Great Waltham Cricket Club - Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Policy Statement


GWCC is committed to ensuring that all Children(*) participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience. (*The word “Children” should be taken to mean all persons under the age of 18.)


We will do this by:

  • Recognising that all Children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have a right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment.


  • Ensuring that individuals working within cricket at or for our club provide a safe, positive and fun cricketing experience for children.


  • Adopting and implementing the: England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “Safe Hands Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children” and any future versions of the policy.


  • Appointing a Club Welfare Officer and ensuring that they attend all current and future training modules required by the ECB & the NSPCC, so that they have thenecessary skills to be able to undertake their role effectively.


  • Ensuring that all people who work in cricket at or for our club, (such as Staff, Officials, Volunteers, Team Managers, Coaches, etc.) understand that the Safe Hands Policy applies to them according to their level of contact with children in Cricket.


  • Ensuring that all individuals working within cricket at or for the club are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines.


  • Ensuring that all individuals working within cricket at or for the club are provided with support through education and training so that they are aware of and can adhere to good practice and code of conduct   guidelines defined by both the ECB, and by the club.


  • Ensuring that the name & contact details for the Club Welfare Officer is available  i) as the first point of contact for parents, children & volunteers / staff within the club,  ii)  as a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee & its members, iii) as the main point of contact within the club for the ECB County Welfare Officer and the ECB Child Protection Team, and  iv) as the main point of contact within the club for relevant external agencies in connection with child welfare.


  • Providing everyone connected with the club (including parents, children and volunteers) with the opportunity to voice any concerns which they have (about possible suspected child abuse, and/or about poor practice) to the Club Welfare Officer. Ensuring that all suspicions, concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.


  • Ensuring that access to confidential information relating to child welfare matters is restricted to the Club Welfare Officer and the appropriate external authorities as specified within ECB Safeguarding and child protection procedures.



    Changing Room Policy (Children aged under 18)


    GWCC is fully committed to ensuring that all Children participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience.  Accordingly all Club members are expected to have regard to the following:


  • Adults must take every possible action to ensure that they do not change or shower at the same time using the same facility as children. 


  • Adults should try to change at separate times to children during matches e.g. when padding up.


  • If Adults and children need to share a changing facility, the Club will seek the consent from the Parents that their child(ren) can share a changing room with Adults in the club


  • Where children play for Adult Teams, they and their Parents must be informed of the Club’s policy on changing arrangements.  


  • Mixed gender teams must have access to separate male and female changing rooms.


  • Mobile phones must not be used in changing rooms.


  • Please note that if children are uncomfortable changing or showering at the Club, no pressure should be placed on them to do so. They are encouraged to do this at home.