DBS (formally CRB)


The Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the CRB)

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks help the RFL assess who may be unsuitable to work with children within Rugby League by looking at previous criminal convictions.

DBS checking plays a significant role in contributing to the safe and effective recruitment of volunteers. However, it must be stated that DBS checking is only part of an effective recruitment and selection process. It is important that clubs undertake references (forms available on the Downloads section) prior to employment/deployment and utilise ongoing performance appraisals.

Self Declaration forms also play an important role in Safeguarding children. These are completed by the applicant themselves and gives them the opportunity to declare any convictions they may have had. It is therefore essential that clubs store this information sensitivley before sending on to the RFL. Self Declarations should be used in conjunction with DBS checks - they are not an alternative.

It must be noted that having a criminal record is not necessarily a bar on being able to work within Rugby League. For further details please see the RFL’s Policy on the Recruitment of Ex-offenders (below), DBS Positive Disclosure FAQ and the Risk Assessment Policy.

For guidance about which volunteers should be DBS checked, please see the RFL Policy on who should be DBS checked. Voluntary positions at clubs receive DBS checks free of charge.

To obtain a DBS Application Form please email safeguarding@rfl.uk.com or call 0113 237 5528.

The DBS tracking service can be accessed here. This allows applicants to check the progress of submitted applications. In order to use this service the form reference number and applicant date of birth are required.

RFL Policy of Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

RFL Storage and Destruction Policy

DBS Positive Disclosure FAQ

RFL Policy on the Risk Assessment Process

DBS Guidance for Asylum Seekers & Refugees

The RFL can provide any of the Safeguarding resources in audio format or Braille on request so please let us know if you need resources in either of these formats.

Also, if you require any of the RFL Safeguarding resources in another language, please contact the RFL Safeguarding team and we will endeavour to provide the resources in your chosen language.


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