Child Protection Update
21 July 2017
|Dear Club President,
Scottish Rugby appreciates the recent efforts clubs have been making to ensure that robust procedures for safeguarding and protecting children are in place. The immediate priority for clubs was to ensure all their active youth coaches were PVG checked and over the past few months a high number of PVG checks for youth coaches have been processed. It is essential that we build upon this activity and ensure all youth coaches are PVG checked for the start of the 2017-18 season. Further important information on PVG checks including the 14 August deadline is contained below.
To ensure rugby remains a sport where children can enjoy the sport in a safe environment, Scottish Rugby has been working hard to further strengthen our support by developing our Child Protection Policy Template, organising Child Protection Training and ensuring we have the staffing resource to support clubs. In addition to Karen Burnett, our lead Child Protection Officer, and Kathleen Munroe, who deals with PVG enquiries, we have another member of staff starting soon to further strengthen the team. Domestic Rugby staff are also available to help clubs with the PVG process. The contact details for the Child Protection Team are listed below:
Lead Child Protection Officer:
Child Protection Administrator: (from 9 August)
Child Protection Website & Policy
Club Child Protection Officers
Child Protection Training
Foundation Level: This is embedded into the online mandatory safety course – RugbyRight in August – and should be completed by every active youth coach and child protection officer in your club.
Dates and locations of the club Child Protection Officer training will be sent out in August. All courses are free to attend and are accredited by NSPCC.
Please click here for a useful flowchart displaying the steps that clubs need to take to process PVG checks for their youth coaches.
Please note, if a club is working with a school and sending their coaches into that school to coach it is the club’s responsibility to ensure that the coach has a PVG check, not the school.
Thanks for your continued cooperation in this very important area.