The Hampshire and England and Wales Cricket Boards are committed to providing an environment that is safe, welcoming and friendly for children and for all people to enjoy the game of cricket.

The England and Wales Cricket Board's safeguarding policy, Safe Hands, is set out in detail on the ECB website.

Click here for invaluable Club Welfare resources including:

  • Key Definitions and Concepts

  • Safeguarding and a Club's Duty of Care

  • Safe Hands Safeguarding Kit Bag

  • Putting things in place (background work, policies and paperwork)
  • Having the right people in place (recruitment and guidance)
  • What to do if you have concerns
  • Cricket specific safeguarding guidance

Safeguarding in cricket is based upon providing an enjoyable environment that meets the needs and requirements of children.

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Checks and ECB Vetting

The following roles in cricket that require a DBS (formerly CRB) check vetted by ECB are:

  • Welfare/Safeguarding Officer (Club, League, County)
  • Volunteer Co-Ordinator
  • Coach (Volunteer Or Paid, Assistant Or Lead)
  • Umpire
  • Scorer
  • Colt/Junior Manager
  • Age Group Manager
  • Open-Age Team Captain
  • Junior Supervisor
  • First Aider / Physiotherapist / Medical Support

The ECB guidance on the roles in cricket that require a vetting check are available here. 

For more information please visit the ECB website.

County Safeguarding Officer (formerly known as County Welfare Officer)

The County Safeguarding Officer in Hampshire is John Cook, who can be contacted via email and / or by telephone 07766 838779.

Safeguarding Courses for Club Welfare Officers

Club Welfare Officers (CWOs) need to complete the Safe Hands and Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) workshops every 3 years. The County Safeguarding Officer co-ordinates training each year for new and existing Club Welfare Officers.  

Do you hold a valid safeguarding qualification from another sport or profession?

Such a qualification may mean you do not need to complete a further Safeguarding and Protecting Children course.  Contact the County Safeguarding Officer (details above).

Safeguarding Courses for Coaches

Coaches working with players under 18 (as at 1st September of the preceding year) must obtain or renew their safeguarding qualification every three years. 

To renew Safeguarding Young Cricketers (SYC) online and for free, sign up and ECB will send you confirmation in order to take the course. 

Then log in at the ECB e-learning website - click here to recover your username or password.

After following these steps email ECB e-learning in the event of any query.

As an alternative coaches may attend face to face Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) workshops which can be booked via the UK Coaching website (usual cost around £30).

Coaches working with players under 18 (as at 1st September of the preceding year) must obtain or renew insurance cover, an ECB Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and first aid certificates every three years.

More Info

Read the ECB's statement on Safeguarding