Safeguarding Policy

Mount Cricket Club is committed to ensuring all children / young cricketers (ie all persons under the age of 18) participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience. We will do this by:

  1. Recognising all children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have the right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment
  2. Ensuring individuals working within cricket at our club provide a welcoming, safe, and fun experience for children
  3. Adopting and implementing the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) "Safe Hands – Cricket's Policy for Safeguarding Children" and any future versions of this
  4. Appointing a Club Welfare Officer
  5. Ensuring all people who work in cricket at our club have a responsibility for safeguarding children, and understand how the "Safe Hands Policy" applies to them
  6. Ensuring all individuals working within cricket at the club are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines and relevant legislation
  7. Ensuring all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club are provided with support, through education and training, so they are aware of, and can adhere to, good practice and Code of Conduct guidelines defined by the ECB, and the club
  8. Ensuring the name and contact details of the Club Welfare Officer is available:
    • As the first point of contact for parents, children and volunteers/staff within the club
    • As a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee and members
    • As the main point of contact within the club for the ECB County Welfare Officer and the ECB Safeguarding Team, and
    • As the main point of contact within the club for relevant external agencies in connection with child safeguarding
  9. Ensuring correct and comprehensive reporting procedures exist for raising and managing child safeguarding concerns.
  10. Ensuring all suspicions concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately
  11. Ensuring access to confidential information relating to child safeguarding matters is restricted to those who need to know in order to safeguard children – including the Club Welfare Officer and the appropriate external authorities, such as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), as specified within ECB child safeguarding procedures
William Wilcox, Welfare Officer
7 Daines Way, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 3PF