All Members and Guests of LEEDS AND BROOMFIELD CRICKET CLUB
ARE REQUIRED TO abide by the provisions of this Code of Conduct and any subsequent updates as may be in force from time to time, and by their presence on Club premises or at Club events or activities are deemed to have accepted and to abide by the provisions of this Code and any other relevant Codes of Conduct, Rules or Regulations the Club has adopted.
All Members and Guests LEEDS AND BROOMFIELD CRICKET CLUB will:
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of Cricket
• 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
• Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed
• Display high standards of behaviour
• Promote the positive aspects of Cricket e.g. fair play
• Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them, respecting the decisions of match officials
• Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials
• Recognise good performance not just match results
• Place the well-being and safety of children above the development of performance
• Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual
• Respect children’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in Cricket
• Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with children in the Club.
• Not provide children with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club
• Follow ECB guidelines set out in the ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’ and any other relevant guidelines issued
• Report any concerns in relation to a child, following reporting procedures laid down by the ECB
Leeds and Broomfield Cricket Club
Code of Conduct for Cricket Club Members and Guests
In addition to the above, all Club Officers and Appointed Volunteers will:
- Have been appropriately vetted, if required, before taking on their role Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance
- Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment)
- Inform Players and Parents of the requirements of Cricket
- Know and understand the ECB’s ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’
- Develop an appropriate working relationship with young players, based on mutual trust and respect
- Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out within recommended guidelines with the young player’s full consent and approval
- Not engage in any form of sexually related contact with a young player. This is strictly forbidden as is sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms. The ECB adopts the Home Office guidelines which recommend the principle -“People in positions of trust and authority do not have sexual relationships with 16-17 year olds in their care”
- Attend appropriate training to keep up to date with their role, especially that relating to the Safeguarding of children
- If a breach of the provisions or principles of this Code occurs or is reasonably suspected to have occurred the Club reserves the right to take such action as it deems appropriate, including but not limited to asking the person responsible for the breach to leave the Club premises. Any disciplinary or complaint hearings in connection with a breach of these rules shall be dealt with in accordance with the disciplinary procedure as set out in the Club constitution or Cricket Section Regulations as may be amended from time to time.
ADOPTED: SINCE FEBRUARY 2012
Members and Guests include all members and officers of the Cricket Club and all guests of those members and officers, as well as all individuals who watch / attend / participate / officiate in matches hosted by the club in whatever capacity.
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
Leeds and Broomfield Cricket Club is committed to ensuring that all Young People who are involved in the Club’s cricketing activities, have a safe and positive experience.
The Club is committed to developing and implementing policies and procedures which ensure that everyone in the Club knows and accepts their responsibility in relation to a Duty of Care for Young People. It is committed to ensuring that there are correct and comprehensive reporting procedures, by promoting good practice and sound recruitment procedures for all individuals involved in the Club’s social and cricketing activities.
The Club recognises that it is not the responsibility of those Club officers, volunteers or members to determine if abuse has taken place, but it is their responsibility to act upon and report any concerns.
This policy sets out a framework to fulfil the Club's commitment to good practice and the protection of Young People in its care within cricket. This policy applies either directly or indirectly to all individuals working within the Club in any capacity according to their level of contact with Young People in cricket.
The Club has appointed a properly trained Club Welfare Officer whose name is displayed in the Club’s premises. Club officers, volunteers and members do their best to ensure the safety and protection through adherence to Club rules and guidelines:
● Code of Conduct for Club officials, coaches and volunteers
● Club rules for young players
● Code of conduct for Parents/Carers
● Guidelines for dealing with incidents and accidents
The Club fully supports the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Policy for the Welfare of Young People in Cricket in their document “Safe Hands”.
“Young People” throughout this document refers to those aged 18 years and under.
All Young People participating in Cricket and in sport in general have a right to do so in a safe environment.
All Club officers, volunteers and members will provide a safe, positive and fun experience for Young People in both cricket and social activities.
