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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.

DBS update October 2020 – The changes detailed below will be effective from the 1st November 2020

The ID verification part of the application process has changed temporarily to allow these to be actioned via a video call as opposed to the standard Face to Face Meeting.

If you require an ECB DBS check please email one of the following:

Your application will be initiated and a link sent directly to your email address. Complete and submit the online application and contact one of the above members of staff to arrange to have your application authorised remotely.

Important steps for the online ID verification meeting:

  1. Ensure that you email over copies of their 3 ID documents prior to the meeting
  2. Ensure that you have your application reference number
  3. Check that your application is in your Full Legal Name (as appears on birth certificate/passport etc)
  4. Confirm if you are a volunteer or in a paid role and that your application has been set up accordingly
  5. At each stage, the applicant will be required to hold up to the screen the original photo ID document to compare a likeness of the photo.
  6. All documents sent by email will be deleted / destroyed.

If you incur any issues with the application verification, then please seek support from

If you require any information or guidance around the DBS process please contact or 

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.

  • 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.

Download our Safeguarding Policy

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

County Welfare Officer

SCB Welfare Officer – Ray Hancock

We have an appointed Welfare Officer – Ray Hancock – 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: 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 SCB CDM

Brian Hoyle SCB 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 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

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).
  • ‘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 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 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

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:
Brian Hoyle:

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!