Resources to support clubs and CWOs can be accessed here
Club Welfare Officers
All cricket clubs have an obligation to appoint a Club Welfare Officer, irrespective as to whether they have a junior section at their club. These officers have a remit to provide advice on Safeguarding issues and to ensure that the club adheres to all aspects of Safeguarding. To become a fully qualified Welfare Officer an individual is required to hold the following certifications:
“ECB Safe Hands”’ certificate dated within the last three years.
“Safeguarding & Protecting Children” (SPC) certificate dated within the last three years.
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Young Female Participants in Cricket
Sadly the ECB Safeguarding Team has received reports of sexual harassment of female players, either on the pitch through inappropriate language or ‘sledging’, or off the pitch via unsolicited text and social media contact. Clubs and welfare officers are reminded that such behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. No young women should receive such attention through taking part in cricket.
The following should be brought to the attention of Club Welfare Officers
Members should be reminded of their own codes of conduct, and the guidance included in “Safe Hands”, especially “ECB guidance for clubs on the use of Social Media, texts and email”.
Clubs should also be reminded that “sledging” female players by reference to their body parts constitutes sexual harassment. Where any such incident involves an under 18 player, this must be reported as a safeguarding matter and will be dealt with as such.
Female participants should be encouraged to report any incidents of unwanted comment, attention or harassment to the Club Welfare Officer, who should inform the County Welfare Officer.
Any concerns can also be reported at any time directly to the ECB Safeguarding Team at email@example.com