All Club officers, volunteers and members will understand and be supported in their role and
responsibility with regard to the duty of care for Young People.
Officers, coaches and volunteers will receive support as relevant through education and training to be aware of and understand best practice and how to manage any welfare issues which may come to light.
All suspicions and allegations will be taken seriously, managed and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.
The Club recognises the responsibility of the statutory agencies and is committed to complying with all relevant national and local area Child Protection Procedures.
It is the responsibility of child protection experts to determine whether or not abuse has taken place, but it is the responsibility of all those working within Cricket and within this Club to report any concerns.
It is incumbent upon every Coach/Team Manager/Team Captain/Volunteer or other club member who is involved with Young People to be aware of his or her responsibilities toward Child Protection.
Any allegation or suspicion of child abuse or mistreatment in any form must be brought to the attention of the Club Welfare Officer and logged immediately.
CLUB WELFARE OFFICER
The Club shall appoint a Welfare Officer (CWO) at the AGM whose contact details will be displayed in the pavilion and listed on the Club website and in fixture cards.
The welfare officer shall have undergone child protection training supplied by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and recognised by the Child Protection for Sport Unit.
Leeds and Broomfield Cricket Club acknowledges, and accepts, as a primary responsibility, the well being and safety of those children and Young Persons involved with the cricket Club in whatever capacity (e.g. senior team, junior team, practices, scoring, fund raising etc.). The Cricket Club does so in the belief that placing Young Persons welfare at the centre of its concerns provides a solid foundation for the development of these members and for effective Child Protection practice.
THE CRICKET CLUB
● Promotes and supports good outcomes in terms of health, development and educational achievement for its players.
● Enables parents and other members of the player's family to be as involved as is practicable in a working partnership with the Club
● Recognises the significance of ethnic and cultural diversity.
● Acknowledges its responsibility to set high cricket, academic and social standards.
● Expects that all adults having contact with Young People will behave with good model behaviour and honesty and will take into account the feelings of others.
● Seeks opportunities for celebrating success and recognises achievement, effort and good behaviour.
● Recognises that good behaviour will be achieved if all those involved in the Club have a clear and mutual understanding of the aims of the Club and if the systems of training are implemented efficiently.
● Provides a disciplined environment where young players will work together taking a pride in themselves and their surroundings.
IDENTIFICATION AND REFERRAL OF CHILD ABUSE
The protection of children is the concern of everyone in a position to help. All persons who are involved with children and young players in LBH will be appraised of how to recognise child abuse and make appropriate referrals to the Club Welfare Officer.
Experience confirms the importance of apparently small matters needing to be taken seriously listened to and addressed. A recurring pattern of "minor" complaints could indicate deep-seated problems that need to be addressed. All who are involved with children and young persons shall take complaints seriously and report them to the Club Welfare Officer. Complaints will always be acknowledged and logged.
The Cricket Club recognises that children need to discover the boundaries of acceptable behaviour and this can sometimes lead to challenging situations. Disapproval should be of behaviour and not the person.
Unacceptable behaviour shall be remedied through consistent and constructive reprimand. The imposition of formal disciplinary measures - a sanction - should only be considered after other approaches have proved ineffective. The junior person should first be warned that a specific sanction would be imposed if behaviour does not improve. If a sanction is subsequently necessary, it should be clear and appropriate to the misbehaviour. The junior and their parent/guardian/carer will be informed why the sanction is imposed and a clear written record should be made.
NO form of corporal punishment (including striking, slapping, pushing or nudging a student) may be used in any circumstance. Non-compliance will lead to disciplinary proceedings being taken on behalf of the child.
All involved with young players must make themselves aware of the sanctions operated by the Cricket Club and those with delegated responsibility for imposing sanctions.
This policy document has been designed to assist everyone at the Cricket Club, to enable participation of our Young players in a safe, effective, child friendly environment.
