Junior Section Policy

BISHOP AUCKLAND RFC Youth & Mini / Midi Section Policy and Procedures for the welfare of young People in Rugby Union.

Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section has a moral and legal obligation to ensure that, when given responsibility for young people, coaches and volunteers provide them with the highest possible standard of care. Through the implementation of a policy for the Welfare of Young People in Rugby, and the support of its coaches and volunteers, Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini / Midi Section in accordance with a growing number of governing bodies, will maintain the professionalism and safeguards of good practice, which are associated with the game.

The policy outlines the following key areas:

It recognises the responsibility of all those involved in rugby union (professional and volunteers) to safeguard and promote the interests and well being of the children and young players with whom they are working. It provides a framework on the recruitment, selection, suitability and deployment of individuals working with young people.

It emphasises the value of working closely in partnership with other coaches, parents, professionals and volunteers to protect children and young players from harm and discrimination.

It acknowledges that abuse does take place in sport and that raising awareness and understanding of the main forms of abuse and establishing communication and reporting procedures if abuse is suspected will further safeguard the young players, coaches and all others working within the game.

The full Policy and all Procedures are based upon guidelines and instructions that have been issued from the RFU and appear on the RFU website, copies are available within the club and / or are available from the Community Rugby Department, Rugby Football Union, Twickenham, TW1 1DS

If you have an immediate concern relating to the welfare of a young person please phone the Club Safeguarding Office Chris Marsden.

1. Policy Statement

1.1 Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section recognises the importance of affording equity, equal opportunity and fair treatment to all present and potential employees and members.

1.2 Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section aims to ensure that all people irrespective of their age, gender, ability, race, religion, ethnic origin, creed, colour, nationality, social status or sexual orientation have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in Rugby Union at all levels and in all roles. That is, as a beginner, participant or performer, and as a coach, official, referee, manager,administrator or spectator.

1.3 It is the aim of Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section in its relationships with its members and in the provision of its services, not to disadvantage any individual by imposing any conditions or requirements, which cannot be justified. Failure to comply may result in Disciplinary Action being taken.

1.4 Advice and training will be given to all those working for or on behalf of Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section.

1.5 Direct discrimination is defined as treating a person less favorably than others are or would be treated in the same or similar circumstances.

1.6 Indirect discrimination occurs when a requirement or condition is applied which, whether intentional or not, adversely affects a considerably larger proportion of people of one race, sex or marital status than another and cannot be justified on grounds other than race, sex or marital status.

2. Objectives

2.1 Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section Equity policy has the following objectives:

2.2 To adopt a planned approach to eliminating perceived barriers which discriminate against particular groups. This will include widening the traditional approach and include communities currently under-represented in the game or experiencing disadvantage, poverty and health inequalities.

2.3 To ensure that no one working or wishing to work for or on behalf of Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section receives less favorable treatment on the grounds outlined in the Policy Statement above.

2.4 To give clear guidance to individuals working within Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section as volunteers, on the commitment to equal opportunities by abiding by specified guidelines.

2.5 To ensure that all those who participate in Rugby Union, at all levels and in all roles, receive fair and equitable treatment. 

2.6 To ensure that the format and content of all competitions, regulations and assessments provide equity for all, except where specific situations and conditions properly or reasonably prevent this.

2.7 To ensure that all materials prepared, produced and distributed by or on behalf of Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section promotes a clear image of the profile of all those who are a part of the game.

3. Implementation

Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section will seek to promote equity and equality through:

3.1 The monitoring of practices, procedures and data relating to the operations of competitions, schemes, initiatives and development materials.

3.2 A regular review of existing rules and regulations to ensure that they do not inhibit the participation of people from groups, which may suffer discrimination.

3.3 Increasing collaboration with partner organisations to ensure equity, fair and consistent treatment of all members.

3.4 The provision of appropriate training for all members of the General Committee and other key volunteers of the Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section to raise awareness of both collective and individual responsibilities, to support their progress within Rugby Union and, where appropriate, provide specialised facilities, equipment and individual training.

3.5 In pursuance of this policy, Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section may take special measures or positive action in favour of any group, which is currently under represented in its membership. In this Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini / Midi Section recognises its legal obligations under the following acts of Parliament:

Race Relations Act 1976 (amendment 2000)
Equal Pay Act 1970
Sex Discrimination Acts 1975, 1986, 1999
Disability Discrimination Act 1995
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
Human Rights Act 1998

4. Monitoring.

4.1 The Equity and Ethics policy will be the responsibility of the Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section General Committee with data for monitoring the effectiveness of this policy, and for providing information to members about the policy and its implementation and impact.

4.2 Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section General Committee will continuously monitor and review the selection criteria and procedures in relation to participation and employment to ensure individuals are selected, promoted and treated solely on the basis of the skills and abilities which are appropriate to the position.

4.3 Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section General Committee will work with key equity partners and accountable officers within the respective organisations to ensure that all programmes and initiatives are inclusive.

5. Exemptions.

Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section reserves the right to limit competitions to persons of specific age, gender or disability groups where this is necessary to ensure equitable, safe and equal competition.

6. Responsibility.

6.1 Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section expects all those acting on behalf of the organisation to adhere to this policy.

6.2 In pursuance of this policy Bishop Auckland RFC Youth & Mini/ Midi Section reserve the right to discipline any of its members or employees who practice any form of discrimination on the grounds of a persons age, gender, ability, race, religion, ethnic origin, creed, colour, nationality, social status or sexual orientation. Note: If you have a concern that any part of this policy has been contravened please contact the Club Safeguarding Officer, Chris Marsden.