The health, safety & well-being of our junior members is important to us and this page outlines the policies we have in place at Littleborough Cricket Club.
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 and if bullying does occur, all children should be able to tell, and know, incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
We are a TELLING club. This means anyone who knows bullying is happening is expected to tell someone who can do something about it.
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 take many forms:
- Emotional: being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (for example: hiding kit, or making threatening gestures)
- Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
- Racist: racial taunts, graffiti and/or 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 and teasing
- Cyber: bullying behaviour online or via electronic communication (email and text, social media etc.) Misuse of associated technology, such as camera and video facilities
Why is it important to respond to bullying?
Bullying hurts. No one should be a victim of bullying. Everyone has the right to be treated with respect.
Children who are bullying also need to learn different ways of behaving.
Cricket clubs have a responsibility to respond promptly, and effectively, to issues of bullying.
Objectives of this policy
- All adults and children at the club 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 they will be supported when bullying is reported
- Bullying will not be tolerated
Signs and symptoms
Adults should be aware of signs and investigate if a child:
- A child may indicate, by signs or behaviour, that he or she is being bullied.
- 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
- Has possessions which are damaged or go missing
- Asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay the 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:
- Starts stammering
- Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
- Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
- Is bullying other children or siblings
- Stops eating
- Attempts or threatens suicide or runs away
These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying is a possibility and should be investigated.
- Report bullying incidents to the Club Welfare Officer
- In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be reported to the ECB Safeguarding Team for advice via the County Welfare Officer
- Parents should be informed and invited to a meeting to discuss the problem
- If necessary, and appropriate, the Police will be consulted
- The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
- An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour
- 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.
We will use ‘Kidscape’ recommended methods to help children prevent bullying.
These may include:
- Developing a children’s code of conduct (see guidance in ‘Safe hands’)
- Agreeing behaviour contracts
- Having discussions about bullying and why it matters *with thanks to Kidscape for their expert advice and templates
Reviewed and re-issued November 2021.
Missing Children Policy Statement
A child going missing is an extremely traumatic experience; for adults and children. However, if everyone is aware of some simple pre-defined guidelines, panic levels can be minimised, and more critically, the missing child can, hopefully, be found in an organised and efficient way. Hopefully no child will ever go missing from any of the Club’s teams but if they do it is important to remember that most children are found within a few minutes of their disappearance.
Littleborough Cricket and Sports Club (“the Club”) will follow the ECB guidelines as set out below:
If a child, for whom the Club has responsibility, goes missing, the following actions will be taken:
- All other children in the Club’s care will be looked after appropriately whilst a search for the child concerned is organised
- The child’s parents/carers will be advised of the concern, either face to face if they are present at the event or by telephone by an appropriate person to. It is important to reassure the child’s parents/carers that the club is doing all we can to locate their child. Remember the child may contact the parents directly so this action is very important
- Areas to be searched by all available responsible adults will be organised. This will take a short time to organise to ensure that all places are searched fully
- Searchers will be sent immediately to all exits of the venue to ensure that the child has not left, and also to any obvious potential danger spots such as nearby lakes or rivers
- The area around which the child has gone missing including changing rooms, toilets, public and private areas and the Club’s grounds will be searched thoroughly
- All those searching will be requested to report back to a nominated adult at a specific point
- This nominated person will remain at this reference point and make a note of events, including a detailed physical description of the child. This should include approximate height, build, hair and eye colour as well as the clothing the child was wearing and where and when they were last seen. All this will be required by the police. If the search is unsuccessful you should then contact the police
- The Police should be notified no later than 20 minutes after the child’s disappearance is noted, even if the search is not complete
- Any further action recommended by the police prior to their involvement should be followed; follow their guidance.
- If the police act upon the concern, always be guided by them for any further actions.
- At any stage when the child is located, ensure you inform all adults involved including the parents, searchers and the police if, by then, they are involved
- All missing child incidents MUST BE notified at the very earliest opportunity to the Club Welfare Officer, who must immediately notify the County Welfare Officer, and they must then notify the ECB Safeguarding Team
Reviewed and re-issued November 2021.
Safeguarding Policy Statement
Littleborough Cricket and Sports Club (“the Club”) is committed to ensuring all Children (i.e. all persons under the age of 18) participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience.
We will do this by:
- Recognising all children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have the right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment.
- Ensuring individuals working within cricket at, or for, the Club provide a welcoming, safe, and fun experience for children.
- Adopting and implementing the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “Safe Hands; Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children” and any future versions of this.
- Appointing a Club Welfare Officer and ensuring they attend all current and future training modules required by the ECB.
- Ensuring all people who work in cricket at, or for, our club (such as staff, officials, volunteers, team managers, coaches and so on) have a responsibility for safeguarding children, and understand how the “Safe Hands Policy” applies to them.
- Ensuring all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines and relevant legislation.
- Ensuring all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club are provided with support, through education and training, so they are aware of, and can adhere to, good practice and Code of Conduct guidelines defined by the ECB and the club
- Ensuring the name and contact details of the Club Welfare Officer is available:
- As the first point of contact for parents, children and volunteers/staff within the club
- As a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee and members
- As the main point of contact within the club for the ECB County Welfare Officer and the ECB Safeguarding Team, and
- As the main point of contact within the club for relevant external agencies in connection with child safeguarding. Ensuring correct and comprehensive reporting procedures exist for raising and managing child safeguarding concerns.
- Providing an environment where the views of children, parents and volunteers are sought and welcomed on a range of issues. This will help us create an environment where people have the opportunity to voice any concerns (about possible suspected child abuse/neglect, and/or about poor practice) to the Club Welfare Officer*
*Details of the County Welfare Officer will be made available, in case the Club Welfare Officer is unavailable, or the concern relates to the Club Welfare officer.
- Ensuring all suspicions concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately
- Ensuring access to confidential information relating to child safeguarding matters is restricted to those who need to know in order to safeguard children; including the Club Welfare Officer and the appropriate external authorities, such as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), as specified within ECB child safeguarding procedures.
Reviewed and re-issued November 2021.
Changing Room and Showering Facilities Policy Statement
Littleborough Cricket & Sports Club (“the Club”) is committed to ensuring all Children (i.e. all persons under the age of 18) participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience.
The Club will do this by:
- Ensuring that adults do not change, or shower, at the same time using the same facility as children. Where appropriate, separate changing rooms will be made available.
- Ensuring adults change at separate times or in separate changing rooms to children during matches.
- In the rare event that adults and children need to share a changing facility, the Club will obtain prior written consent from parents that their child(ren) can share a changing room with adults in the Club.
- If children play for an open age team, they, and their parents, will be informed of the Club’s policy on changing arrangements.
- Mixed gender teams will have access to separate male and female changing rooms
- Where adults and children are in the same team, the use of mobile phones will not be acceptable in the changing room environment.
If any child is uncomfortable changing or showering at the Club, no pressure will be placed on them to do so and they may change and shower at home if they wish to without being made to feel uncomfortable for doing so.
Reviewed and re-issued November 2021.