Safety Guidelines (Wearing of Cricket Helmets, Boxes etc).
The English Cricket Board publishes safety guidelines in an attempt to ensure standards and to promote safety in cricket, both indoors and outdoors for practice sessions coaching and matches. The ECB acknowledges that even if their Safety Guidelines are followed exhaustively, this will not prevent all injuries. Cricket is an intrinsically dangerous game and the elimination of all risk is impossible. Accidents will always happen.
Leeds and Broomfield Cricket Club supports the ECB in the belief, however, that by following the ECB Safety Guidelines, including:
● ECB Safety Guidance on the Wearing of Cricket Helmets by Young Players (updated February 2015)
● Fielding regulations (Current 2021)
● ECB Fast Bowling Match Directives (Current 2021)
● Cricket Coaches Manual Appendix 1 - Safety Guidelines
the risk of serious injury to players and spectators can be significantly reduced.
In that regard the provision of a minimum of two helmets and abdominal protectors (boxes) as well as other protective guards, gloves in all LBH kit bags for match, practice, and coaching sessions is mandatory.
ECB Guidance for clubs on the use of Social Media, texts, apps, email and messaging services
Everyone in cricket is reminded that the Relevant Codes of Conduct apply online and in text and email communications. Many cricket clubs have formally adopted this expectation into their constitution and / or disciplinary processes.
This guidance is adapted from that provided by the Lawn Tennis Association. We are grateful for their kindness in sharing this.
Social Media, when used properly, is exciting and opens up a lot of opportunities, but at times it can seem strange and even intimidating for people who did not ‘grow up’ with it. Facebook, twitter, texting, Whats App, online gaming and personal emails are everywhere. By following some simple guidelines potential pitfalls can be avoided, and Social Media can be safely used as a promotional tool and a means of communication for the club.
Club Officials / Coaches / Managers
Facebook and Twitter accounts are great for promoting your club and cricket in general, as well as being a fun way to unwind and stay in touch with friends: it is essential to keep these two worlds separate. You should have separate cricket-club related and personal pages; all contact with players should be through the former, and strictly in relation to training, coaching, matches and cricket related activity. You should also adjust the privacy settings for your personal account so that content is only visible to accepted ‘friends’. This will keep younger players safe from material that may be unsuitable for them and will reduce the risk of your online interactions being viewed with suspicion.
Although younger players may see you as a friend and may request to be your ‘friend’ on a social media site, you should direct them to the cricket- club related page and keep all contact professional. What they might consider innocent, friendly contact may not be seen as such by their parents, people at the club and others.
It is also important to be mindful of any content you post online via the cricket-club related page - remember:
You are representing the club.
Your communications should conform to ‘Safe Hands’ policy and guidance.
You must ensure that nothing you post could cause personal distress or be seen as inappropriate for children.
If you would not put it on the club notice board, it does not belong on the club’s social media pages.
You should have consent before posting any personal information online – this includes photographs where an individual can be identified. Remember the picture/no name guidance for under 18s.
Texts, apps and emails: contacting Under 18 players.
The Children Act defines a person under 18 years as a child.
You should make arrangements for under 18s via their parents or carers; this includes text and email or Whats App messages etc.
It is understood that in the case of over 16’s this may not be ideal for yourself or the parents. An acceptable exception to this rule is to text or email the parent and to copy in the 16 or 17 year old, with the parent’s prior consent. This means the parent is able to monitor communications, but the 16 or 17 year old receives the information directly. If you receive any responses that appear inappropriate, they should be brought to the attention of the parent or carer.
You should not engage in individual text or email conversations with a 16 or 17 year old without their parent receiving the same messages from you.
All contact with children should be in relation to coaching, matches and cricket-related activity.
Social Media: Do’s and Don’ts Coaches / Managers / Clubs DO
• Have separate social media accounts for cricket-club related and personal use.
• Keep your photos and personal information private.
