Chalfont St Peter CC - Child protection and club policies

Club Policies

Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club is committed to ensuring that all young people, who are involved in the Club's cricketing activities, have a positive experience in a safe and open environment.

The Club is committed to developing and implementing policies and procedures which ensure that everyone in the Club knows and accepts their responsibility in relation to a duty of care for  young people.  It is committed to ensuring that there are correct and comprehensive reporting procedures, by promoting good practice and sound recruitment procedures for all individuals involved  in the Club's social and cricketing activities.

Core to our approach is the adoption of the ECB Safe Hands "Cricket's Policy for Safeguarding Children" (October 2007) and any future versions of the policy.  Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the policies and codes as they are in place to protect your child as well as the coaches and volunteers at the club.

The Club recognize that it is not the responsibility of those Club officers, volunteers or members to determine if abuse has taken place, but it is their responsibility to act upon and report  any concerns.  The policies set out a framework to fulfil the Club's commitment to good practice and the protection of young people in its care within cricket.   This policy applies either directly or indirectly to all individuals working within the Club (in a paid or voluntary capacity) according to their level of contact with young people in cricket.  Club officers, volunteers and members do their best to ensure the safety and protection through adherence to Club rules and guidelines.

The Club has appointed a properly trained Child Protection and Welfare Officer to whom any concerns or information received must be reported. The Welfare officer's contact details are shown on the Officials page of this website.

Our Welcome Pack contains a number of club policies specific to the welfare of your child at the club (see Downloads page) which are reproduced below:

  • Photography policy
  • Transport policy
  • Changing and showering policy
  • Anti-bullying policy
  • Protection and safeguarding policies: Managing children away from the club; Missing children; and Children playing in adult matches
  • Safeguarding Policy
  • Codes of Conduct
    Code of Conduct for players, guests & parents

    All Members and Guests of the club will:

    • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of Cricket
    • Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief
    • Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed
    • Display high standards of behaviour
    • Promote the positive aspects of Cricket e.g. fair play
    • Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them, respecting the decisions of match officials
    • Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials
    • Recognise good performance not just match results
    • Place the well-being and safety of Young People above the development of performance
    • Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual
    • Respect Young People’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in Cricket
    • Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with Young People in the Club.
    • Not provide Young People with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club
    • Follow ECB guidelines set out in the “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’ and any other relevant guidelines issued
    • Report any concerns in relation to a Young Person, following reporting procedures laid down by the ECB

    In addition to the above, all Club Officers and Appointed Volunteers will:

    • Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance
    • Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment)
    • Inform Players and Parents of the requirements of Cricket
    • Know and understand the ECB’s ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’

     
    CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PARENTS                          

    Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club holds the Clubmark accreditation and is committed to following the England and Wales Cricket Board’s policies and procedures in relation to this.

    As a parent of a junior member of the Club, it is vitally important, for both your child and others, that you:

    • 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 recognising fair play and applauding good performances of all.
    • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
    • Publicly accept officials' judgements.
    • Support your child's involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
    • Use correct and proper language at all times.
    • Encourage and guide participants to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.
     
    Photography policy
    Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club recognise the need to ensure the welfare and safety of all Young People in Cricket.  As part of this commitment we will not permit photographs, video images or other images of Young People to be taken or used without the consent of the Parent/Guardian and the Young Player. 

    Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club follow the guidance issued in ‘Safe Hands – Welfare of Young People in Cricket’ on the use of images of Young People which is available at http://www.ecb.co.uk/safehands.  Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club will take steps to ensure that these images are used solely for the purpose they are intended, which is the promotion and celebration of cricketing activities.

    If photographs e.g. team or action shots, are submitted to the Press or published on Chalfont St Peter CC website or in our handbook individuals will not ordinarily be identified.  Where a child or young person is identified it will only be with the explicit consent of parents.

