Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

DBS checking plays a significant role in contributing to the safe and effective recruitment of volunteers

safe environment for children

The RFL is committed to providing an environment that is safe, welcoming and friendly for children.  

All Rugby League clubs (or organisations) working with children should have safe recruitment practices for individuals who work (or volunteer) regularly with children.  This safe recruitment includes a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) disclosure for all carrying out Regulated Activity.  

The RFL operates to the DBS Code of Practice and has a policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders. The link to the policy can be found here

Maryne Valero, Competitions & Safeguarding Officer (DBS Enquiries)

T: 0113 237 5513  E: maryne.valero@rfl.co.uk

Click here for a guide of what roles require a DBS check

Click here for a DBS Applicant Guide

Click here for a full list of RFL DBS verifiers

Click here for your club and organisation reference 

On-line Applications


There is an easy to use online guide and you can track the progress of your application.

  • To begin the process you will need to enter the reference for your club (a list of which can be found above) along with the password rfl123
  • Once you have submitted your application you will still need to visit an RFL approved verifier to have your identity checked, a list of verifiers can be found below
  • Once your application has been verified it is automatically submitted to the RFL, it is then countersigned and sent to the DBS for processing


Once you have received your disclosure certificate this now only needs to be sent to The RFL if your certificate contains “information” as we will need to carry out a risk assessment.

We will be notified by the DBS of the disclosures we need to see.

Please note this only applies to applications submitted online, if you have completed a paper application your disclosure certificate still needs to be sent to The RFL regardless of whether it contains “information” or not.

Individuals are now able to complete and submit their DBS applications online HERE