Club Safeguarding Team
- Matt Mitchell - Club Safeguarding Officer
- Steve Pearce - Assistant Safeguarding Officer
- Anneke Ring - Assistant Safeguarding Officer
- Jake Matthews - Rugby Safe Lead
- Sandra Newsham - DBS Lead
Portsmouth Rugby Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children involved in rugby at our club, and confirms that it adheres to all the RFU's Safeguarding Policies and procedures, recommended practices and guidelines and furthermore endorse and adopt the statements contained in those documents.
Under Child Protection laws and RFU policy, a "child" is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any rugby union activity.
The Key Principles of the RFU Safeguarding Policy are that:
- The welfare of the child is, and must always be, paramount to any other considerations
- All participants regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, race, faith, size, language or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse or harm and should be able to enjoy their rugby in a positive, safe and enjoyable environment
- All allegations or suspicions of abuse, neglect, harm, discrimination and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately
- Everyone involved in the sport will work in partnership to promote the welfare, health and development of children
Club Equality and Diversity Statement
Portsmouth Rugby Football Club aims to ensure that all members irrespective of their age, gender, ability, race, religion, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, social status or sexual orientation have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in rugby. This aim covers all players, coaches, administrative staff, match officials or spectators. It is the aim of Portsmouth Rugby Football Club not to disadvantage any individual by imposing any conditions or requirements which cannot be justified.
Portsmouth Rugby Football Club aims to create a safe and secure learning environment where individuals treat each other with respect and understanding. Bullying will not be tolerated at all at the Club and any claims of Bullying will be taken seriously, responded to promptly, and procedures followed to deal with the situation. It is the responsibility of every adult working in rugby union whether professional or volunteer, to ensure that all young people can enjoy the sport in a safe enjoyable environment. Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour which results in the victim feeling distressed. Bullying occurs when this behaviour is exercised through the use of power rather than an exchange between equals.
Establishing a positive Club ethos
The most important aspect of our strategy to combat bullying is the creation of a positive and inclusive ethos throughout our club from junior level all the way through to our senior teams. This begins with how adults in our club treat each other, parents, and players: with respect and understanding, even in difficult situations. Concerns expressed by players and parents are always listened to carefully and taken seriously.
We promote and follow the RFU Core Values
Everyone involved in rugby in England, whether as a player, coach, referee, administrator, parent or spectator is expected to uphold the Core Values of our sport:
Teamwork – Respect – Enjoyment – Discipline – Sportsmanship
- Play to win – but not at all cost
- Win with dignity, lose with grace
- Observe the Laws and regulations of the game
- Respect opponents, referees and all participants
- Reject cheating, racism, violence and drugs
- Value volunteers and paid officials alike
- Enjoy the game
We aim to be constantly promoting and reinforcing positive behaviour and developing all children's self-esteem through celebration of achievement. In this way, by aiming to 'include' everyone in the rugby community, it is much less likely either those children will become a focus for bullying, or that others may resort to bullying. We encourage children, parents and club personnel to report any suspected instances of bullying to a member of the coaching staff or to the Club's Safeguarding Officer.
Managing Touchline Behaviour
Portsmouth Rugby Football Club does not tolerate poor touchline behaviour from any of our members and and instances will be addressed at every level. Spectators and coaches alike MUST NOT enter the field of play without the referees permission whilst a game of rugby is in progress unless there are exceptional circumstances. Poor behaviour on the touchline is no more acceptable than poor behaviour on the pitch.