County Welfare Officer
Wiltshire Cricket's County Welfare Officer is Iestyn Lewis, deputised by Peter Sykes. Their contact details are as follows:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 07920 581413
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
All DBS checking for cricket is now done through an online system
If you are an individual wishing to complete an ECB DBS check...
Please contact your club welfare officer or another officer of the club to request that your application is initiated. If they are unsure how to do this, the County Board can help you.
Once your application is initiated, you will receive an email with easy-to-follow instructions to help you make your application. There is a helpdesk function within the system.
We are able to set up club welfare officers to become online DBS verifiers for applicants from within your club. If you are not set up as an online DBS verifier but would like to become one please contact Pete Sykes at email@example.com
Roles in Cricket that require a DBS:
The roles in cricket that require ECB vetting are:
- Welfare Officer (Club, League, County)
- Volunteer Co-ordinator
- Coach (volunteer or paid, assistant or lead)
- Colt/Junior Manager
- Age Group Manager
- Open-Age Team Captain
- Junior Supervisor
- First Aider/Physiotherapist/Medical Support
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.