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Safeguarding Children within Cricket

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 Safe Hands Policy – this is the England Cricket Board’s (ECB) 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.

The County has a County Welfare Officer and Deputy County Welfare Officer, either of whom can be contacted for information or advice. 

Duty of Care

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 Welfare Officer, the County or Deputy County Welfare Officer or Child Protection experts.

Safe Hands - Cricket's Policy for Safeguarding Children

The Safe Hands Policy contains an abundance of useful information, resources and templates. You can read more about Safe Hands by clicking on the link in the sub menu on your right.

Our commitment is set out in our Kent Cricket Policy Statement for Safeguarding Children in Cricket.

Information for Club Welfare Officers

We require all Clubs with Junior Sections or with Under 18s regularly playing in Open Age Cricket 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.

We have a page on the website with useful information for CWO's which is managed by our County Welfare Officer, Bridget. Please use this as a point of reference and share it with your club committee. 

Click to visit the Information for Club Welfare Officers page.

Clubmark and Child Welfare

Clubs have a vital role to play in the development of young players.  The Clubmark Accreditation Scheme  is fully integrated with Safe Hands and shows the Club is taking its responsibilities regarding safeguarding seriously.  It shows that a club provides the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy cricket and stay involved throughout their lives.  Approximately 75 of our Clubs in Kent now have Clubmark Accreditation.

Useful Contacts

County Welfare Officer - Bridget Owen, 07807 026247 – kcbcwo.kent@ecb.co.uk
Deputy County WO – Alan McCawley, 07771 621534 – alanmcc@tesco.net
ECB Safeguarding Manager – Richard Desjardins, 01509 228630 Richard.desjardins@ecb.co.uk
ECB Safeguarding Advisor – Lance Spring, 0207 432 1207 – lance.spring@ecb.co.uk

NSPCC - 24 hour helpline if you are worried about a child – 0808 800 5000
Childline UK – private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen - 0800 1111
Child Protection in Sport Unit – Information and support to help keep children safe in sport – see the website.
Kent Specialist Children’s Services – Central Duty Team, 03000 411 111 (or 03000 41 91 91 if out of hours) – social.services@kent.gov.uk

If you think a child is in immediate danger, call the police straightaway on 999 – then let the County Welfare officer, know at the earliest opportunity.

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