Child Welfare

Alveley Cricket Club has adopted the underpinning principles as advised through the ECB though the ‘Safe Hands’ Child Welfare Policy as follows;

• All Young People within Cricket, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability have the right to be protected
• All Young People participating in sport have a right to do so in a safe environment
• Adults working within cricket will provide a safe, positive and fun cricketing experience for young people
• Adults, Volunteers, Coaches, Umpires and Scorers will understand and be supported in their roles and responsibilities with regard to the Duty of Care for Young People
• Individuals will receive support through Education and Training to be aware of and understand best practice and how to manage any welfare issues which may come to light
• All suspicions ad allegations will be taken seriously, managed and dealt with swiftly and appropriately
• Alveley Cricket Club through the ECB recognizes the responsibility of the statutory agencies and is duly committed to complying with the Local Area Child Protection procedures
• It is the responsibility of the child protection experts to determine whether or not abuse has taken place, but it is the responsibility of all those working within cricket to report any concerns

Principal Club Welfare Policy Procedures

In order to manage the implementation process and the introduction of the ECB Child Welfare Policy. Alveley Cricket Club has identified key positions and has addressed all club policies and procedures required as advised below;

• Appointed a trained ‘Club Welfare Officer’
• Duty of Care and the Welfare of Young People
• Good practice, poor practice and abuse
• Anti-bullying policy
• Recruitment and selection of cricket staff and volunteers
• Responding procedures to disclosure, suspicions and allegations
• Managing young people away from the club
• Codes of conduct for cricket staff, volunteers and coaches
• Guidelines for parents and carers
• Guidelines on photography and video
• Guidelines on changing
• Guidelines on transportation

All members are advised that a full copy of the ECB Child Welfare Policy ‘Safe Hands’ is available for perusal.

Club Welfare Officer

Alveley Cricket Club believes that the protection and support of Young People in Cricket is of paramount importance. Richard Twigg, 16 Daddlebrook Road, Alveley, Bridgenorth, Shropshire, WV15 6NU will therefore act as the first point of contact for any person who has a concern about child welfare and protection.

Richard Twigg has been trained in and has received;

• A basic knowledge of and/or a familiarity with pertinent legislation and government guidance which is relevant to the role of a Club Welfare Officer
• A basic knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the statutory agencies within Child Protection, i.e; Social Services, Police and the NSPCC
• An understanding of local procedures for reporting of Child Protection concerns to the statutory agencies
• A familiarisation with the ECB Welfare of Young People in Cricket Policy and a knowledge of how to put this in to practice in relation to Yong People in the cricket club
• Awareness of equity issues within the context of child protection
• A basic knowledge of the different forms of behaviour that can occur within and outside sport which are harmful to children, from poor practice to child abuse

A summary of the Club Welfare Officers main roles within the cricket club are as follows;

• Help safeguard Young People by assisting in the promotion and implementation of the ECB Welfare of Young People in Cricket Policy
• Be the first point of contact for the reporting of Child Welfare and protection concerns
• Assist in raising the awareness of others in Cricket in respect of child protection, be a source of advise and information on Child Welfare/protection issues

Sports Equity Statement

Alveley Cricket Club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:

Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.

The club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.

The club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.

All club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity. The club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to club disciplinary procedures.

Recruitment of Volunteers

As normal good practice Alveley Cricket Club advises that in order to prevent unsuitable people from working within the club environment the club has adopted a recruitment and selection policy for all Staff and Volunteers.

The following principles are adhered to within/when forming the recruitment policy;

• Planning (Including clear job descriptions)
• Application (All volunteers will be required to complete an application form)
• Checks and References (Full Self Declaration Forms and Criminal Records Bureau checks will be carried out as required)
• Interview and Induction (To include verification of qualifications and clarification of roles)
• Training (Provision of opportunities to access appropriate training as required)
• Supervision and Monitoring (Including opportunities to receive feedback in order to evaluate performance and identify new training requirements)

In addition the club advises that the ECB has introduced a Complaints and Discipline Procedure to deal with any formal complaints and/or appeals. The procedures are for Coaches, Volunteers and Parents/Carers to see on request.

