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Safeguarding and protecting children in cricket

The England and Wales Cricket Board is firmly committed to providing an environment that is safe and welcoming for children to enjoy the game.

Creating a culture where their views are asked for, as well as being able to offer their own opinions, helps develop an environment where children feel able to share concerns and everyone can challenge poor practice or behaviour.

If you have any concerns about a child or the behaviour of an adult you should share these immediately.

ECB encourage anyone with any concerns to contact us. You can do this by calling 020 7432 1200 and asking for a member of the safeguarding team or by emailing safeguarding@ecb.co.uk. Alternatively, please contact the NSPCC.

If a child is at immediate risk do not hesitate to call the Police or local services.

Take a look at the links below to find more information on safeguarding and protecting children:

The ‘Safe Hands’ policy and procedures in cricket

See cricket’s policy for safeguarding children. 

Safeguarding resources for all aspects across the cricket game

Read the safeguarding policies, procedures, guidance documents and template forms for use in your cricket club and in other settings.

DBS checks and ECB vetting in cricket

Visit the DBS Checks and ECB vetting section which is essential for roles in cricket working with children. 

Welfare officers

Find information about why you need a welfare officer and what the role involves.

 

Child safeguarding complaints and disciplinary procedure in cricket

The ECB has clear arrangements in place for managing allegations and concerns regarding individuals and the safeguarding and protection of children. These procedures are the Child Safeguarding Complaints and Disciplinary Procedures, and operate in conjunction with Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children.

These aim to provide fair and robust procedures and systems for investigating allegations and concerns, and for managing potential risk in a balanced manner.

The procedures aim to provide a comprehensive and fair process to be employed by the England and Wales Cricket Board Limited (ECB) in order to investigate and resolve any alleged breaches of conduct (ECB Coaches Code of Conduct/Code of Conduct for Members and Guests).

Where 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 in order to help them cooperate with the process.

Concerns may be brought to the attention of the 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.

Email: safeguarding@ecb.co.uk 

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