Child Protection & Child Welfare

Overview

Child Protection & Welfare

Child Protection and Child Welfare is of the utmost importance at Railway and as a club we are committed to establishing appropriate policies, procedures and the awareness of the responsibilities shared by us all when it comes to Child Protection and Child Welfare.

Railway has implemented codes of conduct for players, parents, coaches, spectators and referees based on the IRFU Child Welfare Policy document. It is expected that any player, parent, coach, spectator or referee in Railway would make themselves aware of these codes and agree to adhere by them.

It is all of our responsibility to ensure the best practice is implemented in Railway. If you have a concern, you can contact Railway’s Child Welfare Officer Niamh McAlinden  at niamhmcalinden@gmail.com

As a Railway player, I agree to:

  • Play for enjoyment and become part of the rugby family.
  • Respect the “Game of Rugby” and play within the Laws of the Game.
  • Accept the referee’s decision and let my captain or coach ask any relevant questions.
  • Play with control and do not lose my temper.
  • Always do my best and be committed to the game, my team and to Railway.
  • Be a “good sport” and applaud all good play whether by Railway or the opposition.
  • Respect my opponent, treat all players as I would like to be treated, and do not “bully” or take advantage of any player.
  • Recognise that rugby is a team sport and make sure I co-operate with my coach, my team mates and members of Railway.
  • Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and feel good.
  • Thank my opponents and the referee at the end of the match.
  • Always remember that I owe a duty of care to my opponents, that I will tackle hard but fairly, not intending to hurt my opponent.
  • Recognise that winning and losing is part of sport and that I will win with humility and lose with dignity.
  • Attend training regularly and listen to my coach and help my team.
  • Understand that all members are important to the team.
  • Remember that I am representing my team, Railway, my family and the Game of Rugby.

As a Railway coach, I agree to:

  • Remember that I am acting “in loco parentis” and that I have a duty of care to all my players
  • Lead by example and be a role model – children and young people need a coach they can respect
  • Be generous with my praise and never ridicule or shout at players for making mistakes or losing a match
  • Teach my players that the Laws of the Game are mutual agreements which no one should evade or break
  • Ensure that I am appropriately qualified by gaining the relevant coaching accreditation for my particular level
  • Be reasonable in my demands on the players’ time, energy and enthusiasm
  • Encourage respect for all participants – team mates and opponents, as well as match officials
  • Create a safe and enjoyable environment in which to train and play
  • Always follow professional medical advice in determining when an injured player is ready to play again
  • Develop policies for my club or team to agree procedures regarding discipline, injury prevention and treatment, team selection, etc
  • Be responsible and ensure I uphold the values of Railway and the ethos of the game and the IRFU
  • Support the IRFU Child Welfare Policy and all policies regarding Children in Sport

As a parent of a child playing in Railway, I agree to:

  • Remember that children and young people play rugby for their enjoyment, not only mine
  • Encourage my child always to play by the Laws of the Game
  • Teach children and young people that honest endeavour is as important as winning, so that the result of each game is accepted without disappointment
  • Help children and young people to work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship
  • Set a good example by applauding good play on both sides
  • Never ridicule, humiliate or shout at players for making a mistake or losing a match
  • Not place emphasis on winning at all costs
  • Not force an unwilling child or young person to participate in the playing of rugby – if they are to play, he/she will do so in good time through my encouragement
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from rugby
  • Not use profane language or harass referees, coaches or players
  • Not publicly question the referee’s judgement and never their honesty
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer referees and coaches
  • Identify and acknowledge the good qualities of the Game of Rugby and uphold these values
  • Remember that I and my child’s contribution to the Game of Rugby are very important to the IRFU and to Railway and be proud of my contribution
  • Understand the value of team sport and its importance

As a spectator of an age-grade team in Railway, I agree to:

  • Remember that although children and young people play organised rugby they are not “miniature internationals”
  • Be on my best behaviour and lead by example, not using profane language or harassing referees, players or coaches
  • Applaud good play by the visiting team as well as by Railway
  • Show respect for Railway’s opponents, for without them there would not be a match
  • Condemn the use of violence in all forms at every opportunity
  • That verbal abuse of players or referees cannot be accepted in any shape of form
  • That players or referees are not fair targets for ignorant behaviour
  • Encourage young players to play by the Laws of the Game
  • To contribute to the enjoyment of the event and all involved
  • Be proud of Railway and the Game of Rugby

