We want everyone involved in cricket in Kent to have a safe, positive experience and be welcomed and supported in their activities.

Kent Cricket is committed to ensuring that all young people (aged under 18) who play cricket in Kent within affiliated Clubs, Area or County squads have a safe, welcoming and positive experience. We comply fully with the ECB Safe Hands Policy – this is the England and Wales’ Cricket Board’s policy to safeguard children within cricket. It promotes good practice, helps raise awareness and ensures people know what to do if they have any concerns about children or about the behaviour of adults in cricket.

Children

Everyone involved in cricket, whether it is at Club, Area or County level, has a duty to ensure the safety and welfare of any young person involved in the sport. From prevention to protection, safeguarding in sport is Everyone’s Responsibility and involves keeping young people out of harm’s way both on and off the cricket pitch. It is not the responsibility of any individuals within the Club, Area or County to determine if abuse has taken place, but it is their responsibility, and the responsibility of everyone within cricket, to confidentially report concerns to the relevant Club Safeguarding Officer, the County or Deputy County Safeguarding Officer, ECB or Child Protection experts.


Adults

We want clubs to support everyone involved in the game and this extends to supporting all their members of all ages. Any one of us may at some stage be struggling and it is important to look out for one another both on and off the pitch. If you are concerned about someone, ask them if they are OK? Signpost organisations that may be able to help them (details in the Useful Contacts section) and make sure you also let the Club Safeguarding Officer know you have concerns. If you have immediate concerns for the welfare of an adult, call the emergency services. When we talk about “safeguarding adults” this is usually done in consultation with them, according to their wishes, but there are occasionally circumstances where we need to report without their consent – contact the County Safeguarding Officer for advice.

The ECB Safe Hands Policy contains an abundance of useful information, resources and templates. By following the advice and guidance in Safe Hands, and putting a safeguarding framework in place, your club will be following best practice, have the knowledge and confidence to recruit responsibly, manage bullying and harassment, report concerns and much more.

Don’t reinvent the wheel – feel free to use the templates in Safe Hands and adapt them for your Club.

All Clubs need to have a Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO).  We value our CSOs and want you to feel appreciated and supported in your role. Do not hesitate to contact the County Safeguarding Officer or Deputy for information and advice. The Club Safeguarding Officer will be proactive to ensure members are safeguarded, but they cannot do this alone. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

What does my club need to do?

Safeguarding children in your Club will not be implemented overnight. It is a long-term and ongoing process. It is the responsibility of the whole club to implement the appropriate Safeguarding policies and procedures. The first step is:

Appointing a Club Safeguarding Officer

Your Club Safeguarding Officer will be the first point of contact for everyone within the club, the County Safeguarding Officer and the ECB for child safeguarding matters. They also will be ensuring the Club is adopting and implementing the various safeguarding activities necessary for it to demonstrate its duty of care for children.

Ideally, the club will appoint a CSO who is not a coach; it is very difficult for children to report a concern to their coach, especially if it is about them. The Club may consider appointing 2 CSOs and this is encouraged. Club Safeguarding Officers should be friendly, welcoming, professional and visible at the club. Whilst not expected to be at the club all the time, it is important children, parents, coaches and club members know who they are, how to contact them, and feel confident to contact them.

Support for the Club Safeguarding Officer

The County and Deputy County Safeguarding Officers are here to support you in your role. We are pleased to offer help and guidance; you may have an idea about good practice, have a question about possible poor practice or a concern about a child or adult protection matter – please do not hesitate to get in touch if you want any information or support.

Please note, all possible safeguarding concerns about any club members, including players and parents, should be communicated to the County Safeguarding Officer. If you read anything in the papers of relevance, please also forward to the County Safeguarding Officer to enable us to risk assess, and safeguard (where necessary) members of your club and other clubs.

If you need a DBS for cricket, it must be an ECB DBS; the ECB will not allow you to “port in” your DBS if it was not issued for them.

Who requires a DBS? 

There is a wide range of roles that require a DBS, including; Coach, Umpire, Scorer, Team Manager, Team Captain. Click here to view the current list of roles that ECB require to have a DBS.

How to get a DBS?

