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Child Protection Policy

Surrey is fully committed to ensuring the well-being and safety of all young players who participate in activities organised by Surrey. It is recognised that all coaches, administrators and medical staff who undertake activities on behalf of acknowledge that they have a legal and moral responsibility to provide the highest standard of care to all young players and that all young players who participate in the activities organised by the Surrey are treated in a fair and equitable way

Surrey will

  • provide all coaches, administrators and medical staff with a code of conduct (RFU guidelines can be adopted)
  • ensure that all staff are qualified to the appropriate level
  • ensure that all staff have a job specification
  • ensure that all staff have undertaken Child Protection Awareness training
  • ensure that all staff are up to date in terms of their expertise ie. coaching/medical training
  • ensure that all adults organising residential visits/tours are aware of their responsibilities

The following principles should be accepted

  • the overplaying of players is not acceptable
  • the development of the individual comes first, winning second
  • injured players should not be allowed to play or train
  • all equipment should be safe and appropriate
  • it is wrong to encourage young players to break the laws of the game
  • all players should receive feedback on their performance, both verbal and written, which should be honest and positive, ensuring that young players and their parents are aware of future development required

Surrey will ensure that

  • in the event of an allegation against an individual undertaking activities on behalf of Surrey, procedures are in place to deal with the situation (RFU Guidelines)
  • if there are concerns about an individual player, procedures are in place to ensure that the concerns are investigated (RFU Guidelines)