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 on to 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.

The 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 have the knowledge and confidence to recruit responsibly, manage bullying and harassment, report concerns and much more. Your Club Safeguarding Officer will have a copy of Safe Hands (issued to them when they attended the Safe Hands Course) and it is also available to download from the ECB Website or if you need an additional copy, they can be obtained from the County Safeguarding Officer for £15.00 including postage.

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

All Clubs need to have a Club Welfare Officer (CWO).  We value our CWOs and want you to feel appreciated and supported in your role. Do not hesitate to contact the County Welfare Officer or Deputy for information and advice. The Club Welfare 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 Welfare Officer
Your Club Welfare Officer will be the first point of contact for everyone within the club, and the County Welfare 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.

COVID-19 Changes

Due to COVID-19 our usual procedures below are not able to be follows. There are a limited number of verifiers currently able to carry out DBS checks, which is being done via videocall and so you may choose anyone from the list in Kent. For details on the new procedure of how to initiate a DBS, please click here.

Normal Procedure

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 Louise Ward 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: You will be given the option to opt in to the DBS Update Service. If you do this, you will not be required to complete another DBS in the future (unless your criminal record changes). The DBS do not charge for volunteers. You can opt out at any stage in the future if you are no longer involved with cricket.

If you have applied for a paid role DBS, you will need to register with the DBS to opt in to the Update Service. This must be done within 30 days of the issue of the disclosure. When you log on, when you see “Application Reference Number” – choose – “Use my Certificate Number instead”. The DBS charge £13 a year for paid roles to be members of the Update Service. The ECB do not make any charges.

If you do not join the Update Service you will be required to complete a new DBS every 12 months. A new DBS will cost £40 and Update Service membership costs £113 a year, so please do join.

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

All overseas player/coaches from outside the EEA have to ensure they comply with UK Borders Agency requirements, obtain the correct VISA and get Governing Body endorsement. We cannot offer advice, but guidance can be sought from Louise Ward at Kent Cricket or see ECB website.

All overseas player/coaches from EEA or non-EEA countries will need to complete the ECB Vetting procedure. In order to do this they must complete a Non-UK Resident Vetting form.

With the ECB Non-UK vetting form the applicant will need to supply (1) a Police Check / Certificate of Good Conduct from the Overseas Country issued within the last 3 months and (2) a copy of the photo page of their passport and (3) 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. ECB Safe Hands Course: this is the training course for Club Safeguarding Officers in Cricket. It lasts 3 hours.
    2. Either: The Safeguarding Young Cricketers course, a Safeguarding & Protecting Children Certificate OR a work based Safeguarding Certificate (e.g. appointed person within a school)

    How do I book the courses?

    • Safeguarding Young Cricketers: this is completed entirely online and you can book by clicking here.
    • Safeguarding and Protecting Children: this is run by Sports Coach UK and you can search for local courses by clicking here.
    • ECB Safe Hands Course: scroll down this page to see the current courses available.

    How much does it cost?

    • SPC and Safe Hands: usually between £30 and £40 for each course.
    • SYC: free of charge

    How long does it last?

    All courses must be renewed every 3 years.

  • I am a Club Safeguarding Officer & a Coach

    What do I require?
    You will need to complete two pieces of training:

    1. A Safeguarding Young Cricketers Course
    2. ECB Safe Hands Course: this is the training course for Club Safeguarding Officers in Cricket. It lasts 3 hours.

    How do I book the courses?

    • Safeguarding Young Cricketers: this is completed entirely online and you can book by clicking here.
    • ECB Safe Hands Course: scroll down this page to see the current courses available.

    How much does it cost?

    • SPC and Safe Hands: usually between £30 and £40 for each course.
    • SYC: free of charge

    How long does it last?

    Both courses must be renewed every 3 years.

  • Book your Training Course

    Due to current COVID-19 circumstances we have postponed the face-to-face Safe Hands courses.

    As soon as we are able to reschedule these courses we will do so. The ECB has announced they will be providing some training for CSOs needing to attend a course but unable to do so, due to the current COVID-19 situation.