Durham Cricket is committed to safeguarding and protecting children, young people and adults at risk to enjoy the game of cricket, both recreational and professional formats of the game.
Individually and collectively, we are signed up to the ECB Safe Hands Policy and are committed to deliver the ECB Safeguarding Standards as set out in the County Partnership Agreement.
We recognise our collective and individual safeguarding responsibilities and accountabilities.
We commit to:
- Implementing preventative safeguarding measures and creating safe and enjoyable cricket settings.
- Having clear, simple process in place for reporting concerns.
- Ensuring safeguarding concerns regarding children and adults at risk are managed appropriately and thoroughly in conjunction with the ECB, Statutory agencies and other organisations as appropriate.
This commitment is made by our Board of Directors to show our commitment to delivering the Safeguarding Standards for Cricket, set out by the ECB through the Safe Hand Policy.
Our Safeguarding Officer
Phone Number: 07719071270
Reporting a concern
Safeguarding concerns must be passed on in a timely manner – both within the organisation and to external agencies when appropriate – so that action can be taken to address and manage them. Please follow the below recording and reporting procedures.
- Write down what happened as soon as possible
- Be as accurate as you can about what you have seen, heard and or been told
- Use calm and neutral language
- Use the ECB referral form if possible
- Contact the County Safeguarding Officer or ECB Safeguarding Team
- Be mindful of personal opinions or feelings – be clear about these if including them in the report
Low-level concerns, sometimes called poor practice, are small rule breaks that breach our code of conduct or behaviour that falls below what is required by Durham Cricket and the ECB.
Durham Cricket encourages clubs to challenge all concerns, including those thought of as low-level, to discourages any further rule breaking or escalating poor behaviour from taking place. When lower-level concerns are left unchallenged it creates the environment for more serious rule breaks and even abuse to occur.
Your County Safeguarding Officer– sometimes with the ECB safeguarding case management team’s support– may decide that a concern constitutes a low-level concern and is on hand to support you and your club to manage these concerns.
Low-level concerns may require investigation or subsequent management at a local level through the County or Club Safeguarding officer. Persistent poor practice, or investigations that reveal serious concerns will be referred to the ECB national safeguarding team who will make a decision about further action. This will usually include consultation with – or referral to – statutory agencies.