Last updated:
28/11/17 08:49


Keeping Children and Adults Safe

Safeguarding is a matter taken very seriously by the Gloucester and District Rugby Referees Society Ltd and all it's referees. 

The following resources should be consulted for up to date safeguarding advice and recommendations:

If you suspect any concerns around safeguarding, do not hesitate to seek advice. 


G&DRS Ltd have adopted the RFU's Safeguarding Children Policy.

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
  • Verbal bullying by coaches/parents/spectators
  • Physical Abuse by coaches/parents/spectators
  • Inappropriate or aggressive contact by an adult to a young person
  • Verbal abuse directed at you by young people or adults


"The welfare of all young people is paramount"

Contact numbers:

  • NSPCC 24 hour freephone: 0808 800 5000
  • RFU Safeguarding Line (Not 24 hour): 0208 831 6655
  • Society CRB Compliance Officer - 01452 854418