In the first instance, please contact GRFU County Office who will be able to answer your questions regarding the DBS procedure, training requirements, courses etc.

Rich Berry is the CB Safeguarding Manager.

***Please use this safeguarding referral form for any NEW, INITIAL CONCERN ***

Click here to access RFU Safeguarding Policies - guidance and procedures

Safeguarding Courses:

The RFU is at the forefront of safeguarding young people participating in sport.  The RFU Safeguarding Policy sets out key principles as well as providing best practice guides.

Safeguarding training is available for both Club Safeguarding Officers and for any coach or volunteer working with children.

  • Play It Safe Course - designed for club coaches and volunteers working with children. This is a three-hour course designed to:

    • Identify best practices
    • Identify signs and indicators of possible abuse and poor practice
    • State action to take if there is a concern or disclosure
    • Recognise their role in safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults.

The Play it Safe course is £15 and, subject to requirements, can be run throughout the season. GRFU offer a 100% subsidy on the cost of this course, on completion.

  • In Touch - this course can be attended by any club official, but is specifically targeted at Club Safeguarding Officers and Assistants. This is a free, 3 hour course designed to:

    • Define and explain role and responsibility of an RFU Club Safeguarding Officer

    • Identify the roles of club members and officers to promote best safeguarding practice

    • Identify the best practice when recruiting in the club

    • Manage concerns and disclosures
    • Provide an opportunity to share best practice safeguarding practice

Courses are organised by GRFU's Safeguarding Managers, however if your club requires a course, please contact them or County Office to discuss.

Use this link for more information regarding Disclosure & Barring Service

Safeguarding Case Management

The Safeguarding Case Officer provides a first point of contact for all issues around safeguarding. All referrals to the RFU will be dealt with speedily and appropriately. More information and the relevant forms can be found here

If you feel that a child is in immediate risk of abuse or harm, then a statutory agency (local children's services or the police) should be contacted immediately.  An incident reporting form should be completed and forwarded to the below email, outlining the action you have taken with contact details of the statutory body you have contacted.

Email:   Tel: 020 8831 7479

Useful information link -

All clubs are advised to issue Advice for Children and make them aware of where to find information. 

Childline: 0800 1111 is a FREE 24- hour helpline for children and young people in the UK; you can call about any problem - day or night.

THINK U KNOW offers age relevant guidance, videos, games and top tips for chilren of all ages