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WRU makes criminal record checks pledge.

The Welsh Rugby Union has pledged to make junior rugby safer by ensuring that every adult involved undergoes a criminal record check. More than 18,000 children and young people play regular rugby in Wales at more than 200 community clubs and associations - all relying on volunteers to act as coaches, referees and officials.

The WRU has now said it will encourage everyone who has direct access or responsibility for children to have a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check, as part of a drive on child protection.

The next stage in the scheme will provide child protection training and learning to every club in the country.

The process began last year with more than 1,000 criminal record checks already complete.

But the WRU's child protection unit is appealing to individuals who have not yet completed a CRB disclosure form to do so as soon as possible.

It is also asking that clubs appoint a child welfare officer to act as a co-ordinator of the project.

WRU chief executive Steve Lewis said: 'This is an easy but very important process to ensure that all our children can continue to take great pleasure from playing rugby in a safe environment while achieving their potential at every level.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 25, 2006
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