All members must familiarise themselves with the policies concerning what the club does for you and what you must do for the club. You are duty bound to act upon any breach or concern you may have by reporting to the appropriate club official.

Newquay Cricket Club Safeguarding Statement 2021

It is a mandatory requirement for all ECB affiliated clubs to make a constitutional adoption of the ECB “Safe Hands” Safeguarding Policy.

 

Newquay Cricket Club play under the auspices of Cornwall Cricket and The England and Wales Cricket Board and our policies should be considered alongside those of our controlling bodies. 

To comply with ECB regulations Newquay CC have (the following are mandatory under ECB regulations)

  • Adopted the ECB’s “Safe Hands, Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy Statement”
  • Defined our club Safeguarding Policy Statement
  • Will follow the ECB reporting mechanism for concerns
  • Have recruited, appointed and organised the training of a Club Safeguarding Officer
  • Developed a “player profile system” to enable adults to exercise their duty of care in an emergency situation
  • Adopted the ECB Code of Conduct for Members and Guests
  • Adopted the Codes of Conduct for Coaches and All Stars Activators

ECB policies are available at https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/2098204/safe-hands-cricket-safeguarding-policy-and-procedures

Cornwall policies are available at https://cornwallcricket.zingiber.net/safeguarding.html

Newquay CC recognises the responsibility of the statutory agencies and is committed to working with Local Safeguarding Children Boards and Local Authority Designated Officers and complying with their procedures and the statutory guidance “Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018”.

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN POLICY STATEMENT

 

We are firmly committed to providing an environment that is safe and welcoming for children and adults to enjoy the game of cricket.

We will create a culture where views and opinions are sought. This helps develop an environment where children feel able to share concerns and everyone can challenge poor practice or behaviour.

If any member of Newquay CC has any concerns about any child, or the behaviour of any adult, you should share these immediately.

 

Over-arching Principles:

 

  1. Newquay Cricket Club is committed to ensuring that all children participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience. Under this policy the word ‘children’ should be taken to mean all persons under the age of 18.
  2. The club will ensure that all children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have a right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment whatever their level of involvement.
  3. The club will ensure that individuals working within cricket at, or for the club provide a safe, positive and fun cricketing experience for children.
  4. The club has adopted in its Constitution the England & Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’ and any future versions of this.
  5. Newquay CC will endeavour to ensure all suspicions and allegations will be taken seriously, managed and dealt with swiftly and appropriately in line with ECB policy and procedures
  6. Newquay CC recognises that appropriate safeguarding is not just about preventing abuse but providing the best environment for children to enjoy themselves and the game of cricket

 

 

Club Safeguarding Officer:

  1. The club has appointed two Club Safeguarding Officers:

Both have attended the appropriate training required by the ECB and delivered through the Cornwall Cricket Board.

  1. The Child Safeguarding Officer acts:
    1. As the first point of contact for parents, children and volunteers within the club.
    2. As a source of procedural advice for the members and Committee of the club.
    3. As the main point of contact for the ECB County Safeguarding Officer and the ECB Child Protection Team.
    4. As the main point of contact within the club for relevant external agencies in connection with safeguarding children.
  2. it is not the responsibility of those individuals working in cricket to determine if abuse has taken place, but it is their responsibility to act upon and report any concerns following the ECB reporting mechanism outlined under the “Safe Hands” procedure.
  3. The name and contact details of the Club Safeguarding Officer are detailed on the Club Website and displayed on the club notice board.

 

Volunteers working with children:

  1. The Club will ensure that all those who work in cricket at, or for the club understand that the ECB ‘Safe Hands Policy’ applies to them according to their level of contact with children.
  2. The club will ensure that those who work closely or regularly with children are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines and relevant legislation and are provided with relevant training and support so that good practice is maintained at all times.
  3. The club has undertaken an assessment of all roles within the club and has identified which posts entail the holder having regular, direct or unsupervised contact with children, specifically coaches, captains and vice-captains, umpires, scorers, first aiders, drivers and managers of junior cricket teams. All new volunteers to any of those roles will be interviewed by the Club Safeguarding Officer and/or one other officer of the club. Written references may be obtained, and a DBS check completed before the volunteer may work unsupervised with children.
  4. We recognise captains and vice-captains are responsible for the whole team. To ensure they are aware of their responsibilities to young players they will be asked to be fully aware of our expectations as outlined in Appendix 2. (taken from Cornwall guidance)

 

Reporting Procedures:

