Safeguarding Courses for Club Welfare Officers

Over the last 18 months or so, due to the impact of the pandemic, Safe Hands courses have been delivered virtually by the Safeguarding Team at the ECB. The delivery model has now reverted to face to face workshop, delivered by local County Cricket Board staff.

The learning outcomes for the session are as follows:

    • Understand the role and responsibilities of a Club Safeguarding Officer
    • Understand how a Club Safeguarding Officer works with others to create a safe and welcoming environment for children
    • Understand what policies and procedures your club should have in place
    • Understand how to take appropriate action in the event of a concern

2023-24 Safe Hands Workshops

All Safeguarding courses are FREE and new dates will be released on our website very soon so please keep your eyes peeled for new dates!

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

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 (SPC) course.  In this instance please contact the County Safeguarding Officer (details below).

Safeguarding Courses for Coaches

Coaches working with players under 18* must obtain or renew their safeguarding qualification every three years. 

To renew Safeguarding Young Cricketers (SYC) online and for free please contact John Cook the County Safeguarding Officer. 

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* must obtain or renew insurance cover, an ECB Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and first aid certificates every three years.

(*on the 1st September of the preceding year)

Safeguarding Forum

Hampshire Cricket Board Ltd holds an annual Safeguarding Forum for club welfare officers and chairs.  The aim of the event is to provide additional support for club welfare officers and share the latest developments on safeguarding in cricket.  Details of the 2020 forum will appear here.

Where clubs do not have a trained welfare officer, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) advises that legal responsibility lies with club executive officers so this invitation is relevant to all chairs of clubs with junior members aged under 18*.