& 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
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 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.
Club Child Wellbeing & Protection Policy
CHILD WELLBEING & PROTECTION POLICY STATEMENT
STIRLING COUNTY CRICKET CLUB
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.
- A child is recognised as someone under the age of 18
- A child has the right to relax, play and join in a wide range of sporting activities
- The protection and wellbeing of all children in our care is everyone’s responsibility
- 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
- A child has the right to express views on all matters that affect them, should they wish to do so
- A child’s rights, wishes and feelings should be respected and promoted
- 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:
- Promote the wellbeing of children through opportunities to take part in cricket safely
- Put in place policies and procedures to promote the wellbeing and protection of children
- Appoint a Club Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer
- Recruit, train and support our cricket volunteers/staff to prioritise the wellbeing of children who take part in our activities and protect them from harm
- Require the our cricket volunteers/staff to adopt and abide by the child protection policy and procedures including the Code of Conduct for working with children
- Respond to any child wellbeing or protection concerns in line with our policy and procedures.
- Monitor, review and evaluate the implementation of the child wellbeing and protection policy and procedures regularly
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- to report a concern
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
An interest in child wellbeing and protection matters
Skills & Relevant Experience
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
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:
- Coach ● Assistant Coach ● Team Manager/Organiser ● Parent Helper ● CPO ● Physiotherapist
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.
The process used by the Club to ensure that all persons undertaking regulated work, covering:
- PVG Application Flowchart
- Self Declaration
- PVG, Q & A Guidance
- Confirmation of Identity
- Overseas Players
- Information Sharing
- Secure Handling of Disclosure Information
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:
- agree what training they need (e.g. safeguarding and protecting children) and when it should be done by
- explain the child protection policy and procedures, including the code of conduct
- get written agreement to abide by Child Wellbeing and Protection policies and the Code of Conduct for working with children
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:
- what behaviour is acceptable and unacceptable
- the standards of practise expected when working on behalf of the club
- the basis for challenging and improving practise
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
- Remember you are a role model – be welcoming, positive, encouraging and respectful
- Make cricket fun, enjoyable and promote fair play
- Implement Stirling Countycricket club Safe in Cricket Guidelines
- Treat all children equally, with respect, dignity and fairness
- Involve parents/carers wherever possible
- Build balanced relationships based on mutual trust
- Include children in the decision-making process whenever possible
- Work with children in a public place, wherever possible
- Put the wellbeing of each child first before winning or achieving performance goals
- Give enthusiastic and constructive feedback
- Recognise the developmental needs and capacity of children
- Challenge instances of poor practise, abuse or bullying
- Putting excessive pressure on children, pushing children against their will
- Giving only negative feedback
- Unequal treatment that could lead to resentment, jealousy or misinterpretation
- Spending a lot of time alone with children away from others
- Assisting with bathing or dressing tasks that children can do for themselves
- Smoking, drinking alcohol, misuse of illegal substances or the use of foul or offensive language
- Taking photographs without the appropriate consent
- Unofficial communication with a child through telephone or social media
- Allowing allegations or observations of bullying or abuse to go unchallenged, unrecorded or not acted on
- Failing to pass on a disclosure from a child about potential abuse
- Rough physical contact or games between adults and children
- Forming intimate emotional, physical or sexual relationships with children
- Touching a child in a sexually suggestive way, playing sexually provocative games or making sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun
- Allowing the use of swearing, sexualised, racist or homophobic language by staff/volunteers or children
- Threatening, coercing or bullying a child or deliberately reducing a child to tears as a form of control
- Inviting or allowing children to stay with you at your home or sharing a bedroom alone with a child
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:________________________________________
(Club Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer/delegated staff member)
STIRLING COUNTY CC SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT
- Remember that children play for FUN
- Stay outside the field of play and in the Spectator’s Area (where provided)
- Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
- Always respect the match officials’ decisions
- Applaud effort and good play as well as success
- Let the coaches do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do
- Encourage the players to respect the opposition and match officials
- Never criticise a player for making a mistake. Remember that mistakes are an important part of learning
- Pass on any concerns that I have about the wellbeing or welfare of a child to a Club official
I understand that breaches of the code may result in action being taken by Stirling County cc or Cricket Scotland.