WHISTLE BLOWING POLICY
Trinity Cricket Club is committed to developing a culture where it is safe and acceptable for all those involved in cricket to raise concerns about unacceptable practice and misconduct concerning either children or adults. You may be the first to recognise that something is wrong but you may not feel able to express your concerns out of a belief that this would be disloyal to colleagues or you may fear harassment, victimisation or disadvantage. These feelings, however natural, must never result in a child/adult continuing to be unnecessarily at risk. Remember that it is often the most vulnerable children who are targeted. These children need someone like you to safeguard their welfare. Those involved in cricket must acknowledge their individual responsibilities to bring matters of concern to the attention of senior management and/or relevant agencies. Although this can be difficult it is particularly important where the welfare of children may be at risk.
Trinity Cricket Club assures all involved in cricket that they will be treated fairly and that all concerns will be properly considered. In cases where the suspicions prove to be unfounded, then no action will be taken against those who report their suspicions/allegations provided they acted in good faith and without malicious intent. The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 protects whistleblowers from victimisation, discipline or dismissal where they raise genuine concerns of misconduct or malpractice.
Reasons for Whistle Blowing
Each individual has a responsibility for raising concerns about unacceptable practice or behaviour:
• to prevent the problem worsening or widening
• to protect or reduce risk to others
• to prevent becoming implicated yourself
What stops people from Whistle Blowing?
• Starting a chain of events which spirals
• Disrupting the work or training
• Fear of getting it wrong
• Fear of repercussions or damaging careers
• Fear of not being believed
How to raise Your Concerns
• Report any concerns to the Club Welfare Officer, the Chairman of the Club or any other official providing as much detail as possible
What happens next?
• You should be given information on the nature and progress of any enquiries
• All concerns will be treated in confidence. During the process of investigating the matter, every effort will be made to keep the identity of those raising the concern unknown, except to the minimum number of individuals practicable
• Your Club Welfare Officer, County Welfare Officer and the ECB have a responsibility to protect you from harassment or victimisation
• No action will be taken against you if the concern proves to be unfounded and was raised in good faith
• Malicious allegations may be considered a disciplinary offence
Trinity Cricket Club Safeguarding Whistle Blowing Procedures
Should suspicions be raised via a “tip off”, the person receiving the tip off should attempt to obtain the following information from the informant.
• Name, address and telephone number
• Names of individuals involved
• The manner of the alleged incident/s or circumstances