ALLSCOTT Cricket club – Safeguarding Policy Statement
ALLSCOTT Cricket Club (The Club) is committed to ensuring that all children(*) participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience.
(*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 our club 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.
- Appointing 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 club, (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 all individuals working within cricket at or for our club are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines and relevant legislation.
- Ensuring all 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.
- Ensuring that the name & contact details for The Club Welfare Officer is available – as the first point of contact for parents, children & volunteers / staff within the club,
As a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee & its
The main point of contact within the club for the ECB County Welfare
Officer and the ECB Child Protection Team, and
As the main point of contact within the club 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. Such procedures recognising the responsibility of the statutory agencies and in accordance with pre defined safeguarding and child protection procedures as defined by the ECB, Statutory Agencies and local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) guidelines and policies.
- Providing everyone connected with the club (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 Club Welfare Officer.
- Ensure 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 the Club Welfare Officer and the appropriate external authorities, such as The Local Authority Designated Officer(LADO), as specified within ECB Safeguarding and Child protection procedures.
Code of Conduct for Cricket Club Members and Guests*
All Members and Guests of ALLSCOTT CRICKET CLUB will:
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of Cricket
- Treat everyone equally and not 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
- Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed
- Display high standards of behaviour
- Promote the positive aspects of Cricket e.g. fair play
- Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them, respecting the decisions of match officials
- Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials
- Recognise good performance not just match results
- Place the well-being and safety of Young People above the development of performance
- Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual
- Respect Young People’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in Cricket
- Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with Young People in the Club.
- Not provide Young People with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club
- Follow ECB guidelines set out in the “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’ and any other relevant guidelines issued
- Report any concerns in relation to a Young Person, following reporting procedures laid down by the ECB
- In addition to the above, all Club Officers and Appointed Volunteers will:
- Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance
- Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment)
- Inform Players and Parents of the requirements of Cricket
- Know and understand the ECB’s ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’
Code of Conduct / set of rules for Young People
ALLSCOTT CRICKET CLUB is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members.
ALLSCOTT CRICKET CLUB believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents/carers or guardians associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others.
Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the Club with BILL DAVIES, CLUB WELFARE OFFICER, OR PETE THORNTON,DEPUTY CLUB WELFARE OFFICER.
As a member of ALLSCOTT CRICKET CLUB you are expected to abide by the following junior code of conduct:
- All members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
- All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
- Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
- Members must wear suitable kit –– for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.
- Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly.
- Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions.
- Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.
ALLSCOTT C.C. MISSING CHILD POLICY
• Ensure the other children in your care
are looked after appropriately while
you organise a search for the child
• Inform the child’s parents if they are present
at the event, or nominate an appropriate
person to telephone them and advise
them of the concern. Reassure them you
are doing all you can to locate their child.
Remember that the child may contact the
parents directly so this is very important.
• Organise all available responsible adults
by areas to be searched. It is best to
take a short time to organise the search
properly so that all places are searched
• Search the area in which the child has
gone missing including changing rooms,
toilets, public and private areas and the
• Request all those searching report back
to a nominated adult at a specific point.
• This nominated person should remain at
this specific reference point and must be
making a note of the events, including
detailing a physical description of the child
including approx. height, build, hair and
eye colour as well as clothing the child
was wearing and where / when they were
last seen, as this will be required by the
police. If the search is unsuccessful you
should then report the concern to the
• A report should go to the police no
later than 20 minutes after the child’s
disappearance is noted, even if the search
is not complete.
• If the police recommend further action
before they get involved, follow their
• If the police act upon the concern always
be guided by them in any further actions
• At any stage when the child is located,
ensure you inform all adults involved
including the parents, searchers and
police if they are by then involved.
• All missing child incidents MUST BE
notified at the very earliest opportunity
to the Club WO, who must immediately
notify the County WO, and they must then
notify the ECB CPT.
