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 Martin.
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.
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.
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.
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 EnglandRugby.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The form will be online soon
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.
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.
Activate is an injury prevention exercise programme that can be integrated into training and pre-match sessions. The exercises included in the programme are designed to improve functional and core strength, balance and agility, all of which assist a player in dealing with the physical demands of the game. IT has show to reduce all injuries over the season and inparticyular in concussions.
It is designed for U15's through to Adult rugby
More details including video resources can be found on the RFU Play It safe Activate page.