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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. 

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.

ECB Safeguarding Young Cricketers

This is an online Safeguarding Course required by all coaches (not required for Activators) that must be renewed every three years. Click here to apply

Safe Hands - Cricket's Policy for Safeguarding Children

www.ecb.co.ukThe 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, you will have the knowledge and confidence to recruit responsibly, manage bullying and harassment, report concerns and much more.  Your Club Welfare 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.

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

See the Resources page of the ECB website for templates to adapt

Information for Club Welfare Officers

We require all Clubs with Junior Sections or with any juniors 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. 

What does my club need to do?

Safeguarding children in your Club will not be implemented overnight.  It is a long-term 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, 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. There is guidance on Appointing and Training a CWO in Safe Hands

Ideally the CWO should not be a coach or team manager as unfortunately complaints are sometimes made against these individuals. 

Training for Club Welfare Officers

All NEW Club Welfare Officers and their assistants are required to:

1)  Attend a face to face Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) course, or a work based safeguarding course or coaches can do the online SYC course (see below)
2)  Attend a Safe Hands course - AFTER the above course
Have an ECB DBS vetting check and ensure to keep it updated
4)  Familiarise themselves with the Safe Hands Child Protection Policy - regularly!

Then every 3 years:

1)  Attend an SPC/SPC e learning course/Work safeguarding course/SYC for coaches
2)  Attend a Safe Hands/Safe Hands Refresher course

Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) courses are generic sports safeguarding workshops.  They give a good insight into everyday good safeguarding practice for anyone working in a sports setting with children.  If you are also a coach, you may do the online SYC instead of the SPC.  If you have attended a work based safeguarding course contact the County Welfare Officer and see if this will exempt you from SPC.

SPC courses can be found here:


SPC e learning courses (only suitable as a refresher) can be found here:


SYC e learning courses (for all coaches and coach support workers, wether new or renewing) can be found here:


Safe Hands courses can be found here:


Safe Hands – This is a course specifically designed for Club Welfare Officers in cricket.  It is a mandatory requirement for CWOs.  You must attend the SPC or other basic safeguarding training outline above before attending Safe Hands.

Your Club should register with Kent Sports for a Club Connect card - you can then receive 20% off (40% off if you are a Clubmark Club) all UK coaching courses booked via Kent Sports. If you have attended an SPC course, contact the County Welfare Officer kcbcwo.kent@ecb.co.uk  to see if yours is suitable.  Currently you are required to attend an SPC, or an SPC2: Reflecting on Practice, every 3 years.

Support for the Club Welfare Officer – The County and Deputy County Welfare 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, or a question about possible poor practice or a concern about a safeguarding matter -  please do not hesitate to get in touch if you want any information or support.

Club 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.

Resources for Club Welfare Officers

There is an abundance of information on the ECB website and we do not intend reproducing it here. However we have produced some Kent guidance sheets which you might find useful.

word CWO Grid for Recording ECB Clearance for DBS checks

CWOs need to check all those required to, have an up to date ECB DBS.

pdf icon Safeguarding Information for Captains of Open Age Cricket Teams

Captains all know about their duties on the pitch regarding the game - but do they know their safeguarding responsibilities for Under 18s?  This document will give them some information about this

  Kent Safeguarding Contacts

word List of Kent safeguarding contacts for Club Welfare Officers (updated August 2018)

DBS Disclosures

The ECB stopped accepting paper applications from the end of 2017 and all DBS disclosures must now be applied for online

Who Requires a DBS
  • Welfare Officers (Club, League, County etc and deputies)
  • Coach (whether volunteer or paid, assisting or leading)
  • Umpire
  • Scorer
  • Junior Managers
  • Age Group Managers
  • Open Age Group Team captains
  • Junior Supervisors
  • First Aiders/Physios/Medical Support
For all other roles, if working closely with children, you should do a risk assessment or contact the County WO for advice.

The minimum age for a DBS check is now 16.

How to get a DBS

pdf icon Click here for guidance through the new online DBS process

Did you apply for your DBS using a paper form (pre 2017/18)?

  • If so, when you receive a reminder from the ECB to renew your DBS, you should apply for a new one via the online application process. Your DBS details will then be on the new ECB database and your ID verifier at your club can check you are up to date at any time in the future.
  • If you also joined the DBS Update Service when you applied with your paper form, you can ask the ECB to do a Status Update Check. Complete and forward the form to ECB. However, this information is on a different ECB database and your club ID verifier will not be able to check your DBS status in the future – so it may be simpler in the long run for all concerned for you to do a new DBS instead.

Did you apply for your DBS using the new online system (2017/18 onwards)?

  • Volunteers - You will automatically be enrolled in the DBS Update Service and the ECB will check your criminal record remains unchanged and update the database. Your Club ID verifier can also check your DBS is current via the ECB DBS disclosure application process. If you remain a member of the DBS Update Service, you will not need to renew your DBS in 3 years’ time.
  • Paid Role DBS - You will need to apply and pay for membership of the DBS Update Service (£13 a year). Please note – the Update Service is run by the DBS and not the ECB. If you don’t join the DBS Update Service, you will need to complete a new ECB DBS every 3 years. Joining must be done within 30 days of the issue of the disclosure. See Update Service and where you see “Application Reference Number” – choose – “Use my Certificate Number instead”.

DBS For Non-UK Residents

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 Richard Harvey at Kent Cricket – Richard.harvey.kent@ecb.co.uk. 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 see the link below: 


Safeguarding Adults at Risk

Kent Cricket's commitment to safeguard Ad​ults at Risk is set out in our Policy Statement.

pdf icon Click Here to view.

Useful Contacts

County Welfare Officer - Bridget Owen, 07807 026247 – kcbcwo.kent@ecb.co.uk
Deputy County WO – Alan McCawley, 07771 621534 – alancricket@live.com
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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