Safety & safeguarding
Safeguarding / welfare issues
If you witness, hear about, suspect, or are the victim of bullying, abuse, discrimination, harassment, neglect or similar issues happening at the club or happening to club members at home, you should “respond, record, and report”.
a) do not ignore it
b) write down an accurate record of the facts as best you know them
c) report what you know or suspect straight away to our Welfare Officer, Liz Marin-Curtoud (firstname.lastname@example.org, 07967552139)
Liz in our ECB-trained Welfare Officer, who works with the professional Welfare Officers at Surrey and at the ECB. Liz will be able to ensure that safeguarding/welfare issues are tackled appropriately.
If someone is in immediate danger, you should call the police.
Safety - can I be sure my child will be well looked after at training?
We have ECB Clubmark status, which means we strive to use only ECB qualified coaches and coaching assistants and have various other checks and balances in place to ensure we are running a safe and fair service.
You are very welcome to stay and watch any training session and you can help us ensure your player’s safety by completing the enrolment form so that we have up-to-date contact and medical details.
Although Level 2 qualified coaches undergo a basis First Aid course, they are not expected to give any medical treatment other than emergency resuscitation and CPR. Parents and players are responsible for ensuring that players have and take any medication that they need (for example, asthma inhaler, EpiPen), and they they know how to use any equipment that they bring with them.
There is more information on the Clubmark on our club's main website.
For U6-U8s, training and matches are with either tennis balls or light, soft plastic cricket balls designed for this age-group, so protective equipment is not needed.
Please note that match-days are, like at other local cricket clubs, run by parents who are not necessarily all ECB qualified.
The ECB say it is not uncommon for children who are suffering abuse at home, or pressure from overly pushy parents, to turn to a trusted adult sports coach for help, which is why all ECB coaching courses include modules on how to spot signs and how to react in the event of a ‘safeguarding’ issue. In general, the coaches will
Always put the child’s welfare first and act appropriately, and
Report any issues immediately to club’s Welfare Officer who has more extensive training and will be able to respond to any such issues appropriately. Club Welfare Officers are supported by welfare professionals at Surrey Cricket.