North Elmham Cricket Club
Child protection Policy
This club has adopted the ECB “Welfare of Young People Policy “ and is committed to ensuring that all young people who play cricket have a safe and positive experience. This club is committed to developing and implementing policies which ensure that everyone knows and accepts their responsibility in relation to a duty of care for young people . It is committed to promoting good practice, ensuring there are sound recruitment procedures for all individuals working within the Club and there are correct procedures for reporting incidents. The Club will follow the ECB Incident reporting procedures.
The Principles that underpin this policy are :-
- 1.All young people regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability, or disability, have the right to be protected.
- 2.All young people participating in cricket have a right to do so in a safe environment
- 3.Adults working within cricket will provide a safe, positive and fun cricketing experience for young people.
- 4.Adults (Volunteers, Coaches, Umpires and Scorers) will understand and be supportedtheir role and responsibility with regard to a duty of care which is to ensure the safety and welfare of any young person involved in cricket or related activities, to safeguard them and protect them from reasonably foreseeable forms of harm.
- 5.Individuals will receive support, through education and training, to be aware of and understand best practice and how to manage any welfare issues which may come to light.
Child Protection Guidelines
- To ensure that cricket is fun, enjoyable and fair play is promoted.
- To treat all young people equally, with respect and dignity
- To be an excellent role model – this includes not smoking or drinking alcohol whilst engaging in coaching or playing activities.
- To always put the welfare of each young person first , before winning or achieving goals
- To always work in an open environment (e.g. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment)
- To build a balanced relationship based on mutual trust, which empowers young people to share in the decision –making process
- To avoid sexual relationship with 16-17 year olds or vulnerable adults in accordance with Home Office Guidelines
- To recognise the development needs and capacity of young people, avoiding excessive training or competition and not pushing the against there will
- To give enthusiastic feedback, rather than negative criticism
- To ask each participant to complete a registration form providing details of:
- vName, Address, date of birth
- vMedical Information
- vEmergency contact details of parent or carer
- To ensure the information on the Junior registration form is to hand, in case of emergency
- To keep a written record of any injury, along with details of any treatment given
- To ensure that if any form of manual/physical contact is required it should be provided openly and according to guidelines provided by the ECB.
- To keep up-to-date with technical skills, qualifications, insurance and CRB checks
- To ensure coaches maintain membership of the ECB Coaches Association
- To ensure that supervision of young people changing is carried out in accordance with ECB guidelines. Where any child that is playing in a team with adults the manager must gain parent /carer verbal confirmation that the child can change at the same time as the adults. If not the child must change before the adults.
- To ensure that if “mixed” teams are playing away they are accompanied by an adult male and female coach/volunteer/helper or parent.
- To ensure that at tournaments or away /overnight fixtures adults do not enter young people’s rooms without following appropriate guidelines, nor invite other (young) people into their rooms.
- To ensure that there is regular communication with parents/carers gaining written consent:
- vTo act in loco parentis if the need arises to give permission for the administration of emergency first aid and/or other medical treatment
- vTo take young people away to a tournament
- vTo transport young people to and from matches
- vTo use video or photographic images of young people (e.g. in club publications or displays, on the club website or in the local press) solely to promote positive image of young people playing cricket
The club has nominated the following Member as its child protection officer. He has attended the ECB “Safeguarding and Protecting Children” Courses:
Mr Stephan Malherbe (North Elmham Cricket Club Welfare Officer)
1.Watts Naval School, County School, North Elmham, NR20 5LT
Tel: 01362 667187