All sports, including rugby, can be a really positive and fun experience for children. Scottish Rugby is committed to ensuring that all children feel safe, enjoy their rugby and are protected from harm.

We recognise 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.

Safeguarding in sport is not just about protecting children from others who may seek to harm them. 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.

Please refer to our Report a concern page for advice and guidance on what to do if you have a concern about a child or young person, or someone working or volunteering within the sport. If you are concerned about the immediate safety of a child please contact Police Scotland - call 101 or 999.

For any queries, advice or guidance, please don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected] or call us on 0131 346 5000 and ask to speak to the Child Protection Team.

Karen Burnett (Lead Safeguarding Officer) - 0131 346 5168

Faye Henderson (Safeguarding Administrator) - 0131 346 5056

We have launched a quarterly newsletter providing news, advice and information for Child Protection Officers at all Scottish rugby clubs. We’d love your feedback, whether it’s letting us know what information in this newsletter is most useful to you, suggesting other areas of your role you would like to hear about on a regular basis, or you simply want to share good news stories and best practice at your club. Let us know what you think by emailing us at [email protected]

Issue 1 – July 2021

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