Child Wellbeing 

& Protection in Cricket

                                  STIRLING COUNTY CRICKET CLUB

Cricket Scotland would like to thank CHILDREN 1ST and SportSscotland for their assistance in the preparation of this publication.

The Safeguarding in Sport service is a partnership between Children 1ST and sportscotland which supports sports clubs and organisations to help them to keep children and young people safe.

Safeguarding in Sport, Children 1st, Unit 8000, Academy Park, Gower Street, Glasgow, G51 1PR

T: 0141 419 1156

E: safeguardinginsport@children1st.org.uk 

W: www.safeguardinginsport.org.uk

USING THE POLICY AND PROCEDURES

The Policy and Procedures are a collection of guidance, good practice guidelines (Safe in Cricket) and forms that the Club use to help promote children’s wellbeing and help to keep them safe. It will be regularly reviewed and incorporates any new and updated child wellbeing and protection guidance and legislation. In this document, a child or young person is defined as someone under the age of 18. 

In order to ensure the Club is a safe environment for children and young people, all sections of the Policy and Procedures are implemented.

The document provides guidance and support for staff and volunteers working with children at the Club and the Club Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer (CWPO). It should be read in conjunction with any other relevant policies and procedures.  

Throughout this guidance, reference is made to volunteers/staff and this means anyone involved in the delivery or support of cricket, for example paid or unpaid staff including volunteer coaches, parent helpers, officials etc. 

Further Support

Further guidance and support is available from the Cricket Scotland Lead Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer and the Children 1st Safeguarding in Sport Service.

If you have an immediate and serious concern about the safety of a child, contact the police and/or social work child protection team. Contact details of social work can be found on the relevant local authority website. 

Guidance: Children’s Wellbeing in Scotland

It is important to recognise what we mean by children’s wellbeing. As part of Scotland’s national approach to ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ (GIRFEC), the wellbeing wheel demonstrates the eight indicators that are believed to be essential for a child’s overall wellbeing.  

By having a universal language and understanding for all people that work with children, collectively we can contribute to promoting, supporting and safeguarding a child’s wellbeing whether they are in an educational, health, community or sports setting. It is essential that in sport we understand not only how participation in sport contributes to these wellbeing indicators, but also what we need to do if we are ever worried that something is impacting a child’s wellbeing. As part of the ‘Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014’, the concept of wellbeing and the GIRFEC approach is now enshrined in law.

                              

  

Source:  www.gov.scot/Topics/People/Young-People/gettingitright/wellbeing

Club Child Wellbeing & Protection Policy

 CHILD WELLBEING & PROTECTION POLICY STATEMENT

STIRLING COUNTY CRICKET CLUB

NEW WILLIAMFIELD

ROYAL STUART WAY

STIRLING , FK77WS

This Club is fully committed to safeguarding, promoting and supporting the protection and wellbeing of all children in our care. We recognise our responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation. We embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of all children and young people. Everyone at the Club will be made aware of the policies and procedures in place to protect children in our care and to promote their wellbeing.

Underpinning principles:

  1. A child is recognised as someone under the age of 18
  2. A child has the right to relax, play and join in a wide range of sporting activities
  3. The protection and wellbeing of all children in our care is everyone’s responsibility
  4. A child, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identity has the right to protection from all forms of harm and abuse
  5. A child has the right to express views on all matters that affect them, should they wish to do so
  6. A child’s rights, wishes and feelings should be respected and promoted
  7. The best way to promote the wellbeing, health and development of a child is to work in partnership with the child, parents/carers and other relevant organisations

To keep children safe in our Club we will:

If you have any concerns about the wellbeing of a child at our Club, please do not hesitate to contact the Club Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer (CWPO): LES OBRE 07836 581186 Les.obre@outlook.com

If you have an immediate and serious concern about the safety of a child, contact the police and/or your local social work child protection team. Contact details of social work can be found on the relevant local authority website. 

