The ECB head of ethics and compliance, Alison Faiers, this week attended a meeting convened by DCMS with other government departments to offer a cricket perspective on child protection and safeguarding, subjects that have understandably dominated the news in recent weeks.
“These issues are so important and at the ECB we regard the provision of a safe and welcoming environment for children as one of our key responsibilities as a national governing body,” Faiers explained.
“Safe Hands, our policy for safeguarding children [https://www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding/policy-and-procedures], was established more than a decade ago and central to this is that anyone with any concerns must be able to contact the Safeguarding team, or relevant authorities, in the knowledge that we would work swiftly and sensitively.
“This can be done by phone - call 020 7432 1200 and ask for a member of the safeguarding team - or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, anyone can contact the NSPCC.
“The current situation has been a reminder to everyone in sport that there can never be any room for complacency. In recent weeks we have double-checked that our safeguarding policies are accessible, searchable and easy to understand – and that there are clear routes for reporting any concerns that anyone may have.
“We have also contacted the First-Class Counties, County Cricket Boards – our recreational network – Academies and other key organisations for youth cricket such as the Professional Cricketers’ Association, Chance to Shine and the Lord’s Taverners, giving a reminder of the safeguarding policies and support available.
“Our chairman, Colin Graves, has also asked two members of the ECB Board with significant safeguarding experience – Lucy Pearson and Jim Wood – to help us look at our current processes and practices, check them through and see where we can improve.
“Like other sports we have also been contacted by the Minister of Sport about historic safeguarding as well as getting the invitation from DCMS to join the round-table discussion. We believe our processes are strong and well-established, but are always checking our work and keen to learn from best practice.”
“Anyone who wants more information can go to the safeguarding section of the ECB website https://www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding which includes full details of the Safe Hands policy, the importance of club welfare officers, DBS checks and vetting procedures, and of all our safeguarding resources [https://www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding/safeguarding-resources].