Child Protection and Equality
Important Safeguarding News!
Countdown to Retrospective PVG Deadline
The retrospective programme is aimed to cover all individuals who have never had a disclosure or whose existing disclosure certificate predates the arrival of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG). This means if you have a disclosure certificate which was issued prior to 28 February 2011 you must complete an application to join the PVG scheme without delay.
It is vitally important that clubs understand this change in Scottish Legislation. It affects clubs as well as Cricket Scotland, and clubs must act accordingly:
- Under the PVG legislation it is currently an offence to employ (volunteer or paid) an individual who is barred from working in a regulated role with children.
- As of October 2015 it will become an offence for an organisation (including cricket clubs) to have in their employment (volunteer or paid) an individual who is barred from working in a regulated role.
The only way to find out whether an individual is barred or is being considered for listing is by accessing a PVG Scheme Record through Cricket Scotland. The old disclosure certificate will not contain this vital piece of information.
What do clubs need to do now?
- Audit your workforce/volunteers to see who has a criminal records check.
- Ask to see a copy of the most recent certificate.
- If the certificate states ‘enhanced disclosure’ this is the old system and you must apply for PVG Membership without delay.
- If the certificate reads PVG Scheme record they are required to complete an Existing PVG Scheme Member Application Form.
- If the individual has neither of the above certificates, they should not be working in a regulated role in your club, and they must complete a PVG Application Form without delay.
- If you require a supply of PVG Application Forms, please contact Ramsay Allan at Cricket Scotland - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your club is also required to have a `Secondary Contract` with Cricket Scotland to be able to access the PVG Scheme through us. If you don`t have one of these or are unsure please contact Ramsay Allan at Cricket Scotland – email@example.com
To avoid delays, please ensure that when submitting PVG Application Forms they are filled in correctly. Most delays occur because of incorrect forms that then have to be re-submitted.
If you are unsure about how to complete these forms, please contact your Regional Manager or Ramsay Allan.
Child Protection and Equality
Cricket Scotland recognises that all adults involved in the coaching or supervision of children have a duty to safeguard their welfare.
This duty extends to the prevention of physical, sexual or emotional abuse of any child and will be applied regardless of a child’s gender, race, religion, sexuality or disability.
All children have a right to be safe when they participate in sport and that those who organise or deliver sport to children have a duty to make sure children are safe and protected from harm - in and through sport.
Child protection in sport is not just about protecting children from others who may seek to harm them through sport. A trusted coach or leader may be the person a child chooses to tell about something that is happening at home or outside sport. In either case, we all have a responsibility to act on concerns.
Benefits of sport for Vulnerable Children
Participation in sport also makes an important contribution to a child’s development. A child’s natural sense of fun and spontaneity can blossom in a positive environment created by sports organisations.
Sport provides an excellent opportunity for children to maintain good health, learn new skills, become more confident, build resilience, self-esteem and maximise their own unique potential. This is particularly important for children affected by adversity, who may be particularly vulnerable.
Cricket Scotland supports sportscotland’s assertion that equity is a broader concept than equality. It is not just about equal numbers, but is concerned more with fairness, justice, inclusion and respect for diversity.
Sports equity is:
- about making sure that everyone has an equal chance to participate in and contribute to sport or physical recreation if they choose to do so, and that no one is discriminated against unfairly for any reason, including – but not limited to - gender, race, disability, age, religious or political belief, sexual orientation, social background, ethnic origin, language, marital or civil partnership status or pregnancy.
- also about recognising and acknowledging that inequalities do exist between people in Scottish sport, taking positive and proactive steps to overcome these inequalities, and thus making sure that any barriers standing in the way of people who are traditionally not involved in sport are removed. Ensuring equity may require the unequal allocation or reallocation of resources and entitlements in order to overcome previous inequalities or discrimination.
Cricket Scotland recognises that research continually indicates that inequalities persist in most aspects of sport and physical recreation including participation, membership, governance, coaching and leadership. Cricket Scotland has a strong commitment to asserting the unique spirit of cricket by furthering the development of cricket in Scottish society and asserts that it is committed to implementing and promoting the Equity Standard: A Framework for Sport (2004) and establishing a robust equity policy.
Cricket Scotland is therefore absolutely committed to promoting and achieving equity, and to ensuring that unfair discrimination is eliminated. Discrimination on grounds such as those listed in paragraph one will not be tolerated within the National Governing Body in Scotland and its constituent Associations, Leagues and Clubs.
Cricket Scotland Child Protection Policy
Organisations that work with children and vulnerable adults have a duty of care to provide a ‘safe, effective and child friendly environment’. To this end Cricket Scotland has produced its new Policy relating to this matter. This policy has been produced following guidance from Children 1st and the team at the Child Protection in Sport Unit, the experts in this field. The new policy can be accessed by following the link below:
The resources produced by the Child Protection in Sport Unit are aimed at Club volunteers and will be of particular benefit to Clubs when producing their own policies and guidelines. To access their services and resources please follow the link to http://www.children1st.org.uk
This website is a handy tool for all Clubs and includes:
- Template resources
- Details of Training available
- A very useful ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section
If your Club is on the way to producing a policy, or requires guidance, please use your local Community Development Manager as a resource.
Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG)
Cricket Scotland are the intermediary body for the processing of PVG forms for those working in what is known as ‘regulated work’. The definition of Regulated work can be found here
Key steps on the way:
- Does your Club have in place the secondary organisation contract in place?
- Are you being deployed in regulated work?
- Does your Club’s Child Protection policy state that your position requires you to be a PVG scheme member?
If the answer is yes then you will require to become a PVG Scheme member.
Cricket Scotland Guidance Documents
Further guidance can be provided by:
Cricket Scotland - Ramsay Allan 0131 3137420 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Children 1st - www.children1st.org.uk
If a child or vulnerable adult is at immediate risk your first point of contact should either be the local police or local social services.
You can also contact Parentline Scotland:
Phone: 08000 28 22 33
Useful contacts for Safeguarding in Scotland
Child Protection in Sport Service
61 Sussex Street
0141 418 5674
Help For Clubs
83 Whitehouse Loan
0131 446 2300
0808 800 2222
Child Protection in Sport Unit
(NSPCC covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
0116 234 7278
Scottish Disability Sport
0131 317 1130
Central Registered Body in Scotland
General helpline: 08700 100 450
Overseas helpline: 01786 849 777
0870 609 6006
Commissioner for Children and Young People
Volunteer Development Scotland
01786 479 593