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 Introducing LEE DAWSON Safeguarding Officer Staffordshire RU:

Club associated to Handsworth RUFC.


Like many clubs I wear several hats. I am the CVC, Deputy Bar Chair and discipline panel, I was Junior section chair for 6 Yrs too so understand how many clubs operate especially around the Junior sections.

My Home I have been married for 30 years to Elaine who doesn’t know it yet but will be helping me in this role like she always does. I have two grown up boys and my youngest 22 has Classic Autism and my wife works for Autism West Midlands as a help line advisor.

My work life is in Law enforcement with the West Midlands Police for the last 29 years. Over half of my career I worked as a Detective in the inner City having investigated most aspects of serious and Complex criminality. I have spent the last few years as a Specialist trainer in the Investigative training department where I train amongst other subjects Child and vulnerable adult abuse investigation. I hope to put these skills to use as the Safeguarding lead and very much want to make training and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) the norm for our extremely important and valuable volunteers.

My Hobby I am also a referee with Staffs referee Society and ref most Saturdays and some Sundays at various clubs up to and including the Mids 2 League, I am hoping to use this role to get round as many clubs as I can and speak to some of the CSO’S.

My Character. I am passionate about Rugby and totally stand by its core values. I am passionate about child protection and I am passionate about those people who want to be involved in the safeguarding roles which I believe is THE most important position in a club because of the responsibility it carries.

My Honesty I don’t claim to know everything yet about the role but I am aware that there are some very special and skilled people at our clubs who will help me as much as I will help them and I can’t wait to meet you all.

My ambition, knowing that I have so many skilled and enthusiastic people around me is to make Staffordshire the gold standard of CB’s in Safeguarding.

I look forward to working with each and every one of you


Safeguarding Manager: Lee Dawson

(M) 07903110290



Safeguarding in rugby


The RFU is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children in rugby.

We have worked closely with the Child Protection In Sport Unit (CPSU) within the NSPCC to develop robust policy and procedures to safeguard children, achieving the CPSU's National Advanced Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport. Working closely with all England’s rugby clubs and statutory agencies, the RFU prioritises the safeguarding of children in the sport. Any allegation, suspicion of harm, or concern, is taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately.

Please Read the RFU’s safeguarding policy here.

Any person involved in rugby union must report all safeguarding concerns of which they become aware to the RFU Safeguarding Team

Details on reporting an incident can be found here.

More details on safeguarding have been distributed to Club Safeguarding Officers and CB Safeguarding Managers.

If you receive any media enquiries on safeguarding issues please do feel free to contact and in the RFU communications team who are happy to offer any support or advice.