• Apply the Codes of Conduct and appropriate professionalism to your behaviour online, by text and email.
• Obtain consent before posting any personal information online – this includes photographs where an individual can be identified.
• Remember the picture/no name guidance for under 18s.
Coaches / Managers / Clubs DO NOT
• Send text messages to juniors – make arrangements via their parents.
• Send private messages to children and young people via apps or social media.
• Invite or accept children and young people to become “friends”.
• Send inappropriate text messages or post messages on social media that are offensive, nasty or derogatory in any way.
Adult players in Open Age teams
Please be mindful of who may have access to material you share via social media, including Facebook, twitter and other platforms.
If you have concerns regarding social media, texts and emails.
If you suspect that someone is using social media in an unsafe or inappropriate manner, you should report their behaviour to your Club Welfare Officer, the County Welfare Officer, or the ECB Safeguarding team – email firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you believe that an offence has been committed, or that someone’s use of social media is placing a child is at risk of harm, inform the police immediately.
This generation is growing up with the internet as part of their everyday lives. It is a great place for them to learn, to have fun and to chat with their friends. Of course, it is important to make sure that they are safe while they do it.
As children have access to the internet from various devices, it can be more difficult to monitor their use than when a 'home computer' sat in a downstairs room, and more important that parents/carers have greater knowledge.
There is great information available for you to help keep your child safe online: visit www.net-aware.org.uk for a good introduction.
You may also want to have a look at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre’s guide to the internet for parents and carers: www.thinkuknow.co.uk .
Remember: it is against Facebook’s rules for your child to have an account if they are under thirteen years old. This is to prevent them from being exposed to potentially inappropriate content. You will find all you need to know about keeping young teens safe on Facebook on their official safety page for parents: www.facebook.com/safety/groups/parents/.
In April 2018, Whats App raised their minimum age to 16 years.
Most importantly of all, it is important that your child feels they can talk to someone if they are being bullied online, or if they have been exposed to something that makes them upset or uncomfortable.
Parents / Carers DO
• Make sure you are aware of who your child has contact with online and via text
• Be aware of The ECB and the club’s expectations for coaches and social media
• Talk to your children about using social media.
• Provide your mobile number / email address if requested, so the club can contact you.
Report any content you think may be improper or unlawful to the Internet Watch Foundation: https://www.iwf.org.uk
Children and Young People
The internet is a great place to learn and to have fun with your friends, and the best way to have fun is to make sure that you stay safe. You should think about the points below whenever you use the internet, or speak to people online or by text:
If someone is not your friend in real life, they are not your friend on the internet. Be careful when accepting friend requests.
Sometimes people on the internet are not who they say they are. If you are not 100% sure, do not risk it.
Remember to change your privacy settings so that only your friends can see information about you, your wall posts and your photos.
If someone is sending you messages or texts that you are worried about, tell your parents, an adult you trust, your teacher or your club’s welfare officer.
• Remember that your coach is a professional, just like your teachers. They should not be your friend on Facebook and should not be texting or messaging you.
• You can expect them to make arrangements for coaching and matches via your parents.
• Bullying can happen online too, and it is known as cyber-bullying. If you, or someone you know, has had this happen to them you should tell an adult that you can trust.
• Do not be afraid to tell someone if you have concerns.
• Have a look at the Think You Know page on the internet for more information about staying safe online: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Young people DO
• Keep your photos and personal information private
• Conduct yourself in a respectful and courteous manner on social media as you would at home, in school or at cricket.
• Tell a professional or an adult you trust if you are worried or concerned about online behaviour or unwanted contact/ communication.
Young people DO NOT
• DO NOT send inappropriate text messages or post messages on social media that are offensive, nasty or derogatory in any way
• DO NOT accept any friend requests from people you do not know or you feel uncomfortable accepting.
● DO NOT send or forward any indecent images of yourself, someone you know, or anyone you do not know, even if it seems to be done in fun - it is wrong