Anti-bullying Policy


Statement of Intent

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our children so they can train and play in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all children should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING club. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff and officials.

What Is Bullying?


Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. Bullying can be:

• Emotional: being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding kit, threatening gestures)

• Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence

• Racist: racial taunts, graffiti, gestures

• Sexual: unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments

• Homophobic: because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality

• Verbal: name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing

• Cyber: All areas of internet, such as email and internet chat room misuse. Mobile threats by text messaging and calls. Misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera and video facilities

Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?

Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Children who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving. Cricket Clubs have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

Objectives of this Policy

• All officials, coaching and non-coaching staff, children and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.

• All officials, coaching and non-coaching staff should know what the club policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.

• All children and parents should know what the club policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.

• As a club we take bullying seriously. Children and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.

• Bullying will not be tolerated.

Signs and Symptoms

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:

• says they are being bullied

• changes their usual routine

• is unwilling to go to the club

• becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence

• comes home with clothes torn or belongings damaged

• has possessions which are damaged or “go missing”

• asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully)

• has unexplained cuts or bruises

• is frightened to say what's wrong

• gives improbable excuses for any of the above

In more extreme cases, the child:

• starts stammering

• cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares

• becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable

• is bullying other children or siblings

• stops eating

• attempts or threatens suicide or runs away

These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.



1. Report bullying incidents to the Club Welfare Officer

2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be reported to the ECB Child Protection Team for advice via the County Welfare Officer

3. Parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem

4. If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted

5. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly

6. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour

In cases of adults reported to be bullying cricketers under 18, the ECB must always be informed and will advise on action to be taken.


We will use KIDSCAPE methods for helping children to prevent bullying. As and when appropriate, these may include:

• writing a set of club rules

• signing a behaviour contract

• having discussions about bullying and why it matters.

Bowling Machine Policy

The bowling machine is for the use of ALL the playing members of the club. The Committee has agreed that any user wishing to make use of the bowling machine MUST follow these guidelines.

1.You must only use the bowling machine if accompanied by a qualified user.

2. Any member using the machine does so at their own risk.

3. The qualified user accepts full responsibility for the equipment. He/She must ensure the safety of all people using the machine whilst in their care. All users must inform people of the importance of Health and Safety and the implied acceptance of the"rules of use" by reading the user notes.

4. Any user that breaches the manufacturers recommended operating procedures does so completely at their own risk and the club will accept NO liability for the user's failure to comply.

5. Any user found to be using the machine improperly will be suspended from further use and may lead to disciplinary action.

6. Any user either in breach of any of the "rules of use" risks suspension from further use and possible disciplinary action.

7. Any user causing damage may be liable for repair charges.

9. Any user accepts full responsibility for the machine and all sundries including balls. Any loss or damage will result in the USER being liable for replacement or repair charges

10. Nobody under the age of 18 may operate the Bowling Machine.

Guidelines For Club Changing Rooms Policy

The following provides a framework of best practice and guidance for a Changing Policy to be developed within the club. These guidelines apply to Adults and Young People (under the age of 16) sharing changing facilities. Clubs should identify and develop the framework that best suits their changing arrangements, taking into account the number of children involved


Methods of guidance are:

1. Adults should not change or shower at the same time using the same facility as children

2. Adults should try to change at separate times to children, for example when children are padding up

3. If adults and children need to share a changing facility, the club must have consent from the parents that their child/children can share a changing room with adults in the club.

4. If children play for Open Age teams, they, and their parents, must be informed of the club’s policy on changing arrangements

5. Mixed gender teams must have access to separate male and female changing rooms

6. Mobile phones must not be used in the changing rooms

If children are uncomfortable changing or showering at the club, no pressure should be placed on them to do so. Suggest instead that they may change and shower at home.

Nets Safety Policy

Nets used for ARRANGED practice sessions For the safety of our junior members (those under the age of 18) the following procedures are in place.

1. The sessions MUST be conducted under the supervision of an ECB qualified coach.

2. When batting facing a hard ball the proper protective items, including helmet MUST be worn.

3. Before practice commences coaches MUST check the cage and netting to ensure a safe environment.

4. Any equipment including kit bags to be stored away from the nets.

5. All players using the net practice must behave in a proper and correct manner.

6. After each practice session the equipment MUST be stored away properly.


Nets used by junior members outside normal practice sessions


The club will not accept responsibility for unaccompanied children using the nets facility.

Members, under the age of 7 using the net facility are the responsibility of their parents/guardians/carers.

People using the nets without the supervision of a qualified coach do so AT THEIR OWN RISK.

The use of helmets and other protective wear is essential when using a hard ball.


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