Further details can be obtained from Richard Twigg Club Welfare Officer.

Code of Conduct for Parents/Carers

Alveley Cricket Club believes that all parents and carers also have a major role to play in supporting their child’s involvement and in helping them to enjoy their sport and advises that all adults should adhere to the codes of conduct for parents/carers as advised below;

• Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.
• Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
• Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
• Never force your child to take part in sport.
• Set a good example by recognizing fair play and applauding the good performances of all.
• Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
• Publicly accept officials’ judgments.
• Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
• Use correct and proper language at all times.

Code of Conduct for Club Coaches

As previously mentioned Alveley Cricket Club is committed to providing a quality experience in a safe, child friendly and effective environment. All qualified club coaches delivering coaching and match playing programmes on behalf of the club are/will be screened for their suitability to be working with children and encouraged to adhere to the codes of coaching conduct as advised by the ECB CA and Sports Coach UK, for whom the main principles are;

• Rights – Coaches must respect and champion the rights of every individual to participate in Sport
• Relationships – Coaches must develop a relationship with athletes (and others) based on openness, honesty, mutual trust and respect
• Responsibilities/Personal Standards – Coaches must demonstrate proper personal behaviour and conduct at all times
• Responsibilities/Professional Standards – Coaches must provide a safe environment that maximizes benefits and minimizes risks to athletes in achieving their goals

In addition all Coaches and Team Managers who deliver cricketing programmes within the club environment have access to;

• all relevant medical conditions and emergency contacts of all relevant junior and senior playing members
• all best practice guidelines and informed of club procedures for dealing with incidents and accidents
• all Local emergency contact numbers
• an incident/accident report form in the event of any mishap
• a risk assessment form to be used before any coaching session or match
• information of all educational opportunities to further develop learning/coaching qualifications
• a volunteer agreement form which encourages them to work to high standards and adopt recognized best practice where possible
• a copy of all policies and guidance notes relative to their work

Code of Conduct for Cricket Staff, Club Officials and Volunteers

Alveley Cricket Club also welcomes parents/carers to all club training sessions and competitions and fully values their on-going support. As part of our cricket clubs development plan we have a structured procedure and approach to volunteer recruitment and offer opportunities for all members, parents/carers and individuals with cricketing interest to get involved in a wide ranging variety of ways on a regular basis. In line with Club Welfare procedures all newly recruited volunteers are required to complete either a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check or a Self Disclosure Form as a part of the clubs policy.

Alveley Cricket Club is also fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and all parents/carers associated with the club should at all times show respect and are encouraged to be open and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with Richard Twigg (CWO).

Alveley Cricket Club advises that the essence of good ethical conduct and practice for club officials, cricket staff and volunteers is as advised below;

• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of cricket
• Treat everyone equally and do not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, religion, race, sexual orientation and disability. Any form of discrimination should not be condoned or allowed to be gone unchallenged.
• The well being and safety of the young person is paramount - above development and performance.
• An appropriate working relationship should be developed with young people based on mutual trust and respect
• All physical contact that is deemed appropriate and necessary is carried out within recommended guidelines and with the young person’s full consent and approval
• Always work in an open environment Do not engage in any form of sexual contact with a young person. This is strictly forbidden as is sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures
• Respect young people’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in cricket. Always promote the positive aspects of cricket and inform players and parents of the requirements of cricket, (e.g); Fair Play
• Display high standards of language, manner, behaviour, punctuality, preparation and presentation
• Do not smoke, drink or used banned substances whilst actively working with young people in the club and never give young people alcohol
• Hold relevant qualifications and insurance cover
• Ensure all activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual
• Know and understand the ECB’s Welfare of Young People in Cricket policy and procedures and ensure you attend appropriate training to keep up to date with your role and the welfare of young people. Report any concerns you may have in relation to a young person by following reporting procedures as laid down by the ECB
• Always be aware and report any conflict of interest

Senior Section

Alveley Cricket Club also provides affordable opportunities through its senior section for all playing members to receive coaching and competitive match playing opportunities in structured senior playing competitions. All coaching will be directed where possible by ECB qualified coaches who are trained and have been screened for their suitability for working with young people.

