County Welfare Officer
Wiltshire Cricket is currently looking to recruit a County Welfare Officer and Deputy County Welfare Officer
The County Welfare Officer's job is to provide advice and assistance on any welfare issues that arise within the county that have an impact on any aspect of Cricket at any level.
Advice for Cricket Clubs in dealing with a Child Safeguarding matter
If you have Child Safeguarding concerns you should:
- Report any information or concerns to your Club Welfare Officer.
- Ensure that you have obtained as much information about your concerns or an incident as possible.
- Complete an Incident Reporting Form and submit it to the County Welfare Officer.
- Ensure that any umpire reports or statements accompany this information.
- Contact the Police/Ambulance/Children’s Social Care/LADO immediately if any child is in danger or has been hurt at the club and then report the matter to the County Welfare Officer.
Until the introduction of the ECB Safe Hands Policy it was the responsibility of a League to discipline any person who had offended against a person regardless of age.
However, with the introduction of the ECB Safe Hands Policy it is not the responsibility of those in cricket to determine whether abuse of a child or young person has taken place but it is their responsibility to report it.
Any incident that takes place during the course of a cricket match that results in verbal, physical or sexual assault on a person under the age of 18 years must be referred to the County Welfare Officer for advice. An Incident Reporting Form must be completed.
ECB Safe Hands
Further information regarding all of the above can be found within the ECB Safe Hands Policy which is the policy that provides all guidance relating to all child protection issues in Cricket.
If clubs wish to purchase a copy of Safe Hands please contact Pete Sykes. Alternatively, the Safe Hands policy can be downloaded from the ECB website where more information can also be found on what Safe Hands provides.
For clubs just beginning with a junior section, the essential guidance that Safe Hands provides is that:
- The club must nominate a Club Welfare Officer who will advise and ensure that Safeguarding is being adhered to in the Club.
- The Club Welfare Officer must attend a ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ workshop accredited by Sportscoach UK (3 hours).
- The Club Welfare Officer must have a Vetting Check.
- The Club Welfare Officer must attend the ECB Safe Hands Workshop (which replaces the NSPCC ‘Time to Listen’ course as of January 2011) advising on the role, requirements and responsibilities of child safeguarding in Clubs.
For more information on attending a 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children' workshop or the ECB Safe Hands workshop please contact Pete Sykes.
DBS (formerly CRB) Checking
If you are a club welfare officer and need to order a batch of DBS forms for volunteers at your club to complete, or if you are an individual requiring a DBS form then you will need to contact TMG on 0845 251 3000 as they administer the DBS checking process for ECB. Once your DBScheck (s) is ready for verifying please contact Pete Sykes and he will be able to point you in the direction of your nearest DBS signatory.
If you are a volunteer and are unsure whether your role requires DBS vetting then please download a guidance sheet on this subject.
DBS Online Update Service
Clubs and individuals should be aware of the following message issued by ECB in May 2015:
We are pleased to inform you that from the 1st May, the ECB will be able to accept DBS checks from other organisations, providing the individual is already registered with the DBS’ Online Update Service.
Individuals should contact GB Group at ECBchecks@gbgplc.com or telephone 0845 251 3000 to request the necessary consent form and documentation. Individuals are encouraged to read the guidance carefully to ensure they have the correct type of check, and be sure they have registered with the DBS Update Service.
This does mean that there now exists an option for people to simplify the DBS renewal process, but the onus is still on the individual. The following step by step process attempts to explain how the online service works:
1. An individual must still complete a paper DBS form when completing their next DBS form
2. That individual must register with DBS Online Update system (government scheme) within 19 days of receipt of DBS. This allows any other body to access your DBS certificate e.g. FA could see it if you were also a football referee;
3. Ask GB Group to send a consent form that you have to sign and return. This allows ECB to do point 4 below;
4. Having performed the steps above then ECB will check automatically your DBS every two years;
5. As long as there are no changes to your DBS status (i.e. any convictions etc), so your DBS certificate is unaffected, then no more paper DBS exercise is required
ECB and PCA Guidance on Head Protectors/Helmets
Throughout 2015 and 2016, there were a number of updates around use of helmets and new helmet standards for both the professional and recreational game. Please visit our helmets page for more information.