All clubs should have a qualified Club Welfare Officer as an essential part of their safeguarding structure.
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.
As a result we want to ensure that every club playing cricket in the county at any level has a Club Welfare Officer. Welfare Officers are vital members of the club and key to making an environment safe, welcoming, and friendly for all to enjoy the game of cricket.
If your club does not have an appointed Club Welfare Officer it should appoint one as soon as possible.
Details of all upcoming courses for Welfare Officers in Somerset can be found at the bottom of this page.
Training for Club Welfare Officers
Club Welfare Officers are required to hold the following three certifications:
1) Safeguarding and Protecting Children (course run by UK Coaching).
In Somerset these courses are run by SASP (South) and Wesport (North) can be found by visiting the SASP Course Website or visiting the WESPORT Course Website.
2) Safe Hands qualification (ECB course run in partnership with the NSPCC).
The ECB Safe Hands Workshop provides advice on the CWO role, along with the requirements and responsibilities of child safeguarding in clubs.
3) An ECB DBS Vetting Check.
ECB DBS is now completed online, this is a far quicker process than the old paper system. To create an online ECB DBS form the following information is required:
- Full Name (including Title)
- Date of Birth
- Preferred Email Address
- Club affiliation
..and should be emailed to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every three years, requirements 1, 2 and 3 must be updated.
Training for existing Club Welfare Officers
Any existing Club Welfare Officer renewing qualifications can complete an Online E learning Safeguarding and Protecting Children course and the ECB Safe Hands Refresher course rather than the full Safe Hands course.
Online E learning Safeguarding and Protecting Children
To book onto this course please visit the UK Coaching Course Website.
ECB Safe Hands Refresher course
The ECB Safe Hands Refresher Workshop expands on the information provided in the SHW. The course is aimed at refreshing and updating the safeguarding advice around the CWO role and the requirements and responsibilities of child safeguarding in clubs.