Senior training sessions take place on Tuesday Evenings, 6.30pm at the Recreation Ground

Alveley Cricket Club also believes that all people within cricket have the right to play and learn in a protected and safe environment. To this end we are fully committed to implementing the ECB’s ‘Safe Hands’ Welfare of Young People in Cricket policy and its recommendations.

For safety it is important that the club is informed of any medical condition or allergies that may be relevant should a cricketer fall ill or be involved in an accident whilst at the club. To this end when completing the Club Membership Form we would be grateful if you could confirm your contact details together with any relevant medical conditions or allergies and acknowledge the provision of the clubs welfare policies which are published by the club.

Alveley Cricket Club – Membership Pricing Policy

The club has different classes of membership and subscription on a non-discriminatory and fair basis. The club keeps subscriptions at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.

In order to help Alveley Cricket Club to continue to provide top class cricketing facilities and coaching to all members of the community we would ask you to consider providing a donation through gift aid to the club. Gift aid allows the club to claim back a further 28p in every £1 donated from the Inland Revenue.

If you do wish to contribute we would advise you to make a donation towards membership, please request a form from the Club.

Guidelines on the Wearing of Cricket Safety Helmets

Directives and guidelines as advised by the England and Wales Cricket Board recommend that a cricket helmet is worn by young players when batting and when standing up to the wicket when wicket keeping against a hard cricket ball in matches and all practice sessions.

In line with the ECB guidelines and directives (as above) Alveley Cricket Club advises that a young player shall not be allowed to bat or stand up to the stumps when wicket keeping without a helmet during any club cricketing activity without written parental/carer consent. In addition all Club Coaches and Team Managers are advised to ensure that a young player wears a helmet with a faceguard as a normal item of protective equipment when batting against a hard ball. Parents requiring a parental/carer consent form should contact Richard Twigg.

Guidelines on Close Fielding

Alveley Cricket Club advises that in adherence to ECB policy that young cricketers under the age of 13 years old shall stand no closer than 11 yards from the stumps until the batsman has played at the ball. For those under 15 years of age the distance decreases to 8 yards. Exceptions are of course made for the wicketkeeper and fielders behind the wicket on the off side.

Guidelines on Fast Bowling

In adherence to ECB policy all fast bowling directives will be followed during club cricketing activities. They are as advised below;

Up to 13 - Max. overs per spell - 4 Max. overs per day - 8
Under 14 & 15 - Max. overs per spell - 5 - Max. overs per day - 10
Under 16 & 17 - Max. overs per spell - 6 - Max. overs per day - 18
Under 18 & 19 - Max. overs per spell - 7 - Max. overs per day - 21

For the purposes of the directives a fast bowler is defined as a bowler to whom a wicket-keeper in the same age group would in normal circumstances stand back to take the ball

Junior Section

Alveley Cricket Club provides opportunities for young people between the ages of 5 and 17 to receive coaching and competitive match playing opportunities in Worcestershire Cricket Board organized competitions. All coaching is directed by qualified coaches who are trained and have been screened for their suitability for working with young people.

Junior training sessions take place at;

Thursday Evenings 6.15pm to 7.30pm

Junior members are asked to make their own travel arrangements to and from training sessions and travel arrangements for matches can be obtained from the relevant age group managers/coaches. We appreciate it if you can arrive on time and can be collected promptly.

Alveley Cricket Club also believes that all young people within cricket have the right to play and learn in a protected and safe environment. To this end name of club is fully committed to implementing the ECB’s ‘Safe Hands’ Welfare of Young People in Cricket policy and its recommendations.

For safety it is important that the club is informed of any medical condition or allergies that may be relevant should a child fall ill or be involved in an accident whilst at the club. To this end when completing the Junior Club Membership Form we would be grateful if you could confirm your contact details together with any relevant medical conditions or allergies and ask all parents/carers to acknowledge the provision of the clubs welfare policies which are published by the club.

