We take the safeguarding of our young people, players, volunteers and coaches seriously

The Safeguarding of all people in cricket is the main priority for the Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation.

Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation is committed to ensuring all people participating in cricket, have a safe and positive experience.


  1. Putting things in place
  2. Having the right people in place
  3. What to do if you have a concern
  4. Cricket specific guidance

1) Putting things in place

We recognise all children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability, or disability) have the right to have fun and be protected from harm, in a safe environment.

We ensure individuals working within cricket at, or for, our club provide a welcoming, safe, and fun experience for children.

We provide an environment where the views of children, parents and volunteers are sought and are welcome on a range of issues. This will help us create an environment where people can voice any concerns (about suspected child abuse/neglect and/or about poor practice) to the Club Safeguarding Officer.

We adopt and implement the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children.”

We ensure all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines and relevant legislation.

2) Having the Right People in Place

Appointing a County Safeguarding Officer and ensuring they attend training as required by the ECB.

The Gloucestershire County Safeguarding Officer is Ellen Mutch. Ellen is the main point of contact for any safeguarding question or referral. John Peplow is the ‘Deputy County Safeguarding Officer’. As a Foundation we have a Safeguarding committee that consists of:


NameRolePhone number
Ellen MutchCounty Safeguarding Officer07852 815430
John PeplowDeputy County Safeguarding Officer07515 489337
Claire LyesGloucestershire Cricket Foundation Trustee07704 100145
Chris MundenGloucestershire Cricket Foundation Operations Manager07557 924941

County Safeguarding Officer’s role

  • Point of contact for clubs, leagues, parents, children, and volunteers/staff within the county.
  • As a source of procedural advice for the county’s clubs and leagues and their members.
  • The main point of contact within the county for Club Safeguarding/Welfare Officers and the ECB Safeguarding Team.
  • The main point of contact within the county for relevant external agencies, in connection with child safeguarding. Ensuring correct and comprehensive reporting procedures exist for raising and managing child safeguarding concerns.

Ellen Mutch / Safeguarding Officer

The county has an appointed safeguarding officer – Ellen Mutch – whose job is to liaise with the GCF 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 Ellen.

To support Ellen with her work each club across the county should have its own Club Safeguarding Officer who is nominated by the club and has attended the necessary courses provided by the GCF e.g. Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) and ECB Club Safeguarding Officer.

Best practice highlights how each club should also have a deputy to take the place of the Safeguarding Officer should they be a way. These officers’ details should be provided to the league in which the club plays and also the GCF.

Ellen Mutch / County Safeguarding Officer

3) What to do if you have a concern

We ensure all suspicions, concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

We ensure access to confidential information relating to child safeguarding matters, is restricted to those who need to know, to safeguard children.

This would include the Club Safeguarding Officer and appropriate external authorities, such as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), as specified within ECB child safeguarding procedures.

4) Cricket Specific Advice

We ensure all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club are provided with support, through education and training, so they are aware of, and can adhere to, good practice and Code of Conduct guidelines as defined by the ECB and the club.

We ensure all people who work in cricket at, or for, our club (such as staff, officials, volunteers, team managers, coaches and so on) understand how the “Safe Hands Policy” applies to them.

For more information on the ECB Safeguarding Safehands Policy please click here.

Cricket Coach Safeguarding
ECB SafeHands (Background)

Safe Hands Management System (SHMS)

SHMS is an online Club Management Tool whereby the ECB will require all County Boards/ Foundations 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 playing under 18’s 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 Harry Watts- Club Development Manager.


Qualifications: Safe Hands, Safeguarding for Specialist Roles Courses and ECB DBS

Club Safeguarding Officers, must have the Safe Hands and online Safeguarding for Specialist Roles Qualifications and have a valid ECB DBS to be safeguarding compliant.

If you have any questions or are having problems with booking on Safeguarding Courses and to initiate ECB DBS Checks, volunteers should contact Theresa Ellison.

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