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Safeguarding and Vetting

Child Welfare Protection Policy

St. Mary’s College RFC strongly supports national and IRFU child protection policies. Consequently, the Executive Committee appoints coaches, team managers and any other involved in participation of players under 18 years of age in Rugby training or related activities. The criteria for appointments are that such persons should be members of the Club; must in the case of coaches, have completed or be about to participate in the appropriate Leinster Rugby coaching course and have sought Garda Vetting clearance and should, in the case of Mini Rugby (Under 6 through to under 12), have a child participating in Mini Rugby.


Safeguarding And Vetting

SMCRFC Club Welfare Officer - Pearl Healy

CWO ID link click here

Safeguarding Policies

St Mary’s College RFC Child safeguarding statement 2021/22 click here

IRFU Safeguarding policy document click here

Codes of conduct click here

Social media guidance click here

Travel guidance (including hosting & away trips) click here

Anti-bullying statement click here


All coaches of minis and youths and anyone working with children in our club must apply for vetting through Rugby Connect.  The Directors of Mini (Lorcan Byrne & Mossy Davin) and Youth Rugby (Robbie O’Neill) and our Club Welfare Officer (Pearl Healy), can help with any questions. 


Please note there are two options, please ensure you select the correct option: 

  • For occasional work with children (this does not include coaching underage teams)
  • For regular work with children.  This would include all minis and youths coaches.

Any coach of underage teams who has not completed the vetting process will not be allowed to work with children in our club.


Only members of St Mary’s College RFC can apply for vetting, through Rugby Connect, as members of the club.


Link to video explaining the process to apply for vetting through Rugby Connect Click here

Rugby Connect Safeguarding Vetting Guide click here

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