Code of Conduct & Safeguarding

Safeguarding

Middlesex Cricket strongly believes that cricket should provide a safe, fun and welcoming experience for all young people, as such we work with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and other statutory agencies to ensure safeguarding young people is prioritised.

The ECB’s cricket policy for safeguarding children – Safe Hands – applies at all levels of the game, from grassroots through to the elite levels.

If you have any concerns relating to safeguarding in Middlesex, please contact Sharon Eyers (Acting County Welfare Officer) immediately on 07557 956354.

Alternatively, the ECB Safeguarding team can be contacted by email on safeguarding@ecb.co.uk or via the ECB office at Lord’s on 020 7432 1200.

Further support can be provided via the NSPCC’s general Helpline for adults 0808 800 5000 or for young people via Childline 0800 1111

All clubs participating in the MCA Leagues must ensure that Safe Hands is adopted and the policies and procedures within are implemented and monitored. This includes making sure a Club Welfare Officer if appointed, trained and supported by the Club Committee.

All Club Welfare Officers require and active DBS check, Safeguarding & Protecting Children certificate and a NSPCC endorsed Safe Hands Workshop certificate.

Whilst everyone is responsible for safeguarding, the Club Welfare Officer will make sure the Safe Hands policies and procedures are in place, and that everyone who should be vetted to work with children, is vetted by the ECB. They are the person that others come to if they have concerns, and having attended specific training, will know what to do in order to assist, or who to ask for further help. Please ensure your club / organisation members are aware who the Club Welfare Officer is and their contact details are available to all.

ECB Guidance on Roles in Cricket that Require Vetting Checks, state the following roles require an ECB vetting check (DBS):

  • Welfare Officer
  • Volunteer Co-ordinator
  • Coach, Coach Support Worker or All Stars Cricket Activator
  • Umpires & Scorers
  • Junior managers or age group managers
  • Junior Co-ordinators or supervisors
  • Open Age Team Captains
  • First Aid, physiotherapists & medical staff.

Other roles may require vetting checks specific to your club / organisation, if determined that the role is Regulated Activity. For further information please visit www.ecb.co.uk and search ECB Guidance on Roles in Cricket that Require Vetting Checks.

Code of Conduct

For Parents, Carers and Supporting Adults of Colts Players

Each year, child welfare awareness increases in clubs as they recognise that they have a duty of care when they receive young people for coaching evenings or to play games. With the introduction of Club Welfare Officers (CWO) parents, players, coaches and managers have accepted their responsibility.

If anyone in a club has issues or concerns about young people they should immediately inform the CWO. If it’s a serious abuse of a child they will immediately inform the County Welfare Officer Sharon Eyres. All clubs must establish a sound ethos and this starts with players and parents. All clubs should address the area of parents behaviour at game and colts nights. Beneath this section is a Code of Conduct for parents which clubs can adapt and adopt. It should be given to all parents at the pre-season meeting. Additionally parents should be made aware of clubs policy for changing and showering, transport and photography. If parents are going to be contacted via texting, email or a community based website they should ensure this goes directly to parents’ rather than colts.

Full details of ECB policies are on their web site: www.ecb.co.uk

All umpires and officials at colts matches should understand these regulations.

Parents should know what the club rules are regarding parents responsibility when bringing children to colt’s nights. It is suggested that parents of Primary age pupils should be told that they must remain on site and observe their child’s session. They must take responsibility for their child. Ideally the club will arrange these sessions directly in front of the pavilion. If they are going off site they should ask a responsible adult, who they trust in their group, to have responsibility. Secondary age pupils can usually be expected to arrive and leave by themselves unless travelling to the ground presents a hazard.
What is important is that parents are made aware of the clubs policy.

Colts managers should also be aware that many young players arrive early to Colt’s nights and have impromptu games in close proximity to each other with hard balls. It is pointless applying the above if we allow such games. Similarly, when organised coaching sessions finish and Colts continue to play on the outfield parents should be informed that they are responsible for their care.

Colts should put on their own equipment. Colts should be encouraged to bring their own water bottle to matches and training. Speak to the Colts manager if you need advice. If they are taking any medication or have an illness that will affect their ability to participate let the coach know.

Take responsibility for organising transport to away fixtures. The coaches and managers already do a lot and this will help them. Parents of age group teams can support each other by sharing lifts. In addition if they notice other adults other than parents hanging around the teams they should identify them to the CWO.

Never openly criticise your child. If you consider they are not trying, think why and never punish or belittle a child for losing or making a mistake. Support your coaches. Never attempt to coach or move a fielder during a game. That is the manager’s role up to Under 11’s. Never complain to other parents about the coaches and managers selection and general running of a side. If you have an issue make an appointment to discuss in private any concerns you have.
Never question the umpire’s decisions or bother the scorers. Know the club rules about parents staying on site.

Parents should comply with the clubs photography policy. They should never publish in any form of media any still or video without the written permission of all parents of children present. Under no circumstances should any child be identified from their image.

Parents should be aware of the changing and showering policy for the club. If they agree they will sign to give permission for their child to change with adults when playing for adult teams.

Remember all your coaches and managers are volunteers. Consider helping the qualified coaches by assisting them with umpiring and taking a UKCC Level coaching course.

Club officials reserve the right to speak to and where necessary take appropriate sanctions if parents do not comply.