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Rainhill CC Child Protection Policy

Rainhill Cricket Club is affiliated to the Lancashire County Cricket Board (LCB)

  1. IntroductionThis policy document is based on the guidelines set down in the ECB Document "SAFE HANDS" Welfare of Young People Cricket Policy. All young people at Rainhill CC regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability have the right:(i) - To be protected.(ii) - Enjoy their cricket in a safe environmentAdults working for Rainhill CC with young people will:(i) Adhere to the standards set out in this document(ii) Provide a safe and positive and fun cricketing experience for young people(iii) Will be familiar with this document and have access to the ECB Welfare of Young People Cricket Policy via Rainhill CC Youth Development Officer.Management Committee for Rainhill CC will:(i) - Fully endorse the contents of this document.(ii) - Ensure any allegations or suspicions relating to young people will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately.
  2. Good Practice(a) - Ensure that cricket is fun, enjoyable and fair play is promoted(b) - Treat all young people equally with respect and dignity(c) - The welfare of the young person comes before winning(d) - Do not use bad language, smoke or drink while in charge of young people(e) - Work in an open environment both physically and emotionally,   e.g. encourage participation.(f) - Give enthusiastic and constructive feedback(g) - Ensure proper records are kept and are at hand if required (including accident and injury).(h) - Ensure physical contact should be appropriate and with the young person's permission(i) - Always follow up allegations made by a young person in accordance with the guidelines in the ECB Welfare of Young People Cricket Policy.(j) - Keep your technical skills, qualifications and insurances up to date.(k) - Always inform a parent if:
  3. Poor Practice
    (a) - Never spend time alone with young people away from others.(b) - Take young people to your home where they will be alone with you.(c) - Engage in rough, physical or sexually provocative games.(d) - Never make sexually suggestive remarks to a young person.(e) - Never allow inappropriate language to be used unchallenged.(f) - Never do things of a personal nature for a young person that they should do themselves.(g) - Transport young people in your car alone.(h) - Transport young people if you are not insured, your car has not a valid MC (see exlusion section).
  4. ECB Welfare Incident FormThis is part of the Welfare of Young People Cricket Policy document and therefore can be obtained via the Youth Development Officer and must be completed if any of the best practice guidelines above are breached.
  5. Photograph or use of videoParents permission should be sought before young people's pictures are put on the website. Video analysis plays a big part in the coaching of a young cricketer. However, parents permission should be sought before taking video footage of their children and the footage should be stored. Full guidelines on the use of photography are included in the ECB guidelines.
  6. Changing Facilities(a) - Children's changing rooms under the age of 10 should be supervised at all times by staff of the same gender as the players.(b) - Adults should not shower with children under 16. If young people do not wish to shower in public they should be put under no pressure to do so. They should be encouraged to do so at home.
  7. Guidance for Parents(a) - Parents should be made aware that:(b) -Rainhill CC encourage coaching staff to be appropriately qualified and aware of all child protection issues.(c) - Rainhill CC encourage parents to get involved with the Club.(d) - If a parent/carer is late the club will:    (i) - Attempt to make contact with the parent/carer.    (ii) - Wait with the young person (preferably accompanied by other adults).     (iii) - Not send a child home with another person without prior permission.    (iv) - Remind parents/carers re late collection.    (v) - As a last resort inform Social Services or the Police.
  8. Use of alcolhol or illegal substances(a) - Young people will not be allowed to drink alcohol, smoke or take illegal substances while at Rainhill CC.(b) - Adults should not drink alcohol, smoke or take illegal substances while in charge of young persons.
  9. Indicators of abuseThrough training, Rainhill CC coaches will be able to recognise situations where children may have been abused, and guidelines exist to help them assist the young person in an appropriate manner are set out fully in the ECB policy document.
  10. Bullying and harassmentSimilarly to the case with abuse Rainhill CC staff will be able to recognise situations where this is occurring and is obviously at odds with our policy of providing an environment where young people can enjoy their cricket.
  11. RecruitmentRainhill CC has a volunteer recruitment policy whichj aims to ensure only appropriate adults work with young people at the club.Visibility
  12. Rainhill CC will ensure that all members and parents within the club are aware of this document and the obligations that go with it.

Rainhill CC Child Protection Officer:

Chris Partington: Mob 07940 901842


John Rotheram: Mob 07958 749817

                                     Signed: _______________________ President - Date:     /   / 

                                     Signed: _______________________ Chairman - Date:   /   /