A safe and inclusive environment for all

Somerset Cricket Foundation is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment in which children, young people and adults from all backgrounds can enjoy and achieve in cricket either as a participant, volunteer or staff member.


Policy documents

Our safeguarding policy aligns us with the ECB policy statement and fully adopts the ECB Safe Hands Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Children in cricket. If you would like to speak to a member of our team, please get in touch.

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County Safeguarding Officers

The County has an appointed Safeguarding Officer, Brian Hoyle, and a Deputy Safeguarding Officer, Amanda Counsell, whose job is to liaise with the Somerset Cricket Foundation on all safeguarding issues and to offer advice to anyone within cricket who needs it. Should you have an issue that you would like advice on, please contact Brian or Amanda using the details below.

Please click here for more information on How to Share a Concern.

Brian Hoyle

County Safeguarding Officer

Amanda Counsell

Deputy County Safeguarding Officer

Safeguarding qualifications

Upcoming safeguarding course and obtaining a dbs check

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.

Please attend our safeguarding courses for more information and detailed guidance around accessing the required qualifications for club safeguarding officers.

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ECB Safe Hands

Safe Hands Management System (SHMS)

SHMS is an online club management tool whereby the ECB will require all county boards and clubs to input the details of individuals in key regulated roles or those with responsibilities for the management and running of county and club activities.

  • All clubs with junior sections and any club fielding under-18 players in open age cricket must meet safeguarding standards
  • The club must adhere to the ECB Safe Hands Policy and Procedures
  • Each club must have a trained and vetted club safeguarding officer
  • All adults who work with children at the club have must have a current ECB DBS check in place
  • All adults who work with children in cricket must have undertaken the appropriate ECB training

For more information, please contact Brian Hoyle. More information and FAQs around the SHMS can be found here.

Get in touch

If you’d like to speak to our Safeguarding Team, or to find out more about our upcoming safeguarding and DBS courses, please contact us using the short online form below.