CODE OF CONDUCT FOR CRICKET CLUB MEMBERS AND GUESTS
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of cricket.
- Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief.
- Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination witnessed.
- Display high standards of behaviour.
- Promote the positive aspects of Cricket e.g. fair play.
- Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them, respecting the decisions of match officials.
- Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials.
- Recognise good performance not just match results.
- Place the well-being and safety of young people above the development of performance.
- Ensure the activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual.
- Respect young people’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in cricket.
- Not smoke, drink, or use banned substances whilst actively working with young people in the Club.
- Not provide young people with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club.
- Follow ECB guidelines set out in the “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children” and any other relevant guidelines issued.
- Reports any concerns in relation to a young person, following the reporting procedures laid down by the ECB.
The club’s coaching staff are all ECB qualified and are members of the ECB Coaches Association. Club coaches and team managers have completed a Disclosure and Barring Service check and have attended a Good Practice and Child Protection course. There are also some coaches who have a First Aid Qualification.
All Club Members who have regular contact with children will also be asked to have a DBS check and are required to conform to the ECB Coaches Code of Conduct.
JUNIOR SECTION RULES
The Cricket Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well being of all its members. The Club believes that it is important that members, guests, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times show respect, be encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with the Junior Chairman, Club Welfare Officer or other representative of the Junior Section.
As a member of Penrith Cricket, Sports and Social Club you are expected to abide by the general rules of the Club, our Code of conduct for members and guests and by following the Junior Section rules.
1) All members must play cricket within the laws and in the spirit of the game.
2) All members must respect colleagues, opponents and officials. Do not make derogatory comments or gestures about your colleagues or opponents. Never try to intimidate the opposition by threats or excessive triumphalism.
3) Be polite to umpires and respect their decisions. Do not show dissent! Do not throw tantrums or cricket equipment. Such behaviour invites sanctions from the Club under the Club’s Disciplinary Policy.
4) Members should keep to agreed timings for practice and matches or inform their coach or team manager at the earliest opportunity if they cannot play or are going to be late.
5) All members must wear appropriate kit – properly! Cricket whites and suitable trainers or cricket shoes should be worn for matches. Tracksuits are permitted for practising.
6) All players under the age of 18 years must wear helmets when batting and when standing up to the stumps when wicket keeping.
CHILD WELFARE OFFICER
The Club Welfare Officer with responsibility for the young members is :
Home Tel No: 01768 866906
The Club Welfare Officer will
- Act as the first point of contact for the reporting of Child Welfare and Protection concerns.
- Help and safeguard young people by assisting in the promotion and implementation of the Welfare of Young People Policy at a club level.
- To assist in the raising of awareness of others at the Club in respect of Child Protection.
- To be a source of advice and information within the Club.
- To uphold confidentiality, as far as is practical in all Child Protection matters.
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PARENTS / GUARDIANS
1) Encourage your child to learn the laws of the game and to play within the spirit of those laws.
2) Discourage unfair play and disputes with officials / coaches.
3) Help your child to recognise good performance not just results.
4) Never force your child to take part in any sport.
5) Set a good example by recognising fair play and by applauding the good performances of all.
6) Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
7) Publicly accept the judgement of officials without argument or comment.
8) Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy cricket and to develop within it.
9) Use correct and proper language at all times.
10) Do not forget, children are involved in organised sport for their enjoyment not yours.
GUIDELINES FOR CLUB CHANGING POLICY
The Club has issued guidelines for changing as it affects junior members. These guidelines are shown below. There is also an equity statement which outlines the open constitution which the Club adopts. A copy of this is displayed on the Club noticeboard.
The Club has applied the following guidelines which apply to Adults and Young People (under the age of 18) sharing changing facilities.
1) Adults should where possible change / shower at separate times to young people.
2) Where adults and young people need to share a changing facility, the Club must have consent from parents that their child / children can share a changing room with the adults in the Club.
By allowing their child / children to play this will be deemed as parents giving their consent. If consent is not given the parents should make this clear in writing to the Club.
3) If young people need to share changing facilities with adults, their parents should be allowed to supervise them whilst they are changing if they wish to do so.
