Safeguarding Policy Statement

Teddington Cricket Club (The Club) is committed to ensuring all Children* participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience. (*The word “Children” should be taken to mean all persons under the age of 18.)

We will do this by:

  • Recognising all children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have a right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment
  • Ensuring individuals working within cricket at, or for, our club provide a safe, positive and fun cricketing experience for children
  • Adopting and implementing the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children” and any future versions of this
  • Appointing a Club Welfare Officer and ensuring they attend all current and future training modules required by the ECB, so they have the necessary skills to undertake their role effectively
  • Ensuring all people who work in cricket at, or for, our club (such as staff, officials, volunteers, team managers, coaches and so on) have a responsibility for safeguarding children, and understand how the “Safe Hands Policy” applies to them according to their level of contact with children in cricket
  • Ensuring all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines and relevant legislation
  • Ensuring all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club are provided with support, through education and training, so they are aware of, and can adhere to, good practice and code of conduct guidelines defined by the ECB, and the club
  • Ensuring the name and contact details of the Club Welfare Officer is available:
  1. As the first point of contact for parents, children and volunteers/staff within the club
  2. As a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee and members
  3. As the main point of contact within the club for the ECB County Welfare Office and the ECB Child Protection Team, and
  4. As the main point of contact within the club for relevant external agencies in connection with child safeguarding
  5. Ensuring correct and comprehensive reporting procedures exist for raising and managing child safeguarding concerns
  • Providing an environment where the views of children, parents and volunteers are sought and welcomed on a range of issues. This will help us create an environment where people have the opportunity to voice any concerns they have (about possible suspected child abuse, and/or about poor practice) to the Club Welfare Officer*
  • Ensuring all suspicions, concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately
  • Ensuring access to confidential information relating to child safeguarding matters is restricted to those who need to know in order to safeguard children – including the Club Welfare Officer and the appropriate external authorities, such as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), as specified within ECB child safeguarding procedures.

*Details of the County Welfare Officer will be made available in case the Club Welfare Officer is unavailable, or the concern relates to the Club Welfare Officer.

Club Welfare Officer: Lara Van Gelder (lara@vgelder.net) 0780 0574741
Middlesex County Welfare Officer: Sharon Eyers (sharon.eyers@middlesexccc.com) 07557 956354

Players’ Code of Conduct

Junior Player’s Code of Conduct

Teddington Cricket Club (“the Club”) is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members. The Club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the Club should, at all times, show respect, be encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the Club. A Junior Member is an individual under the age of eighteen and a member of the Club. A Parent is a Parent of a Junior Member.

As a Junior Member or a Parent you are expected to abide by the following Junior Club Code of Conduct as it applies appropriately to Junior Members and/or Parents of Junior Members. Parents are expected to set good a good example as regards their own behaviour (and those accompanying them) for the benefit of Junior Members.

The Code:

This code of conduct applies to all matches played when representing the Club. It also applies to all training and practice sessions organised by the Club.

All Junior Members are expected to comply with the England and Wales Cricket Board code of conduct (see below) and that, by taking part in activities organised by the Club, you agree to comply with all reasonable instructions from team managers and/or captains and/or coaches;

To comply with all other reasonable instructions from other members and officers of the Club including, but not limited to, any directives and instructions which may be displayed from time to time on Club premises;

Junior Members and Parents agree to respect, cooperate with and encourage their fellow Junior Members at all times, irrespective of their abilities.  Persecution, humiliation or ridiculing of others will not be tolerated.

Behaviour and dress both on and off the field should be in keeping with the dignity and best traditions of the game of cricket.

Foul, abusive and inappropriate language on or off the field of play is unacceptable.

Intimidation, aggressive behaviour and deliberate distraction of opponents by words or actions are unacceptable.

Dissent at umpiring decisions is unacceptable.

The game should be played competitively, but the highest standards of sportsmanship must at all times be maintained. Recognise the achievements of both your team-mates and your opponents. Do not glory in their failures.

Remember that your conduct is a reflection not only on yourself but also on the Club as a whole. Conduct which damages the reputation of the Club will not be tolerated.

Junior Members and their Parents should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.

Junior Members must wear suitable kit – (this must include a helmet, box, gloves and pads when a hard ball is being used) for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.

Junior Members are not allowed to consume or purchase alcohol or drugs of any kind on the Club premises or whilst representing the Club.

Junior Members are not allowed to smoke on Club premises or whilst representing the Club.

