Queensland Rugby League has released its Member Protection Policy and child safe-guarding practices.
The release of these documents follows the recent appointment of Samantha Bliss to the QRL Board of Directors, who are committed to providing a safe, welcoming environment for everyone in the rugby league community.
A specialist in child protection and family support with senior management experience, Bliss is making a valuable contribution across all facets of the organisation in conjunction with QRL team leaders and various working groups.
This work extends across child safety, member protection and progress relating to the QRL’s Female Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion Framework and Reconciliation Action Plan.
This policy outlines the QRL’s commitment to creating a safe, fair, and inclusive environment, in which members are expected to respect and uphold the dignity of all.
This policy also aims to protect members from bullying, discrimination, vilification, harassment, abuse or any other inappropriate or illegal conduct.
It further details how breaches of this policy and complaints can be made, and how these are handled in a fair and consistent manner.
The policy has been incorporated into the QRL By-Laws and will be read in conjunction with the QRL Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy and all other relevant QRL and National Rugby League (NRL) policies, strategies, and frameworks.
The QRL is committed to promoting and protecting the interests, wellbeing and safety of children.
As custodians of the game, the QRL has set out to achieve this by providing a safe and supportive sporting and learning environment.
The QRL will undertake all necessary checks to ensure the recruitment and management of eligible and suitable persons.
Central to the strategy is the expectation that all employees, contractors, volunteers, players and visitors model and encourage behaviour that is safe, fair, and inclusive.
The QRL has a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and harm of children and will immediately respond to all such allegations.