Child & Player Welfare

The RFL welfare team is here to support players, volunteers and clubs at all levels of the game

Safeguarding Statement

The RFL is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children in the sport of Rugby League. Over the last decade we have worked closely with the Child Protection In Sport Unit (CPSU) and NSPCC to develop robust policy and procedures to safeguard children, achieving the NSPCC & CPSU's National Advanced Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport in 2008. We work closely with all our clubs and statutory agencies to ensure that safeguarding children is prioritised. Any allegation, suspicion of harm or concern is taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately.

Given the serious information that continues to come to light regarding allegations of abuse in other sports we would ask anyone who has any concerns, historical or current, about abuse in Rugby League to report those concerns in confidence either to the RFL Safeguarding Manager Colette Eden at or on 0113 237 5046 or alternatively to contact the NSPCC’s general Helpline for adults 0808 800 5000 and Childline for children and young people 0800 1111

Safeguarding and Protecting Children

The Safeguarding and Protecting Children course is a core part of the coach license scheme.

Courses cost £25 and are available across the country. Register on a course by clicking HERE

Safeguarding Refresher Course

Online refresher course cost £10. Access the online refresher by clicking HERE.

The Listening Club

Checklist for meeting with players

- An appropriate mixture of ages

- A suitable room away from coaches, committee, and other players

- Permission from parents to take part/photograph taken

- Paper for recording responses, Post It Notes for players to write down points/ideas

- Print off the template question sheet or use paper

- Fill in the feedback form and send to Colette Eden by posting or emailing


Begin the session by explaining what you are doing and assuring the group that what they say will be grouped together and their responses will remain confidential. Explain how it will work and how long they will be there (no more than one hour). Stress the importance of their contributions to the improvement of their team and club. Make sure that you give positive replies to the contributions made to encourage the players to speak freely with confidence.


Click here to view and print the template question sheet 

Click here to view and print the feedback form  

Click here to view the Listening Club PowerPoint slides 

2017 Rugby Football League Safeguarding Conference


Click here to view the Listening Club PowerPoint 

Click here to view the Mental Health in Children and Young People PowerPoint 

Click here to view the Safer Clubs PowerPoint