Advice for Parents
All sports including rugby, should be a fun place for children to be. They are learning new skills, making new friends and enjoying being part of a team.
Scottish Rugby is committed to safeguarding. All our member rugby clubs are required to have a Child Protection / Safeguarding Policy in place and appoint a Child Protection Officer. All Youth Coaches and volunteers in regulated work should be members of the PVG Scheme and Scottish Rugby ask for full compliance in this area.
A few things to consider when your child is joining any sports club:
- Does the organisation have a Child Protection Officer – do you know who they are and how to contact them? Is it easy for your child to find out who this is too?
- Does the club have a Child Protection/Safeguarding Policy – is it on their website?
- Does the club ensure that all appropriate coaches/volunteers join the PVG Scheme?
- Have their coaches/volunteers gone through Child Protection and Safeguarding training?
- Do they take details from you on joining – medical/allergy information, next of kin, any special requirements, consent forms for things like photos of your child?
- Do they have trained First Aiders?
- Do they have social media policy for contacting young people?
- Does your child enjoy their time at the club?
- Are they happy to take parental feedback/answer your concerns?
It is also really important for parents to support their children:
- Remember children play for their fun, not yours
- Applaud all good play
- Never ridicule a child for losing or making a mistake
- Praise your child’s efforts, win or lose
- Focus on the performance and not the result
- Children learn best from good role models!
- Don’t use bad language or allow others on the touchlines to use it either
- Respect the decisions of the match officials