Somerset Cricket Board– 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 exists to:

  • Protect children in cricket.
  • Provide clear procedures and guidance.
  • Highlight good practice.

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.

Our Safeguarding Policy is available to download by clicking here

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

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 some 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).
  • '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 DBS Evidence Checkers for their club or area. 
For further information on how to apply, please contact Brian Hoyle at:


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 2014 the ECB brought in the opportunity for all existing coaches who had attended the Safeguading and Protecting Children Course to now requalify through an online course.

In addition to the ECB Safe Hands Workshop, Club Welfare Officers also have the option of attending the 3 hour Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop or to complete the new online SPC course avaialbe through SportsCoach UK.

Club Welfare Officers looking to access the required training courses should:
Click here for ECB Safe Hands training information.
Click here for Safeguarding & Protecting Children courses.

ECB qualified coaches who need to update their online Safeguarding Young Cricketers module should:
Click here to access the online SYC module.

ECB DBS Vetting check

All DBS applications should now be completed online.  Paper forms can only now be used in exceptional circumstances.

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           matthew.counsell@somersetcricketboard.org
Brian Hoyle                     brian.hoyle@somersetcricketboard.org

Clubs and Club Welfare Officers - make sure everyone at your Club who needs a DBS, has one.
Please see the ECB list of roles requiring one by following the link below:

The SCB would like to recommend 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 the following information to either:

Matthew Counsell           matthew.counsell@somersetcricketboard.org
Brian Hoyle                     brian.hoyle@somersetcricketboard.org

Full name
Date of birth
Email address
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!

County Welfare Officer

SCB Welfare Officer - Ray Hancock

We have an appointed Welfare Officer – Ray Hancock (pictured) – whose job is to liaise with the SCB 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:

raysomcricket@randj.org.uk 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:

amandacounsell@yahoo.co.uk T: 01278 785324

Points of Contact

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

Andrew Fairbairn     SCB CDM    

Brian Hoyle               SCB Senior Development Officer

Greg Kennis             SCB Head Coach

Paul Lawrence         SCB Women & Girls Head Coach

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

Useful Documents

The following documents are pull out features from the main SCB 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