Child Protection Policies and Guidelines

(Adapted from ECB Guidance)

PRINCIPLES

The following are the principles upon which the Club's Child Protection Policy is based:

  1. the Club aims to provide the highest standards of coaching and cricket facilities for its Colts section;
  2. the Club acknowledges that an environment of care, patience, understanding and encouragement is the most effective way to deal with young cricketers;
  3. the Club has a firm commitment to the health, safety and welfare of the colts;
  4. the Club is committed to protect all colts from any form of abuse and discrimination;
  5. the Club is committed to following the ECB's 'Safe Hands' policy and has adopted it in its constitution.

WHAT IS ABUSE?

Child abuse is the term used to describe ways in which children are harmed, the following being the main forms of abuse:

  1. Physical abuse
    This occurs when striking, hitting, shaking, squeezing, biting, burning or exerting excessive force on a child.
  2. Sexual abuse
    This occurs when adults seek their own sexual gratification from youngsters.
  3. Neglect
    This arises when an adult fails to meet or supervise the basic needs of a child, with regard to food, warmth, hygiene, clothing and medical care.
  4. Emotional abuse
    This occurs where a child is threatened, taunted, shouted at or berated, or where effort or progress is ignored. In addition, it is acknowledged that as well as abuse by adults, children can abuse other children, for example by bullying and name-calling.

RECOGNISING AND REPORTING OF ABUSE

Colts coaches, team managers and authorised helpers are responsible for protecting children in their charge from all forms of abuse and discrimination and to ensure that they receive equal treatment, regardless of age, sex, race, culture, religion, language or ability.

The coaches, etc, therefore, need to be aware of the different types of abuse, how to recognise it and what steps to take to prevent it.

The coaches, etc are not responsible for determining whether or not abuse has taken place, but if they have any suspicion of this, they are responsible for alerting a Club Welfare Officer, who will then contact the appropriate agencies so that they can make enquiries and take the necessary action. Reporting of such matters should never be delayed.

SUPPORT FROM THE CLUB

Any coach, team manager or other person who reports suspected abuse will be supported fully by the Club's General Committee.

It is expected that the report will be made by the Club Welfare Officers to the authorities on a confidential basis, and that the Club Welfare Officers will advise the Colts Manager, or Director of Cricket, or Chairman as appropriate.

Should it be proven subsequently that abuse had occurred; the Club will deal severely with any perpetrator.

CHILD PROTECTION ACTION

The Club has developed the following child protection procedures in place:

  1. Good practice guidelines for coaches, team managers and authorised helpers;
  2. Indicators for the recognition of abuse;
  3. Details of the local agencies for the reporting of abuse;
  4. Declaration forms, to be signed by all coaches, team managers and authorised helpers, regarding previous criminal history.

It is the responsibility of the Colts Manager to ensure that all coaches, team managers and authorised helpers are issued with this policy document, the good practice guidelines and the local contact list. The Colts Manager is also responsible for ensuring that each one of them signs the declaration form.

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDELINES IN THE CARE OF COLTS

(Issued to all coaches, team managers and authorised helpers)

Coaches, team managers and authorised helpers (i.e. coaches, etc.) should be sensitive to any concerns about abuse and act on them at an early stage. They should also offer appropriate support to those who report concerns.

Good Practice in the Care of Children

The following are examples of care that should be taken when dealing with colts:

Listening to Children

The first responses to child abuse are crucial, regardless of how knowledge of the abuse arises. Often children will be frightened, confused and feeling vulnerable. Listen carefully to the child. He/she should be reassured in a calm manner that they are safe, and have done the right thing by telling.

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RECOGNISING ABUSE

Typical indicators of abuse include the following, but this list is not exhaustive:

Additional indicators, which may also signal sexual abuse, include:

COMMON SITES FOR NON-ACCIDENTAL INJURY

The most common sites for non-accidental injury are:

Bruises are likely to be frequent, patterned (e.g. finger and thumb mark) and old and new in the same place.

Burns and scalds are likely to have clear outline, splash marks around burn area, unusual position (e.g. back of hand) and indicative shapes (e.g. cigarette burns, bar of electric fire).

Suspicious injuries are bite marks, fingernail marks, large and deep scratches or incisions (e.g. razor blades)

Sexual abuse may result in unexplained soreness, bleeding or injury in genital or anal area.