  1. All those who have regular or direct contact with children must be able to recognise and respond to the signs and indicators of child abuse (cf ECB ‘Safe Hands, section 2). See Appendix 1.
  2. Through the Club Safeguarding Officer everyone connected with the club has the opportunity to voice any concerns they have about possible child abuse or inappropriate practice. All members of the club and volunteers must ensure that any concerns and allegations with regard to the safety of children are taken seriously and reported swiftly to the Club Safeguarding Officer. Members and volunteers must adopt a culture of listening to and consulting with children and must adopt a ‘whistleblowing’ attitude to all matters of child safety.
  3. It is not the responsibility of those individuals working in cricket to determine if abuse has taken place, but it is their responsibility to act upon and report any concerns to the Safeguarding Officer.
  4. Confidentiality must, however, be maintained at every stage of the reporting procedure. Only those individuals within the reporting structure should be informed of any disclosure, suspicion, or allegation.
  5. The Club Safeguarding Officer will respond swiftly to any disclosure, suspicion, or allegation. He will record any relevant information in detail, and, if he has any concerns, he will report the relevant information to the County Safeguarding Officer, who may refer the matter to the ECB National Child Protection Team.
  6. In exceptional circumstances the Club Safeguarding Officer may need to make a report directly to the police or the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer).

Health and Safety/Emergencies:

  1. The club has carried out risk assessments on all its cricketing activities. The club will adhere to ECB policies on the wearing of cricket helmets, fielding regulations, net safety, bowling directives, first aid, fluid intake and the guidance on junior players participating in adult games.
  2. The club has the contact details of parents, carers and guardians, and emergency contact details for all young people under the age of 18. All relevant medical conditions are recorded and passed to the relevant coaches, managers and volunteers.

Emergency procedures:

  1. The club has the following emergency procedures in place for dealing with accidents and injuries:
    1. Access to first aid equipment is available at all coaching sessions and matches.
    2. First Aid kits are to be found in the main scorebox and lower pitch portakabin.
    3. Contents of First Aid kits are monitored by the club Secretary.
    4. The Accident/Incident Report Book is located in the main scorebox in which all accidents and incidents are recorded.
    5. The Accident/Incident Report Book is monitored by the club Secretary.
    6. Telephone numbers of and directions to local doctors’ surgeries, hospital A & E departments and police are displayed on the club notice board.

Appendix 1.

The following may cause you concern, and may be indicators of abuse and / or neglect:

  • Unexplained or suspicious injuries such as bruising, cuts or burns, particularly if situated on a part of the body not normally prone to such injuries
  • An injury and the explanation for it seem inconsistent
  • The child describes what appears to be an abusive act involving him/her
  • Someone else (a child or adult) expresses concern about the Safeguarding of another child
  • Unexplained changes in behaviour (for example, becoming very quiet, withdrawn or displaying sudden outbursts of temper)
  • Inappropriate sexual awareness
  • Unexplained access to material goods, clothes, activities etc.
  • Goes missing for periods of time.
  • Engaging in sexually explicit behaviour
  • Distrust of adults, particularly those with whom a close relationship would normally be expected
  • Difficulty in making friends
  • Stops, or is prevented from, socialising with other children
  • Displays variations in eating patterns, including overeating or loss of appetite
  • Loses weight for no apparent reason
  • Becomes increasingly dirty or unkempt
  • Excessive fear of making mistakes

It should be recognised that this list is not exhaustive and the presence of one or more of the indicators is not proof that abuse is actually taking place, but may be indicative of a need to report concerns.

Appendix 2.

 Safeguarding for Captains

 

You may need to adapt this depending on the size of your club, number of adult teams, leagues you play in etc.

You will no doubt be well aware of your role as team Captain pertaining to the actual playing of the game, but you also need to be aware of your safeguarding responsibilities as a Captain and Vice-Captain. You have a duty of care, on behalf of your Club for the well-being of all under 18s in yours and the opposition’s team, in fact you have a duty of care for all partipants under your management including all adults.

As a Captain / Vice Captain of an adult team, you must have a current ECB DBS. If you don’t have one, ask your Club Safeguarding Officer to start the process for you, it’s free and easy to obtain.

Clubs rely on the development of younger players as these players subsequently become members of their teams and clubs. As Captain, you play a vital role in this transition from youth cricket to adult cricket. The experience young people receive when could develop their lifelong interest and skills – or put them off completely. This also relates to adults coming into the game for the first time or as returners to the game from a period of absence.

Whilst it is appreciated these players (aged between 13 and 17) often want to be treated as adults, if they do not receive the right sort of opportunity, understanding, encouragement and support, many of them will leave the game, which all of us do not want.

Cornwall Cricket and the ECB actively encourages the development of these young players. To help you, it is important you follow the guidance set out in Safe Hands, which is Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children.