Junior Members agree to do their best at all times to improve their cricket skills and maximise their own potential, at whatever level of playing ability that may be.  Any conduct by a Junior Member or Parent that prevents a Junior Member from doing the same is unacceptable.

Failure to comply with this code of conduct may result in disciplinary action being taken in accordance with the Club’s disciplinary procedures.


England and Wales Cricket Board’s Code of Conduct
                     (Note: In junior cricket, team captains can be deputised by team managers)

The ECB is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct.  The Code of Conduct incorporates the Spirit of Cricket as set out below.  It applies to all matches played under the auspices of the ECB and may be applied to cricket in general.

Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws.

Players and Team Officials must at all times accept the umpire’s decision.  Players must not show dissent at the Umpire’s decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards an Umpire at any time.

Players and Team Officials shall not intimidate, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an Umpire, another player or a Spectator.

Players and Team Officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language (known as “sledging”) nor make offensive gestures or hand signals nor deliberately distract an opponent.

Players and Team Officials shall not make racially abusive comments nor indulge in racially abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members and supporters.  Clubs must operate an active open door membership policy whilst respecting player qualification regulations and welcome players/members irrespective of ethnic origin.

Players and Team Officials shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.

Clubs must take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of their members and supporters towards players and Umpires.

Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws, but also within the Spirit of the Game.  Any action, which is seen to abuse this spirit, causes injury to the game itself.  The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the Captains.   

Responsibility of Captains
The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws. 

Players’ Conduct
In the event that any player failing to comply with the instructions of the Umpire, criticising his decision by word or action, or showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the Umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other Umpire and to the player’s Captain requesting the latter to take action. 

Fair and Unfair Play
According to the Laws, the Umpires are the sole judges of Fair and Unfair play.  The umpires may intervene at any time and it is the responsibility of the Captain to take action when required.  The umpires are authorised to intervene in the cases of: tIme wasting, damaging the pitch, tampering with the ball, or any action that they consider to be unfair.

 Spirit of the Game
The Spirit of the Game involves respect for your opponents, your own captain and team, the role of the umpires and the game’s traditional values.  It is against the Spirit of the Game to – (a) dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture; (b) direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire; (c) seek to distract an opponent either verbally or with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own side. 

There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play. 

Captains and Umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match and every player is expected to make an important contribution to this.

Parents’ Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Parents and Carers

  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
  • Never force your child to take part in sport
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good performances of all
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
  • Publicly accept officials’ judgements
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport
  • Use correct and proper language at all times
  • Encourage and guide performers to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.

Anti Bullying Policy

Anti Bullying Policy

Teddington Cricket Club (“The Club”)

Statement of intent
We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our children so they can train, and play, in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all children should be able to tell, and know incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING club. This means anyone who knows bullying is happening is expected to tell someone who can do something about it.

What is bullying?
Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.Bullying can take many forms some of which we’ve listed below:

• Emotional: being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (for example: hiding kit, or making threatening gestures)
• Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
• Racist: racial taunts, graffiti and/or gestures
• Sexual: unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
• Homophobic: because of, or focusing on, the issue of sexuality
• Verbal: name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours and teasing
• Cyber: Bullying behaviour online or via electronic communication (email and text, social media etc) Misuse of associated technology, such as camera and video facilities

Why is it important to respond to bullying?
Bullying hurts. No one should be a victim of bullying. Everyone has the right to be treated with respect. Children and/or adults who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving. Cricket clubs have a responsibility to respond promptly, and effectively, to issues of bullying.

Objectives of this policy
• All officials, coaching and non-coaching staff, children and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is
• All officials, coaching and non-coaching staff should know what the club policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported
• All children and parents should know what the club policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises
• As a club, we take bullying seriously. Children and parents should be assured they will be supported when bullying is reported
• Bullying will not be tolerated

Signs and symptoms
A child may indicate, by signs or behaviour, that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of signs and investigate if a child:

• Says they are being bullied
• Changes their usual routine
• Is unwilling to go to the club
• Becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
• Comes home with clothes torn or belongings damaged
• Has possessions which are damaged or go missing
• Asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay the bully)
• Unexplained cuts or bruises
• Is frightened to say what’s wrong
• Gives improbable excuses for any of the above

In more extreme cases, the child:
• Starts stammering
• Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
• Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
• Is bullying other children or siblings
• Stops eating
• Attempts or threatens suicide or runs away

These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying could be a possibility and should be investigated.

