Child Protection

At Teddington CC we take the issue of Child Protection very seriously. Teddington Cricket Club adheres to the ECB Whistle Blowing Policy. We aim to be proactive rather than reactive and act professionally, with care, in our handling of any issues. Please read our policies below to understand how we operate and run our Junior Section in accordance to all current professional standards. 

Useful contact numbers:

07800 574741 – Lara Van Gelder (Teddington CC Child Welfare Officer CWO)

020 8891 7969 Richmond Child Protection Services / Family Support / Local Authority Designated Officer (from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday - or call 020 8770 5000 out of hours)

07557 956354 – Middlesex CCC Child Welfare Officer (Sharon Eyers)

0800 1111 – Childline

0800 0280285 – Whistle Blowing Helpline for Employees

999 - If you think a child is in immediate danger

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Safeguarding Policy Statement

Teddington Cricket Club (The Club) is committed to ensuring all Children* participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience. (*The word “Children” should be taken to mean all persons under the age of 18.)

We will do this by:

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

  • Ensuring individuals working within cricket at, or for, our club provide a safe, positive and fun cricketing experience for children

  • Adopting and implementing the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children” and any future versions of this

  • Appointing a Club Welfare Officer and ensuring they attend all current and future training modules required by the ECB, so they have the necessary skills to undertake their role effectively

  • Ensuring all people who work in cricket at, or for, our club (such as staff, officials, volunteers, team managers, coaches and so on) have a responsibility for safeguarding children, and understand how the “Safe Hands Policy” applies to them according to their level of contact with children in cricket

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

  • Ensuring 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 defined by the ECB, and the club

  • Ensuring the name and contact details of the Club Welfare Officer is available:

  1. As the first point of contact for parents, children and volunteers/staff within the club

  2. As a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee and members

  3. As the main point of contact within the club for the ECB County Welfare Office and the ECB Child Protection Team, and

  4. As the main point of contact within the club for relevant external agencies in connection with child safeguarding

  5. Ensuring correct and comprehensive reporting procedures exist for raising and managing child safeguarding concerns

  • Providing an environment where the views of children, parents and volunteers are sought and welcomed on a range of issues. This will help us create an environment where people have the opportunity to voice any concerns they have (about possible suspected child abuse, and/or about poor practice) to the Club Welfare Officer*

  • Ensuring all suspicions, concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately

  • Ensuring access to confidential information relating to child safeguarding matters is restricted to those who need to know in order to safeguard children – including the Club Welfare Officer and the appropriate external authorities, such as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), as specified within ECB child safeguarding procedures.

*Details of the County Welfare Officer will be made available in case the Club Welfare Officer is unavailable, or the concern relates to the Club Welfare Officer.

Club Welfare Officer: Lara Van Gelder ( 0780 0574741

Middlesex County Welfare Officer: Sharon Eyers ( 07557 956354