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Safeguarding Policy

Poulton Cricket Club is committed to ensuring all Children (i.e all persons under the age of 18 ) participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience. We do this by 

  1. Putting things in place 
  2. Having the Right People in Place
  3. Ensuring that you know what you can do if you have concerns
  4. Offering Cricket specific guidance

Putting Things in Place

We recognise all children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have the right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment. We ensure individuals working within cricket at, or for, our club provide a welcoming, safe, and fun experience for children. We provide an environment where the views of children, parents and volunteers are sought and welcomed on a range of issues. This will help us create an environment where people have the opportunity to voice any concerns (about possible suspected child abuse/neglect, and/or about poor practice) to the Club Welfare Officer We adopt and implement the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children” . We ensure all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines and relevant legislation.

Having the Right People in Place

We have appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) who has qualified for the role by attending training modules required by the ECB. We also have a second qualified official within the club who can also step into the role and back our CWO up. Our Club Welfare Officer is Claire Kilby and you can reach her on PoultonWelfare@gmail.com.

Her role is to be both the first point of contact for parents, children, volunteers & staff within the club and a local source of procedural advice for the club, committee and its members. She is also the main point of contact within the club for the ECB County Welfare Officer & ECB Safeguarding Team. Finally, she is the main point of contact within the club for relevant external agencies in connection with child safeguarding. She also ensures correct and comprehensive reporting for raising and managing child safeguarding concerns.

What To Do If You Have Concerns

We ensure that all suspicous, concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately. We ensure access to confidential information relating to child safeguarding matters is restricted to those who need to know, in order to safeguard children - including the Club Welfare Officer and the appropriate external authorities, such as the Local Authority Designated Offfier (LADO) as specified within ECB safeguarding procedures. 

Cricket Specific Advice

We ensure all individuals working withing cricket at, or for, the club are provided with support, through education and training, so they are aware of, and can adhere to, good practice and Code of Conduct Guidlines defined by the ECB & the club. We also ensure all people who work in cricket at, or for, our club (such as staff, officials, volunteers, team, managers, coaches and so on) understand how the "Safe Hands Policy" applies to them

Poulton Cricket Club Committee - 3rd November 2021