To make a report to get the content
Inform Club Welfare of incident and any
ALLSCOTT C.C.ANTI BULLYING POLICY
1. Report bullying incidents to the Club
2. In cases of serious bullying, the
incidents will be reported to the ECB
Child Protection Team for advice via the
County Welfare Officer
3. Parents should be informed and will be
asked to come in to a meeting to discuss
4. If necessary and appropriate, police will
5. The bullying behaviour or threats of
bullying must be investigated and the
bullying stopped quickly
6. An attempt will be made to help the bully
(bullies) change their behaviour
In cases of adults reported to be bullying
cricketers under 18, the ECB must always
be informed and will advise on action to be
7. Cyber –bullying is another form of
Bullying and will be dealt with in the first
Instance by reassurance and informing
Parents/carer.Advise person not to
Retaliate or return the message.
Keep relevant evidence if possible for
any future investigation. Advise on
blocking content in future.
If person responsible is known, ask them
To remove content. Contact the host site
To make a report to get the content
Inform Club Welfare of incident and any
ALLSCOTT CRICKET CLUB
PERMISSION FOR THE USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS/RECORDED IMAGES
Please note that this part of the form needs to be signed by the Young Player(if aged between 12 and 18) as well as by the Parent or Legal Guardian of the Young Player.
Allscott cricket club recognises the need to ensure the welfare and safety of all Young People in Cricket. As part of this commitment we will not permit photographs, video images or other images of Young People to be taken or used without the consent of the Parent/Guardian and the Young Player.
Allscott Cricket Club follow the guidance issued in “Safe Hands-Welfare of Young People in Cricket” on the use of images of Young People. Allscott Cricket Club will take steps to ensure that these images are used solely for the purpose they are intended, which is the promotion and celebration of cricketing activities.
If photographs e.g. team or action shots, are submitted to the Press or published on the Allscott Cricket Club website or in our handbook, individuals will not ordinarily be identified. Where a child or young person is identified it will only be with the explicit consent of parents/guardians.
Please note: Allscott Cricket Club understands that there are circumstances under which a parent would not wish their child to be photographed. Whilst Allscott Cricket Club will do all that it can to ensure the safety of children during photographed events, if a child partakes in an activity and is by the nature of the activity inadvertently photographed or filmed, Allscott cannot be held responsible.
ALLSCOTT CRICKET CLUB
CLUB CHANGING POLICY
For players under the age of 18 playing in adult teams, the following policy applies:
- Young Players uncomfortable with changing or showering with adults are under no obligation to do so and are advised to change and shower at home.
- Parental consent must be given if Young Players are to share changing facilities with adults.
- If Young Players are sharing changing facilities with adults, parents have the option to supervise them whilst they are changing. The club will make reasonable efforts to arrange this.
- Mobile phones will not be used in the changing rooms.
ALLSCOTT CRICKET CLUB
TRANSPORT TO AWAY FIXTURES POLICY
Allscott Cricket Club recommends that parents/legal guardians of children transport their own child to all away fixtures, and to training/ coaching sessions. Where this is not possible, Allscott Cricket Club will follow the guidelines.
- It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to transport their children to the pick up point (usually the Cricket Club).
- Parents/legal guardians will be given the expected times of departure from the pick up point, and the expected time of arrival back at this point as soon as it is known.
- Drivers should not be alone with a young person in the car at any time.
- Drivers are expected to ensure that their cars are roadworthy, and that they
have all the relevant documents required by law for their vehicle.
5. Seat belts will be worn at all times.
ALLSCOTT CRICKET CLUB E COMMUNICATIONS ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Social networking opens up more threats to all users including:
Bullying by peers and people they consider ‘friends’
- Posting personal information that can identify and locate a child offline
- Sexual grooming, luring, exploitation and abuse contact with strangers
- Exposure to inappropriate and/or illegal content
- Involvement in making or distributing illegal or inappropriate content
- Theft of personal information
- Leaving and running away from home as a result of contacts made online
In order to safeguard all children within cricket and to avoid any misinterpretation of online activity by coaches/managers Allscott Cricket Club does not advocate social network contact between coaches/managers and children under 18.
