Does you or your Club have a Safeguarding problem? If so, please contact Phil Knappett – County Welfare Officer for Essex Cricket.

Phil can be contacted by;


Essex Cricket acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care, and is committed to ensuring that all children and young people participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club cricket activity.The Safeguarding Policy is not just to protect children in cricket, it is to introduce good practice, raise awareness and provide peace of mind.

This will be achieved by:

– Recognising that all Children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have a right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment.

– Expecting all clubs to appoint a Club Welfare Officer and ensuring that they attend all current and future training modules required by the ECB

– Ensuring that all people who work in cricket at or for our clubs, (such as Staff,
Officials, Volunteers, Team Managers, Coaches etc.) understand that the Safe Hands Policy applies to them according to their level of contact with children in Cricket.

– Ensuring that all individuals working within cricket at or for Essex Cricket are provided with support through education and training so that they are aware of and can adhere to good practice and code of conduct guidelines

– Ensuring that correct and comprehensive reporting procedures exist for raising and managing safeguarding and child protection concerns. Providing everyone connected with Essex Cricket (including parents, children and volunteers) with the opportunity to voice any concerns which they have (about possible suspected child abuse, and/or about poor practice) to the Essex Cricket Welfare Officer.

– Ensuring that all suspicions, concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

– Ensuring that access to confidential information relating to child welfare matters is restricted to Essex Cricket Welfare Officer and the appropriate external authorities as specified within ECB Safeguarding and child protection procedures.

– Recognise that abuse occurs when a vulnerable adult is mistreated, neglected or harmed by another person who holds a position of trust. Everyone has a right to feel safe, and to live without fear of abuse, neglect or exploitation. This would include all visitors, parents and grandparents at the club or away fixtures.

– Providing a welcoming and empowering environment where children are asked for and are able to offer their views and opinions (for example, about the game, training sessions, or arrangements generally) is a safer environment, where children feel more able to share concerns, and everyone feels more able to challenge poor practice or behaviour.

County Welfare Officer for Essex Cricket | Phil KnappettFormer Head of Recreational Cricket for Middlesex Cricket Board, ECB Coach Education Tutor and assessor. Sports Coach Lead Tutor and Trainer for Safeguarding and Protecting Children courses.

Available by mobile unitl 10pm each day for any situation that needs an immediate decision to be made. For advice or other issues please email full details:

Phone – 07768 558090 | Email – [email protected]


Graham Smith (Essex Cricket Development Manager) | Please get in contact regarding DBS support or information/bookings for SPC and Safe Hands.

Phone – 01245 254005 | Email – [email protected] | The Essex County Ground, New Writtle Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0PG.

Judy Coles (ECB COach Education Tutor & Assessor) | Judy works in a London Borough as a Headteacher in a diverse community. A Chance to Shine Trustee who has experience and training in FGM, Prevent and deals extensively with LADO’s (Local Authority Designated Officers). She can be contacted about any issues or when you would prefer to discuss a situation with a female member of staff.

Phone – 07968 531855

If you have any further queries that you believe cannot be dealt with locally, then please feel free to make contact with the ECB’s Child Protection Team on 02074 321200 or email [email protected].

Each Club should have a trained Club Welfare Officer who has attended the necessary courses:i) SCUK | Safeguarding and Protecting children & lasts for three years.
ECB Safe Hands Workshop | Refresher courses available after three years.iii) These courses can be booked from the Essex Cricket website in due course.iii) They should have an up to date ECB Enhanced DBS.When all three have been completed you can apply to become a DBS Section X verifier by sending a request to Graham Smith – [email protected] | The Cloudfm County Ground, New Writtle Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0PG.Ideally, each Club should also have a Deputy Welfare Officer to take the place of the Welfare Officer should they be away.Here are the key points of this crucial role:- Ensure that all members of the club are aware of your role and how to contact you.
– Ensure all members of the club that have contact with youngsters have an up to date DBS check. Monitor when DBS checks are due for renewal (every 3 years).
– Assist the club committee to Implement ECB policy and procedures related to safeguarding children and young people.
– Report any child safeguarding concern to the County Welfare Officer.
– Be clear about ECB reporting procedures.
– Ensure that registration records are kept for all junior club members and report forms are completed for any accident, incident or allegation made.
– Understand where sporting organisations fit within the legal framework for child safeguarding.
– Have a basic knowledge of roles and responsibilities of the statutory agencies (Police, Social Services,Health , Education plus NSPCC and Local Safeguarding Children Board).
– Have a basic knowledge of behaviour that is harmful to children and young people – from bullying to poor practice and abuse.
– Know how abusers ‘target’ and ‘groom’ organisations in order to abuse children and best practice in prevention.
– The CWO is not an investigative role.
– The Club Welfare Officer should have a place on the Club Committee and Safeguarding should be a standing item on the meeting agenda.
– Ensure all necessary club officials have a ECB Enhanced DBS certificate. They should point out this requirements when Clubs appoints officers in information and at any elections, e.g. Captains of Teams.

There are many aspects to running a cricket club and safeguarding has to be considered in lots of these, from the logistics of facilities and transport to ensuring that players are not put at risk on the field.

Confidentiality is key with any information you are given regarding a child’s situation. The ECB whistle blowing policy states that ‘All concerns will be treated in confidence. During the process of investigating the matter, every effort will be made to keep the identity of those raising the concern unknown, except to the minimum number of individuals practicable’

If your Club requires any DBS forms (formally CRB) then access – here. Alternatively, search ‘ECB DBS’ on Google for the relevant link.

What Is A DBS?DBS is short for the Disclosure & Barring Service which provides a vetting check on those working in a paid or voluntary role with children and vulnerable adults; it replaces the previously required CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks.ed.

Who Must Have A DBS Check?