    Please note: Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club understands that there are circumstances under which a parent would not wish their child to be photographed.  Whilst Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club will do all that it can to ensure the safety of children during photographed events, it is the responsibility of the parent concerned to ensure that if their child is not to be photographed and partakes in an activity and is by the nature of the activity inadvertently photographed or filmed, Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club cannot be held responsible. 
    Transport policy
    Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club policy is that parents or other responsible adults are responsible for transporting players to and from all matches and practice sessions and therefore the Club will not be registering Private Vehicles for the transportation of individuals in connection with any fixtures or practice sessions arranged by the Club.  The implementation of this policy is not intended to exclude any player from participation and parents or guardians should contact the Child Welfare Officer if they have any problems with the transportation of players to matches or practice sessions.
    Changing & showering policy

     For players under the age of 16 playing in adult teams the following policy applies:

    • Young players uncomfortable with changing or showering with adults are under no obligation to do so and are advised to change and shower at home
    • Parental consent must be given if Young Players are to share changing facilities with adults
    • If Young Players are sharing changing facilities with adults, parents have the option to supervise them whilst they are changing.  The Club will make reasonable efforts to arrange this.
    Managing children away from the club

    Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club do not currently undertake any tours or events that result in overnight stays for the Young Cricketers.

    In the event that such a situation should arise, the Club will follow the guidelines laid out by the ECB in the Safe Hands document (http://static.ecb.co.uk/files/safe-hands-kit-bag-31-managing-children-away-from-the-club-2129.pdf)

    Missing children
    Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club follows the ECB Guidelines on missing children and each coach and/or team manager has been issued with a copy.



    You can download a copy from
    http://static.ecb.co.uk/files/safe-hands-kit-bag-32-missing-children-guidelines-2130.pdf.
    Children playing in adult matches
    Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club recognises that making the step up from junior to adult cricket is a significant event in any player’s cricket experience and is committed to ensuring that the player’s safety, personal development needs and overall cricket experience are considered.

    Although there is no definitive age at which they should be introduced to adult cricket, each case will be determined on an individual basis dependent on their ability and stage of cognitive and emotional maturity to take part at this level, taking into account the ECB guidance on Junior Cricketers playing in Adult Matches. However, the club will never select any player under the age of 13 to play in adult cricket matches.

    All ECB Fast Bowling Directives and Fielding Regulations will always be adhered to for junior players in adult cricket.

    The team captain will ensure that the player has an opportunity to show their talents in an appropriate way and will not be used solely as fielders.

    Captains will try to involve the players in the game as much as possible, i.e. socializing, team talks, practice, decision making, as well as being supportive of the player at all times both on and off the field regardless of success.

    All players who have not reached their 18th birthday are required to wear a helmet whilst batting and when standing up to keep wicket, regardless of whether parental consent has been given not to wear a helmet.
    Anti-bullying policy

    Statement of Intent

    We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our children so they can train and play in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all children should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING club. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff and officials.

    What Is Bullying?

    Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. Bullying can be:

    • Emotional: being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding kit, threatening gestures)
    • Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
    • Racist: racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
    • Sexual: unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
    • Homophobic: because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality
    • Verbal: name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
    • Cyber: All areas of internet, such as email and internet chat room misuse. Mobile threats by text messaging and calls. Misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera and video facilities.

    Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?

    Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Children who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving. We acknowledge our responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying

    Objectives of this Policy

    • All officials, coaching and non-coaching staff, children and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.
    • All officials, coaching and non-coaching staff should know what the club policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.
    • All children and parents should know what the club policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
    • As a club we take bullying seriously.
    • Children and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
    • Bullying will not be tolerated.

    Signs and Symptoms

    A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and they should investigate if a child:

    • says they are being bullied
    • changes their usual routine
    • is unwilling to go to the club
    • becomes withdrawn, anxious, or lacking in confidence
    • comes home with clothes torn or belongings damaged or “missing”
    • asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully)
    • has unexplained cuts or bruises
    • is frightened to say what's wrong
    • gives improbable excuses for any of the above
    • In more extreme cases, the child may: start stammering; cry themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares; becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable; is bullying other children or siblings; stops eating; or attempts or threatens suicide or runs away

    These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and will be investigated.

