Safeguarding Policy

Rhondda Outlaws Rugby League Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any Rugby League activity.
We subscribe to The Rugby Football Leagues (The RFL) Safeguarding Children – Policy and Procedures and endorse and adopt the Policy Statement contained in that document.

Key principles of the Safeguarding Policy are:

  • The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration
  • All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • Woring in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents/carers is essential
  • We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in Rugby League should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. Rhondda Outlaws Rugby League Football Club recognised that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our


1.            Rhondda Outlaws Rugby Football League Club has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted that The Rugby Football League Safeguarding Children Regulation (see The RFL Handbook) applies to everyone in Rugby League whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This includes those who are volunteers, match officials, helpers, rugby coaches, club officials or medical staff.

2.            We endorse and adopt The RFL’s Responsible Recruitment guidelines for recruiting volunteers and we will:

•             Specify what the role is and what tasks it involves

•             Request identification documents

•             Submit all volunteers to a Disclosure & Barring check

3.            Any adult or young person with concerns can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting The RFL Safeguarding Team on 0113-237-5013, by writing to The RFL Lead Safeguarding Officer at The Rugby Football League, Redhall, Redhall Lane, Leeds, LS17 8NB or alternatively by going direct to the Police, Children’s Services or the NSPCC.

4.            Rhondda Outlaws Rugby League Club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer in line with The RFL’s role profile and required completion of the Safeguarding Children.

5.            The Club Welfare Officer is the first point of contact for all club members regarding concerns about the welfare of any child or young person.

6.            The Club Welfare Officer will liaise directly with the RFL (RFL) Safeguarding Unit and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play a proactive role in increasing awareness of Respect, poor practice and abuse amongst club members.

7.            We acknowledge and endorse The RFL’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all players or parents/carers should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to the Club Welfare Officer.

8.            Respect codes of conduct for Players, Parents/ Spectators, Officials and Coaches have been implemented by Rhondda Outlaws Rugby Football League Club. In order to validate these Respect codes of conduct the club has clear actions it will take regarding repeated or serious misconduct at club level and acknowledges the possibility of potential sanctions which may be implemented by Wales Rugby League or the RFL in more serious circumstances.

Reporting your concerns about the welfare of a child or young person

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility if you are worried about a child it is important that you report your concerns – no action is not an option.

If you are worried about a child, then you need to report your concerns to the Club Welfare Officer.

If the issue is one of poor practice the Club Welfare Officer will either:

•             deal with the matter themselves or

•             seek advice from the RFL Safeguarding Unit

If the concern is more serious – possible child abuses, then immediately contact the Police or Children’s Services

If the child needs immediate medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them this is a child protection concern. Let the Club Welfare Officer know what action you have taken, they in turn will inform the RFL Safeguarding Unit.

If at any time you are not able to contact your Club Welfare Officer or the matter is clearly serious then you can either:

•             contact your RFL Safeguarding Officer directly

•             contact the Police or Children’s Services

•             call The NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 or Deaf users text phone 0800 056 0566