CRICKET SCOTLAND CHILD PROTECTION POLICY STATEMENT
Cricket Scotland is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care. It recognises the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.
For the purposes of this policy and associated procedures a child is recognised as someone under the age of 18 years. The term ‘young person’ may be used to describe a child aged 13-18 years in recognition of their development and relative maturity.
Staff and volunteers will work together in cricket to embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of children and young people.
We will communicate our policy and procedures to the children and their parents/carers in cricket so that everyone recognises and understands the important safeguards in place to help keep children safe.
This policy is underpinned by the following principles:
- The welfare of children is the primary concern.
- All children have the right to protection from all forms of harm and abuse irrespective of their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identity.
- Child protection is everyone’s responsibility.
- Children have the right to express views on all matters that affect them.
- Organisations shall work in partnership together with children and parents/carers to promote the welfare, health and development of children. Cricket Scotland will:
- Promote the health and welfare of children through opportunities to take part in cricket safely.
- Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children.
- Implement appropriate policies and procedures to promote the welfare and protection of children taking part in cricket.
- Recruit, train, support and supervise its staff, members and volunteers to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children from abuse and to reduce risk to themselves.
- Require staff, members and volunteers to adopt and abide by its child protection policy and procedures.
- Respond to any allegations of misconduct or abuse of children in line with this policy and these procedures as well as implementing, where appropriate, the relevant disciplinary procedures.
- Observe national and local guidelines issued by safeguarding professional organisations for the protection of children.
- Work with parents/carers and other agencies through joint planning, training and monitoring of their arrangements for the protection of children.
- Regularly monitor, review and evaluate the implementation of this policy and these procedures.