• Report bullying incidents in the first instance to the team manager, coach, colts manager or another adult you can trust. The incident should also be reported to the Club Welfare Officer, Lara Van Gelder
• In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be reported to the ECB Safeguarding Team for advice via the County Welfare Officer
• Parents should be informed and will be asked to come to a meeting to discuss the problem
• It is important that confidentiality is maintained at all times and all communications between children, parents, coaches and other adults at the club must adhere to this principle.
• If necessary, and appropriate, police will be consulted
• The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
• An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour

In cases of adults reported to be bullying cricketers under 18, the ECB must always be informed and will advise on action to be taken.

Recommended Club Action

If the club decides it is appropriate for them to deal with the situation they should follow the procedure outlined below:

Reconciliation by getting the parties together. It may be that a genuine apology solves the problem. If this fails/not appropriate a small panel (made up from Junior Chairman, Club Welfare Officer, Director of Youth Cricket, Secretary, committee members) should meet with the parent and child alleging bullying to get details of the allegation. Minutes should be taken for clarity, which should be agreed by all as a true account. The same 3 persons should meet with the alleged bully and parent/s and put the incident raised to them to answer and give their view of the allegation. Minutes should again be taken and agreed. If bullying has in their view taken place the individual should be warned and put on notice of further action i.e. temporary or permanent suspension if the bullying continues. Consideration should be given as to whether a reconciliation meeting between parties is appropriate at this time. In some cases the parent of the bully or bullied player can be asked to attend training sessions, if they are able to do so, and if appropriate. The club committee should monitor the situation for a given period to ensure the bullying is not being repeated. All coaches involved with both individuals should be made aware of the concerns and outcome of the process i.e. the warning.

The club will have a written code of conduct, which includes what is acceptable and proper behaviour for all members of which the anti-bullying policy is one part. All club members and parents will sign to accept the code of conduct upon joining the club.

The Club Welfare Officer will raise awareness about bullying and why it matters, and if issues of bullying arise in the club, will consider meeting with members to discuss the issue openly and constructively.

Photography and Video Policy

Teddington Cricket Club is keen to promote positive images of children playing cricket and is not preventing the use of photographic or videoing equipment. Some people may use sporting events as an opportunity to take inappropriate photographs or film footage of children. All clubs should be vigilant about this. These individuals could attend our cricket club allowing people to presume they are related to a child involved in playing cricket. It is also possible that if a picture and name was placed in the local paper the information could be used as a ‘grooming’ tool. Any concerns during an event should be reported to a club official or event organiser. There may be other reasons why individuals may not wish their child’s photograph to be taken by someone they do not know personally, for example estranged parents looking to gain access to a child.

The guiding principles are:

• Photographs/images are not to be taken at matches or training without the prior permission of the parents/carers of the child. This permission can be given by proxy by the coach of each team only after parental consent for this has been granted. The coach must arrange this prior to attending matches

• If no consent has been given for a child on the player registration form, then it is to be made known to the relevant person of the other team (e.g. coach/team manager) so the appropriate person/s taking photographs for the other team is/are aware and can avoid taking photographs of that particular child

Teddington Cricket Club wishes to ensure photography and video footage is done so appropriately.

Parents should not be prevented from taking pictures of, or filming, their children. These are normal family practices and help mark milestones in a child’s life. The introduction of proportionate controls on the use of photographic equipment (cameras, and videos, including mobile phones) is part of general safeguarding good practice in a club.

• The children should be informed someone will be taking photographs

• The children should be informed that if they have concerns they can report these to the coach or team manager

• Concerns regarding inappropriate, or intrusive, photography should be reported to the Club Welfare Officer or the Director of Youth Cricket or Deputy Child Welfare Officer and recorded in the same manner as any other child protection concern

• It is recommended that cricket tournaments/festivals/events/competitions set up a camera registration book for parents to complete and adhere to the appropriate guidelines relating to publishing of images as detailed below.

Use of images of children (for example on the web, in the media or in league handbooks):

• Ask for parental permission to use their child’s image and, wherever possible, show the image to the parents and child in advance. This ensures that they are aware of the way the image will be used to represent cricket and Teddington Cricket Club

• Ask for the child’s permission to use their image. This ensures they are aware of the way the image is to be used to represent cricket and Teddington Cricket Club

• If the cricketer is named, avoid using their photograph

• If a photograph is used, avoid naming the child

• Only use images of children in appropriate kit (training or competition), to reduce the risk of inappropriate use, and to provide positive images of the children

Using video as a coaching aid:

There is no intention on the part of the ECB to prevent club coaches using video equipment as a legitimate coaching aid. However, players and parents/carers should be aware that this is part of the coaching programme, and material taken in connection with coaching, must be stored securely and deleted or destroyed when a parent requests this, or when the material is no longer needed.

