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CWO Information & Details

Why do clubs need a Club Welfare Officer?
Whilst everyone is responsible for safeguarding, the Club Welfare Officer makes sure things happen.
As the Club Welfare officer you will make sure the policies and procedures are in place, and that everyone who should be vetted to work with children, is vetted by the ECB.
You will be the person that others come to if they have concerns, and having attended the Safe Hands training, you will know what to do, or who to ask for further help

Training for Club Welfare officers
Club Welfare Officers need to attend two sets of initial training –

  • The Safeguarding and Protecting Children course run by Sports Coach UK,
  • The ‘Safe Hands Workshop’ which is run by the local County Board. The County Welfare Officer is present at the Safe Hands workshop.
  • An ECB Vetting check (DBS) is also required.


Every three years, the three requirements must be updated. Essex Cricket also run ‘Safe Hands Refresher’ course. 

Workshops can be booked at

Safeguarding Young Cricketers (Formerly SPC) Workshop.

Who can attend SYC?
• For all first time candidates aged over 18.
• Can be attended by candidates refreshing their certificate after three years
• May be attended by candidates between the ages of 16 and 18 if joined with a ‘chaperone’ who is happy to take legal responsibility for the candidate. Please note that this is a SCUK (Sports coach UK) rule – not ECB or Essex Cricket.

• To identify coaching practice and sports situations that may constitute poor practice and/or abuse
• To recognise key principles of code of conduct and their application to good coaching practise
• To recognise truths and myths surrounding child abuse
• To identify ways of dealing with their own feelings of child abuse
• To describe what constitutes abuse and identify the indicators
• To recognise signs and symptoms
• To identify appropriate action if a child discloses he/she has been abused
• To identify appropriate action if concerned about the behaviour of another coach or colleague

Workshops can be booked at


The Coach Education Courses for Essex, Herts and Cambs are now live on dates and timings are all on the website.

This includes the CWO – Safehands and Safeguarding Young Cricketers workshops.

Kind regards


Graham Smith | Cricket Development Manager (People & Met Board)
Essex County Cricket Board
A: The Essex County Ground, New Writtle Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0PG
T: 01245 254005 / 07780 702225
F: 01245 254021