Dorset & Wilts Rugby


D&W Safeguarding information

Your safeguarding points of contact are:

Dave Harris – CBSM – deals with all incident and training

Dave Wookey – deals with Audits and DBS issues

Joe Walsh – Auditor (North)

TBA – Auditor (South)

Chair of Governance – Arthur Bowden

Safeguarding is covered under RFU Regulation 21

If clubs need to speak to RFU, please cc in one of the Dave’s depending on the issue


Audits will be carried out on a three year cycle from 2017. These are there to help you at clubs and not to try to catch you out. You will be sent you last audit form and a bank form to complete prior to the audit. On the mutually arranged day one of the auditors will visit and work through the form advising you on any areas you need assistance with. They will also have discussions with Parents and other club officials to gauge general feelings of the club. The form will be completed and sent back to you for signature and return to the auditor who will submit to CB and RFU. A Follow up phone call or e-mail exchange will ensure all actions have been implemented.


Incidents should be reported to Dave Harris using the RFU initial incident report form. You may also send this to the RFU Safeguarding team at the same time..

Follow up action will be derived as necessary


All coaches and Team Managers should attend a Play it Safe course – refreshed at about 3 years. Safeguarding Officers and Assistants must attend the In Touch course. These are all booked on the RFU course finder system

DBS clearances:

Should be held by all coaches and persons in direct regular contact with Children. RFU cannot accept portable clearances inbound but your RFU clearance may be acceptable outbound


We have had reports of players not having pitch side concussion assessments and being allowed to play on. Firstly if a player is even slightly suspected of having concussion they should be removed from play IMMEDIATELY. Also pitch side assessments are only to be carried out at championship level and above and then only carried out by a qualified person. As no clubs in our area are playing at this level the message is the same for age grade and senior players, if in doubt get them off the pitch and to A&E. ALL coaches (and team managers, Players, parents in fact anyone connected to rugby) should undertake the online concussion module on England rugby.

Please spread the word and let's look after our kids heads.