DBS, Safeguarding and First Aid

Coaches, Safeguarding Officers, Captains & Volunteers must have & renew safeguarding qualifications every 3 years

Whether you are a qualified coach, soon to be a qualified coach, a Club Safeguarding Officer, Captain or Club Volunteer, there are a number of pre-requisites you must have in place in order for you to be compliant on safeguarding.
All volunteers (16+) who work with children require an ‘ECB’ DBS Check. DBS Checks from other sports or educational settings, are not valid in a cricket environment.

Club Safeguarding Officers require an in date DBS, Safe Hands certificate, Safeguarding & Protecting Children’s certificate. If this person is a qualified coach then a Safeguarding Young Cricketers certificate will be sufficient.

Coaches require an in date DBS, First Aid and Safeguarding Young Cricketers certificate.

Finally, all Captains (whether they have U18s playing in their teams or not) and Club Volunteers (who work with children), must have completed a valid and in date DBS check.

Safe Hands, Safeguarding & Protecting Children and First Aid Courses

CourseVenueDateTimeCostBook
Safe HandsFrenchayThurs 16th Feb6:30pm - 9:30pm£30Fully Booked
Safe HandsHatherley & ReddingsTues 28th Feb6:30pm - 9:30pm£30Fully Booked
Safe HandsStroudMon 13th March6:30pm - 9:30pm£30Book
Safe HandsThe BAWAMon 20th March6:30pm - 9:30pm£30Book
First AidGloucesterMon 27th March6:30pm - 9:30pm£40Book
First AidStroudMon 17th April6:30pm - 10:00pm£40Book
First AidHambrookThurs 23rd March6:30pm - 10:00pm£40Book
First AidThe BAWAWed 19th April6.30 - 10:00pm£40Book

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks

All organisations working with children have safeguarding responsibilities and clear requirements placed upon them by legislation.

This applies whether you are a club, league, panel or another organisation. Legislation exists to ensure safer recruitment practices are followed, including DBS checks for those in regulated activity.

The roles in cricket that require an ECB Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are:

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All Stars / Dynamos Children’s Activator

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Captain / Vice captain

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Club Safeguarding Officer

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Coach Support Worker

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Junior Supervisor Juniors / Colts Manager

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Medical Staff

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Psychologist

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Strength / Conditioning Coach

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Volunteer Coordinator

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All Stars / Dynamos Children’s Helper

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Children Academy Director

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Club Safeguarding Officer

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Coaching Ambassador

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League Safeguarding Officer

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Personal Development Manager

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Safeguarding Recruiter

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Team Manager

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Assistant Coach

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Children’s Cricket Talent Scout

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Coach

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First Aid Responder

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Masseur

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Physiotherapist

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Scorer

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Umpire

Application

Applying for an ECB DBS check is straightforward, and the process is now all online – there are no paper applications involved. For volunteers the process is free and there is an option to enrol onto the Update Service which will mean that if an individual’s details do not change, they may never have to do another DBS application in cricket.

If you require an ECB DBS certificate, please contact Theresa Ellison (see below).

Once your application is initiated, you will receive an email with easy-to-follow instructions to help you make your application. There is a helpdesk function within the system. When the DBS have concluded their checks, you will receive a paper copy of your certificate in the post.

Cricket Players (SVG)

Training for Club Safeguarding Officers

Club Safeguarding Officers are vital members of the club and key to making an environment safe, welcoming and friendly for children to enjoy the game of cricket.

Club Safeguarding Officers need to attend two sets of initial training:

  • Safeguarding and protecting children course run by UK coaching
  • ‘Safe Hands’ workshop which is run by the GCB
  • Every three years, the three requirements above must be updated

We also run ‘Safe Hands Refresher’ courses for Safeguarding Officers who have completed the Safe Hands Course in the past.

Safeguarding Young Cricketers

The Safeguarding Young Cricketers Course (SYC) is a free online safeguarding course created by the ECB, involving the completion of a multiple-choice assessment.

Candidates will need to register onto the course, at which point they will receive a link by email to the online e-learning module along with their logon information.

Please contact Theresa Ellison (see below).

Please note that this course is only available to coaches undertaking ECB approved training courses and those renewing their existing safeguarding qualification.

Theresa Ellison / Administration Officer

Theresa’s role is to help and support others in the wider Gloucestershire Foundation team to ensure that the Foundation runs effectively and efficiently. Some of the key administrative areas are:

  • Helping to organise and set up the trials, winter nets programme and performance programme for the Girls and Boys Zonal squads
  • Keeping club contact details up to date including checking that each club’s Safeguarding Officer has valid qualifications and initiate and verify DBS applications for club volunteers
  • Administering online bookings including trials, winter nets programmes, Coach Development courses, holiday camps etc
  • Helping with many financial activities by creating invoices, payment of bills, chasing outstanding debtors etc
  • Help to create and run the office side of Coach Development

Theresa acts as the point of contact for many administrative parts of the Foundation.

Theresa Ellison / Administration Officer