    Procedures

    1. Report bullying incidents to the Club Welfare Officer
    2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be reported to the ECB Child Protection Team for advice via the County Welfare Officer
    3. Parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem
    4. If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted
    5. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
    6. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour
    7. In cases of adults reported to be bullying cricketers under 18, the ECB must always be informed and will advise on action to be taken.

    Prevention

    We will use KIDSCAPE methods for helping children to prevent bullying. As and when appropriate, these may include:

    • writing a set of club rules
    • signing a behaviour contract
    • having discussions about bullying and why it matters
    Safeguarding Policy Statement

    Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club (The Club) is committed to ensuring that all Children* participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience.

    We will do this by:

    • Recognising that all Children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have a right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment.
    • Ensuring that individuals working within cricket at or for our club provide a safe, positive and fun cricketing experience for children.
    • Adopting and implementing the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “Safe Hands –Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children” and any future versions of the policy.
    • Appointing a Club Welfare Officer and ensuring that they attend all current and future training modules required by the ECB & the NSPCC, so that they have the necessary skills to be able to undertake their role effectively.
    • Ensuring that all people who work in cricket at or for our club, (such as Staff, Officials, Volunteers, Team Managers, Coaches etc.) understand that the Safe Hands Policy applies to them according to their level of contact with children in Cricket.
    • Ensuring that all individuals working within cricket at or for the club are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines.
    • Ensuring that all individuals working within cricket at or for the club are provided with support through education and training so that they are aware of and can adhere to good practice and code of conduct guidelines defined by both the ECB, and by the club.
    • Ensuring that the name & contact details for the Club Welfare Officer is available - as the first point of contact for parents, children & volunteers / staff within the club,
      • as a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee & its members,
      • the main point of contact within the club for the ECB County Welfare Officer and the ECB Child Protection Team, and
      • as the main point of contact within the club for relevant external agencies in connection with child welfare,
    • Ensuring that correct and comprehensive reporting procedures exist for raising and managing safeguarding and child protection concerns. Such procedures recognising the responsibility of the statutory agencies and in accordance with pre defined safeguarding and child protection procedures as defined by the ECB, Statutory agencies and Local Safeguarding Children Board LSCB guidelines and policies.
    • Providing everyone connected with the club (including parents, children and volunteers) with the opportunity to voice any concerns which they have (about possible suspected child abuse, and/or about poor practice) to the Club Welfare Officer.
    • Ensuring that all suspicions, concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.
    • Ensuring that access to confidential information relating to child welfare matters is restricted to the Club Welfare Officer and the appropriate external authorities as specified within ECB Safeguarding and child protection procedures.

     



    Club Development Policy

    CLUB DEVELOPMENT POLICY

    "Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club is committed to developing quality opportunities for our members. In order to do this we will identify new opportunities and ways to progress and improve on current practices and procedures for the good of the club and the members"

    THE DEVELOPMENT POLICY AIMS TO:

    • Ensure the future success and sustainability of the club
    • Increase membership and participation within the club
    • Create sustainable opportunities for competition at county/ regional/ national level
    • Increase awareness of sports development
    • Ensure that all members are aware of, understand and work towards the club’s development philosophy
    • Ensure that the club committee, coaches and volunteers consider development and moving the club forward in all areas of the club’s services
    • Ensure that the implementation of the policy is put into place via a club Development Action Plan that is reviewed and monitored annually.
    • Ensure that feedback is gained from players, coaches and parents/guardians to enable the club to advance the policy via the Development Action Plan
    Business Plan.pdf
    Equity Policy Statement

    EQUITY POLICY STATEMENT

    • This 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.