Surrey , England UK


Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.

Everyone involved in cricket, from All Stars to the England teams, should understand the importance of keeping people safe within our game.

We The Surrey Down League are committed to ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for everybody.

Therefore your committee endorse all our member clubs should have in place their own Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO). This includes every club not just those clubs with Junior Sections, ALL Clubs should have a CSO.

They should also be listed on your club’s respective play-cricket website pages About Us / Officials

“Safeguarding is Law and therefore regardless of whether a sport organisation are or aren’t coming into direct contact with children and young people they have a responsibility for safeguarding and must work within the framework of legislation. Furthermore, Safeguarding adults is a responsibility for every sport and physical activity organisation. With the weight of legislation that surrounds safeguarding for both u18’s and adults, sports clubs are leaving themselves vulnerable for not engaging with safeguarding policies and procedures.”

County Safeguarding Officer – Surrey Cricket Foundation

It is extremely unlikely that any club around the county (or country for that matter) will not have some links with U18s either through junior players, older junior wanting to play adult cricket, children that visit the club or who are related to playing members or U18s on the opposition teams that visit. As the ECB slogan says, Safeguarding is Everyone’s Responsibility.

Assistant Director Cricket Participation, Surrey Cricket Foundation

“Safeguarding is important, and is everyone’s responsibility. We should all be aware, at Work, at our Cricket Club, at a Training Session, at a Match. To allow us to challenge behaviour, report any concerns, or seek advice from your respective Cricket Club’s Safeguarding Officer”

Safeguarding Officer The Surrey Downs League

County Safeguarding Officers are appointed by each County Cricket Board in order to provide advice and assistance on safeguarding for clubs, leagues and other affiliated organisations within each county. All Club Safeguarding Officers have access to this support and the County Safeguarding Officer actively supports clubs in creating a fun and safe environment for everyone to enjoy the game.

Club Safeguarding Officers – Whilst everyone is responsible for safeguarding, the Club Safeguarding Officer will make sure the appropriate policies and procedures are in place, and that everyone in regulated activity at their club, is vetted by the ECB. They are the go-to person that others come to if they have concerns, and having attended specific training, will know what to do in order to assist, or who to ask for further help.

League Safeguarding Officers – There is a designated volunteer workforce of League Safeguarding Officers who promote and oversee best practice in safeguarding. The League Safeguarding Officer is in place to improve practices across the league, ensure clubs are compliant and be the first point of contact for any safeguarding concerns.

Surrey Downs League Safeguarding OfficerSurrey County Safeguarding Officer
Paul GriffithsHeidi Langrish
07802 71270207843 977 020

Club Safeguarding Training for Club Safeguarding Officers:

There is some training to give your Club Safeguarding Officer some knowledge around Safeguarding including what is expected of you.

How to become a Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO)
In terms of a CSO being deemed fully trained you need to:

  1. Volunteer!
  2. Complete a Cricket Specific Disclosure & barring Service (DBS)
  3. Complete the free online Safeguarding for Specialist Roles course along with the additional
    module for Committee Members and Safeguarding Officers. Candidates are automatically
    enrolled on this course when booking the Safe Hands Workshop (see point 4).
  4. Attend the Safe Hands Workshop (a face to face course for Club Safeguarding Officers) – the
    current courses can be booked (also listed below) here :

VenueDate and TimeAvailability
Rowledge Cricket Club
Recreation Ground
School Road
Surrey GU10 4BN
17 July 2024

If you have any questions around safeguarding and or cricket safeguarding please reach out to our Surrey Downs League Safeguarding officer. thank you

this page was last reviewed and updated 10 July 2024