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Safeguarding Training




Safe Hands Workshop for Club Welfare Officers

Club Safeguarding Officers are vital members of the club and key to making an environment safe, welcoming and friendly for children to enjoy the game of cricket.

ECB Safe Hands Workshops will run in advance of the 2022 season and face to face courses will return.

Training for a Club Safeguarding Officer comprises of THREE elements:

  • ECB Safe Hands for Club Safeguarding Officers (Certificate dated within the last 3 years)
  • ECB Safeguarding Young Cricketers (SYC) online module (Certificate dated within the last 3 years)
  • Valid/Current ECB DBS Check (Certificate dated within the last 3 years)

All 3 elements must all be in date at the same time for your club's CSO to be complaint. The ECB Safe Hands Workshop and Safeguarding Course are two different things to avoid any confusion.

Upcoming Courses

Safeguarding Young Cricketers

The Safeguarding Young Cricketers Course (SYC) is a free online child protection course run by the ECB and involves the completion of a multiple-choice assessment. The qualification is valid for a period of 3 years from the issue date.

Candidates will need to register onto the course, at which point they will receive by email the link to the online e-learning module along with their login information.

Coaches registered for a coaching course for the first time are automatically contacted by the ECB E-learning Team with relevant links to the online module and logon information. Coaches already holding an existing safeguarding qualification can register for the online course when it comes to renewal.

Please note that this course is only available to coaches undertaking ECB approved training courses and those renewing their existing safeguarding qualification. All Club Welfare Officers and overseas coaches need to attend the Safeguarding and Protecting Children course run by Sportscoach UK.

To register to take the course, please click here.

Safeguarding & Protecting Children

This course is for new coaches, Club Welfare Officers and those needing the qualification for the first time.  

This may not apply however if you have on-going child protection training through your employment and you have discussed this with the Safeguarding Officer.

To find a course near you - CLICK HERE

This course needs to be refreshed every 3 years by registering on a Safeguarding Young Cricketers course the details.

Upcoming Courses

DBS Applications

What is a DBS?

DBS is short for the Disclosure & Barring Service which provides a vetting check on those working in a paid or voluntary role with children and vulnerable adults. Completing a DBS is part of the process ECB, County Boards and Clubs have in place to safeguard the young people within our care.

The system for completing a DBS check in cricket is now done online which has increased the efficiency of the process and time taken for clearance to come back.

Who must have a DBS check?

Anyone over the age of 16 holding any of the following positions in a club, league or other cricket organisation must have a valid and current (less than 3 years old) DBS certificate:

  • All Stars Children’s Helper
  • All Stars Children’s Activator
  • Captain / Vice Captain
  • Club Welfare Officer
  • Coach
  • Coach Support Worker
  • County Welfare Officer
  • First Aid Responder
  • Junior Supervisor
  • Junior / Colts Manager
  • League Welfare Officer
  • Physiotherapist
  • Safeguarding Recruiter
  • Scorer
  • Team Manager
  • Umpire
  • Volunteer Co-Ordinator Children
  • Academy Director
  • Children’s Cricket Talent Scout
  • Masseur
  • Medical Staff
  • Phycologist
  • Strength / Conditioning Coach

Roles which are NOT eligible for Vetting Checks

  • Chairman
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary (Membership or Fixtures-including Junior Membership secretary)
  • Bar Manager
  • Ground Staff
  • Administrator


How do I obtain a DBS check?

A new DBS check can only be initiated by your Club ID verifier if your club has one.

Alternatively you can request an application by completing our online form – CLICK HERE

Following the receipt of an email inviting you to complete your DBS application you will complete an online form with various personal details and once this is complete you can then arrange to meet an identity checker to confirm your ID.

Should you have any issues getting a DBS check initiated please contact Eddie Hick