Mon 28 Oct 2019 09:38


High Wycombe Rugby Football Club, follows the guidance as laid out by the England Rugby Football Union and follows the procedures and practices laid out by their Safeguarding and Child Protection policies.

If any one has any concerns or would like to know more please contact the club safeguarding officer.

All our coaches must hold current DBS certificates. 

It is not only coaches but ALL volunteers who have any contact with youngsters that have to have DBS clearance.

Our Safeguarding officer is 


The clubs Safeguarding policy can be found in the Policies Section Documents area of the website.

If you are worried about an incident or have a concern then please complete the RFU Referral form. and send it to the Club Safeguarding Officer (email ddress above)

RFU Safeguarding Referral Form

This form can be filled in online in Chrome or Microsoft Edge

Wycombe District Council

WDC have re-launched their Safe Place Scheme.The scheme provides suitable venues , such as shops and restaurants, where vulnerable people can go to make a phone call to some one they trust, who will either come and collect them or advise them what to do. details of the scheme and venues can be found on the councils website.

Who to contact

In all cases if you are not sure what to do contact either the NSPCC 24-hour freephone helpline (0808 800 5000) or leave a message on the RFU Safeguarding Line (0208 831 6655) and a member of the Safeguarding Team will respond.


We recommend that everyone should take the time to go through at least one of the above courses. For Parents/guardians it is particularly useful for identifying conncussions that have occurred out of rubgy. If you suspect your child of sustaining a concussion from a fall, or playing sports at school/college then please follow the protocols

The player with concussion should “Rest their body and Rest their brain” for a minimum of 14 Days, and until all symptoms have disappeared, before commencing a graduated return to play programme (GRTP).


Full recovery from the concussion is required before return to full contact training and play. This includes other sports and activities that have a predictable risk of head impacts. Return to education must come before return to play.

Priority is to RECOGNISE & REMOVE anyone with suspected concussion.

Recovery time is variable in different individuals and the injured person will need monitoring for a further period by a responsible adult.
Under 18’s should see a medical professional when concussion is suspected.
If you notice any change in behaviour, vomiting, dizziness, worsening headache, double vision or excessive drowsiness, please contact your doctor or the nearest hospital emergency department immediately. In an Emergency telephone 999 or 112 or 911.
If concussion is confirmed, please inform HWRUFC by emailing

It is strongly recommended that this information is shared with school/college or any other sports organisations which this person is involved with currently. In serious head injury cases the club may inform the players school on welfare grounds.

Recover & Return to play plan: Based on the RFU Headcase guidance, agree with player the recovery and return to play plan.  This will need to be done once concussion has been confirmed by player / parent

Signs of Concussion

Problems could arise over the first 24 – 48 hours. The athlete should not be left alone and must go to a hospital at once if they:

  • Have a headache that gets worse
  • Are very drowsy or can’t be awakened
  • Can’t recognise people or places
  • Have repeated vomiting or prolonged nausea
  • Behave unusually or seem confused; are very irritable
  • Have seizures (arms and legs jerk uncontrollably)
  • Have weak or numb arms or legs
  • Have clear fluid coming out of ears or nose
  • Are unsteady on their feet; have slurred speech
  • Have difficulty speaking or understanding, or experience deafness in one or both ears

Other important points: -

  • Rest (physically and mentally), including training or playing sports until symptoms resolve and you are medically cleared
  • hilst resting do not have prolonged or frequent screen time
  • No alcohol
  • No prescription or non-prescription drugs without medical supervision, Specifically:
  • No sleeping tablets
  • Do not use aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication or sedating pain killers
  • Do not drive until medically cleared
  • Do not train or play sport for at least 23 days


Remember, it is better to be safe.

You can also take a short online concussion course at: RFU On-line Concussion Courses

These short courses are tailored for Parents, Coaches, Match Officials and Players.

Match Officials and Coaches should log in to before completing the concussion courses so that their completion can be recorded on the Game Managements System correctly.

In all cases where a head injury has been sustained by a youth  section player wether in training or playing a match the club requires that their Head Injury Report form is completed and emailed to

This form must be completed in all cases where a mini or junior player has received an injury to the head which results in a concussion or suspected concussion.

Player Name:

Date of Birth:

Age Group:

Date of injury:

Time of injury:

Injury occurred during: Training Match

Description of injury:

Details of incident: including Notable Symptoms:

Person Reporting:


Any mini/junior player that plays a match within Buckinghamshire and who sustains ANY head injury (irrespective of the seriousness) will be dealt with as normal by team staff/first aiders etc. However it will be the referee of that match that will have the final say as to whether that player returns to the field of play. In all cases the Society Referee will always err on the side of caution on every occasion. It will be the exception to allow a young player to continue after sustaining any form of head injury.

We ask Coaches/Managers of all mini and junior teams to work with and support the referee’s on this and as ALWAYS respect their decisions and explain, when necessary to parents and spectators.