Safeguarding Introduction

Effingham and Leatherhead Rugby Football Club (ELRFC) is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children, and adheres strictly to the policies laid down by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

In the context of minis and juniors training and playing rugby at ELRFC Safeguarding means; “All children are entitled to protection from harm and have the right to take part in sport in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment”.

The Key Principles of the RFU Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy are that:

  • The welfare of the child or vulnerable adult (as appropriate) is, and must always be, paramount to any other considerations.
  • All participants regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, race, faith, culture, size, shape, language or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse or harm.
  • All allegations or suspicions of abuse, neglect, harm and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately.
  • Working in partnership with other organisations, statutory agencies, parents, carers, children and young people is essential for the welfare of children and young people.
  • Children have a right to expect support, and personal and social development delivered by an appropriately recruited, vetted and managed in relation to their participation in rugby union, whether they are playing, volunteering or officiating in the community or professional areas of the sport.

Important Contact Information

  • Surrey County Council Social Services 08456 00900
  • Child in Immediate Danger 999
  • NSPCC Helpline 0800 8005000
  • RFU Safeguarding Line 0208 831 6655

Guidelines and Forms

Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy

The Effingham and Leatherhead RFC Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy can be found here.

Useful Safeguarding Forms


RFU Tour Guidelines

The RFU Tour Guidelines can be found here.

Useful Safeguarding Resources

Here are some useful resources for children and parents alike to provide information and support