The ECB is committed to ensuring all children who play cricket, have a safe positive and fun experience, whatever their level of involvement
• The welfare of all children is paramount
• All children within cricket, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability, have the right to enjoy the game in an environment safe from abuse of any kind
• The ECB recognises the importance of safeguarding children within the game and is committed to developing, and implementing, policies and procedures which ensure that everyone knows, and accepts, their responsibility in relation to a duty of care for children
• The ECB is committed to ensuring there are correct and comprehensive procedures for responding to, recording and reporting child safeguarding concerns
• The ECB 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
• The ECB 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
• The ECB is committed to ensuring that safeguarding and protecting children is central to its development of the game and as such requires all clubs and other bodies who wish to seek ECB support, whether financial or otherwise, for developing facilities and/or opportunities to play the game of cricket, to have adopted and implemented this “Safe Hands” Safeguarding Policy
• It is a mandatory requirement that all County Boards, affiliated leagues and clubs must adopt and implement the ECB “Safe Hands” Policy and they will be supported to do so through education and training
• All affiliated clubs must appoint a Club Welfare Officer to ensure that appropriate procedures are followed
• The ECB 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” April 2010
• The ECB is committed to promoting sound recruitment procedures and good practice for all individuals working within cricket whether in a paid or voluntary capacity
• The ECB will ensure that individuals will receive support through education and training, to be aware of, and understand, best practice and how to manage any safeguarding issues which may come to light
• The ECB recognises that 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.
It is a mandatory requirement for all ECB
affiliated clubs to make a constitutional adoption of the ECB “Safe Hands” Safeguarding
The ECB’s “Safe Hands” Safeguarding Policy Statement and Underpinning Principles guide the “Safe Hands” programme. However, in addition, there are a number of key Points of Policy on the Safeguarding Programme that the ECB needs to ensure that clubs and participants understand are fundamental to the effectiveness of safeguarding in cricket.
1. All cricket participants should recognise and follow a Code of Conduct
The ECB provides codes of conduct for all cricket participants – the Code of Conduct
for Members and Guests and the Code of Conduct for Coaches. These codes of
conduct provide participants with details of acceptable, and unacceptable behaviour,
and the expectations of others in relation to good operational practices.
2. All junior cricket sessions require adequate supervision
A minimum of two adults are required at every session and additionally the appropriate ratio of adults and children must be met.
3. All adults who work with children in cricket, either as a volunteer or paid,
must be recruited appropriately which includes being vetted for their suitability to work with children
Vetting Procedures include the use of Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks and/
or non-UK equivalents.
4. Physical contact should always be intended to meet the child’s needs not
Never touch a child inappropriately. A responsible adult should only use physical
contact if its aim is to:
• Develop sports skills or techniques
• Treat an injury
• Prevent an injury or accident from occurring
• Meet the requirements of the sport
The adult should seek to explain the reason for the physical contact to the child, reinforcing the teaching or coaching skill. Unless the situation is an emergency, the adult should ask the child for permission
Next review due November 2020