The safeguarding section of the WRL website contains a wealth of information on the subject and we ask everyone involved in the sport in Wales to read through our policy and supporting literature.
The Safeguarding Policy allows us to be suitably proactive and reactive on the matter. Our proactivity helps us to prevent issues from arising in the first place due to establishing good practices, systems and a strong culture on wellbeing and safety. This includes ensuring people have DBS checks (assessment of their criminal record), attend safeguarding courses, receive education and each club having a trained Child Welfare Officer (CWO). The reactive element to our policy empowers people in rugby league to know exactly what to do should anything arise.
Every team should have a qualified coach, first aider and meet the adult to child ratio of 1:16, ensuring two adults are present for every session. All volunteers involved with the team should have DBS clearence, have had a suitable induction and to have attended a safeguarding course. All volunteers, parents, carers and players should know who the club’s Club Welfare Officer is who will be transcending the WRL Safeguarding Policy through the club. Safeguarding is the collective responsibility of everyone.