Child Safeguarding Policy

Last Updated: 5th December 2015 (Version 1)

Global Rugby Network is committed to ensuring the welfare of children in Rugby. Ours is a forum which actively seeks to promote and encourage participation in the game. We aim to foster long term links between grassroots Rugby from both school and amateur club level to professional clubs and international governing bodies worldwide.GRN recognises that Rugby relies on a small but committed group of volunteers and we are focused on providing a safe and vibrant platform for our users throughout the Rugby community. Whilst GRN is not responsible and will not be held responsible for child safeguarding policies at individual teams, clubs, and international governing bodies, we will encourage our member users to familiarise themselves with their national governing body’s policies on child protection. We have provided the contact details of the designated Child Protection Officers (“CPO”) for the Unions of the Home nations and Ireland below.The Child Protection Policies of the Rugby Football Union (“RFU”), Scottish Rugby Union (“SRU”), Welsh Rugby Union (“WRU”) and Irish Rugby Football Union (“IRFU”) are available by clicking on the following links;
RFU – Click link (external)Contact: Richard Smallbone – Tel 0208 8317832 – richardsmallbone@rfu.comSRU – Click link (external)Contact: Richard G McGhee – Tel (Switchboard) – 0131 346 5000 – – Click link (external)Contact: Jeremy Rogers – Tel – 029 2082 2442 – – Click link (external | PDF)Contact: Refer to IRFU policy above.
We expect that our members, be they individuals, teams, clubs and governing bodies will comply with their respective countries child protection legislation and will take reasonable steps to ensure that they do so, such as including a ‘child safeguarding officer’ field in the registration process.
At Global Rugby Network, our commitment to the safety of our users is underpinned by our implementation of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (“CEOP”) ‘Report Abuse’ mechanism. The CEOP is the National Crime Agency’s child protection command and the use of the ‘Report Abuse’ button on the GRN platform enables people to make a direct report to CEOP of suspicious behaviour on our site.Use of the button sends a report to the CEOP intelligence centre where a team can assess and analyse the content before taking appropriate action.CEOP advise that the button enables the NCA to feedback to GRN on reports made and in turn this will allow us to continually review our environment to ensure the ongoing safety of young people using our site. GRN has a designated child safety co-ordinator who can report any suspicious activity on behalf of a user and take appropriate action.Further information on the CEOP button can be found by clicking on the below link; – with specific queries or concerns about GRN’s Child Safeguarding policy should contact us directly at
School members of GRN also have a designated senior person for Child Protection. GRN will ensure this information is readily available on our platform and will liase with school users to ensure that provisions are in place for reporting any behaviour which gives cause for concern.
GRN takes any form of bullying, whether online or otherwise, very seriously. GRN will act swiftly to disable accounts of users using GRN as a forum for any form of bullying. Any abuse which is brought to our attention will be treated as a breach of our Terms and Conditions. The types of behaviour likely to be deemed as cyber bullying include but is not limited to; –
  • Using GRN sending threatening or abusive messages
  • creating and sharing images or videos for posting on GRN which may upset or embarrass;
  • Exclusion of individuals from GRN groups and/or activities;
  • Sending upsetting and/or offensive messages on GRN – also known as ‘trolling’;
  • Encouraging young people to self-harm;
  • Creating groups and/or polls with the likelihood of causing offence and/or upset;
  • The creation of fake accounts with the likelihood of hijacking or stealing an identity which may cause offence and/or upset;
  • Sending or posting explicit images;
  • Pressuring children into sending sexual images or engaging in sexual conversations.
GRN also refer users to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (“NSPCC”). The NSPCC operates a free service which assists those working with children and more information can be found by calling NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or by emailing also encourages young people with concerns about any of the behaviour types above to contact Childline for independent help and support. Childline is a service run by the NSPCC for young people up to the age of 19 years old and can be reached by calling 0800 1111.
Questions, comments and requests regarding this child safeguarding policy are welcomed and should be addressed toGlobal Rugby Network28 Speirs WharfGlasgowG4 9TG

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