Greenwood Way, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 6EF

Junior Welfare

Didcot Cricket Club is committed to ensuring that all young people (aged under 18 years) who play cricket have a safe and welcoming environment that enables them to experience and enjoy all aspects of the game.

In order to achieve the above the club has adopted and is fully committed to the ECB document “Safe Hands – Welfare of young people in cricket”. This policy sets out a framework to fulfil Didcot Cricket Club’s commitment to good practice and the protection of young people in its care within cricket.

The Safe Hands policy applies either directly or indirectly to all individuals working within cricket (whether paid or in a voluntary capacity) according to their level of contact with and responsibility towards young people in cricket. Should you have any doubt as to it’s relevance to your role within the club please contact Ally Henderson (Club Welfare Officer).

Underpinning Principles

All young people in cricket, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability, or disability, have the right to be protected in a safe environment.

Adults working within cricket will provide a safe, positive and fun cricketing experience for young participants.

Coaches and volunteers will understand their role and responsibilities with regard to the duty of care towards young people. (All coaches will be issued with a code of conduct – this will also be displayed on the club notice board for reference).

The club will appoint a child welfare officer who will be sufficiently trained to act on and report any concerns relating to child welfare issues. 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 in cricket to report any concerns.

Club policies for Photography, changing, and transportation of young people will form part of the junior membership form and will also be displayed on the notice board.

The ECB ‘Safe Hands’ policy document is supported by NSPCC and can be downloaded from here.

Didcot Cricket Club were awarded the CLUBMARK accreditation in 2009.  A significant achievement for the club both in terms of what it says about the quality of how the club is run and also the standard of the junior set-up.

CLUBMARK is a National accreditation scheme for all sports clubs who deal with young people.  To be CLUBMARK accredited involves setting up the processes and culture to run an excellent sports facility.

Sport England recognises and values the commitment made by sports clubs to develop high quality, welcoming environments for young participants.  The development of clubs that encourage young people to take-up sport, improve their talents, possibly play a leadership role and give them the option to initiate and maintain life-long participation in sport is an essential part of supporting the sporting infrastructure in England.  Clubmark accreditation is awarded to cricket clubs that comply with minimum operating standards in four areas:

The Cricket Programme
Duty of Care & Safeguarding & Protecting Children & Young People
Knowing your club and its community
Club Management

The Cricket Programme (the combination of coaching, training and competition) should assist young players to realise their potential. It takes account of the Long-term Athlete Development model (LTAD), as the
development of talented young players is a complicated process that is influenced by many factors.

Developing a competition programme is vital for young people as it is one significant reason why many join a club in the first place. Clubs are required to provide suitable intra and/or inter club competition.

Guidance is provided on supervising young players and minimum player:coach ratios. Coaching staff have a key role in establishing an appropriate coaching environment and creating a successful playing programme.

Clubs have to demonstrate that coaches are trained to appropriate levels and that the activity undertaken in the club reflects best practice in the development of young people, e.g. coaches are required to ensure that young people do not train excessively or in conditions that may cause injury or discomfort.

The ECB is committed to ensuring that all children who play cricket have a safe, positive and fun experience, whatever their level of involvement.

The ECB recognises the importance of safeguarding children within the game and is committed to developing and implementing policies and procedures which ensure that everyone knows and accepts their responsibility in relation to a duty of care for children.

It is important for every club to understand that safeguarding should not be viewed as a stand alone process which sits in isolation from all other activities within cricket. Instead, safeguarding is about creating a culture which helps direct the game and the provision of services that are offered to participants.

Safeguarding in cricket is based upon the concept of providing an enjoyable cricket environment that is tailored to the needs and requirements of children.

A Club has a duty of care to ensure the safety and welfare of any child involved in related activities, to safeguard them and protect them from reasonably foreseeable forms of harm. Safeguarding is about all of us acknowledging that this duty of care exists, and it is about us putting practical measures in place, in our own locations, to minimise the likelihood of foreseeable harm arising.

This section of ECB Clubmark assists clubs in discharging that duty. Some of the Child Safeguarding requirements are driven by national legislation. The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) is a new organisation which will work with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) in relation to vetting every person who works with, or wants to work with children or vulnerable adults.

One Game is the project aimed at widening the appeal of cricket to ensure as many people as possible are welcomed into the game at all levels regardless of age, race, ability, gender, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief.

As the guardians of cricket, it is up to each and every one of us to hand our game on in better shape than when we found it.

The One Game philosophy applies to everyone, at every level from the playground through to our international teams, from players to volunteers and fans.

The basic premise for this section of ECB Clubmark is to ensure that all clubs are aware of their immediate community. That way, a club can ensure it is meeting the needs of its local community when planning opportunities for people to participate in cricket.

There are many ways in which clubs can fulfil their part of the One Game Pledge requirement, regardless of whether they are a smaller club based in a rural area, or a larger club in an inner city. It is about selecting the methods that best suit each club situation. This section is aimed at increasing involvement in cricket amongst all sectors of society, including, but not limited to, ethnic minority groups.

Clubs that are well managed tend to be successful.  They have well ordered finances, and keep volunteers and members well-informed with good communication.

If the day to day running of the club is dealt with efficiently, strong links can be formed with external partners, such as sports development agencies and local schools, and relationships developed with the ECB to ensure that good practice is maintained.  A well managed club plans for the future as well as being prepared in the event of an emergency.