Download Safe Hands

Safe Hands – cricket’s policy for safeguarding children, is available for you to download below.

Safe Hands 2013-2014

The revised contents pages replace ALL of the previous contents of the Safe Hands folder. If you are downloading this for use at your club, please remove the previous contents pages and replace with these.

Please keep the dividers and ensure the revised contents pages are placed into the correct sections.

The policy is divided into three sections. For ease of downloading, sections one and two are on their own. Section three is a ‘Kit Bag’ of useful guidance and sample documents for clubs and others to use. It is possible to either download all of section three or to download an individual item from the ‘Kit Bag’.

There are a number of changes and additions to Safe Hands for 2013–2014.

We hope that you find these helpful in creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for children in cricket.

Main changes

• The re-issuing of the Working Together guidance in 2013 (‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013’) introduced two significant new recommendations – that safeguarding systems should be ‘child centred’, and that services should provide ‘early help’. The emphasis throughout our clubs should be to develop and maintain an environment where children and young peoples’ views are sought, heard and acted upon. This will not only help keep young people in the game as they get older, but contribute to a safer environment.

By responding to concerns promptly, we aim to make sure children who need help receive it as soon as possible.

• The new diagram in section two sets out the organisation’s safeguarding responsibilities as detailed in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013’. These responsibilities apply at all levels of the game, and for open age cricket as well as junior age group cricket.

Clubs may wish to place a copy of this diagram on their noticeboard.

• Section three – The Safeguarding ‘Kit Bag’ is now organised into four sections:

1 - Putting things in place (background work, policies and paperwork).
2 - Having the right people in place (recruitment and guidance).
3 - What to do if you have concerns.
4 - Cricket specific safeguarding guidance.

Each section has a coloured band down the side of the page for ease of use. We hope this makes it easier for you to find what you need.

The following items are new or significantly changed:

  • Guidance on welcoming and safeguarding children with a disability: The emphasis being on talking with the child and parents/carers to understand how best to offer support.
  • Guidance on creating a welcoming environment and sample welcome letter for parents: The role of the club welfare officer, especially, in making sure the club is a welcoming place for children and parents cannot be overstated.
  • Guidance on the use of social media, texts and email: We have provided very clear guidance on this difficult area. If you would not pin something onto the club notice board, it probably doesn’t belong online either.
  • Guidance on roles in cricket that require an ECB Vetting check and how to determine which roles are regulated activity with children in cricket: These documents take account the changes introduced by the ‘Protection of Freedoms Act 2012’.
  • Recruiting and supporting volunteers: New guidance on getting and keeping the volunteers a healthy club needs.
  • Guidance on the recording of information: This is new guidance for club and county welfare officers, with advice on what to record and how.
  • ECB guidelines for junior players in open age cricket: Following a number of queries we have tried to make this clearer - please be aware of the minimum age requirement and the one exception to this.

Download Safe Hands below:

Safe Hands Section 1 (52 KB)
Safe Hands Section 2 (483 KB)
Safe Hands Section 3 (419 KB)

And individual items from section three below:

a The Safe Hands Safeguarding Kit Bag - 'How to use' and Contents (146 KB)
b Putting things in place 1- Creating an Individual Club Safeguarding Policy Statement (119 KB)
b Putting things in place 2 - Cricket Club Safeguarding Policy Statement (117 KB)
b Putting things in place 3 - ECB Guidance on Codes of Conduct (115 KB)
b Putting things in place 4 - Code of Conduct for Cricket Club Members and Guests (146 KB)
b Putting things in place 5 - ECB Guidelines for a Code of Conduct for Children (116 KB)
b Putting things in place 6 - ECB Whistle Blowing Policy (148 KB)
b Putting things in place 7 - Useful Safeguarding Contacts (147 KB)
b Putting things in place 8 - ECB Guidelines on the Use of Player Profile Forms (119 KB)
b Putting things in place 9 - Player Profile Form Template (for players under the age of 18) (156 KB)
b Putting things in place 10 - ECB Guidance on Welcoming and Safeguarding children with a disability (117 KB)
b Putting things in place 11 - Sample Anti Bullying Policy For Cricket (147 KB)
b Putting things in place 12 - ECB Guidelines on Changing Rooms and Showering Facilities (116 KB)
b Putting things in place 13 - ECB Photography and Video Camera Guidelines (147 KB)
b Putting things in place 14 - ECB Guidelines on Transport To and From Matches and Training (116 KB)
b Putting things in place 15 - ECB Guidelines on Managing Children Away from the Club (154 KB)
b Putting things in place 16 - ECB Missing Child Guidelines (1) (119 KB)
b Putting things in place 17 - ECB Guidelines on Working With External Partners (120 KB)
b Putting things in place 18 - Creating and maintaining a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment at your club (143 KB)
b Putting things in place 19 - Template Welcome letter for parent_carer (143 KB)
b Putting things in place 20 - ECB Guidance for clubs on the use of Social Media, texts and email (154 KB)
c Having the right people in place 1 - ECB Guidance on Appointing and Training a Club Welfare Officer (151 KB)
c Having the right people in place 2 - ECB Guidance on Roles in Cricket that Require a Vetting Check (154 KB)
c Having the right people in place 3 - How to Determine Which Roles are Regulated Activity with Children in Cricket (124 KB)
c Having the right people in place 4 - Recruiting and Supporting Volunteers (149 KB)
c Having the right people in place 5 - ECB Sample Reference Form (144 KB)
c Having the right people in place 6 - ECB Non UK Resident Vetting Form 2014 (156 KB)
c Having the right people in place 7 - ECB Guidance for Staff and Volunteers Working with Children (161 KB)
c Having the right people in place 8 - ECB Guidance For Coaches Working With Children (164 KB)
d What to do if you have concerns 1 - Responding to, Recording and Reporting Concerns (178 KB)
d What to do if you have concerns 2 - Guidance on the Recording of information by Club and County Welfare Officers (145 KB)
e Cricket specific safeguarding guidance 1 - ECB Guidelines on Supervising Children at Cricket Sessions (148 KB)
e Cricket specific safeguarding guidance 2 - ECB Guidance on the Wearing of Cricket Helmets by Young Players (116 KB)
e Cricket specific safeguarding guidance 3 - ECB Fielding Regulations (119 KB)
e Cricket specific safeguarding guidance 4 - ECB Fast Bowling Directives (153 KB)
e Cricket specific safeguarding guidance 5 - ECB Guidelines for Junior Players in Open Age Group Cricket (147 KB)
e Cricket specific safeguarding guidance 6 - ECB Guidelines on Girls Playing in Boys Age Group Leagues and Competitions (116 KB)

We do hope that you will find the revised contents of Safe Hands useful, helpful and easy to use. Please get in touch if you have any comments or suggestions to make.

Safe Hands is reviewed annually and we genuinely welcome the input we receive. The comments of children, young people, parents and carers are especially welcome.

If you have comments or suggestions to make please send these to the safeguarding inbox at safeguarding@ecb.co.uk.

Thank you for continuing to help make cricket a safe, welcoming and enjoyable environment for our children to enjoy our national summer sport.