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Safeguarding Newsletter Summer 2024

June 25th, 2024

SUMMER 2024

Welcome to the Hertfordshire Cricket Safeguarding newsletter. I hope you are well and that your club is enjoying the start to the season. Please find below some Safeguarding updates and reminders that I hope will be helpful to you to ensure that cricket takes place this summer in a safe and wecoming environment.

UPDATES
Club Safeguarding Posters
The ECB have produced a safeguarding poster for you to display at your Clubs. The poster which you can download here can be personalised with your own club details will give direct access to the relevant contact information should anyone need to report a concern.

Open Age Cricket
Please can you remind your clubs and team captains that the minimum age for Open Age Cricket is the U13 age group. Players must be in school year 8, and 12 years old on the 1st September of the preceding year. Please ensure you folow your adult leagues specific rules in regards to registering junior players in adult cricket.

DBS for Scorers
A reminder that the ECB recently changed the DBS requiremetns for the role of ‘Scorer’. Anyone who is a Scorer with no other regulatory role in cricket does not need to have an ECB DBS going forward. Please also continue to vigilant with child scorers to ensure they are not left alone scoring 1:1 with n adult scorere from the opposition team. All U18 scorers should always have a parent/guardian with them when scoring.

WhatsApp Age Limit
Please not that the minimum age to use WhatsApp has changed to 13 years old. Unfortunately we have no control over the recent change in age initiated by META, however this does mean that the safeguarding precautions / standards that we set remain firm, and we should all be extra vigilant and ensure the guidance is clear and that no contact occurs directly between an adult and a child on WhatsApp or any other social media platform. 

Live Streaming Guidance
Please note the guidance on photo, video and live streaming is in the process of being amended by the ECB to reflect their safeguarding policies. The main change to be aware of is the increase in age from 16 years to 18 years. Consent to live streaming is required from a parent/carer of any player U18 (as opposed to U16 as per previous guidance).

An updated version of the full policy will be available on the ECB website shortly.

Low Level Concerns
The ECB have introduced a new national portal for capturing details of Low Level Concern incidents reported in clubs, including abusive behaviour and poor coaching practices. We would appricated your support in notifying us of any incidents that arise like this at your club or matches so that we can record these going forward by emailing the details to safeguarding@hertscricket.org . Please continue to report any other threashold safeguarding concerns via the normal ECB / Cricket Regulator Referral Form

Mental Health
Club Safeguarding Officers can now access medical, mental health and well-being support through Canada Life WeCare. This is an excellent, free and entirely confidential support scheme that the ECB are providign for the Club and County Safeguarding Officer network. Please contact Julie Page for further information.

CLUB SAFEGUARDING OFFICER TRAINING
CSO Qualifications:
There are three elements to qualify as a Club Safeguarding Officer
1. Attend a Safe Hands Course (every 3 years)
2. Complete the online Safeguarding for Specialist Roles (SSR): Committee and Safeguarding Officers Course (SCAT) (valid for 3 years)
3. Hold a valid ECB DBS

Safe Hands Courses
Our next Safe Hands courses will take place in the Winter/Spring and will be available to book via our website later in the year.

Safeguarding for Specialist Roles online Courses (SSR)
A reminder that it is now mandatory for CSO’s to complete the ECB ‘Safeguarding for Committee Members’ course. This replaces the old online SYC/SPC course.
It is also now mandatory for Coaches to complete the ECB ‘Safeguarding for Coaches and Activators’ course which has replaced the old SYC course. There are also separate modules for Captains, Team Managers, Umpires and Scorers and it is recommended and good practice that club members in these roles complete the appropriate courses too.