The following of adults in cricket by children and following children by adults on Twitter is strongly not recommended.
All staff/volunteers at Allscott Cricket Club and are expected to:
- Take responsibility for their own use of communication and interactive technologies, making sure they use new technologies safely, responsibly and legally within the context of cricket
- No communication device or service, including interactive communication services such as social networking may be used to bring the club, its members or cricket into disrepute
- No communication device or service, including interactive services such as social networking may be used for inappropriate behaviour online within the context of cricket including the bullying or harassment of others in any form, defamation, obscene or abusive language, the uploading of material which is libellous, defamatory, obscene, illegal, shows nudity or is violent
- Report any known misuses of communication and interactive technologies within the context of cricket, including unacceptable behaviour, inappropriate contact with children online and illegal content including sexual abuse/indecent images of children, according to the relevant club and ECB safeguarding policies and procedures
- Be aware that any report of the misuse of communication and interactive technologies within the context of cricket will be investigated according to the club’s policy and procedures and may result in the club’s sanctions being enforced. Depending upon the seriousness of the incident legal action may be taken and where suspected criminal activity has taken place a report will be made to the police
- Allscott Cricket Club has network access and all members and guests will protect passwords and personal network logins and log off the network when leaving web devices unattended. Any attempts to access, corrupt or destroy other users data in any way using technology is unacceptable
In addition to the above club officers and appointed volunteers will:
- Take responsibility for their professional reputation in the online environment, making sure they follow e-safety advice, adhere to privacy and safety settings and report any concerns in accordance with club and ECB policies and procedures
- Not ask for email addresses, mobile phone numbers or social networking profiles of junior members (less than 18 years of age) or search for junior members on social networking services/search engines without the prior consent of parents and in line with the club’s policy on the use of information including emergency situations
- Not develop an online relationship with a young player with the intention of meeting them offline to engage in sexual activity. Sexual exploitation, including grooming a child under the age of 16 for the purpose of meeting to engage in sexual activity, is a serious criminal offence
- Not view, possess, make or distribute sexual abuse/indecent images of children. This is a serious criminal offence
If you have any concern about the use of social networking sites please report as follows:
- Any concern: Club Welfare Officer, Bill Davies on 01952412410 or mobile 07772140692.
- Illegal sexual child abuse images should be reported to the Internet Watch Foundation (http://www.iwf.org.uk) and to the police.
- Reports about suspicious behaviour towards children and young people in an online environment should be made to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (www.ceop.gov.uk). Law enforcement agencies and the service provider may need to take urgent steps to locate the child and/or remove the content from the internet.
- Where potentially illegal material including sexual abuse or indecent images of children or activity is found or suspected on technology provided by, or where the club has access to, the evidence should be made secure and preserved. The police or the IWF can provide further advice on this when a report is made. In the case of reports about suspected illegal material including sexual abuse or indecent images of children held on personally owned devices by members the report should include where the suspected illegal material can be found e.g. a website address where possible.
- Potentially illegal material, including sexual abuse or indecent images, should not be circulated or distributed within the club. Those involved in making a report should be kept to an absolute minimum.
Allscott Cricket Club can be found at two websites:http://allscott.play-cricket.com/home/home.asp and http://www.allscottcc.co.uk/home/default.aspx and both will be maintained and updated only by Tim Clare (Chairman and Web Administrator) and Bill Davies (Club Welfare Officer). Any attempt to access these website settings and edit any page will be seen as a serious offence and will be dealt with in the first instance by the cricket committee under the clubs rules and policies . All members of these sites are reminded that all player profiles and any forum discussions must not offend/intimidate or cause distress to another member or guest. Any offending material will be removed and reported to the cricket committee.