1st February 2021, 12:02 | safeguarding

RFL release 2021 Safeguarding Policy

RFL release 2021 Safeguarding Policy

The RFL have recently completed the annual review of the Safeguarding Policy. There are several changes to the policy which are summarised below. The full policy can be accessed HERE.

The Government’s statutory framework “Working Together To Safeguard Children 2018” identified a number of key changes to sport:

- The requirement for escalation policies that staff should follow when their child safeguarding concerns are not being addressed within their organisation or by other agencies. A copy of the RFL escalation procedure can be found HERE.

- Paid and volunteer staff need to be aware of their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, how they should respond to concerns and how to make a referral to local authority children's social care or the police, if necessary. Although RFL policy is that any referrals to services are sent via the Safeguarding Manager, kerry.simmons@rfl.co.uk  please check with your Local safeguarding Partnership what processes they have so you are aware of them. You may contact the RFL Safeguarding Manager Kerry Simmons if you require any assistance with this.

We have also made some changes to sections 5.3 and 5.7 of the policy by introducing a cause for concern/ safeguarding intervention form. This form should now be used by clubs and leagues when referring cases into the Safeguarding team however, we ask that you also use it to record any cases which are dealt with at club level. The new form can be accessed HERE.

Kerry Simmons said: “Safeguarding involves keeping children and vulnerable adults safe from abuse and maltreatment, ensuring they are provided with a safe environment and they are able to grow and develop happily and healthily without the risk of abuse or neglect. It’s down to the hard work and commitment of all our volunteers and welfare officers that this culture runs throughout Rugby League.”