In the current climate and given the media coverage on issues to do with looking after children nobody can deny we need to make sure our children are properly cared for and safe when they play rugby.
Safeguarding children is not a ‘dilemma,’ we need to do it and be seen to do it. I know we all want to feel confident that when our children are at a rugby club they will be treated well – that the coaches or other adults who they may come into regular supervisory contact with are all DBS checked.
Safeguarding children is not complicated; simply we all need to be vigilant.
The Club Safeguarding Officers will have some paperwork for volunteers to complete and will require volunteers to attend appropriate courses which the Devon RFU are fully committed to helping clubs with.
Club Safeguarding Officers and Assistant Safeguarding Officers must attend a Club Safeguarding Officers Workshop within 6 months of starting, (Reg 21).

Devon Safeguarding Manager

Elaine Palmer.

Sue Oner Tavistock.

Tel: (01822)614992 – Mob: 07776428473





Elaine Palmer

Sue Oner

Elaine Palmer

Sue Oner

Barnstaple Brixham Cullompton Stonehouse
Bideford Dartmouth Exeter Chiefs Devonport
Crediton Kingsbridge Exeter Saracens Ivybridge
Ilfracombe Newton Abbot Exmouth Plymouth Arguam
Okehampton Paignton Honiton Plymstock
North Tawton Salcombe Sidmouth Tavistock
South Molton Teignmouth Topsham  
Tiverton Torquay Withycombe  
Torrington Totnes    



About this course

This course is for any volunteer, coach or referee who is working or has responsibility for children and vulnerable adults within rugby.

Identifying best practice, it provides information and guidance on the responsibilities and support available for ensuring children and vulnerable adults are safeguarded appropriately.

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Identify best practice and apply this within rugby
  • Know where to find support and guidance within the RFU
  • Identify signs and indicators of possible abuse and poor practice
  • State action to take if there is a concern or disclosure
  • Recognise their role in safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults

For information about safeguarding courses

Please contact Elaine if your club would like to host a course.


Play it Safe and In Touch Safeguarding Courses