It’s Parents in Sport Week (5-11 October) and the Rugby Football League is backing the NSPCC’s annual campaign to highlight the important role parents play in youth sport.

This year’s theme is Let’s talk about keeping children safe in sport. The aim is to raise awareness among parents and guardians of the measures clubs should have in place to keep children safe and of what to do if they have any concerns.

RFL Safeguarding Manager, Kerry Simmons, says:

“From helping to keep children safe, to encouraging them to take part and stay active, parents and guardians play a crucial role in Rugby League. My message to them is: do you know who your club welfare officer is? Parents in Sport Week is a perfect time to find out.

“And as we gear up for the return of youth and junior rugby, we’re also asking clubs to share their safeguarding policies and procedures with parents and guardians, and to make them aware of their Parents Code of Conduct. Club websites and social media channels, as well as direct email, are a really good way to do this.”

The RFL has achieved a rating of ‘Very Good’ from the NSPCC in respect of its safeguarding procedures – the highest of the five possible grades.

Anyone wanting further please email Kerry Simmons, RFL Safeguarding Manager kerry.simmons@rfl.co.uk

Further information on Parents in Sport Week is available online at thecpsu.org.uk/parents

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