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

Introduction to Safeguarding

This free 30-minute eLearning course is for anyone working or volunteering with children in rugby union to ensure a basic understanding of safeguarding. The completion of the Introduction to Safeguarding is compulsory prior to all DBS applications and prior to participation in England Rugby Coaching or Refereeing Award Courses.

The course ensures that everyone has a grasp of the basics in relation to safeguarding, including being able to recognise potentially abusive situations and understand how to report concerns.  

This awareness course can be booked via the GMS course booking page. Please select virtual courses in the course selector.

Play it Safe

This three-hour safeguarding course is for any volunteer, coach or match official who is working with or who has responsibility for children within rugby. Club Safeguarding Officers can request to run this course in your rugby club by using the Play it Safe Tutor map. Simply find your nearest tutor, make contact and agree a suitable date and time. Please note that we ask for a 6-week lead-in time, between the point of course request and the course start date. The cost of the course is £10 per delegate, each receiving accreditation.

Once the course date has been agreed, a link will be shared so that delegates can book directly via GMS. 

In Touch

This is a mandatory course for all Club Safeguarding Officers. It is a two and a half hour workshop that is delivered remotely (via Teams) by the RFU Safeguarding Team. 

The course will guide you through topics such as Safer Cultures, Safer Recruitment and how to report concerns.    

You will have an opportunity to ask questions of the RFU Safeguarding Team and learn from Club Safeguarding Officers around the country.  


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 children of all ages.