Safeguarding Resources

First Aid & Immediate Care Guidelines - click here


Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS Checks)

Kent RFU is committed to ensuring that all children enjoy rugby union in a safe and enjoyable environment. As a reminder any adult who works in Regulated Activity with Children in Rugby Union in England must apply for a DBS disclosure processed through the RFU Safeguarding Team within four weeks of their employment or appointment - in accordance with RFU Regulation 21.

Please click here for further DBS information and contact your Club's Safeguarding Officer


Injury Reporting

Please click here for further information regarding reporting of injuries and best practice for all Clubs


RFU Safeguarding Courses

Date Time Course Venue Booking Link


Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union Course

Please click here for an overview of this NEW course

Date Time Venue Booking Link
Nov 28th & 30th 7 - 10:30pm (both days) Old Alleynian RFC click here


For any further information relating to safeguarding, please click here

Owen Smith - (Kent RFU Safeguarding Officer)


Kent RFU recognises that everybody has a responsibility for protecting children  and vulnerable adults. If anyone has concerns about a child associated with a club, they should discuss them in the first instance with their Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO) or alternatively contact Owen Smith, Kent RFU Safeguarding Officer.

The RFU Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults in Rugby Union Policy and Guidance  sets out the key principles as well as providing best practice guidance. 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.

 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 to the RFU. It is important when reporting an incident that the RFU are informed as soon as possible in order to effectively manage any case or concern. 
To promote and maintain good safeguarding practices, the RFU has created and regularly delivers safeguarding courses.  These courses are held throughout the country and are designed for all individuals within a rugby environment.
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.
If you are not sure what to do, you can gain help from the NSPCC:
Help for Children and young persons (ChildLine): 0800 1111
Help for Adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000
Kent RFU considers the welfare of the child paramount.


LAST UPDATED: Oct 7th 2017


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