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Child Protection Guidelines for Match Officials

30 April 2003

When refereeing young players match officials should


�        Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when officiating young players

�        Provide verbal feedback in a positive way during games

�        Appreciate the needs of the players

�        Be a positive role model

�        Recognise that safety is paramount

�        Explain decisions - most young players are still learning

�        Do not tolerate verbal abuse


Officials should not

�        Change in the same area as young players

�        Shower with young players - agree with the coaches a timetable

�        Be alone with young players at any time - if a young player comes into the dressing room ensure another adult is present

�        Check studs without the coach being present

�        Administer first aid

�        Allow a young player to continue playing if you have doubts about their fitness

�        Tolerate bad language from young players

�        Engage in any inappropriate contact with young players

�        Give a lift to a player unless there are other young people or adults in the car and the parents are aware

�        Take a young player to your home

�        Overtly criticise young players or use language which may cause the player to lose confidence or self esteem

�        Make sexually explicit remarks to young players even in fun


Officials must always

�        Report, in writing, to the Club or CB Welfare Officer and/or Society Secretary, behaviour by adults which you feel contravenes RFU Child Protection Policy

o       Verbal bullying by coaches/parents/spectators

o       Physical Abuse by coaches/parents/spectators

o       Inappropriate or aggressive contact by an adult to a young person

o       Verbal abuse directed at you by young people or adults






"The welfare of all young people is paramount"