Policy Statement

 Trinity Cricket Club aims to create an enjoyable environment for all Juniors who wish to take part in cricket and social activities at the club.

 The club emphasises that young people have the right to be safe, secure and free from threat.

 The club acknowledges that young people have the right to be treated with respect and for their concerns to be listened to and acted upon.

 The club will ensure that Junior members have specified programmes and facilities designated for them, with adequate supervision.

 The club will ensure that the coaches involved with Junior players are aware of this Child protection Policy and that there understanding and knowledge will be kept up to date – by attendance on appropriate Child Protection courses. Coaches will be subject to Criminal Records Bureau checks on a regular basis. All coaches, team captains and any others who have responsibility for Juniors will sign the club Self Declaration Form in relation to Child Protection. All club members will also be encouraged to complete this process.

 The club will ensure that any club members and volunteers working with children are aware of and apply the ECB policy in relation to Child Protection and that appropriate officials have a satisfactory Criminal records Bureau check.

 The club will have two members who are specifically responsible for Child Protection matters in relation to young people. The club will also appoint suitable Head and Assistant Junior Coaches.

 The club will have procedures in place to help any young person who requests help and support on a confidential basis, in issues relating to Child Protection.

Good Practice Guidelines

Those working with children in cricket should:

1. Be professional and maintain the highest standards of personal behaviour at all times.

2. Be aware of situations that can be misconstrued or manipulated by others. For example, if the coach or official is alone with a child in the clubhouse, changing rooms or similar place, they are open to the possibility of allegations about their behaviour.

3. Be vigilant and aware of how actions can be misinterpreted.

4. Do not appear to favour or show interest in one child more than another.

5. Be very aware that physically handling a player, perhaps to help develop a game skill such as the forward defensive stroke, can be misconstrued by an observer or even by the player.

6. Never swear or respond to sexual innuendo.

7. Design and use training methods and training programmes that are wholly appropriate to the individual player.

8. Ensure that, as far as possible, coaches and other club members are not alone when working with young players on an individual basis.

If this is unavoidable then the parent(s) should be made aware of this situation in order to protect the coach or official. This also means that children should not be alone in cars or homes with a coach/official on a regular basis. The presence of others is an insurance against false accusations.

9.  Conduct all dealings with children/young people in a public environment in full view of others, in order that all behaviour can be observed.

10.  On any tours or trips away from home, ensure that another adult is always present when working with children or young people.

For example, another adult should always be present if a child’s room is visited at any time and the door should always be left open.

11.  Report any concerns within the area of Child Protection (physical, emotional, sexual or neglect) without delay to the club Child Protection Officers. They will be able to give advice and recommend any necessary action.

12. Do not, at any time, discuss an allegation or suspicion with another person, other than the police, before the club Child Protection Officer has been contacted.

13. When reporting an allegation or suspicion, record information, including relevant details (this includes the nature of the allegation, background information of the parties involved, the period of time to which the allegation relates and the degree to which the information is known to be fact rather than opinion or hearsay).

14. At no time make any comments to the media. The ECB Press Office should be made aware of any media interest in relation to Child Protection.

In the event of an allegation of improper behaviour being made, the personal conduct and professional behaviour of the adult will be very important evidence. For child abuse to take place, particularly sexual abuse, the child and adult(s) will generally be alone and away from public view. Thus the best defence is to avoid all situations in which behaviour cannot be observed.