Safeguarding at your club - are you ready for 2022? Below we have listed five key points your club should be addressing before cricket starts regardless of whether you have a junior section or not.
1. Do you have a registered and trained Club Safeguarding Officer?
It is a requirement that all Sussex Cricket League clubs have a fully trained Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO). Training for this role is run by Eddie Hick and a qualification lasts for 3 years. You must ensure that Eddie is aware of who is your clubs CSO and provide contact details and of any changes to personnel. Eddie.Hick@sussexcricket.co.uk (please note the Eddie works 2 days a week).
2. Do all your clubs key personnel have a DBS?
All Captains, coaches, umpires, scorers, junior managers, All Stars Activators and junior helpers must have a current DBS certificate. A DBS lasts 3 years and if your clubs CSO cannot start the process then you should contact your SCF Territory Manager to assist you.
All coaches coaching junior cricket require valid coaching and Safeguarding Young Cricketers (SYC) certificates. In addition, coaches and managers of junior teams need to have valid ECB DBS in place. Please check ECB’s safer recruitment and DBS checks (click here to view).
3. Do you hold current contact details for all your club members?
This applies to all the juniors and seniors at your club. Imagine the worst case scenario, a club member is taken to hospital - would you know who to contact to inform their parents/family/partners? Who has this information and how easy is it to access? How do you record details of your club members? Does anyone have an underlying medical condition that should be communicated in an emergency?
4. Safe Hands Management System (SHMS)
Any club in Sussex that either has the Clubmark accreditation or runs a junior section (including All Stars and Dynamo's) is now on the ECB’s Safe Hands Management System (SHMS). This system helps to evaluate whether your club is safeguarding compliant. To be compliant your club should have entered all it's key personnel onto this system which will then check whether they have the appropriate qualifications such as a DBS. All clubs should be aiming to be compliant. For further information on SHMS or Clubmark please contact our Sussex Lead: Hamish.Russell@sussexcricket.co.uk
5. Risk Assessment
Your club not only has a duty of care to all it's members but also to it's visitors. A risk assessment should be carried out on a regular basis to ensure all equipment is safe and working correctly while also inspecting the ground for things that could cause injury such as holes, broken glass or animal mess. Does your club undertake risk assessments and how often are these performed? Are there trained first aiders at your club and how are they identified?
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. The ECB has a dedicated website to assist clubs in ensuring best practice is undertaken at all times which can be viewed here.