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Child Safety

Child Protection and Safeguarding Children

The NRL are committed to promoting a safe environment for all Children and Young People and to assisting staff, officials, players, coaches, members and volunteers to recognise child protection issues and safeguarding procedures. As a sport, we must always place the safety and welfare of Children and Young People above all other considerations.


Rugby league administrators, officials, members and volunteers often have a high level of interaction with Children and Young People. As such, they play a major part in providing a safe and positive environment for them to participate. Coaches, in particular, work closely with Children and Young People, and have important responsibilities for ensuring their safety and welfare.

The NRL have developed the Safeguarding Children and Young People Framework for those who participate in the game of rugby league.

  1. Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy
  2. Child Safe Code of Behaviour
  3. Safeguarding Children and Young People: Complaints and Reporting Procedure
  4. Safeguarding Children and Young People: Induction and Training Requirements
  5. Safeguarding Children and Young People: Recruitment and Screening Requirements

If you have any issues you would like to report to the NRL please contact us via safechildren@nrl.com.au.

If someone is in immediate danger of harm or if the matter is an emergency dial 000
Police non emergency 131 444
Child Protection Helpline 132 111

Additional resources

National Office for Child Safety 
Child safe check-ups/seminars (NSW Childrens Guardian)
Play by the Rules online child protection course

Finding Help and Support
24-hour telephone assistance is available through:

Lifeline - 13 11 14
1800 Respect - 1800 737 732
MensLine Australia - 1300 789 978

A further list of national support services and groups and those specific to each state and territory is available below.

Member Protection Information Officers (MPIO)

Each state has a MPIO who is available to provide information and guidance on complaints procedures - they are the 'go to' person if you want to discuss problems at your club/association.


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