Club Welfare Officer Update - October 2014

Introduction and Thanks

First of all thank you to all Club Welfare Officers for all that you do to promote and support safeguarding activity in Devon Cricket.  As Safeguarding is viewed as one of essential elements of Devon Cricket it is great to have so many volunteers leading this area of work. 

Just a reminder that all Club Welfare Officers need to make sure that their training is up to date.  We expect all Welfare Officers to attend Safe Hands Training

Details of courses available now are as follows




Course Provider



6.30pm - 9.30pm

Barnstaple & Pilton CC, Raleigh Meadow, Barnstaple, EX31 4UX

Devon Cricket



6.30pm - 9.30pm

Ivybridge CC, Filham Park, Filham, Ivybridge, PL21 0LE

Devon Cricket



6.30pm - 9.30pm 

University of Exeter Sports Park, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QN

Devon Cricket



Clubs will need to have a trained welfare officer in place to ensure that they are able to compete in competitions run by the Devon Cricket League or under the banner of the Devon Youth Cricket Association for season 2015.  If you don’t know if you have done the training then contact me and we can check details for you

There are a few new bits of information which are available and which I thought I would draw to your attention. 

Guidance on Completing DBS Checks

For help with completing the DBS process the ECB have produced an outline of the process for reference.  You might want to send copies of this to those it applies to in your club when they need to apply or when a renewal is due.  


Knowing what safeguarding training is required

If you want to know what safeguarding training is required for various people in your club then the ECB have produced a matrix which you and your coaches can refer to.  This will help checking if everything is up to date. 


New Guidance in Safe Hands

There are two new bits of guidance available.  One is a revision of the Guidance on Wearing of Cricket Helmets by Young Players and the other one is on Sun Safety.  Please make sure that you follow this guidance in your clubs. 


Raising a safeguarding concern or reporting an incident

If you feel that there are Safeguarding issues which you need to raise then there is a revised version of the ECB Incident / Concern reporting for available.  In the event that you complete this if in the 1st instance a copy is sent to me as County Welfare Officer then this will be starting point for support available to you and your club. 



Frequently asked questions

Devon Cricket supports the idea that safeguarding children is the responsibility of everybody involved in cricket at your club.  In order to promote this you might want to spend some time at your committee meeting working through these frequently asked questions to check that you have a consistent approach in your club. 



Future developments

There are a number of other areas of development which the ECB are working on at the moment and we will let you know when there are further details available.  These areas include:


I hope this is useful.  Please contact me if there are things that you would like to discuss about safeguarding issues in your club. 


Welfare Officer

Devon Cricket Board Ltd.  

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