Coach Education Programme aims to develop the right coach for every player at every stage of their development in the game

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Referee Development

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Find a Club

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Safeguarding

Safeguarding

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