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Policies: Child Welfare

Posted by Stuart Rudkin on 06/12/2016 20:25

Child Welfare

The Club has adopted the ECB’s Child Welfare Policy “Safe Hands”.

The Club has appointed Club Welfare Officers who have undergone the necessary training and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. The Club Welfare Officers are members of the Management Committee and elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. The management and coaches of the junior teams and the Captains and Vice-Captains of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI’s are also subject to CRB checks.

Saying No to Bullies

The Club Welfare Officers are always willing to talk with and advise parents if there is a problem.

What is bullying? People use the word without thinking. A bully tries by word or action to intimidate or to make a young person feel uncomfortable and ill at ease. This may take place on the cricket field, in the changing room or pavilion or away from Club premises.

We are all responsible for ensuring that young cricketers can play cheerfully without feeling intimidated or unhappy. Adults and children, parents, coaches, managers, Club members, even spectators and most important the young players and team members who are close to anyone bullying or bullied must be alert.

We are a “telling” Club, by which we mean that if there is bullying then we will tell someone who can take action. Tell your coach, manager, a friend or an adult. Don’t ignore it! We will listen carefully and take appropriate action. The advice and support of the Club Welfare Officers is available to help in resolving problems.

If a child is unhappy and feeling bullied, friends or parents or anyone aware of the problem should intervene. We will support the victim with proper sensitivity. Often the bully will need advice and help in changing behaviour.

Treat others as you would wish to be treated is a common phrase, but a good guide for the way we behave in our relationships with others. If we are considerate to the feelings and views of others, if we respect, value, encourage, praise, and support, we can build a civilised club. Club officials set the example by their manner in coaching and managing in a friendly and positive spirit. In running youth cricket we aim to build teams by positive encouragement. No player will be picked on or humiliated. If a child is being physically bullied or abused the incident may be (but is not always) obvious to friends. Verbal abuse, name calling, threats and teasing can be just as damaging and should be seen as serious enough to be acted upon. “It was only a joke” is an unacceptable excuse for badmouthing another player.

Initiation ceremonies are inappropriate. Young players joining senior teams are taking a big step and they need to be managed and supported in the spirit of cricket.

Our Club is committed to equal opportunities for all members. Comments of a racial or sexual nature are unacceptable.

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