CHILD WELFARE POLICY
The welfare and safety of your child whilst in our care is our top priority. Tynemouth Cricket Club has adopted, and implemented, the ECB Safe Hands – Welfare of Young People
in Cricket Policy. The aim of that Policy is to ensure that your child plays cricket in a safe and positive environment. Tynemouth is committed to promoting good practice and sound
recruitment procedures to ensure the welfare of your child.
The ECB policy document may be viewed at www.ecb.co.uk
Tynemouth Cricket Club believes that all young people within cricket, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability, have the right to be protected.
Any welfare concerns will be reported in accordance with procedures laid down by the ECB.
The term ‘Junior’ refers to any person under the age of 18.
The Club’s Welfare Officer is Ed Snelders although Graeme Hallam is also a trained CWO. They are familiar with ECB welfare policy, and have ECB Good Practice/Child Protection /First Aid Certification. In addition they have completed the Northumberland Cricket Board TIME TO LISTEN WELFARE COURSE and have a current Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the CRB. Please contact Ed or Graeme if you have any concerns about the welfare of your child or any other child in the Club. Contact details are below:
Telephone Number: 07894 443508 Ed Snelders or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07525419099 Graeme Hallam or e mail email@example.com.
The club has a safety document outlining in detail the ECB guidelines relating to protective equipment, fielding restrictions, fast bowling directives, the selection and participation of junior players in adult matches and mixed gender teams. The parents/carers of Junior members to whom this document applies will be given a copy of this document. However, if you would like a copy please ask the Welfare Officer or look on the club website.
Juniors (Under 18) should come already changed for practice and games and will not share changing facilities at the same time as adults before or after matches. HOWEVER, those aged 16 years old and over may share adult changing facilities with written permission to the Welfare Officer from their parent or carer. In this case the showers will be used at different times by 16-18 year olds and adults.
A CONSENT TO SHARE ADULT CHANGING FACILITIES form can be obtained from team captains, managers or the welfare officer.
Disabled players who require assistance with changing must involve their carer or provide written consent.
When Junior players are playing in adult matches they and their parents are informed of the Club’s policy on changing arrangements.
GUIDES ON PHOTOGRAPHY AND USE OF VIDEO
Tynemouth CC recognises the need to ensure the welfare and safety of all Young People in Cricket. As part of our commitment to ensure the safety of Young People we will not permit photographs, video images or other images of Young People to be taken or used without the consent of the Parents/ Carers and the Young Person.
The registration form contains consent forms and information on this matter.
Mobile ‘phones may not be used in any area of the changing facilities including the changing rooms, toilets, showers or corridors. They may be used outside or in the bar area.
Notices referring to this are displayed in all the restricted areas.
TYNEMOUTH ANTI-BULLYING POLICY
Tynemouth CC does not accept or condone bullying. Everyone involved with the Club has a responsibility to work to stop bullying. All concerns should be reported to your child’s coach, team manager or the Welfare Officer.
We will take any claim seriously and will, if necessary, consult with the County Welfare Officer.
COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
Following the payment of subscriptions, members are issued with a Fixtures Booklet at the beginning of the season which contains telephone numbers of Tynemouth officials, including Coaches and Team Managers. Every Junior Team has a Team Manager who is responsible for contacting players and parents regarding selection for matches. Contact is made in person, by phone or e-mail. The Team Manager, at his or her discretion, may post a match report in the Junior newsletter.
TRANSPORT OF JUNIORS TO AND FROM MATCHES/TRAINING SESSIONS
Tynemouth CC policy is that parents or other designated adults are responsible for transporting players to and from all practice sessions and matches 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 Club Welfare Officer if they have any problems with the transportation of players to matches or practice sessions.
SUPERVISING CHILDREN AT CRICKET SESSIONS
Tynemouth CC follows ECB guidelines on the supervision of children at cricket sessions. The guidelines specify the qualifications of coaches, ratios of coaches/volunteers to children and information regarding mixed gender groups.
Tynemouth coaches hold appropriate ECB coaching qualifications, are CRB checked and hold current first Aid and Child Protection certificates. The use of volunteer helpers complies with ECB regulations. Our coaches and volunteers work in an open environment.
In the event of a child going missing the team coach will remain with the group and direct other, suitable adults conduct a search.
Parents/carers will be informed.
The police will be contacted no later than 20 minutes after the child’s disappearance is noted, even if the search is not complete.
At any stage when the child is located the coach will inform all adults involved including parents, searchers and police.
The guidance of the Police will be followed and the Welfare officer will be informed.