Anyone over the age of 16 holding any of the following positions in a Club, league or other cricket organisation must have a valid and unexpired DBS certificate:

– Welfare Officer (all Club, League, or County posts)
– Coach (whether volunteer or paid, assisting or leading)
– Umpire
– Scorer
– Managers of colts or junior sections
– Age group managers
– Open age team captains
– Junior supervisors
– First aiders, physiotherapists & medical support

How Do I Obtain A DBS Application Form?

Please contact Graham Smith – [email protected] | 01245 254005.

How Much Will It Cost?

The cost of obtaining a DBS will be met by the ECB for all volunteers involved with cricket.

Who Will Know About My Criminal Convictions?

If convictions are revealed through a Vetting Check, only the ECB Child Protection Team will be aware of these unless there is an overriding need to share information with the County Welfare Officer or other external agencies in order to protect children. Where information is shared, this is done in accordance with the requirements of ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2013’. All information is kept confidential and managed within a secure environment, in-line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act and the DBS Code of Practice.

ID Check

You will need to ensure the following is completed on the form:

– Complete using BLACK INK
– Complete section A-E in CAPITAL letters. Please write neatly, keeping letters inside each box
– Put a line through any mistakes and write the correction to the right – do not use correction fluid
– Ensure National insurance number, Driving Licence & Passport number are on the form – if applicable
– You MUST bring with you documents that identify you and where you live.

FULL DETAILS ARE INCLUDED IN EVERY DBS APPLICATION PACK. It is recommended you read the instructions before completing the form and producing your ID documents to the Evidence Checker and details of Evidence Checking events will be published by the Cricket Board from time-to-time.

For other roles, the ECB has created a tool to assist clubs in determining which level of Check – if any – is required (See ‘How to determine which roles in Cricket are Regulated Activity’ on the ECB website or available from your Club Welfare Officer) or contact [email protected]

When Am I Officially Cleared?

Once you receive your DBS certificate in the post this does not complete the process. You will need to post the original certificate back to TMG so that they can sign the check off on ECB’s database. Assuming there are no concerns with the information on the DBS Certificate this will complete the process and SCB will subsequently be able to verify that your check is completed.

Overseas Vetting Checks:

It is just as important to have a check carried out on overseas coaches. A non-UK vetting form will have to be completed and returned to the ECB along with a copy of the candidate’s passport, visa to enter the UK and police check from their home country. The Overseas Vetting form lasts only for the calendar year in which it is issued i.e. a new form will be required every season.

In cricket, you need a new DBS Check every three years, irrespective of how many other CRBs you have.

The DBS certificate is sent to the individual only. The ECB then requests that you send your certificate to them for verification. (this is a change to the procedure which was introduced in 2013).

Photocopies of certificates should never be taken by Clubs, schools or other organisations.

Courses: ECB Safe Hands and Sports Coach UK SPC

Club welfare Officers will need to complete two pieces of training:

A Safeguarding & Protecting Children Certificate – View More Information

ECB Safe Hands Course: this is the training course for Club Welfare Officers in Cricket – View More Information

The Essex Cricket and the ECB are committed to ensuring that all children who take part in cricket have a safe, positive and enjoyable experience, whatever their level of involvement. The welfare of children who play cricket is paramount and everyone has a role to play in ensuring they are safe from abuse of any kind.

It is a requirement for clubs with Clubmark accreditation and clubs with a league playing side and/or junior section to have a qualified Club Welfare Officer.

If you have any further queries that you believe cannot be dealt with locally then please feel free to make contact with the ECB’s Child Protection Team on 02074 321200 or email [email protected].


If you are a CSW/Level 2 Coach and need to renew your Safeguarding Young Cricketers certificate please Graham Smith with the following details with yourFull Name, Date of Birth, Email, Address, Postcode and Contact Number

You will then receive an email from [email protected] (if not then please check your junk mail) which will provide you with a password to your own e-learning portal where you can complete the safeguarding young cricketers module online and this will stay in date for 3 years – at which point you will have to renew the certificate again.

For any other information please view here or contact Graham Smith.

The SYC course now takes the place of the previous SportsCoachUK SPC Course. Any coach or member of the cricketing community that needs to update their SPC or take the SPC course can now do the SYC certificate in its place (except Club Welfare Officers (CWOs). CWOs may only do SYC instead of SPC if they are ALSO a coach). This is an online course that is free of charge. Once you have registered for this course the Graham Smith will contact you within 10 working days with all the necessary details to complete the course. Candidates must make sure that they have access to the internet in order to complete this course.

There are a couple exemptions where this will not be the case and these people will need to attend an SPC Course:

1. Overseas Coach who has a recognised qualification but no SPC – Must attend face to face SCUK Safeguarding and Protecting children course.
2. UKCC coach who isn’t certificated, only reason being non-attendance at SPC – Must attend face to face SCUK Safeguarding and Protecting children course.

Full information can be found in Safe Hands at:

When a player is playing in the seasons Under 13’s age group and is in Year 8 at school they can play in Open Age (Adult) Cricket. Each case is determined on the player’s ability and stage of cognitive and emotional maturity.The Club Welfare Officer should ensure that the captain of the side has an up to date ECB DBS Enhanced clearance and they are aware of all policies as below and will discuss with parents those issues. In addition they will adhere to ECB Helmets, Fast Bowling Directives and Fielding regulations for that child’s age group. They should also ensure that umpires are aware of their age and this is taken into consideration around the hydration requirements of children who will playing longer games and could be fielding under intense sun for three plus hours.

Parents should give written consent for them to play by personal letter or email, confirming they are aware of the following policies.

  • Changing and showering
  • Transport
  • Contacting about availability to play
  • Social Media

If the child has not progressed through the club’s youth structure, parents should be invited to the club to ensure they are clear about the above policies.