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Following recent reports in the media regarding allegations of child abuse within organised sport, Sussex Cricket Limited wishes to emphasise that it has adopted the England Cricket Board’s (ECB) Policy for Safeguarding Children. This is titled ‘Safe Hands’, which was initiated in 2003.

All cricket clubs that are involved in competitive cricket within Sussex have adopted Safe Hands into their respective constitutions and they have appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) who has completed both a NSPCC Safeguarding Children course and an ECB Safe Hands Workshop.

All adults who have regular, unsupervised contact with children will be requested by the CWOs to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before being allowed to have regular unsupervised access.

In addition, Sussex Cricket actively promotes all recreational cricket clubs to work towards and/or maintain their Clubmark Accreditation. A part of this includes an annual health check where Sussex Cricket Development officials ensure all the appropriate safeguarding policies have remained in place and that any new volunteers at the club have been checked for their suitability to work with young children.

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