Child protection


Scottish Rugby recognises that all adults involved in the coaching or supervision of children have a duty to safeguard their welfare.

This duty extends to the prevention of physical, sexual or emotional abuse of any child and will be applied regardless of a child’s gender, race, religion, sexuality or disability.
All children have a right to be safe when they participate in sport and that those who organise or deliver sport to children have a duty to make sure children are safe and protected from harm - in and through sport.
Child protection in sport is not just about protecting children from others who may seek to harm them through sport. A trusted coach or leader may be the person a child chooses to tell about something that is happening at home or outside sport. In either case, we all have a responsibility to act on concerns.
Our full child protection policy is available Child protection policy (pdf) and we have some sections with additional information for guidance.

For any concerns – please see “Report a Concern”.

Our Lead Child Protection Officer Karen Burnett can be contacted on [email protected] or [email protected] or 0131 346 5168. 

However please also note that if any child or young person is in immediate danger, please contact Police Scotland on 999 or 101.

For immediate help and advice outwith Scottish Rugby please contact:

NSPCC Helpline – 0808 800 5000 or Children 1st on 08000 28 22 33

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.