The parents/carers and children must provide written consent for the use of photography and video analysis. (Please see the player registration form).

Transport and Management of players away from the club policy

All parents/carers are responsible for the safe delivery and collection of their child for matches or training.

All fixtures are provided to parents through Teamer and or googledocs via the Age Group Managers.

Coaches and club staff will be responsible for children in their care when on the club premises or on arrival at opponents’ cricket grounds.

It is not the responsibility of the coach or team manager to transport, or arrange to transport, the children to and from the club or match.

The club will ensure permission from parents/carers is given for children to participate in all competitions and away fixtures/events (see the player profile form to give consent).

For all training & matches parents/carers must report to the head coach or team manager to ensure they are aware their child has been dropped off and to be briefed as to collection time as this may vary. 

Teddington Cricket Club 

Policy on Managing Children Away from the Club

In any given season, as many as 50 per cent of matches can be played away from the club and that’s without tours and festivals or similar events. For a club to be able to demonstrate its duty of care to the children in its team/s a robust generic protocol needs to be able to fit all occasions.

This policy covers children being taken away from the club’s normal base location and/or home ground, and provides guidance to effectively manage children while in the club’s care.

Where trips involve an overnight stay the Colts Committee should be consulted together with additional guidance in the ECB Safe Hands manual. This policy also applies to open age group teams where one or more players are under the age of 18.

In addition to the details in this section the club will also:

  • Follow ECB recruitment guidelines for team managers/coaches and volunteer appointments
  • Undertake risk assessments of venues and facilities
  • Follow ECB supervision guidance for cricket activities involving children
  • Have an agreed transport policy in place at the club
  • Ensure the team has agreed to act within the appropriate ECB and/or Club Code of Conducts

Guidance for managing children away from the club including trips involving an overnight stay. A Team Manager should be appointed with clear roles and responsibilities including: Establish and communicate the following information to parent(s):

  • Why the trip is planned and what is its reason or purpose
  • When the trip will take place – date, time of departure and estimated time of return
  • Where the trip is to, including the destination and venue
  • Where the meeting points will be, at home and at the away venue
  • Team managers/coaching arrangements, including the name and contact details of the Team
  • Manager responsible for the trip
  • Kit and equipment requirements
  • Details of cost implications, including the competition fee, any spending or pocket money needed and the transport costs
  • Name and contact number of the person acting as the ‘Club Home Contact’
  • Arrangements for food and drink
  • Be in possession of a written copy of relevant emergency contact details and any medical information for all children taking part
  • Determine appropriate team managers/coaching and their training arrangements
  • Wherever possible, a club should appoint a Head Coach and Team (tour) Manager, with the Head Coach and coaches taking responsibility for training and competition management of the team and the Tour Manager (and any other team managers/coaches) taking responsibility for any other necessary support roles, such as chaperones
  • All members of staff need to have a clear knowledge of their role and responsibility for the team
  • All team managers/coaches must go through an induction programme ensuring they understand the ECB “Safe Hands Policy”
  • Ensure there is a ‘Club Home Contact’ – a member of the club who is not travelling away, who will act as a contact point in an emergency. Ensure the Club Home Contact is provided with the following information to enable them to fulfil their role should they need to:
  • Names of players and team managers/coaches on the trip
  • Emergency contact names and phone numbers for each of the above
  • Details of any medical or physical needs these persons may have
  • Contact numbers for team managers/coaches which can be used while the team managers/coaches are on the trip
  • Telephone numbers for the local police to the home club
  • The Club Home Contact should be a member of the club who has been appropriately vetted.

 Changing room policy for all players under 18 when playing adult cricket 

For players under the age of 18 playing in adult teams, the following policy applies.

  • Adults will not change, or shower, at the same time using the same facility as children
  • Adults will try to change at separate times to children during matches, for example when children are padding up
  • If adults and children need to share a changing facility, the club must have consent from parents that their child(ren) can share a changing room with adults in the club
  • Mixed gender teams must have access to separate male and female changing rooms
  • Mobile phones must not be used in changing rooms

If children are uncomfortable changing or showering at the club, we suggest they change and shower at home.

We recommend that even for home games, players arrive and go home in whites where appropriate. Especially on Sunday’s due to adult fixtures following practice.