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Safeguarding Policy

Girls playing rugby

The IRFU is committed to the enjoyment of rugby by young people. It values and encourages the participation of parents, coaches and volunteers in rugby for participants under 18-years of age. The policy of the IRFU with respect to safeguarding children is to respect the dignity and rights of Age Grade Players.

The IRFU will strive throughout its organisation and spheres of influence to promote, create and maintain safe environments for Age Grade Players. It will endeavour to maintain the key values of Respect, Inclusivity, Integrity, Excellence and Fun. A detailed safeguarding policy can be found here and the Sports Councils’ Code of Ethics should be used where the IRFU has not published specific guidelines.

  • Procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of workers and volunteers to work with children
  • Procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm
  • Procedure for the reporting of child protection and welfare concerns to Tusla (Ireland) and Gateway (Northern Ireland) through the National Safeguarding Officer and Mandated Person within IRFU: Anne Marie Hughes (086 0485977 / annemarie.hughes@irfu.ie)
  • Procedure for the management of allegation of abuse or misconduct against workers/volunteers of a child availing of our service

The IRFU expects those involved within club age-grade rugby to adopt and supervise the implementation of these safeguarding principles and standards.

The IRFU recognises that implementation is an ongoing process. It is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and accompanying safeguarding policy to keep children involved in rugby safe from harm.

Des Kavanagh – Chair of Spirit of Rugby

Peter O’Brien – Chair of Safeguarding Working Group

For queries please contact Anne Marie Hughes 

IRFU Safeguarding Policy

Download the policy

All clubs and organisations with Age-Grade Players should ensure that their coaches and volunteers are familiar with the key messages and content of the policy

The key messages of the document are:

  • Create a safe and fun environment for Age-Grade Players
  • Set quality safeguarding standards in clubs
  • Adhere to current best practice and legislation
  • Keeps IRFU, its Branches and clubs in line with ISC/SNI standards

Further information for clubs and Club Welfare Officers is available in the ‘Best Practice‘ section.

Club Action Plan

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