CLEAR ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Our Club Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer (CWPO) is the main point of contact and will assist everyone in knowing who to go to if they need:

Our CWPO, with the support of the committee, will ‘champion’ good practice and make sure club policies and procedures are put in place. The contact details and the role of the CWPO are widely available.  During periods when the CWPO is unavailable, any member of the Club Committee should be contacted.

JOB DESCRIPTION CLUB CHILD WELLBEING & PROTECTION OFFICER

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Develop effective child wellbeing & protection policy and procedures and keep them up to date
  • Promote and champion child wellbeing & protection at the club and encourage good practice
  • Respond appropriately to child wellbeing or protection concerns
  • Regularly report to the club’s committee
  • Ensure that members of the cricket volunteers/staff who are working with children are recruited safely and in line with legal requirements 
  • Make sure the cricket volunteers/staff, parents/carers, adults, and children are aware of:
  • How to contact the CWPO
  • The Code of Conduct for working with children
  • How to raise concerns
  • Deal with breaches of the Code of Conduct
  • Keep up with developments in child wellbeing and protection by liaising with Cricket Scotland and organisations such as the Safeguarding in Sport Service 
  • Attend Safeguarding and Protection Children (SPC) and In Safe Hands for Club CWPO’s (ISH) training 
  • Signpost other relevant adults in the club to relevant training such as the Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport (SPC) workshop
  • Maintain confidential records of reported cases and action taken
  • Liaise with the Cricket Scotland Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer and/or statutory agencies if/when required

Person Specification

An interest in child wellbeing and protection matters

  • Friendly and approachable with the ability to communicate well with adults and children 
  • A willingness to challenge opinion, where necessary, and to drive the child wellbeing and protection agenda 
  • Strong listening skills and the ability to deal with sensitive situations with empathy and integrity
  • An understanding of the importance of confidentiality and when information may need to be shared in order to protect the best interests of a child 
  • The confidence and ability to manage situations relating to the poor conduct/behaviour of others towards a child and know when to ask for support

Skills & Relevant Experience

  • Relevant training to fulfil the role of Club Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer
  • Experience of working with children

SAFE RECRUITMENT

STIRLING COUNTY CRICKET CLUB has a legal and moral duty to ensure that adults who work with children are suitable to do so. A well run recruitment process is part of our commitment to putting the welfare of children first. The checklist below gives essential steps to make sure the club meets its duty.

CHECKLIST FOR APPOINTMENT

ESSENTIAL

DESIRABLE

Role fully explained.  Include a clear statement of the requirement for PVG membership for positions of regulated work. For guidance on what positions are defined as regulated work, see the PVG section below.  

Advertisement with a statement that PVG membership is required for positions of regulated work.  Written job description provided.

PVG scheme explained and signpost to Disclosure Scotland website.

Written PVG scheme information provided

Self-declaration form completed and returned

Application form completed and returned

Informal interview/previous knowledge & evidence of qualifications

Interview & evidence of qualifications 

2 X verbal references 

2 X Written references 

PVG scheme membership application

 

PVG membership received by Club Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer

PVG membership received by Club Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer

Sign up to code of conduct 

Induction and trial period completed

Supervision and monitoring of performance

Performance review and on-going suitability

PROTECTION of VULNERABLE GROUPS SCHEME

Our club is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care. It is our responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.

Compliance with the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme is integral to the process of safeguarding but will not be viewed in isolation. It will be used in conjunction with the robust recruitment and selection procedure, appropriate child protection training and adherence to our Club Child Wellbeing & Protection Policy.

When a Club member applies to join the PVG Scheme, Disclosure Scotland carry out a criminal record check to confirm that they are not on the list of people who have been barred from working with children. It provides the Club with information to assist in making a decision as to suitability for the role. Becoming a member of the PVG Scheme does not automatically mean that the applicant is suitable to work with children but is only part of the recruitment and selection process. 