As a referee of an age-grade team in Railway, I agree to:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every child and young person and treat everyone equally, regardless of gender, disability, ethnic origin, religion, etc
  • Be a member of the Leinster Branch Referees Association (youth 15-a-side) or have attended mini rugby referees coaching courses
  • Act as a role model and promote the positive aspects of rugby and maintain the highest standards of personal conduct
  • Be responsible for monitoring the boundaries between a working relationship and friendship with players
  • Avoid being alone with underage persons
  • Never deal with injuries unless qualified to do so
  • Encourage coaches and parents to act responsibly and to be responsible for the behaviour and performance of players
  • Ensure that safety is paramount in all games
  • Follow agreed protocols regarding shower arrangements after matches
  • Agree appropriate times for entry to changing rooms to deal with match preparation and ensure members of the team management are present
  • Be punctual, prepared and well presented
  • Ensure players and officials comply with the Laws of the Game
  • Never criticise individual players and or coaches or parents
  • Adhere to all rules and procedures as agreed by the Leinster Branch Referees Association

Taking photographs of players and using web sites and social media to publicise Railway and visual recordings of events, games, training and coaching sessions are considered normal activities.  A common sense approach is required when deciding what may or may not be appropriate, as to not prohibit the advantage that this type of media can afford the club, its players and its members while adhering to best practice guidelines.

When parents/guardians register their children as a member of Railway Union RFC, they are granting their consent for the possible taking and publication of photographs and video footage of their children in the promotion of the club and the sport and the use of such imagery in line with the guidelines outlined below.

Railway has implemented the following guidelines in this area:

  • All children/young people featured in recordings must be appropriately dressed
  • No personal details relating to the young person should be revealed as accompanying materials to the photograph or recorded image
  • The club and its coaches are permitted to use video equipment as a legitimate coaching aid and as a means of recording special occasions
  • Photographic images or video recordings may be published on the club website, social media or distributed to parents or children.  If the club or relevant committee are unhappy with any of the material they are entitled to withdraw and destroy the material involved
  • Parents and spectators taking photographs/recordings should be prepared to identify themselves if requested and state the purpose for their photography/filming.  If club personnel are unhappy about any matter relating to such photography, the person can be asked to stop immediately
  • Photography and the recording of images in a public place do not generally require explicit or prior consent.  However, if an event, game or training session is taking place involving under age players in a public, private or local authority venue, and if you are in charge of such an event you are obliged to request a person to stop taking photos if you feel that such action or photography may be inappropriate
  • Group and team photographs may be taken but it is not necessary to match a player’s name. The photograph may appear with the player’s name recorded underneath but need not be in the order in which they appear in the photograph
  • It is recognised that on certain occasions individual children or young people may receive recognition and may be presented with an award and this may be photographed or recorded.  Should the parent or child/young person in receipt of such recognition not wish to be recorded or published, they are entitled to inform club of same and have wishes respected.  The club will endeavour to ascertain in advance of the event to agree what is and is not permitted
  • Any instances of the use of inappropriate images should be reported to Railway’s Child Welfare Officer and also to the relevant statutory authorities as deemed appropriate

By implementing these guidelines, Railway will:

  • Permit and facilitate the recording of relevant and suitable club activities
  • Allow the photographing of club activities
  • Enable coaches to use the latest technology in the delivery of training
  • Allow the promotion of activities in a safe and non threatening manner – this can mean publication of some events in local or national newspapers, the club website and on social media sites

It should be noted that Railway has little or no influence on what photographs may be taken and published in local or national newspapers.  Should the club ever be unhappy with the publication of such photographs or images, we can address this matter with the individual newspaper or the Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman.

Railway Union RFC retains insurance cover for players under the IRFU Player Insurance Scheme.

This scheme covers club players for catastrophic injury only e.g. loss of limb, permanent disablement, etc. The policy does not cover loss of earnings, medical expenses, accident and emergency visits or dental repair. It is the duty of all players or parents/guardians of players to consider and investigate their insurance options.

Railway recommends that players are covered by medical insurance from a recognised private medical insurer.

Whilst the club provides a strong and active player welfare committee, this does not extend to financial support for medical bills.  Rugby is a collision sport and regrettably injuries can occur.

Supplementary insurance cover is available through the IRFU’s broker, AON Insurance (01 2666400), or contact your own broker / insurance company for details of additional cover.  Should a player or parent/guardian of a player wish to take out this cover, this will be a separate arrangement between the player and the provider and Railway will be an independent party.

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