Young Munster RFC – Policy Statement regarding the Welfare & Protection of our Age Grade Players
Young Munster RFC is committed to the enjoyment of Rugby by young people. It values and encourages the participation of parents, guardians, sports leaders, and volunteers in the organisation of rugby activities for all age grade players. The club is committed to respecting the dignity and rights of each individual age grade player, by protecting them from physical, emotional, and sexual harm. Young Munster RFC is affiliated to the IRFU, who fully support the Irish Sports Council’s “Best Practice Guidelines” with regard to the Welfare & Protection of children in Sport. Accordingly, Young Munster RFC has adopted the following IRFU policies:
- IRFU “Code of Conduct” – IRFU website
- IRFU “Child Welfare Policy Code Document” – IRFU website
- IRFU “Code of Ethics” – IRFU website
The club, in addition, is committed to:
- Promoting the voice of the child, in particular through meetings and the AGM.
- Adopting and consistently applying a safe and clearly defined method of recruiting and selecting sports leaders.
- Clearly defining the role of committee members, all sports leaders and parents/guardians. Appointing a children’s Officer as outlined in the Code. The safeguarding or child welfare officer is Collette Bolger and her contact number is 087 7703598 and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
- Having a designated person to act as liaison with the Statutory Authorities in relation to the reporting of allegations or suspicions of child abuse
- Ensuring best practice throughout the Club by disseminating its code of conduct, including the disciplinary, complaints and appeals procedures in operation within the club to all its members
- Having in place procedures for dealing with a concern or complaint made to the Statutory Authorities against a Committee Member or Coach, or other members of the Club
- Enforcing its regulations which stipulate that a Coach who is the subject of an allegation, which has been reported to the Statutory Authorities, will stand aside, while the matter is being examined
- Ensuring that relevant Coaches report to the Club Management Committee on a regular basis Encouraging regular turnover of Committee members, while ensuring continuity and experience
Developing effective procedures for responding to and recording accidents:
Ensuring that any unusual activity (high rate of drop-out, transfers etc) is checked out and reported to the relevant authorities: Ensuring that all Club members are given adequate notice of AGM’s and other meetings Ensuring that all minutes of all meetings (AGM’s/EGM’s/Committee) are recorded and filed safely.