Safeguarding Policy Statement
Wolvercote Cricket Club (The Club) is committed to ensuring all Children (i.e all persons under the age of 18 ) participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience.
- Putting things in place
- Having the Right People in Place
- What do you do if you have a concern?
- Cricket Specific Guidance
1) Putting things in place
We recognising all children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have the right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment
We ensure individuals working within cricket at, or for, our club provide a welcoming, safe, and fun experience for children
We provide an environment where the views of children, parents and volunteers are sought and welcomed on a range of issues. This will help us create an environment where people have the opportunity to voice any concerns (about possible suspected child abuse/neglect, and/or about poor practice) to the Club Safeguarding Officer
We Adopt and implement the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children”
2) Having the Right People in Place
Appointing a Club Safeguarding Officer and ensuring they attend training modules required by the ECB,
Our Club Safeguarding Officers are:
Club Safeguarding Officers’ Role
- As the first point of contact for parents, children and volunteers/staff within the club – As a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee and members
- As the main point of contact within the club for the ECB County Safeguarding Officer and the ECB Safeguarding Team,
- As the main point of contact within the club for relevant external agencies in connection with child safeguarding.
- Ensuring correct and comprehensive reporting procedures exist for raising and managing child safeguarding concerns.
3) What do you do if you have a concern?
We ensure all suspicions, concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.
We ensure access to confidential information relating to child safeguarding matters, is restricted to those who need to know, in order to safeguard children – including the Club Safeguarding Officer and the appropriate external authorities, such as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), as specified within ECB child safeguarding procedures.
4) Cricket Specific Advice
We ensure all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club are provided with support, through education and training, so they are aware of, and can adhere to, good practice and Code of Conduct guidelines defined by the ECB, and the club.
We ensure all people who work in cricket at, or for, our club (such as staff, officials, volunteers, team managers, coaches and so on) understand how the “Safe Hands Policy” applies to them.
ECB Safe Hands
Wolvercote Cricket Club has fully adopted the ECB’s Safe Hands policy for safeguarding children. Full details of the policy are available at https://www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding/policy-and-procedures.
Changing Rooms and Showering Facilities
Best practice principles to be adopted by Wolvercote Cricket Club, wherever possible, are as follows:
- Adults must not change, or shower, at the same time using the same facility as children
- Adults should try to change at separate times to children during matches, for example when children are padding up
- If adults and children need to share a changing facility, the club must have consent from parents that their child(ren) can share a changing room with adults in the club
- If children play for Open Age teams, they, and their parents, must be informed of the club’s policy on changing arrangements
- Mixed gender teams must have access to separate male and female changing rooms
- Mobile phones must not be used in changing rooms
If children are uncomfortable changing or showering at the club, no pressure should be placed on them to do so. Suggest instead that they may change and shower at home.