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    Safeguarding Policy Statement

    Beaminster Cricket Club is committed to ensuring all children under the age of 18 who participate in cricket have a safe and positive experience.

    The club committee is committed to ensuring that all club members act in accordance with the principles and guidance of the ECB Safe hands Policy. For overarching policy statements, definitions and specific duties please refer to the ECB Safe Hands Policy October 2014. 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 the necessary 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 the club. There may be number of reasons that an individual finds it necessary to report a concern, these include:
    • In response to something a child has said
    • In response to signs or suspicious abuse
    • In response to allegations made against a member of staff or club member
    • In response to allegations made about a parent, carer or someone not working within the sport
    • In response to bullying
    • In response to a breach of code of conduct/poor practice
    • Observations of inappropriate behaviour Anyone responding to a disclosure, suspicious and/or allegations must always stay calm - do not show disgust or disbelief.

    Ensure the child is safe and feels safe. Listen carefully to what is said. Ask questions only where they are really necessary to clarify what YOU ARE BEING TOLD (always avoid leading questions). Keep an open mind do not make assumptions or judgments. Take concerns seriously. Reassure the child and stress that they are not to blame Be honest and explain that you have to tell someone else to help with the situation. Maintain confidentiality - only tell others if it will help to protect the child. NEVER: Approach the alleged abuser to discuss concern; Rush in to actions that may be inappropriate; Make promise that you cannot keep; Take responsibility - you must consult with the club’s WO.

    Guidance for coaches working with children Ensuring that cricket is fun, enjoyable and fair play is promoted Treating all children equally, with respect and dignity Being an excellent role model – this includes not smoking or drinking alcohol whilst coaching Always putting the welfare of children first, before winning or achieving goals by encouraging a constructive environment where healthy competition, skill development, fun and achievement are prompted in equal measures Always working in an open environment (e.g. avoiding being alone with a child) and encouraging open communication with no secrets Working to the ECB guidance on physical contact, where children are always consulted and their agreement gained before any contact.

    All players that are under 18 years must wear a helmet within a faceguard when batting and when standing up to the stumps when keeping wicket. A young player acting as a runner must also wear a helmet even if the player he is running for is not doing so. Any Player in the under 13 age group and younger must have explicit written consent from a parent or guardian before participating in adult matches this information will be held alongside the Player’s Profile document The Club guidelines on Girls playing in Boys age group leagues/matches. BCC wishes to encourage the development of girl cricketers and is happy for them to participate in boy’s cricket. Team managers/coaches have a duty of care to all players and girls should only be allowed to participate if the responsible adults are satisfied that they are competent to do so.

    The Club Guidelines on Changing Rooms and Showering Facilities

    Beaminster Cricket Club does not have the facility for children and adults to change separately from adults. Permission for children to change in the same area as adults is obtained on the Player’s Profile form. If consent has not been given then the young player will have to arrive at the Club dressed ready to play and must not enter the changing room area. The club does not have the facility for girls to change or shower therefore they must arrive at the club dressed ready to play and must not enter the changing rooms or shower area. The use of mobile telephones is strictly forbidden in the changing room areas when young players under the age of 18 are present Beaminster Cricket Club does not have the facility for under 18 years to shower separately from adults therefore the club have adopted the policy of no showering facilities are available for the under 18 years.

    The Club guidelines on transport to and from matches and training

    Beaminster Cricket club does not take responsibility for transporting children to and from matches or training.

    The Club’s Anti-bullying policy

    We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our children so they can train and play in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all children should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING club. This means that ANYONE who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff and officials.

    The Club's photography guidelines

    Beaminster Cricket Club are keen to promote positive images of children playing cricket. Photographs/images can only be taken after written consent has been obtained by the parent / legal guardian; this is identified on the Player Profile form. Only use images of children in appropriate kit. Parental permission will be sought if the club wished to use an image for publicity purposes for e.g. Beaminster website

    The Club’s Safety & Guidance policy on the wearing of cricket helmets by young players.

    From February 2012 the ECB issued safety guidelines on the wearing of helmets by young players up to the age of 18. Helmets with a faceguard or grille should be worn when batting against a hard cricket ball in matches and in practice sessions.

    The Club guidelines on Girls playing in Boys age group leagues/matches

    BCC wishes to encourage the development of girl cricketers and is happy for them to participate in boy’s cricket. Team managers/coaches have a duty of care to all players and girls should only be allowed to participate if the responsible adults are satisfied that they are competent to do so.

    The Club guidance on Missing Children

    If a child for whom your club has responsibility goes missing, the following guidelines have been devised to clarify actions that should be taken Ensure the other children in your care are looked after appropriately while you organise a search for the child concerned Inform the child’s parents if they are present at the event, or nominate an appropriate person to telephone them and advise them of your concern. The child may contact the parents directly so this is very important. Organise all available responsible adults to search all areas including the area that the child went missing, changing rooms, toilets, public and private areas and club grounds. A nominated person should remain at the specific reference point and must make notes of the events, including a detailed description of the missing child - this will be required by the police. A report should go to the police no later than 20 minutes after the child’s disappearance is noted, even if the search is not complete. If the police recommend further action before they get involved follow their guidance. If the child is located ensure you inform all adults involved including the parents and police. All missing child incidents MUST BE notified at the very earliest opportunity to the Club WO who must immediately contact the County WO, and they must then notify the ECB CPT.

    The Club guidance on managing children away from the club

    These guidelines also apply to adult teams where one or more players are under 18 years. All players under the age of 18 years playing away from the club will have to have written consent for each away fixture with updated medical information. Consent forms will be given to players at the start of the season extra forms will be held at the club. The consent form has to be handed to the team manager/captain before the match start. NO FORMS NO GAME. No team manager or captain will accept a player who has not completed the consent form and has the authorised signature of their parent/guardian. Colts parents/guardians may sign a form covering the whole season permitting colts to be transported to away colts’ matches. However, permission to transport a junior player to a senior game in which they are playing MUST be done on a game by game basis. If a team manager/captain does not adhere to this they will be immediately relieved of their duty/role at the club BCC will ensure that there is a Club home contact who will act as a contact point if required in an emergency situation. If this is not the Welfare Officer then the Club Welfare Officer will be notified if such a situation should arise.

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