Shenley Village Cricket Club - Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding Children and Child Protection

Shenley Village Cricket Club is firmly and enthusiastically committed to the ECB's promise to ensure that cricket provides a safe, friendly and enjoyable experience for all children. Safeguarding in cricket is based upon the concept of providing an enjoyable cricket environment that is tailored to the needs and requirements of children.

The ECB Safeguarding Policy is not in place solely to protect children in cricket, it is to introduce good practice, raise awareness and provide peace of mind. With these aims in mind the ECB has produced 'Safe Hands - Cricket's Policy for Safeguarding Children', which can be downloaded below.

The Safeguarding Policy provides the sport with the tools to ensure that the whole game takes up the challenge of continuously improving the participation conditions for children. Safe Hands greatly enhances the value of existing activities and practices throughout the ECB's extensive club and schools network, and ensures that the many thousands of coaches and volunteers integral to the game are supported. The Policy is backed up by a comprehensive training and education programme, a structured implementation plan and a sensitive process to respond to concerns.

Safeguarding & Protecting Children in Cricket: https://www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding

Safe Hands Policy & Procedures: https://www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding/policy-and-procedures

Safeguarding Resources: https://www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding/safeguarding-resources

Vetting Checks

It is a widely recognised requirement for all those involved in working with children - whether as paid employees or as volunteers - to undertake a Vetting Check to ensure their suitability to work with children. Almost all individuals needing a Vetting Check need an Enhanced CRB Check, required for all residents of England and Wales.

The ECB's 'Safe Hands' policy requires that any club coach, umpire, scorer, junior team manager, team first aider or any other listed post-holder has to complete a Vetting Check. The list of specific cricket roles that require a Vetting Check can be downloaded below.

All individuals at Shenley Village Cricket Club who perform these roles have been checked, authorised, and registered with the ECB.

On-Field Regulations Relating to Children

There are a number of specific directives and guidelines issued by the ECB that relate to on-field activities for all junior cricketers, whether playing junior or adult cricket, that (like all cricket clubs) Shenley Village Cricket Club is required to adhere to across all formats of the game, be they competitive or friendly matches. All of our club coaches, age group team managers, and senior team captains are committed to following and applying these Regulations.

ECB Guidelines for Junior Players in Open Age Cricket: https://www.ecb.co.uk/governance/regulations/non-first-class-regulations

Safety Guidance on Concussion & Helmets: https://www.ecb.co.uk/concussion-in-cricket/helmets

For further information, or should you have any concerns relating to the safeguarding of children, please contact:
Club Welfare Officer - George White via email: whiteg27@hotmail.com or tel. 07968 349 933
Juniors Club Welfare Officer - Frank Orchard, via e-mail: frank.orchie@gmail.com 
or tel. 07593220435