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Updates

Updates

All Safeguarding updates throughout the season will appear here.


ON-LINE PLATFORMS

As we all look for ways of staying connected, diversifying our way of working via safe and secure platforms has become a priority. This a reminder for all of us that we need to review and update our E-policies and Code of Conducts where appropriate.

There are many sources of information that you can refer to such as:

NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
CPSU https://thecpsu.org.uk/
London Sport https://londonsport.org/about-us/safeguarding/
ECB https://www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding

Please see below some ideas on how to connect with our communities safely, this is not an exhaustive list but aimed to support your club working out what is right for you and how you will adapt your policies:

Ensure that each session is allocated a different password.

Passwords are sent only to parent’s emails so they can sign in, if working with U18’s

Upon dialling in, all invitees will go into a waiting room for admission by the organiser / Team Manager / second coach, who will stay on line monitoring the group throughout the session.

Parents must ensure their login contains their name so they can be identified.

Anyone who is not recognised or has a generic name such as iPhone X will not be admitted to the session.

The meeting host must disable the ability for participants to record the session.

Only coaches / team managers who are DBS compliant to be allowed to host the sessions when working with U18’s.

Coaches / Managers to remove any participants who are behaving inappropriately, and consider shutting the call down entirely if appropriate.

All coaches must gain permission from the Head Coach or the committee before putting a workout on social media.

Maintain professional boundaries, as you would if it was a face to face session.

Make sure appropriate images are used and the activities are suitable for U18’s.

Make sure you dress appropriately.

Make sure there is nothing ‘unsuitable in the view behind you.

Ensure everyone on your call is in an appropriate environment like a lounge or garden not some-one’s bedroom for example.

If you are looking to record any sessions this must follow your club’s Policies and gain explicit consent of the parent and child, and agree what happens with the recording.

Any concerns, incidents or anything you feel uncomfortable about should be reported as normal to the Club Welfare Officer or County Welfare Officer.

It is important that we remember that all current Safeguarding measures that apply in real world interactions apply in the virtual world. As an example, please consider how you can encourage parents to engage with the session and finally how will we all empower young people to report any behaviours that makes them feel uncomfortable through these different forums.


Keeping Children Safe Online

Your children are very likely to be spending more time on their computers, phones and other devices accessing the internet over the coming months. Unfortunately, they are at increased risk of abuse and exploitation. This could be when communicating with genuine friends or people they think are their friends online, who could be masquerading as a child/someone their age.

We have been asked to share these resources for children aged between 4 and 17. They are simple, fun, activity packs and for primary children you can do them together. They are designed to keep children safe. Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency's CEOP Command (Child Exploitation and Online Protection).

NB Thank you to the Kent CWO for this information


Child Protection in Sport Unit - Update

Please see below the latest update from the Child Protection in Sport Unit, there is an interesting article on Remote Coaching and Mental Health and Wellbeing.

VIEW UPDATE HERE.

VIEW MENTAL HEALTH ARTICLE HERE.


Website Update: Safeguarding / Updates

Captain’s Roles and Responsibilities

Middlesex Cricket and the ECB actively encourages the development of young players and to help you, it is important you follow the guidance set out in Safe Hands, which is Cricket’s policy for Safeguarding Children.

We want as many young people as possible to transition into regular players for open age teams and become adult playing members. You can play an important part in this transition; the experience they receive when playing open age cricket for the first season could give them a life-time passion for the game or put them off completely.

Whilst it is appreciated these younger players (aged between 13 and 17) often want to be treated as adults, if they do not receive the right sort of understanding, encouragement and support, many of them will leave the game.

You will no doubt be well aware of your role as Team Captain pertaining to the actual game of cricket, but you also need to be aware of your safeguarding responsibilities as a Captain and this document sets out these considerations.

You have a duty of care, on behalf of your Club for the well- being of all under 18s in your team, and in the opposition’s team.

Please click here to download the Captain’s R&R’s document.

Heatwave Advice

As climate in this country changes we do need to be prepared for our summer to experience severe heat, we have attached a document from the East Midlands Ambulance Service sharing useful advice on what to be prepared for which can be downloaded here. We are also including a link to the NHS website which has further information: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/

As requested in our recent Safeguarding Roadshows, we took your collective questions and raised these at the recent ECB Regional Safeguarding Forum, please find the responses below:

Middlesex stated they had concerns on the current advice and were uncomfortable with non-medical professionals assessing potential concussion. The ECB Safeguarding officers will look into this across the relevant ECB departments and come back to counties.

