1. Child protection law defines a child as a person who has not yet achieved
their 18th birthday, irrespective of whatever team they are playing in.
2. Child protection and welfare is the responsibility of all club members,
not just those involved in Youth Cricket.
3. The personal, social and emotional development of a young person is of
more importance than cricketing development.
At Bagborough Cricket Club we have a thriving and very successful junior
section and we believe that taking part in sport should be a positive and
enjoyable part of children's lives. The club has adopted the ECB Safe Hands
policy, and has appointed a Welfare Officer to oversee child protection matters
at the club and a Junior Coordinator who will oversee cricketing matters.
The health, safety and welfare of the children playing, training and
attending at the club is of paramount importance to us. Therefore we want to
make sure that children are protected and kept safe from physical, sexual and
emotional harm while they are with the clubs coaches, players, helpers and other
This Child Protection Policy ("CPP") is an additional responsibility for all
our coaches, volunteers and club members but we believe that such a policy
provides additional protection for each and every one of them, as well as the
We hope that the implementation of this policy will not deter any future
volunteers offering their services; our strength has always been in our numbers
and our organisation, and by working together we can provide the best for our
children and the Club.
This policy has received the wholehearted support of the Club Committee and
was formally approved and adopted in 2011 and reviewed annually prior to the
Appropriate Behaviour when working with children
What to look for
Appropriate Behaviour when working with children
In line with ECB guidelines, the Club's Committee has decided that by the end
of 2011 everyone working directly with children at the club must have been
subject to relevant Police clearance (CRB checks). This Club will pay for any
costs incurred in this process. "Children" represent the club at all levels and
whilst it is impractical for all club members to be "CRB Checked" there should
be at least one member in each adult team (ideally the Captain) who has received
clearance and will ensure the abeyance of the CPP on that day.
This document will be updated to show the details of all coaches and
volunteers who have satisfied the relevant official checks, based on the
guidance of the National Protection Agencies.
There will be several people within the Club that have checks carried out
because of their employment. The Child Welfare Officer will ensure that relevant
details are listed here also.
The purpose of youth cricket at the Club is to ensure that groups of children
receive instruction on how to play and enjoy the game of cricket with the
intention that it will become a lifelong activity.
Set out below are guidelines which all our coaches and volunteers are
required to observe:
Under no circumstances should any unauthorised coach seek to work with a
child on a one to one basis.
The Club policy is that there should always be a parent, recognised guardian
or other responsible adult present at anyone to one session. Any coach working
with children on a one to one basis for the club or on club property must notify
the Child Protection Officer prior to the event.
Working with a group can often require a strong voice - always ensure that
any instruction or coaching given to an individual is not done by shouting
orders which the child could find humiliating, embarrassing or threatening.
Swearing or use of inappropriate words is not permitted at any time and any
such incidents these should always be reported to the Junior Co-ordinator.
Whilst one-off slips can happen the Junior Coordinator will be responsible for
ensuring that there are no further occurrences. Similarly use of bad language or
inappropriate comments by any children should be reported at all times.
Discipline in a group of children is very difficult. If one or two
individuals are causing repetitive disruption, discuss the best course of action
with the Junior Co-ordinator and Child Welfare Officer and progress from there,
shouting at individuals is not a good option.
Where a child cries for whatever reason, injury or anything else, endeavour
to keep the other members of the group away from the child and bring another
adult to the situation to control the other children in your care. Another adult
or the child's parent should be sought to help with the distress of the child
and a first aid officer sought if necessary.
If you feel at any time that your group or individuals within it cannot be
controlled the session should be terminated immediately and you should seek out
the Junior Co-ordinator to gain assistance and guidance. The safety of all
concerned is the paramount consideration.
If, at any time, you feel unable to cope with an individual, or you believe
an individual is behaving in a way that is damaging the work with the other
children, you should speak to the Junior Co-ordinator, or arrange movement of
children between groups. As a last resort an individual may be asked to seek
alternative arrangements for their cricket coaching.
Coaching is all about being positive; praise and reward gain the best
results. Try to avoid negativity this can lead to arguments and upset.
A qualified First Aid Officer must be in attendance at all Junior coaching
sessions though may not necessarily be involved In the coaching.
What to look for
Abuse can take many forms: -
Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse, and Neglect are the most
common. Further details are given in the section. "What to look for"
By way of an example, a term commonly used is "bullying" - this can fall into
any of the above forms of abuse.
Knowing what forms abuse is common sense too many but there are many forms of
abuse which may not be so obvious and that is why we must have this code as well
as a full list of potential areas of abuse.
If any coach, volunteer or parent believes that a child is suffering in any
way, either during the time they spend at the Club or outside the times when the
child is in our care at the Club, the Child Protection Officer should be
contacted at the earliest opportunity.
This can involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding,
drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical
harm can also be caused, by feigning the symptoms of, or causing ill health to a
child in their care.
Is the persistent emotional ill treatment of a child such as to cause adverse
effects on the child's emotional development. It may involve conveying to
children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate or valued only insofar
as they meet the needs of another person. It may involve causing children
frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of
Involves forcing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities,
whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may
involve physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts. They
may include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or
in the production of, pornographic material or watching sexual activities, or
encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.
Is the persistent failure to meet a child's basic physical and/and or
psychological needs. It may involve a parent or carer failing to provide
adequate food, shelter and clothing, failing to protect a child from physical
harm or danger, or the failure to ensure access to appropriate medical care or
treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child's
basic emotional needs.
The Child Welfare Officer is the nominated responsible officer for
co-ordinating the child protection policy and monitoring its implementation in
practice. That person will also be responsible for taking any necessary action
when abuse is seen or alleged. Scope for abuse will be minimised if our code and
guidelines are followed because the whole coaching scheme is run with health,
safety and welfare of our junior players in mind.
When an allegation is made or concerns are raised the nominated officer is
required to keep a record of the following:
Name of the child
The child's address and relevant phone numbers
What is alleged to have happened or what was seen
When it occurred
Who else, if anyone, was there
What was said by those involved
Is there any evidence of abuse, can it be recorded e.g. bruises, bleeding,
Who was told about it
Who was involved in the incident and if possible record in what way they were
concerned in the incident
Was the child able to say what happened and if so how did they describe it
Whether the parents have been advised
Any complaints of suspected or actual abuse or of children being put at risk
will be taken seriously and acted on immediately.
Procedures for concerns
In the first instance you should contact the Child Protection Officer or if
that is not possible any unconnected member of the coaching staff to ensure that
the time of the concerns are recorded and to ensure that the details required
are noted down (see reporting procedure). If you believe that you cannot deal
with any person because of their connection to the event(s) then you should
consider approaching an independent party or body having made a record of the
Checks and Safeguards
The Child Protection Officer is responsible for ensuring that all coaches and
volunteer helpers are aware of the latest guidance regarding Child Protection
issues, methods and procedures. If the Child Protection Officer believes that an
individual is not taking sufficient notice of this guidance, or is not complying
with the Club's Child Protection Policy the matter will be referred immediately
to the Club Committee.