Club Welfare Officers are vital members of the club and key to making an environment safe, welcoming and friendly for children to enjoy the game of cricket.
Why do clubs need a Club Welfare Officer?
Whilst everyone is responsible for safeguarding, the Club Welfare Officer will make sure the policies and procedures are in place, and that everyone who should be vetted to work with children, is vetted by the ECB.
They are the person that others come to if they have concerns, and having attended specific training, will know what to do in order to assist, or who to ask for further help.
Training for Club Welfare officers
Club Welfare Officers need to attend two sets of initial training:
- The Safeguarding and Protecting Children course run by Sportscoach UK.
- The ‘Safe Hands Workshop’ which is run by the local County Board.
- An ECB Vetting check is also required
Every three years, the three requirements above must be updated.
Using DBS from another organization is possible if the individual has registered with the DBS update service.
County Boards also run ‘Safe Hands Refresher’ courses. To enquire about upcoming Safe Hands Workshops please contact your local County Board.
A list of the County Boards can be found here.
County Welfare Officers
County Welfare Officers are appointed by each County Cricket Board in order to provide advice and assistance on Safeguarding Children for clubs, leagues and other affiliated organisations within each county.
All Club Welfare Officers are provided with the County Welfare Officer’s contact details as part of the Safe Hands training programme within each County.
If club members need to contact the County Welfare Officer directly for any reason, then contact should be made via a County Board.
If you have any safeguarding queries or require further information, please contact:
Tel: 0207 432 1200