Things you should do as a Captain:

  • Take your responsibility seriously
  • Make sure you know who your Club Safeguarding Officer is, and how to contact them
  • Know how to respond to a disclosure from a child
  • Report any concerns or worries you have about a child, to your Club Safeguarding Officer
  • Inform the Umpire about all Under 18s in your team
  • Ensure you have the emergency contact details for any Under 18s in your team.
  • Importantly, are there any medical conditions or allergies you need to be aware of? (The Club Safeguarding Officer or Secretary should supply you with this information, which should be treated as confidential)
  • Welcome and include new Under 18 players in your team and tell them to come and talk to you about any concerns or questions they have regarding the(ir) game
  • Encourage good sportsmanship within your team, recognising good play both in your team and the opposition and recognising good performances and efforts of young people, not just match results
  • Provide an opportunity for young players to show their talents in an appropriate way at the right time, playing them in the wrong situation could harm them and their development – children who are just used as fielders will not fully experience the game, they MUST have opportunities in a game
  • Treat everyone equally and not do discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief
  • Challenge any form of bullying of Under 18
  • Anyone under 18 is a child in the eyes of the law; copy the parents of all under 18s into any texts, e-mails and other forms of social media you send to team members. Best practice is only to communicate with parents of children under 18, but in any case always copy parents in.
  • Ensure you are aware of the transport policy in your club – ECB guidance is that all Under 18s/their parents are responsible for arranging their own transport to and from matches (e.g. they take them themselves or arrange for their child to go with a friend or other member of the team) – the club/you should not arrange the transport, otherwise you and / or the club are at risk and being considered liable in the event of an incident or accident
  • Ensure you are aware of the changing room policy in your club regarding Under 18s. Under 18s should change separately from over 18s.
  • Be aware that if Under 18s have to share a changing room with Over 18s, you must ensure an appropriate plan is in place so they are not changing and/or showering at the same time.
  • Ensure you are aware of your club’s policy for mobile phones in changing rooms: ECB guidance is that no mobile phones are allowed to be used in the changing rooms for any purpose. This is because photos and videos can be taken and go viral in seconds or be used for other purposes that would cause safeguarding concerns. This means phones should not be used at all – including for playing music or checking texts and e-mails etc. as it is not possible to ensure someone is not covertly taking photos.
  • Ensure you are aware of the ECB Guidelines for Juniors Playing in Open Age Cricket (don’t let underage players play). (See below)
  • Ensure you are aware of the ECB Guidelines on the Wearing of Helmets by Young Players
  • Ensure you are aware of the ECB Fielding Regulations
  • Ensure you are aware of the ECB Fast Bowling Directives
  • Ensure you are aware of the ECB Concussion Guidance

 

 

DON’T:

  • Engage in any form of sexually related contact with an Under 18 player including sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms
  • Communicate by any form of social media or phone with anyone under the age of 18 in your club. Your Club may decide Captains can communicate with over 16s about team selection. If so – ALWAYS copy the parents in, and ensure the messages only relate to team selection and team matters. This is to safeguard you as well as the child. If you fail to copy a parent in and the child complains about the content, it will be very difficult to justify your actions at a later stage
  • Allow bullying or swearing at young players (or indeed any players) or any behaviour they might find intimidating
  • Select under age players for your team. ECB guidelines state the minimum age is Under 13 age group players, who are in Year 8 age group and aged 12 on 1st September of the preceding year. County squad members selected in a County U12 squad can play providing they are at least 11 years old on 1st September of the preceding year and in Year 7 age group – but only in exceptional circumstances. Written parental permission must be obtained for all these players. Any concerns you have should be reported to your Club Safeguarding Officer. 

Appendix 3.

The following club policies and statements are in place:

  • Procedures for recruiting and appointing appropriate volunteers and/or paid staff including training and support for these volunteers or staff
  • Procedures for health and safety/risk assessment, including adherence to ECB policies/guidance on the wearing of helmets, fielding regulations, net safety, bowling directives, first aid, fluid intake, junior players in Open Age cricket and other similar matters
  • Discipline procedure – which MUST follow the Safe Hands guidance on matters involving any person under the age of 18 , with an appeals mechanism
  • Anti-bullying policy and procedures for dealing with bullying
  • Changing rooms and showering policy
  • Photography, video, social media and live broadcast policy including the use of images
  • Transport policy
  • Supervising children at cricket sessions policy
  • Guidance on welcoming and safeguarding children with a disability
  • Missing children policy
  • Procedures for managing children away from the club
  • Procedures for working with external partners; (i.e. club personnel undertaking cricket activities in schools, local authorities or similar organisations, on a voluntary or paid basis)
  • Guidance for clubs on the use of Social Media, texts and email

These policies will be found on the Policies Page of the Club Website and held by the club secretary, chairman and safeguarding officers for viewing upon request.