Safeguarding

Safeguarding Policy Statement

Safeguarding Policy Statement

Middlesex Cricket acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance, complies with best practice and adopts the England & Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) requirements as documented in cricket's policy for safeguarding children - Safe Hands.

https://www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding/policy-and-procedures

This policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at Middlesex Cricket in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in cricket or other activities delivered by Middlesex Cricket.

Middlesex Cricket acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.

As part of our safeguarding policy Middlesex Cricket will:

  • promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Appoint a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) employee within the senior leadership team and a County Welfare Officer
  • ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people
  • ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern
  • ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
  • prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals
  • ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.

The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Middlesex Cricket. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.

Monitoring

The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances:

  • changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport and/or Home Country Sports Councils and the ECB.
  • as a result of any other significant change or event.

(June 2017)

Middlesex Cricket Safeguarding Policies & Procedures include:

Welfare Officers

ALL Affiliated Clubs and Leagues require a compliant Welfare Officer. Welfare Officers need to achieve the following accreditation criteria:

  1. A current Safeguarding and Protection Children (SPC) Certificate or Safeguarding Young Cricketers (SYC) certificate.
  2. A current Safe Hands Workshop Certificate
  3. A current Cricket Specific DBS Clearance

All these qualifications have a 3-year validity period.

For further information relating to the above please contact 0208 3468020

DBS Checks

WHAT IS A DBS?

DBS is short for the Disclosure & Barring Service which provides a vetting check on those working in a paid or voluntary role with children and vulnerable adults; it replaces the previously required CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks. If you have an unexpired CRB certificate, you do not need to replace it with a DBS check until your CRB has expired.

WHO MUST HAVE A DBS CHECK?

Anyone over the age of 16 holding any of the following positions in a club, league or other cricket organisation must have a valid and unexpired DBS certificate:

  • Welfare Officer (all Club, League, or County posts)
  • Coach (whether volunteer or paid, assisting or leading)
  • Umpire
  • Scorer
  • Managers of colts or junior sections
  • Age group managers
  • Open age Team Captains
  • Junior supervisors
  • First aiders, physiotherapists & medical support
  • All Star Cricket Activators & Helpers

HOW DO I OBTAIN A DBS APPLICATION FORM?

DBS packs can be ordered directly via https://www.onlinedisclosures.co.uk/already-using-online-disclosures/ecb/order-a-pack/

WHERE CAN I GET MY DBS VERIFIED

Club Welfare Officers and Middlesex Cricket Staff can verify the DBS forms, please see attached for a list of current verifiers.

If your club welfare officer would like to be a verifier please contact Sharon Eyers on 07557 956354 or Sharon.eyers@Middlesexccc.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DBS

Please visit https://www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding/dbs-checks-ecb-vetting

 

 

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