Child Protection Policy
Ardrossan Academical Rugby Football Club has a moral and legal obligation to ensure that young people participating in their sport can do so in a safe environment. All coaches and volunteers must ensure that they give the highest standard of care and act in accordance with the club’s child protection policy.
Ardrossan Academicals Rugby Football Club will ensure that it provides quality opportunities for young people:
- The welfare of the child is paramount
- All children and vulnerable adults whatever their age, culture, disability,gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity, have the right to be protected from abuse
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to appropriately
- All coaches and volunteers have a responsibility to report concerns of abuse to the club’s Child Protection Officer
Recruitment of coaches and volunteers
All adults involved in the club in either a paid or unpaid capacity will be subject to a number of checks to ensure their suitability of working with children. All coaches will be required to:
- Undertake a PVG check
- Become suitably qualified as a coach or produce certificates if already qualified as a coach
- Ensure they are insured through National Governing Body to undertake training sessions
Volunteers will be required to undertake a PVG check.
Photography at A.A.R.F.C
If at any time coaches wish to use photographic or video equipment as a coaching aid, parents and young people will be made aware that that it is part of the coaching programme and how the footage will be used and stored.
Responding to allegations
It is not the responsibility of any coach or volunteer at A.A.R.F.C to decide whether or not abuse has taken place. However, it is their responsibility to act on concerns and allegations by referring them to the clubs child welfare officer who will pass details to the relevant authority. Any concerns about suspected abuse occurring within the club or elsewhere must be reported to Heather Hood, contact number 07904575585.