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Safe Hands – Cricket Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

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Safe Hands – Cricket Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

ECB Safeguarding Policy (June 2022) - At this time the ECB is working with its stakeholders and partner organisations to finalise a new Safeguarding Policy for the game. Once this has been reviewed, updated and signed off we will be sharing the new policy on our website as well as directly to stakeholders and partners.


Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children is called ‘Safe Hands’.

Download and read the below documents or follow the Safeguarding Kit Bag link to find out more about the policy:

Safe Hands Safeguarding Kit Bag

The Safeguarding ‘Kit Bag’ is 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.

Safe Hands Management System (SHMS)

SHMS is an online Club Management Tool whereby the ECB will require all County Boards and Clubs to input the details of individuals in key regulated roles or those with responsibilities for the management and running of County and Club activities. For further information please click here.

Invitation to join Safe Hands Management System – Email notifications

As part of the new Safe Hands Management System users will receive an email to ask them to accept the role they have applied for at their club. These emails are via sent via the Safe Hands Portal with the Subject: “Important – Your ECB Invite to join Safe Hands Management System”. Please note these emails are genuine and you will only be sent one if a member of your club who has admin rights has added you to the system under one of the listed roles.

Making your club a welcome place for children and young people

  • For information on creating and maintaining a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment at your club read this.
  • Looking for a template welcome letter for parents/carers, then click here.
  • For guidance on welcoming and safeguarding children with a disability read this.

Watch the video below to learn more about how to make your club a welcoming place for children and young people:


Child Safeguarding Complaints and Disciplinary Procedure in Cricket

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has clear arrangements in place for managing allegations and concerns relating to safeguarding and child protection. These procedures are the “Child Safeguarding Complaints and Disciplinary Procedures”. These procedures operate in conjunction with “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children”.

These procedures aim to provide fair and robust process for investigating allegations, concerns and breaches of the ECB Codes of Conduct, and for managing potential risk by the ECB.

When an individual becomes subject to the procedures, they receive a full copy of the procedures and may have regular contact with members of the Safeguarding Team to support them to fully co-operate with the process.

Concerns may be brought to the attention of the ECB Safeguarding Team in a number of ways, including through the DBS application process, resulting in the application of these procedures. The methods and outcomes apply to all individuals working within cricket whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.

Strict confidentiality will be upheld with regard to any person involved in disciplinary proceedings unless there is an overriding obligation in the interests of child safety or enforcement to share information with other interested parties.

Please click here to download a copy of the Child Protection Procedures.

If you have any queries or require further information, please call 020 7432 1200 and ask for a member of the safeguarding team or email

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