All junior membership forms should be fully completed and returned to Richard Twigg

In addition we advise all Junior Members of the standards expected to be upheld whilst involved with the club. They are as follows;

Junior Club Rules

• Members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
• All members must respect opponents.
• Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
• Members must wear suitable kit – for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.
• Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions.
• Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.

Anti Bullying Policy

Alveley Cricket Club does not accept or condone bullying in any way and will address all forms of Bullying and harassment. Everyone involved within the club environment, whatever their role, has a responsibility to work to stop bullying. To this end we advise that to help a victim and prevent bullying in Cricket an individual should;

• Take all signs of bullying very seriously
• Encourage all young people to speak and share their concerns, help the victim to speak out.
• Create an open environment
• Investigate all allegations and take appropriate action to ensure the victim is safe
• Reassure the victim that you can be trusted and will help them, although not promising to not tell of what has been said
• Keep a record of what has been said

Alveley Cricket Club also recognises and advises that in the event of any occurrence of bullying or harassment brought to the attention of the Club Welfare Officer the club will;

• Inform the bully’s parents/carer
• Try to get the bully to understand his/her behaviour
• Provide support as required to the coach of the victim
• Impose sanctions as necessary and as advised through ECB legislation
• Encourage and support the bully(ies) to change behaviour
• Discuss with families to report on progress
• Keep a written record of action taken

The club also advises that in accordance with ECB legislation and as advised throughout this publication the first point of contact in all cases if there is a suspicion of bullying or harassment taking place should be the Club Welfare Officer who will advise of the correct procedural route to be taken through club policy.

A full copy of the Cricket Clubs anti bullying policy is available from the Club Welfare Officer.

Guidelines on Transportation

All volunteers regularly involved in the transportation of Young People (under the age of 18) to or from cricketing activities shall be required to register the;

• Type of private vehicle used for transportation
• The private vehicle registration number

Alveley Cricket Club also advises drivers of the need to check and amend their insurance as appropriate if intending to use the vehicle to transport Young People.

Records of all information required shall be collated and stored safely by Alveley Cricket Club Welfare Officer/Junior Co-coordinator

Guidelines on Changing

As part of its commitment to provide a safe, and child friendly environment for Young Children Alveley Cricket Club advises that the following practices will be adhered to with regards to changing;

• Players aged 10 and under will be supervised at all times in changing rooms by at least one and wherever possible two members of the club of the same gender
• Adults working with young teams, including volunteers, coaches, umpires or any other official of the cricket club shall not shower at the same time using the same facility as the young players
• Mixed gender teams will have access to separate male and female changing rooms
• If young people (under 16 years of age) play for adult teams they, and their parents will be informed of the clubs policy on changing arrangements
• If young people are uncomfortable changing or showering in public no pressure will be placed on them to do so
• Any person with a disability shall be communicated with, along with their carers, to identify the most suitable method of changing and provide full consent to any support or assistance required

Guidelines on Photography and Use of Video

Alveley Cricket Club is keen to promote the positive images of cricket and is therefore not banning the use of photographic equipment. However, there is evidence that some people have used sporting events as an opportunity to take inappropriate photographs or film footage of Young People. To this end Alveley Cricket Club adheres to the appropriate guidelines and will;

• Ask for parental permission to use their child’s image thus ensuring that they are aware of the way the image is to be used to represent the positive aspects of Cricket
• Ask the Young Cricketer’s permission to use his/her image, thus ensuring that he/she is aware of the way the image is to be used to represent the positive aspects of Cricket
• Only use images of Young Cricketers in appropriate dress, thus reducing the risk of inappropriate use, and to provide positive images of Young Cricketers
• Encourage the reporting of inappropriate use of images of Young People

As stated above the club has no intention to prevent Club Coaches using video equipment as a legitimate coaching aid. However, players and their Parents/Carers should be aware that this is part of our Club Coaching programme and care should be taken in the storing of such films by all parties concerned. Alveley Cricket Club also asks Parents/Carers to provide consent for the use of photography and video analysis whilst in the club environment (See Junior Members Application Form)

All concerns should be reported to Alveley Cricket Club Welfare Officer