Child Protection Policy

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     CHILD PROTECTION POLICY  

 

Updated April 2017

 

Cleethorpes Cricket Club accepts that it has a responsibility for the protection and well-being of children and young people, when on the premises and undertaking coaching or representing the Club’s junior teams.

 

The Club’s Welfare Officer (CWO) is Mr Simon Taylor, the deputy welfare officer is Mr Paul Hewstone. The CWO is responsible for acting as a source of advice on child protection matters and for co-ordinating action within the Club on receipt of any concerns or referrals.

 

Complaints Procedure

Concerns reported to the Club will be passed on to the CWO who will offer advice, investigate and deal appropriately with the matter.

If necessary he will make a written record and, if necessary make referral to the police and/or local authority’s social services department. Any complaint of suspected or actual abuse or of children being put at risk will be taken seriously and acted upon immediately.

‘Abuse’ takes many forms; physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and bullying.

The Club has an ‘open’ policy, by which adults and young people are encouraged to voice concerns about abusive or unethical conduct. The Executive Committee will deal with any internal disciplinary action.

 

If a referral is made to the police or social services department, then a written report will be required with some or all of the following:-

  1. Factual information about the child and his/her family.
  2. What is the source of concern; is it something you have seen, something the child has said, is it based on the concern of others, if so whom?
  3. Why are you concerned; is it based on the child’s behaviour, an injury, what the child has said, has the concern developed over time or just today?
  4. What evidence, if any have you to support your concern? This may include what the child has said to you directly. If so, are you aware of anyone else this child has spoken to?
  5. Whom do you believe to be the source of harm/potential harm to the child?
  6. Are there any other children in the family or other children about whom you have concerns?

 

Volunteers

All volunteers will be interviewed. Those helping out on an occasional basis will not be left unsupervised. They will be under the jurisdiction of a person who is an accredited E.C.B. coach and who has undertaken an approved “child protection” course.

Those volunteers who wish to play an active role will be directed to have a “Criminal Records Bureau” check.

In any case it would be deemed good practice that coaches do not work alone, but as a team

 

Code of conduct for volunteers

The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below. All volunteers must:

Consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance.

Develop an appropriate working relationship with performers, based on mutual trust and respect. (An environment that allows bullying, shouting, racism, or sexism is not acceptable)

Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part

Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play)

Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance

Follow all guidelines laid down by the E.C.B. and the Club

Hold the appropriate, valid qualifications and insurance cover

Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward

Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibitive substances

Also see specific document – “ Volunteer Code of Conduct “

 

Code of conduct for parents/carers

Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.

Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials

Help your child 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 the 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.

Also see specific document – “ Parent / Carer Code of Conduct “

 

Safety and accidents

Guidelines for dealing with an accident are displayed on the notice board, along with accident report forms, and three locations of first-aid kits.

 

Training Opportunities

 

Regular opportunities exist for those people wishing to learn more about ‘child protection’ and ‘health and safety’.

Courses are run by Sport England-Active Sports, and as a “focus club” for Sport England with Clubmark Accreditation, we can access these at negligible cost.

Please contact Simon Taylor or Paul Hewstone for details and enrolment.