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Safeguarding Officers

All clubs should have a qualified Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO) as an essential part of their safeguarding structure.

The welfare of young people involved in cricket in the county is of paramount importance to the Somerset Cricket Foundation (SCF) and we are committed to ensuring that cricket provides a safe, friendly and enjoyable experience for all young people, players, volunteers and coaches. .
As a result we want to ensure that every club playing cricket in the county at any level has a Club Safeguarding Officer. Safeguarding Officers are vital members of the club and key to making an environment safe, welcoming, and friendly for all to enjoy the game of cricket.
If your club does not have an appointed Club Safeguarding Officer it should appoint one as soon as possible. For further information about the role of the CSO please contact the County Safeguarding Officer Brian Hoyle at:

Training for Club Safeguarding Officers

Club Safeguarding Officers are required to hold the following three certifications:

Safe Hands Workshop 

If your CSO attended a recent ECB Safe Hands Webinar please note that this qualification will only be valid for 24 months.

Club Safeguarding Officers that require the ECB Safe Hands Workshop qualification can find details of available course and how to book in the table below.

Online Safeguarding Young Cricketers module

Club Safeguarding Officers will need to complete the online Safeguarding Young Cricketers Certificate. To complete this course please email Brian Hoyle at the email address above with the following information:

Full name – Preferred email address – Club affiliation

We will then invite you to book onto the online Safeguarding Young Cricketers module with the SCF. You will then receive an email inviting you to book onto the module. Once you have booked on you will receive a second email from the ECB with a link and access details to your new ECB e-learning account.

Please log in to your e-learning account at in order to complete the module and ensure that you download your certificate. You may have to wait after registering before the module appears in your e-Learning.

ECB DBS check

If you need an ECB DBS you can ask your Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO) to initiate the online application for you, alternatively you can contact: or

In order to initiate an application, the verifier will require:

  1. Full Name – That appears on ID documents (including title – Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms/Dr)
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Preferred Email Address
  4. Club Affiliation
  5. Club Role

Once your application has been initiated, the system will issue you with an email which will contain a link for you to complete and submit your application.

Further information on how to complete your ECB DBS application can be found here.

As part of the application you will be required to select 3 forms of ID from a list of options, which you will then need to take with you to have verified in a face-to-face meeting with a verifier, this can be the person who initiated your application or another verifier you have found using the find a verifier tool.

Alternatively you will also be given a list of available local verifiers – the system will pick the verifier from your club if there is one. If not, it will give you a list of verifiers from your County.

If you cannot arrange a meeting with a verifier local to you, please contact Brian Hoyle using the email address above

Once you have had your documents verified your application will be dispatched to the DBS (for non-volunteers, there is one extra step involving payment before the application gets dispatched). Then, it is just a case of waiting for your certificate to arrive in the post.

Once you have received the certificate, the Safeguarding team at Lord’s may request for you to post it to them for further review, but only if there is content on it (a previous conviction or caution). If the certificate is clear, the process is complete and you do not need to do anything else.

Next Courses in Somerset


CourseCourse dateTimeVenueCostBook now
Safe Hands course15/11/20216.00pm to 9.00pmCentre of Excellence£30.00Book here
Safe Hands course05/12/20219.30am to 12.30pmBath CC£30.00Book here
Safe Hands course15/02/20226.00pm to 9.00pmLodway CC£30.00Book here
Safe Hands course08/03/20226.00pm to 9.00pmMidsomer Norton CC£30.00Book here
Safe Hands course05/04/20226.00pm to 9.00pmShapwick & Polden CC£30.00Book here
Safe Hands course26/04/20226.00pm to 9.00pmVenue - tbc£30.00Booking link for this course will appear here shortly.