The Northamptonshire County Welfare Officer is
Tel: 07912 623 617
Please get in touch with any issues or queries you have relating to child safeguarding and welfare.
Northamptonshire Cricket Safeguarding Policy Statement
Northamptonshire Cricket (incorporating Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, Northamptonshire County Cricket Board and Northants Recreational Cricket) is firmly and enthusiastically committed to ensuring that cricket provides a safe, friendly and enjoyable experience for all children. Safeguarding in Cricket is based upon the concept of providing an enjoyable cricket environment that is tailored to the needs and requirements of children. The Safeguarding Policy is not just to protect children in cricket, it is to introduce good practice, raise awareness and provide piece of mind.
(*The word “children” should be taken to mean all persons under the age of 18.)
We will do this by:
- Recognising 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.
- Ensuring that individuals working within cricket at or for Northamptonshire Cricket provide a safe, positive and fun cricketing experience for children.
- Adopting and implementing the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children” and any future versions of the policy.
- Expecting all clubs to appoint a Club Welfare Officer and ensuring that they attend all current and future training modules required by the ECB & the NSPCC, so that they have the necessary skills to be able to undertake their role effectively.
- Ensuring that all people who work in cricket at or for our clubs, (such as Staff,
- Officials, Volunteers, Team Managers, Coaches etc.) understand that the Safe Hands Policy applies to them according to their level of contact with children in Cricket.
- Ensuring that all individuals working within cricket at or for Northamptonshire Cricket are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines.
- Ensuring that all individuals working within cricket at or for Northamptonshire Cricket are provided with support through education and training so that they are aware of and can adhere to good practice and code of conduct guidelines defined by both the ECB, and by Northamptonshire Cricket.
- Ensuring that the name & contact details for Northamptonshire Cricket Welfare Officer is available as:
- the first point of contact for parents, children & volunteers / staff within Northamptonshire Cricket,
- a local source of procedural advice for all involved in Northamptonshire Cricket,
- the main point of contact within Northamptonshire Cricket for the ECB Safeguarding Officer and the ECB Child Protection Team
- the main point of contact within Northamptonshire Cricket for relevant external agencies in connection with child welfare.
- Ensuring that correct and comprehensive reporting procedures exist for raising and managing safeguarding and child protection concerns.
- Providing everyone connected with Northamptonshire Cricket (including parents, children and volunteers) with the opportunity to voice any concerns which they have (about possible suspected child abuse, and/or about poor practice) to the Northamptonshire Cricket Welfare Officer.
- Ensuring that all suspicions, concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.
- Ensuring that access to confidential information relating to child welfare matters is restricted to Northamptonshire Cricket Welfare Officer and the appropriate external authorities as specified within ECB Safeguarding and child protection procedures.
All Northamptonshire policy and practice is based upon the ECB Safe Hands guidance which can be downloaded HERE
You can also download the full Safe Hands Manual from the ECB website HERE
Club Welfare Officers
As part of the ‘Safehands’ policy, each club should appoint and train a Club Welfare Officer.
There are two training courses that club welfare officers need to attend every three years;
Safeguarding and Protecting Children
Safehands Workshop for CWO’s are held in the Spring each year.
Please contact Derek Styman to book your places.
Club Welfare Officer Job description:
It is advisable for clubs to have at least two trained Club Welfare Officers.
There are many aspects to running a cricket club and safeguarding has to be considered in lots of these, from the logistics of facilities and transport to ensuring that players are not put at risk on the field.
Here are the key points of this crucial role:
- Ensure that all members of the club are aware of your role and how to contact you.
- Ensure all members of the club that have contact with youngsters have an up to date CRB check.
- Monitor when CRB checks are due for renewal (every 3 years).
- Assist the club committee to Implement ECB policy and procedures related to safeguarding children and young people.
- Report any child safeguarding concern to the County Welfare Officer.
- Be clear about ECB reporting procedures.
- Ensure that registration records are kept for all junior club members and report forms are completed for any accident, incident or allegation made.
- Understand where sporting organisations fit within the legal framework for child safeguarding.
- Have a basic knowledge of roles and responsibilities of the statutory agencies (Police, Social Services and NSPCC) and Local Safeguarding Children Board.
- Have a basic knowledge of behaviour that is harmful to children and young people – from bullying to poor practice and abuse.
- Know how abusers “target” and “groom” organisations in order to abuse children and best practice in prevention.
- The CWO is not an investigative role.
The Club Welfare Officer should have a place on the Club Committee and Safeguarding should be a standing item on the meeting agenda.
Reporting Procedure for Safeguarding issues
The ECB and NSPCC have set the following Reporting Procedure chart for incidents / allegations:
Please see the ECB Safe Hands document for further detail and explanation of roles within this flow diagram.
Here are a few key things to remember if a concern is raised:
- Ensure that you have obtained as much information about your concerns or an incident as possible
- Complete an Incident Reporting Form (195 KB) and submit it to the County Welfare Officer
- Ensure that any umpire reports or statements accompany this information
- Contact the Police/Ambulance/Children’s Social Care/LADO immediately if any child is in danger or has been hurt at the club and then report the matter to the County Welfare Officer
- In the case of small concerns recording is also necessary as these concerns may form part of a bigger picture at a later date.
Confidentiality is key with any information you are given regarding a child’s situation. The ECB whistle blowing policy states that ‘All concerns will be treated in confidence. During the process of investigating the matter, every effort will be made to keep the identity of those raising the concern unknown, except to the minimum number of individuals practicable’
Who needs a CRB?
CRB’s became DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Checks recently.
To view the ECB Guidance on Vetting Checks CLICK HERE
To obtain a DBS Application Pack please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and role within the club
Overseas Vetting Checks
It is just as important to have a check carried out on overseas coaches. A non UK vetting form will have to be completed and returned to the ECB along with a copy of the candidate’s passport, visa to enter the UK and police check from their home country. The Overseas Vetting form lasts only for the calendar year in which it is issued i.e. a new form will be required every season.
For how long is a DBS Check valid?
In cricket you need a new DBS Check every three years, irrespective of how many other CRBs you have.
DBS check results
The DBS certificate is sent to the individual only. The ECB then requests that you send your certificate to them for verification. (this is a change to the procedure (introduced 2013))
Photocopies of certificates should never be taken by clubs, schools or other organisations.
If something shows on the certificate which is of concern the ECB will alert the club (via the county) and the appropriate action will be taken. Action could be anything from the ECB asking the individual for more information about the circumstances of a conviction to the implementation of a ban on cricketing activities.