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Club Safeguarding Officers

The protection and support of young people is of paramount importance to The Welsh Rugby Union and to further that commitment, each club affiliated to the WRU are required to have a designated person as Safeguarding Officer. To aid clubs in appointing a Safeguarding officer, the following is a guide to the ideal person and a brief role description.

Club Safeguarding Officer role description

  • Everyone in the club should know who the Club Safeguarding Officer is and how to contact them.
  • If the club organises an event or competition away from home it is also advisable to nominate a designated person for that activity.
  • The Club Safeguarding Officer needs to be well supported by the club and have a formal role on the clubs management committee. It is the whole club's responsibility to ensure children's welfare and everyone has a role to play.
  • The Club Safeguarding Officer has a key role in advising the committee on its approach and ensuring that this is monitored and reviewed.
  • Due to the nature of this role all Club Safeguarding Officers will need to complete an Enhanced CRB check.
  • Should be approachable and empathetic.
  • Needs to be able to provide basic advice and support.
  • Needs good communication skills.
  • Be the first point of contact for staff/volunteers, parents and children/young people where concerns about children's welfare, poor practice or child abuse.
  • The Club Safeguarding Officer is responsible for following the WRU policy and procedures, in particular the reporting procedures.
  • Report the concerns to the WRU Safeguarding Unit.
  • Be the first point of contact with the WRU Safeguarding Unit.
  • Promote the clubs best practice guidance/code of conduct within the club.
  • Be responsible for CRB checks at the club, ensuring that the appropriate records are maintained.

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