Welfare Officer Update – 01.03.2019

Please find below a list of updated documents added or adapted in Safe Hands:

Working Together 2018 diagram plus description of our safeguarding responsibilities (section 2)

Inclusion of Codes of Conduct for All Stars Cricket Activators and for Coaches

Changes to ‘Photography, filming and Social Media broadcast guidelines’

Inclusion of the OK Kids Sun Safety Code

Changes to ‘ECB Guidance for clubs on the use of Social Media, texts, apps, email and messaging services’

Inclusion of sample CPSU Social Media Policy

Simplification of ‘Responding to, recording and reporting concerns’

New – ‘ECB Guidance: Concussion’

Inclusion of Concussion fact sheets

Changes to ‘ECB Guidelines for Junior Players in Open Age Group Cricket’ : specifically “Please be aware that at under 12 level the ECB recommends that the focus is on participation rather than Talent I.D, and many counties no longer run under 12 squads. Inclusion of ANY under 12s in Open Age teams should be an exception and not an expectation”

A completely new and re-written guidance on taking children away from the club, which has brought in the lessons learnt by Ashleigh in her work on the Festivals project last summer.


Safeguarding Information for Captains of Open Age Cricket Teams

Middlesex Cricket and the ECB actively encourages the development of young players and to help you, it is important you follow the guidance set out in Safe Hands, which is Cricket’s policy for Safeguarding Children.

We want as many young people as possible to transition into regular players for open age teams and become adult playing members. You can play an important part in this transition; the experience they receive when playing open age cricket for the first season could give them a life-time passion for the game or put them off completely.

Whilst it is appreciated these younger players (aged between 13 and 17) often want to be treated as adults, if they do not receive the right sort of understanding, encouragement and support, many of them will leave the game.
You will no doubt be well aware of your role as Team Captain pertaining to the actual game of cricket, but you also need to be aware of your safeguarding responsibilities as a Captain and this document sets out these considerations.

You have a duty of care, on behalf of your Club for the well- being of all under 18s in your team, and in the opposition’s team.

You must have a current ECB DBS disclosure.If you don’t have one, ask your Club Welfare Officer to start the process for you. You will not be able to captain until the DBS is cleared.

Take your responsibility seriously

Make sure you know who your Club Welfare Officer is, and how to contact them

Know how to respond to a disclosure from a young person

Report any concerns or worries you have about a young person to your Club Welfare Officer

Inform the Umpire and opposition captain about all Under 18s in your team – use player cards at all times

Ensure you have the emergency contact details and any medical conditions for any Under 18s in your team, remember this information is confidential

Welcome new Under 18s in your team and tell them to come and talk to you about any concerns they have regarding their game

Encourage good sportsmanship within your team, recognising good play both in your team and the opposition and recognising good performance not just match results

Encourage good sportsmanship within your team, supporting the efforts of all the young players even when they are not successful – don’t just recognise the most talented

Provide an opportunity for young players to show their talents in an appropriate way – young people who are just used as fielders will not fully experience the game

Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief

Challenge any form of bullying of Under 18s

Only use parent contact information for communication for all U16’s. Between 16 and 18 ask parents permission to communicate and copy parents in.

Ensure you are aware of the transport policy in your club – ECB guidance is that all Under 18s/their parents are responsible for arranging their own transport to and from matches (e.g. they take them themselves or arrange for their child to go with a friend or other member of the team) – the Club/You should not arrange the transport or provide this directly

Ensure you are aware of the changing room policy in your club regarding Under 18s.Under 18s should change separately from over 18’s.

Be aware that if Under 18s have to share a changing room with Over 18s, it is best for them to get changed early before batting starts, and for them to take their batting kit out with them to pad up.

Ensure you are aware of your club’s policy for mobile phones in changing rooms:ECB guidance is that no mobile phones are allowed to be used in the changing rooms for any purpose.This is because photos and videos can be taken and go viral in seconds or be used for other purposes that would cause safeguarding concerns.This means phones should not be used at all – including for playing music or checking texts and e-mails etc as it is not possible to ensure someone is not covertly taking photos.

Do not engage in any form of sexually related contact with an Under 18 player including sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms

Do not allow bullying or swearing at young players (or indeed any players) or any behaviour they might find intimidating

Selecting under 18 players for your team – ECB guidelines state the minimum age is under 13 age group players, who are in year 8 age group and aged 12 on the 1st September of the preceding year.

GAME SPECIFIC

Supervising Children @cricket sessions

Ensure all mandatory protective equipment is used including Head Protectors

Concussion fact sheets

Fielding regulations and pitch lengths

Fast Bowling Directives

Junior players in open age cricket

Girls playing in boys age group leagues and competitions

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Club Welfare Officer, any concerns or incidents should be reported to the Club WO immediately.


If you cannot contact your Club WO, please contact the Middlesex County Welfare Officer, Sharon Eyers on 07557 956354 or email [email protected]


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