Our Safeguarding Policy
Middlesex Cricket acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance, complies with best practice and adopts the England & Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) requirements as documented in cricket's policy for safeguarding children - Safe Hands.
This policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children
• have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at Middlesex Cricket in a safe and child centred environment
• are protected from abuse whilst participating in cricket or other activities delivered by Middlesex Cricket
Middlesex Cricket acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.
As part of our safeguarding policy Middlesex Cricket will:
• promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
• appoint a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) employee within the senior leadership team and a County Welfare Officer
• ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children, young people & vulnerable adults
• ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern
• ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
• prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals
• ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.
The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Middlesex Cricket. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.
The policy will be reviewed annually or in the following circumstances:
• changes in legislation and/or government guidance
• as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport and/or Home Country Sports Councils and the ECB.
• as a result of any other significant change or event.