Contact your Club ID Verifier, CSO or if you are a member of the ACO, the ACO secretary and ask them to “initiate” a DBS for you. If you cannot find anyone at your club able to do this, email Shireen Hart and ask her to initiate the DBS.

ID Verifiers

We want all clubs to have an ID Verifier. This is usually the CSO but others can be considered. If your club needs a verifier, or second verifier, please e-mail the County Safeguarding Officer with your name, e-mail, date of birth, club, and role at the club.

Once you have completed your DBS application form you will need to meet with a verifier and show them 3 original documents (chosen when you completed the form). They will then complete the verifying and submit your DBS. Your DBS will usually be issued within a week or two, but they can take up to 2 months or more.

Paid Role DBS

If you require a DBS for a paid role in cricket, after your documents have been verified you will receive an email and will need to pay the DBS fee of £40.00 before your application can be submitted to the DBS.

DBS Update Service

Please ensure you join the DBS Update Service. If you do not, your ECB DBS will only be valid for one year and you will be required to complete a new one after this time. You will receive instructions about how to join from the ECB once you have submitted your form. Follow these instructions. You must join within 28 days of the issue of the disclosure (DBS rules).

The Update Service allows the ECB to check your DBS disclosure free of charge to ensure your criminal record has not changed.  hey currently do this annually.

Joining the DBS Update Service is free of charge for volunteers and costs £13 a year for paid roles (payable to the DBS).

If you have a paid role ECB DBS, it is also considerably cheaper for you if you are a member of the DBS Update Service. If you do not join, you will need to pay £40 annually for a new DBS.

DBS Disclosures with Content

If you have received a caution, conviction, reprimand or warning which has not been filtered in line with the DBS Filtering guidance, you will be contacted by the ECB and asked to send in your DBS disclosure. This will then be risk assessed and in most cases will not affect you being able to work or volunteer within cricket. If you send the DBS disclosure in within the specified time, nobody at your Club or County will usually be informed of the information on the DBS. If you do not send it in in a timely manner, it may be necessary to contact your club and let them know you have failed to send in a positive DBS, and so they must not allow you to participate in the role for which you applied for the DBS. If you have any questions about this please contact the County Safeguarding Officer.

Overseas Player/Coach – the Government’s Points Based Managed Migration system means that cricket clubs will need to obtain a sponsor licence from the UK Borders Agency in order to bring cricketers and coaches into the country. Please see the ECB Managed Migration Section of their website.

Anyone living overseas, or who has lived overseas for 6 months or more in the last 5 years, who holds a role normally requiring a DBS disclosure will be required to complete a Non-UK Residents Vetting Form, and be cleared by the ECB, before being allowed to take up their position of Regulated Activity (eg coaches, CSOs, Umpires, Scorers, Team Managers, etc).

With the ECB Non-UK Vetting Form the applicant will need to supply:

  • a Police Check / Certificate of Good Conduct from the Overseas Country issued within the last 3 months and
  • a copy of the photo page of their passport and
  • a copy of their visa (if applicable).

NB – They should obtain the Police Check BEFORE they leave their country; it is much easier and in some countries this can only be applied for face-to-face.

For information on how to obtain a Police Check / Certificate of Good Conduct from the Overseas Country please click here.

Training for Safeguarding Officers

  • I am a Club Safeguarding Officer

    What do I require?

    You will need to complete two pieces of training:

    1. The ECB Safeguarding Young Cricketers course (SYC) is an e-learning course and must be completed before Safe Hands training. The SYC course is free of charge. We can no longer accept a work-based safeguarding course in lieu of SYC.
    2. ECB Safe Hands Course: this is the training course for Club Safeguarding Officers in Cricket. It lasts 3 hours.

    How long is it valid for?

    All courses must be renewed every 3 years.

  • Book your Training Course

    Safeguarding Young Cricketers

    If you need to register for an SYC login, please email Shireen Hart with your full name and email address. You will then get an invitation email to register for the online course.

    Registering for online SYC is only for those completing it for the first time. If you need to renew your SYC, you can do this by logging into your existing ECB e-learning portal.


    Safe Hands Courses

    These courses take place throughout the year and our current courses are listed below:

    There are a few spaces left on our Safe Hands courses; if you are a Club Safeguarding Officer needing to complete this course, please book as soon as possible:

    Dartford Cricket Club on 13th July 2022

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