Safeguarding Policy Statement
Bredbury St Marks Cricket Club (The Club) is committed to ensuring all Children(*) participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience.
(*The word “Children” should be taken to mean all persons under the age of 18.)
We will do this by:
• Recognising all children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have a right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment.
• Ensuring individuals working within cricket at, or for, our club provide a safe, positive and fun cricketing experience for children.
• Adopting and implementing the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “SafeHands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children” and any future versions of this.
• Appointing a Club Welfare Officer and ensuring they attend all current and future training modules required by the ECB, so they have the necessary skills to undertake their role effectively.
• Ensuring all people who work in cricket at, or for, our club (such as staff, officials, volunteers, team managers, coaches and so on) understand the “Safe Hands Policy” applies to them according to their level of contact with children in cricket.
• Ensuring all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines and relevant legislation.
• Ensuring all individuals working within 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 guidelines defined by the ECB, and the club.
Ensuring the name and contact details of the Club Welfare Officer is available:
- As the first point of contact for parents, children and volunteers/staff within the club
- As a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee and members
- As the main point of contact within the club for the ECB County Welfare Officer and the ECB Child Protection Team, and
- As the main point of contact within the club for relevant external agencies in connection with child safeguarding.
Ensuring correct and comprehensive reporting procedures exist for raising and managing child safeguarding concerns. Such procedures should recognise the responsibility of the statutory agencies and be in accordance with pre defined child safeguarding procedures as set down by the ECB, Statutory Agencies and Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) guidelines and policies.
• Providing everyone connected with the club (including parents, children and volunteers) with the opportunity to voice any concerns they have (about possible suspected child abuse, and/or about poor practice) to the Club Welfare Officer.
• Ensuring all suspicious concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.
• Ensuring access to confidential information relating to child safeguarding matters is restricted to the Club Welfare Officer and the appropriate external authorities, such as the Local Authority Designated Officer(LADO), as specified within ECB child safeguarding procedures.
Code of Responsibilities and Ethics
Bredbury St Marks Cricket Club
The Club is proud to boast that it has a ‘no discrimination policy’ in full accordance with its Byelaw 9. This policy is incorporated within the Club’s written ‘Code of Responsibility and Ethics’ which it has become necessary to publish, especially with regard to children who are on the Club’s premises or otherwise under the supervision of the Club. The policy shall be strictly adhered to by all Club members. In order to facilitate the policy, different groups within the Club have different requirements and, accordingly, such groups are identified as 1) The Club’s Management, 2) Players, 3) Captains and Team Managers, 4) Coaches, 5) Juniors, 6) Parents and 7) Spectators and each one is structured as followed.
1. The Club’s Management:
a. Will act at all times in the best interests of members.
b. Will endeavour to provide a safe and secure environment for members and visitors.
c. Will conduct a policy of ‘non-discrimination’ with regards to all aspects contained within ‘Byelaw 9’
d. Will promote the finest attitudes of sportsmanship from its members and encourage improved performance and participation.
a. Will conduct themselves at all times in accordance with the rules of the game and the law.
b. Will take responsibility for their own actions both on and off the field.
c. Will respect the talents of others in the Club.
d. Will avoid any unsafe situation where possible.
e. Will take appropriate action if the safety or the well-being of others is threatened and report the incident to any Officer of the Club.
3. Team Captains and Managers:
a. Will bring the best qualities of sportsmanship and leadership to the sport and will treat everyone with equal respect in their efforts to improve the performance and relationships of team members.
b. Will maintain an appropriate boundary in their relationships with others and recognise the negative consequences of power and trust.
c. Will act appropriately if the safety of others is threatened or any untoward behaviour is observed and report any such instances to any Officer of the Club.
a. Will provide and maintain, through mutual trust and respect, good standards of behaviour and safety as they act ‘in loco parentis’.
b. Will encourage, through an atmosphere of enjoyment the best practices of coaching and learning.
c. Will strive to improve performance, through a progressive programme of safe, guided practice, measured performance and competition for all concerned.
d. Will avoid any unsafe or potentially damaging situation in their relationships with others.
e. Will report any inappropriate actions or behaviour to the Officers of the Club.
5. Junior Members:
a. Will do their best to improve their ability in the sport and develop good attitudes and sportsmanship.
b. Will co-operate with coaches, team managers and helpers who provide their time voluntarily.
c. Will observe the rules of the game and the law.
d. Will avoid any unsafe situation.
e. Will inform the Youth Co-ordinator or any Official of the Club who is present if they are worried or upset at any time for any reason.
6. Parents and Guardians:
a. Should encourage the best possible commitment from their youngsters, consistent with their age and ability.
b. Should only provide constructive criticism and never decry the performance or efforts of any of the young players.
c. Should co-operate with coaches and helpers who are giving their time voluntarily.
d. Should inform an Official immediately if anything is observed which affects the safety or wellbeing or any youngster.
a. Are asked, by their presence, to encourage players who will appreciate constructive criticism.
b. Are asked to report any untoward or unsportsmanlike behaviour to any Officer of the Club.
Accident and Emergency Procedures
Bredbury St Marks Cricket Club Accident and Emergency Procedures
Club officials in charge for the day should be aware of the following:-
1. Prior to practice, matches or other occasions, ensure the area and equipment is safe for ALL. If an accident or emergency occurs…….KEEP CALM
2. Ensure the safety of the injured, yourself and others in the vicinity.
3. If necessary, apply First Aid to the condition or injury
4. If necessary, enlist the help of others e.g. first aiders, doctor or ambulance
5. If necessary, arrange an escort to accompany the injured party to doctors, hospital or home. Ensure the remainder of the group are safe and supervised.
6. Inform next of kin i.e. partner, parent or guardian
7. Enter the basic details in the Accident Book
8. Follow up with enquiry no later than next day
9. Complete and Accident Report Form with full details, obtaining signatures of the injured person and any witnesses
10. Report the incident to the Management Committee
11. If necessary, make further enquiries according to the severity of the condition or injury
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ECB Coaches Code of Conduct
Coaches are encouraged to adhere to the codes of coaching conduct as advised by the ECB CA and Sports Coach UK, the main principles are:
• Rights – Coaches must respect and champion the rights of every individual to participate in sport
• Relationships – Coaches must develop a relationship with athletes (and others) based on openness, honesty, mutual trust and respect
• Responsibilities - personal standards – Coaches must demonstrate proper personal behaviour and conduct at all times
• Responsibilities - professional standards – To maximise benefits and minimise the risks to athletes, coaches must attain a high level of competence through qualifications and a commitment to ongoing training that ensures safe and correct practice
Please click below to open a PDF of the full ECB Coaches Code of Conduct.