4) Mobile phones must not be used in the changing rooms at any time.
5) In the case of mixed gender teams males and females must changed at separate times.
Members and Guests include all members and officers of the Cricket Club and all guests of those members and officers, as well as all individuals who watch / attend / participate / officiate in matches hosted by the club in whatever capacity
In addition to the above all Club Officers and Appointed Volunteers will:
- Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance.
- Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment).
- Inform players and parents of the requirements of Cricket.
- Know and understand the ECB’S “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children”.
- Develop an appropriate working relationship with young players, based on mutual trust and respect.
- Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out within the recommended guidelines with the young players full consent and approval.
- Not engage in any form of sexually related contact with a young player. This is strictly forbidden as is sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms. The ECB adopts the Home Office guidelines which recommend the principle – “People in positions of trust and authority do not have sexual relationships with 16-17 year olds in their care.
- Attend appropriate training to keep up to date with their role and especially in respect to the Safeguarding of young people.
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
To clarify the steps to be taken when child protection issues are identified and to
ensure all coaches are familiar with them prior to them undertaking a coaching role.
This will be the responsibility of the appointed Child Welfare Officer currently
Mark Osborne (01768 866906) , who is required
to keep updated and inform coaches of any changes regarding child protection laws
and/or best practice.
To ensure children receive appropriate advice from the appropriate agencies
where required e.g. police, Social Services Department, etc.
The information in this policy is based on the following principles:-
a) the child’s welfare is paramount;
b) all children have the right to protection from abuse;
c) all suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly
d) all children have the right to be safe and treated with dignity and respect;
e) all coaches have recourse against any allegations made against them.
PROCEDURES - WHAT TO DO
1) If there are concerns about the welfare of a child these should be reported immediately
to the Child Welfare Officers.
2) It is the responsibility of this/these person(s) to inform the Social Services Department
without delay. If these persons are not available the person discovering or being
informed of the abuse should immediately contact the Social Services Department or the
3) If anyone is not sure what to do advice can be obtained by telephoning the NSPCC 24
hour free phone Helpline - the number is 0800 800500.
NB: a coach should never question a child beyond brief enquiries about the suspicions.
You may later be accused of “putting words into their mouths”.
4) Coaches seeking help in defence of any allegation should be encouraged to seek
support through: -
a) reference to legal advice, e.g. solicitors, etc.;
b) Citizens Advice Bureau;
c) National Coaching Foundation (if a member);
d) Association of Cricket Coaches (if a member).
5) If any of the above circumstances arise this should be recorded in the Incident Book
(copy in the Club).
PROMOTING GOOD PRACTICE
It is important that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure unsuitable people are
prevented from working with children. Therefore: -
1) Any person wishing to join the Club as a coach/volunteer should complete the
application form for a coaching/voluntary position.
2) All coaches/volunteers should complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) form to
ensure that they are fit and proper persons to work as a coach/volunteer with children.
The completed form should be handed to Mark Osborne for completion and submission.
3) All coaches/volunteers are required to attend a training course reference child
4) All coaches/volunteers should undergo an induction programme to ensure they are
aware of the Club’s Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct and to ascertain their
GUIDELINES FOR COACHES WHEN DEALING WITH INJURIES TO
1) If a child suffers injury to an intimate part of his or her body the coach should only
check the injury if the child gives his/her consent. There should ALWAYS be another
adult present at ALL times. It may be more appropriate to contact the child’s parents to
carry out an examination as required.
2) If a coach is unsure of how to proceed, the incident should be discussed with the
person in charge.
3) All physical injuries suffered by children should be reported in the Accident Book
(copy in the Club).
This Child Protection Policy is designed to provide guidelines on appropriate actions and
procedures to be undertaken.
For further detail and information all coaches should consult the “Child Protection Policy
Statement” published by the England and Wales Cricket Board (copy in the Club).
INCLUSION & DIVERSITY POLICY
The Penrith Cricket Club in all its activities, is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity in cricket, and to ensuring that its employees, members and all other individuals working or volunteering for Penrith Cricket Club, and participating in or watching Penrith Cricket Club’s activities are treated fairly and are able to conduct their activities free from discrimination, harassment or intimidation.
