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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 or Refresher

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

The SCF will be re-introducing face to face Safe Hands Workshops and Refresher courses from October 2021 onwards. Further details and booking information will appear in the table at the bottom of this page as soon as they become available.

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 our 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

Club Safeguarding Officers that require an ECB DBS should email the following information to Brian Hoyle at the email address above:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Preferred email address
  • Cricket Club name and your role at the club

Brian will then initiate your online ECB DBS application form. You will then receive an email from the DBS system, asking you to complete and submit the form. Once you have done this, you will receive an email from the ECB confirming your application and details of approved verifiers in your postcode area. Please arrange a face to face meeting with one of these verifiers to have your evidence and application authorised. Please note that you will require the 3 forms of evidence that you detail on your application form available at the meeting with your verifier.

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

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.