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Safeguarding Policy Statement and Information

The welfare of young people involved in cricket in the county is of paramount importance and we are committed to ensuring that cricket provides a safe, friendly and enjoyable experience for all children.

Our Safeguarding Policy document signs us into the ECB Policy statement and fully adopts the ECB Safe Hands Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Children in cricket.

Download our Safeguarding Policy

The ECB Policy and Procedures documents is available to download by clicking here.

County Welfare Officer

Welfare Officer – Ray Hancock

We have an appointed Welfare Officer – Ray Hancock – whose job is to liaise with the Somerset Cricket Foundation on all welfare issues and to offer advice to anyone within cricket who needs it.

Should you have an issue that you would like advice on or if you require to report a safeguarding issue, please contact Ray using the details below: T: 01823 444779

We also have a Deputy County Welfare Officer in Amanda Counsell.

If Ray is unavailable or if you would like any advice or assistance regarding any welfare issues, Amanda can be contacted at: T: 01278 785324

Points of Contact

We have also have appointed the following members of staff who have undergone full ECB Safeguarding training and who are ECB DBS checked, to act as points of contact within the recreational and performance cricket environment:

Andy Fairbairn – Executive Director

Brian Hoyle –  Senior Development Officer

The above Officers can be contacted directly at the SCB on: 01823 352266

Useful Documents

The following documents are pull out features from our Safeguarding Policy, we hope that Coaches and Welfare Officers will find these documents useful:

Concerns flowchart

Guidance for coaches working with children

Guidance for supervising children at cricket sessions

Club Welfare Officers

We encourage all of our clubs to train and appoint a Club Welfare Officer. Please be aware that it is a requirement to have a trained Child Welfare Officer to be able to play in most leagues within Somerset.

In an ideal situation each club should also have a deputy to take the place of the Welfare Officer should they be unavailable.

These officers’ details should be provided to the league in which the club plays and also to ourselves.

To become a fully qualified Welfare Officer an individual is required to hold the following certifications:

  • Current, valid ECB DBS Vetting check (formally CRB).
  • ‘ECB Safe Hands’ certificate dated within the last three years.
  • ‘Safeguarding & Protecting Children’ (SPC) certificate dated within the last three years.

Appointed Club Welfare Officers can apply to become ECB online DBS Evidence Checkers for their club or area.
For further information on how to apply, please contact Brian Hoyle.


Our Policy is backed up by a comprehensive training and education programme and a structured implementation plan, providing a sensitive process to respond to concerns.

In addition to holding the ECB Safe Hands certificate, Club Welfare Officers require a Safeguarding and Protecting Children certificate.
They can obtain this in one of three ways by:
Attending a 3 hour Safeguarding & Protecting Children certificate through the County Sports Partnership.
By completing the new online SPC course available through SportsCoach UK.
Evidencing that they are an ECB qualified coach and hold a current (within 3 years) online Safeguarding Young Cricketers certificate.

Club Welfare Officers can access the required training courses here.

ECB qualified coaches can update their online Safeguarding Young Cricketers module here.

ECB DBS Vetting check

Coaches and other volunteers – if you need a DBS ask your Club Welfare Officer to email you the invitation to complete one or contact:

Matthew Counsell:
Brian Hoyle:

Clubs and Club Welfare Officers – make sure everyone at your Club who needs a DBS, has one.

Roles requiring an ECB DBS Vetting check at your club

Our recommendation is that all Club Welfare Officers become online DBS Verifiers. This will not only enable club volunteers to become verified quickly and easily, but it will also enable clubs to monitor the DBS status of their volunteers.

If you are a CWO and would like to register to become an online verifier, please email Brian or Matt (as above).

Full name
Date of birth
Email address
Affiliated Cricket club or school

The new system is very user friendly, only takes a few minutes to fill in the form, and 3 or 4 minutes to carry out the document checking. Disclosures are typically issued within a week.

Make your club a safer club and ensure that all your coaches and volunteers are DBS checked now!