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CHILD PROTECTION POLICY


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.


Introduction

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 volunteers.

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 children.

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 AGM.

Contents

Appropriate Behaviour when working with children

What to look for

Reporting Procedures

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.

Physical abuse

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.

Emotional abuse

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 children.

Sexual abuse

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.

Neglect

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.

Reporting Procedures

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

Parent/Carer's address

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, changed behaviour

Cont:

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 appropriate facts.

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.