The PVG Scheme makes it clear that it is the Club who is the employer in respect of persons undertaking regulated work (either paid or voluntary) with children at our Club. Regulated work is normally carried out by persons at our Club holding the following positions in relation to working with those under 18 years of age participating in cricket:

Regulated work has to be part of normal duties i.e. the activity is reasonably anticipated and could appear in the job description. There are some exceptions, such as where the presence of children in the activity is ‘incidental’ (e.g., the activity is for adults, and is advertised as an adult club/ activity, but has some U/18’s attending). 

It is an offence for a person who is barred from working with children, to seek or undertake work from which they are barred. Additionally, it is also an offence for the club to offer regulated work (paid or unpaid) to an individual who is barred from that work.

The PVG Scheme allows us to ensure that this does not happen and safeguard both the children and our Club. 

 

All PVG members are subject to ongoing monitoring by Disclosure Scotland. The PVG Scheme application registers the interest of our club in the person who will be doing regulated work on behalf of the Club. The Club will be informed if that person comes under consideration for listing on the Barred from Working with Children List. 

It is a common misunderstanding that the Club will be contacted by Disclosure Scotland in the event of any new information becoming available about a PVG Scheme member. This is not the case. The Club will only be informed by Disclosure Scotland if any relevant new information becomes available about a member of our Club who is a member of the Scheme. This would only apply if the new information leads to the member being considered for listing e.g. they receive a conviction for harming a child.

If a PVG member is no longer undertaking regulated work at the Club, Disclosure Scotland will be notified accordingly.

PVG Process

The process used by the Club to ensure that all persons undertaking regulated work, covering:

Can be found at http://www.cricketscotland.com/get-involved/safeguarding/protection-of-vulnerable-groups/ 

References

The Club will request and check 2 references. References from relatives are not acceptable. These can be verbal or written. Record verbal references – who the reference was from and what was said. Often within the cricket environment, verbal references will be through personal knowledge of the applicant or by contacting clubs that he/she has been at.

Induction & Training

When a new post holder starts at the Club, the Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer will:

Trial Period

The Club and anyone undertaking regulated work with children will agree a trial period to make sure that the role is a good fit for both.

Monitoring and Performance Review

The Club will monitor the performance of the individual doing regulated work. This gives an opportunity to check on progress and address any problems or concerns.

CODES OF CONDUCT

A code of conduct for working with children is used to make clear:

Code of conduct for working with children

Everyone working with children on behalf of our Club will sign up to the relevant code of conduct. The cricket  volunteers/staff will be clear about the expectations on them when involved in activities with children. Children and the parents/carers involved in activities should also be clear about what they can expect from the adults working with them. The Club’s code of conduct is most useful when shared publicly and widely.

Code of conduct for children

Children should also be clear about the expectations placed upon them. The children will be told what is acceptable/unacceptable behaviour whilst participating in cricket and club activities. The Club will publish and display a player code of conduct. 

Code of conduct for spectators

The Club acknowledges that pressure on children and the bad behaviour of adults watching games or training can make children drop out of cricket. We will promote good spectator behaviour and make it clear that if children or officials are abused, action will be taken. Our spectator code of conduct will be published and displayed.

Cricket volunteers/staff, children and parents/carers support and understand codes of conduct best when they are involved in drawing them up and have the opportunity to discuss regularly what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. 

It can be beneficial to ask children as a group to discuss this in their group/team and to agree what the consequences of breaking these rules should be. This will be done at the start of a season, before a trip away from home, or as part of a welcome session at a residential camp.

Concerns about a breach of the code of conduct will be taken seriously and responded to in line with the disciplinary procedure and/or procedures for responding to concerns.

STIRLING COUNTY CRICKET CLUB CODE OF CONDUCT FOR WORKING WITH CHILDREN

Good Practice

Unacceptable Practice

I have read and agree to abide by this Code of Conduct. I have also read and agree to abide by the Child Wellbeing & Protection Policy, Procedures and Guidelines. 

Name of staff member/volunteer:________________________________________

Date signed:____________________

Witnessed by:__________________________________________________________

(Club Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer/delegated staff member)

Date signed:_____________________

STIRLING COUNTY CC SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT

I will:

I understand that breaches of the code may result in action being taken by Stirling County cc or Cricket Scotland.