• Penrith Cricket Club in all its activities will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably against on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation.
• Penrith Cricket Club will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of individuals.
• Penrith Cricket Club will endeavour to create access and opportunities for all those individuals who wish to participate, and are lawfully eligible to participate, in its activities.
• Penrith Cricket Club will ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that its employees, members and volunteers adhere to these requirements and this policy.
• This policy is fully supported by the Penrith Cricket Club’s officers and [management committee] who are responsible for the implementation of this policy.
Penrith Cricket Club is committed to the investigation of any claims when brought to its attention, of discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual, and reserves the right to impose such sanction as it considers appropriate and proportionate, where such is found to be the case.
• In the event that any employee, member, volunteer, participant or spectator feels that he has suffered discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation, they should report the matter in writing to the management committee of Penrith Cricket Club.
• Any such report should include details of what occurred; when and where the occurrence took place; any witness details and copies of any witness statements.
• If the accused individual is an employee, the management committee will regard the issue as a disciplinary issue and will follow Penrith Cricket Club’s employment disciplinary procedure.
• If the accused individual is a non-employee, the management committee:
- may decide (at its sole discretion) to uphold or dismiss the complaint without holding a hearing;
- may (at its sole discretion) hold a hearing at which both parties will be entitled to attend and present their case;
- will have the power to impose any one or more of the following sanctions on any person found to be in breach of any policy: (a) warn as to future conduct; (b) suspend from membership; (c) remove from membership; (d) exclude a non-member from the facility, either temporarily or permanently; and (e) turn down a non-member’s current and/or future membership application; and
- will provide both parties with written reasons for its decision.
• A party may appeal a decision of the [management committee] to the relevant County Cricket board by writing to the relevant County Cricket Board within 3 months of Penrith Cricket Club’s decision being notified to that party.
• If the nature of the complaint is with regard to the management committee of the Penrith Cricket Club the complainant may report the complaint directly to the relevant County Cricket Board.
This policy will be reviewed periodically by the Penrith Cricket Club in consultation with the England and Wales Cricket Board Limited.
EQUITY POLICY STATEMENT
This club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:
“Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure that it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.
The club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social / economic status.
The club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from intimidation, harassment and abuse.
All club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and to promote equality of opportunity.
The club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to the club disciplinary procedures.
VULNERABLE ADULTS PROTECTION POLICY
Penrith Cricket Club is committed to ensuring that vulnerable people who use our services are not abused and that working practices minimise the risk of such abuse. The Staff, Volunteers, Trustees and Committee have a duty to identify abuse and report it.
Vulnerable adults are people who are over 18 years of age and are getting or may need help and services to live in the community. Vulnerable adults may be unable to take care of themselves and unable to protect themselves from harm or exploitation by other people.
Abuse can include:
• emotional abuse
Abuse can take place in any setting, public or private, and can be perpetuated by anyone.
Rights & Responsibilities
Responsibilities of Penrith Cricket Club:
• To ensure volunteers are aware of vulnerable adult’s need for protection
• To notify the appropriate agencies if abuse is identified or suspected
• To support and where possible secure the safety of individuals and ensure that all referrals to services have full information in relation to identified risk and vulnerability
• To Criminal Records Board (CRB) check volunteers that have access to or work with Vulnerable Adults
Responsibilities of Volunteers and staff:
• To be familiar with the vulnerable adult protection policy
• To take appropriate action in line with the policy of Penrith Cricket Club
• To declare any existing or subsequent convictions.
Support for those who report abuse
All those making a complaint or allegation or expressing concern, whether they are staff, volunteers, users of the Club, carers, members of the general public should be reassured that:
• They will be taken seriously
• Their comments will usually be treated confidentially, but their concerns may be shared with the appropriate authorities if they or others are at significant risk
The Vulnerable Adult has the right:
• To be made aware of this policy
• To have alleged incidents recognised and taken seriously
• To receive fair and respectful treatment throughout
• To be involved in any process as appropriate
• To receive information about the outcome
We are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.