4th September 2019, 11:23 | safeguarding

Rugby Football League earn ‘Excellent’ safeguarding rating

Rugby Football League earn ‘Excellent’ safeguarding rating

NSPCC reward RFL for its approach to safeguarding children and young people

The Rugby Football League (RFL) has been rated ‘excellent’ by the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) for its approach to safeguarding children and young people.  

The RFL was audited earlier this year by the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) under a new inspection framework. CPSU inspectors were especially impressed by the RFL’s ‘Listening Clubs’ initiative, through which clubs commit to regularly speaking with children and young people to ensure that the needs of children are met, and their ideas acted upon.  

RFL Chief Regulatory Officer, Karen Moorhouse, says: “The ‘excellent’ grade is awarded only to those organisations which demonstrate the highest credentials, and we are immensely grateful to the many volunteers across the game who enable us to do so.

“The RFL is responsible for safeguarding children and young people across the sport, and we are committed to ensuring that all of them can enjoy the game in the safest possible environment. Our ‘Listening Clubs’ initiative is a major part of this and I encourage any clubs that have not already taken up the programme to contact the RFL and get on board. We’d be delighted to hear from you.”

Liza Ware, Senior Consultant from the CPSU, adds: “Congratulations to the RFL on achieving an excellent rating. I have been impressed by the drive and determination shown by RFL in maintaining a very high level of commitment to embedding the safeguarding standards in sport.

“I would like to commend the whole team, from the CEO and Board to the club welfare officers and coaches, on ensuring that children who participate in Rugby League are listened to and have a safe, fun and enjoyable time.”

Anyone requiring further information on the ‘Listening Clubs’ project or any aspect of safeguarding should visit the Child and Player Welfare Section of the RFL website HERE, or email Safeguarding Manager Colette Eden.