CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
Cricket Scotland has a long-standing commitment to safeguarding the children involved in our sport. We take a proactive approach and are keen to continually improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and those working with them in our sport.
This policy is intended to provide guidance and support to those staff and volunteers working with children and young people in cricket at national level. It should be read in conjunction with other relevant Cricket Scotland Policies:
§ Performance Management
§ General Recruitment
§ Volunteer recruitment and retention
It sets out the minimum standards and normal procedures that can be expected by children and parents/carers participating in cricket. Our policies and procedures are reviewed (and adapted where necessary) on an annual basis, or as and when required by the Cricket Scotland Child Protection Group.
Please note that the policies and procedures contained in this document are those that are applied by Cricket Scotland at national level. Whilst member clubs are encouraged to use this document as a model of recommended good practice within cricket, it should be noted that at club level specific procedures should be drawn up where necessary.
The Cricket Scotland Child Protection Policy can be accessed here. Cricket Scotland Child Protection Policy
The Cricket Scotland Child Protection Policy and Safe in Cricket Guidelines provide comprehensive information on safeguarding children in the cricket environment. Detailed guidance on the listed areas can be viewed on the following pages of the Child Protection Policy:
- · Policy Statement - Page 6
- · Risk Assessment Procedures - Page 8
- · Code of Conduct - Page 12
- · Recruitment and Selection Procedures - Page 15
If you have an immediate and serious concern about the safety of a child please contact your local police child protection team and/or your social work child protection team. (See Page 50 of CP Policy)
- · Procedure for Responding to Concerns About a Child - Page 18
- · Procedure for Responding to Concerns about the Conduct of a Member of Staff/Volunteer - Page 21
- · Reviewing the Management of Concerns - Page 27
Cricket Scotland has a duty of care towards all children involved in our activities. The following good practice guidelines help people take a common sense approach, setting out how staff/volunteers can keep children safe whilst ensuring best practice.
- · Adult to Child Ratios - Page 28
- · Physical Contact - Page 29
- · First Aid and the Treatment of Injuries - Page 29
- · Sexual Activity - Page 29
- · Managing Challenging Behaviour - Page 30
- · Transporting Children - Page 32
- · Collection by Parents/Carers - Page 32
- · Trips Away from Home - Page 33
- · Communication Technology - Page 35
- · Procedures for Film and Photography - Page 38
- · Clubhouses and Changing Rooms - Page 39
- · 1:1 Coaching - Page 40
- · Whistleblowing - Page 40
A number of useful templates are available within the Child Protection Policy accompanying procedures, to assist with the administration of safeguarding in cricket:
- · Significant Incident Form - Page 65
- · Partnership with Parents/Carers Form - Page 69
- · Photographic Forms - Page 71
Guidance on creating, updating and reviewing Club Child Protection Policies can be obtained from
the Cricket Scotland Child Protection Officer or from Regional Development Managers.
PROTECTION of VULNERABLE GROUPS SCHEME
As part of the Cricket Scotland commitment to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care, an ongoing compliance with the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme is integral to the process but should not be viewed in isolation. It should be used in conjunction with a robust recruitment and selection procedure, a defined induction process coupled with appropriate child protection training and adherence to the Club Child Protection Policy.
The PVG Scheme makes it clear that it is the Club who is the employer in respect of persons undertaking regulated work (either paid or voluntary) with children at the Club. Regulated work is normally carried out by persons at Clubs holding the following positions in relation to working with those under 18 years of age participating in cricket:
● Coach ● Assistant Coach ● Team Manager/Organiser ● Parent Helper ● CPO ● Physiotherapist
It is an offence for a person who is barred from working with children, to seek or undertake work from which they are barred. Additionally, it is also an offence for a club to offer regulated work (paid or unpaid) to an individual who is barred from that work.
The PVG Scheme allows clubs to ensure that this does not happen and safeguard both the children and your Club.
Cricket Scotland is currently engaging with Clubs outlining the pathway for Club Child Protection Officers to follow for Club members to achieve PVG membership. This process and the associated policies will assist Clubs create a safer environment for children participating in cricket.
For further information on the training and guidance available in respect of the Protection of Vulnerable Persons Scheme, please contact:
0131 313 7420
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.