Wimborne Rugby Football Club Ltd Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy 2019
The purpose of this policy is to ensure the welfare of all children and vulnerable adults who are members of Wimborne Rugby Football Club (WRFC).
In addition the policy will provide guidance to all those concerned with coaching, and associated roles within the club, with regard to the safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults involved with the club.
The definition of a child is defined in the Children’s Act 2004 and is a person under the age of 18.
The definition of a vulnerable adult is defined in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and is a person who is 18 years or older and has:
- Dependency upon others, or a requirement for assistance from others, in the performance of basic physical functions
- Severe impairment in their ability to communicate with others
- An impairment in their ability to protect themselves from assault, abuse or neglect
- Has been detained in lawful custody or is being supervised as a result of a court order
Safeguarding vulnerable people is everyone’s responsibility. This means that everyone in rugby has a responsibility to respond to any concerns that they or others, may have about a child or vulnerable adult, or the behaviour of an adult.
In the context of this policy, harm is an action or behavior which has a detrimental effect on a child or vulnerable adult’s physical or emotional health or wellbeing. Harm can be defined as neglect, abuse or bullying, and in the case of vulnerable adults also includes financial abuse. The Rugby Football Union’s Safeguarding Policy and procedures goes into more detail and reference is made to this policy within Wimborne RFC’s policy.