The Hampshire and England and Wales Cricket Boards are committed to providing an environment that is safe, welcoming and friendly for children and for all people to enjoy the game of cricket.

The England and Wales Cricket Board's safeguarding policy, Safe Hands, is set out in detail on the ECB website.

Click here for invaluable Club Welfare resources including:

  • Key Definitions and Concepts
  • Safeguarding and a Club's Duty of Care
  • Safe Hands Safeguarding Kit Bag
  • Putting things in place (background work, policies and paperwork)
  • Having the right people in place (recruitment and guidance)
  • What to do if you have concerns
  • Cricket specific safeguarding guidance

Safeguarding in cricket is based upon providing an enjoyable environment that meets the needs and requirements of children.

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Checks and ECB Vetting

The following roles in cricket that require a DBS (formerly CRB) check vetted by ECB are:

Age Group Team Manager  All Stars / Dynamos Children’s Activator
All Stars / Dynamos Children’s Helper   Assistant Coach
Captain / Vice captain Club Safeguarding Officer  
Coach   County Safeguarding Officer 
Junior Supervisor   League Safeguarding Officer
Physiotherapist   Safeguarding Recruiter 
Scorer Team Manager 
Umpire   Volunteer Coordinator
Children’s Cricket Talent Scout   Children Academy Director 
Medical Staff   Personal Development Manager 
Psychologist   Strength/Conditioning Coach

The ECB guidance on the roles in cricket that require a vetting check are available here. 

For more information please visit the ECB website.

County Safeguarding Officer (formerly known as County Welfare Officer)

The County Safeguarding Officer in Hampshire is John Cook, who can be contacted via email and / or by telephone 07766 838779.

  • John Cook, County Safeguarding Officer

    John Cook, County Safeguarding Officer

Safeguarding Courses for Club Safeguarding Officers

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

Club Safeguarding Officers need to complete three sets of training in addition to completing an ECB DBS check:

  • Online ‘Safeguarding for Specialist Roles’  
  • A ‘top up’ online module – ‘Safeguarding for Committee Members and Club Safeguarding Officers’  
  • Face to face ‘Safe Hands' workshop which is run by the local County Cricket Board

Introduction to safeguarding - recommended for parents and other interested members of the club who aren’t in specialist roles. This is a stand-alone 30 minute module.

The modules below include a core module named “Safeguarding for Specialist Roles in Cricket”. This accounts for 80% of the course completion and the remaining 20% is based on accessing the most applicable bolt-on module below (individuals are welcome to access all modules if they wish)

Then log in at the ECB e-learning website - click here to recover your username or password.

After following these steps email ECB e-learning in the event of any query.

As an alternative coaches may attend face to face Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) workshops which can be booked via the UK Coaching website (usual cost around £30).

Coaches working with players under 18 (as at 1st September of the preceding year) must obtain or renew insurance cover, an ECB Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and first aid certificates every three years.

More Info

Read the ECB's statement on Safeguarding