- Photographs/images are not to be taken at matches or training without the prior permission of the parents/carers of the child. This permission can be given by proxy by the coach of each team only after parental consent for this has been granted via the membership form. The coach must arrange this prior to attending matches
- If no consent has been given for a child , then it is to be made known to the relevant person of the other team (e.g. coach/ team manager) so the appropriate person/s taking photographs for the other team is/are aware and can avoid taking photographs of that particular child
- The children should be informed a person will be taking photographs
- The children should be informed that if they have concerns they can report these to the coach or team manager
- Concerns regarding inappropriate, or intrusive, photography should be reported to the Club Welfare Officer and recorded in the same manner as any other child protection or safeguarding concern
- For cricket tournaments/festivals/events/competitions the club may set up a camera registration book for parents to complete.
- Use of images of children (for example on the web, in the media or in league handbooks), including broadcast on social media platforms should adhere to the following:
- Ask for parental permission to use the child’s image and, wherever possible, show the image to the parents and child in advance. This ensures that they are aware of the way the image will be used to represent cricket and the club
- Ask for the child’s permission to use their image. This ensures they are aware of the way the image is to be used to represent cricket and the club
- If the cricketer is named, avoid using their photograph
- If a photograph is used, avoid naming the child
- Only use images of children in appropriate kit, to reduce the risk of inappropriate use, and to provide positive images of the children
- Encourage the reporting of inappropriate use of images of children. If you are concerned, report your concerns to the County or Club Welfare Officer
Using video as a coaching aid:
Players and parents/carers should be made aware that this is part of the coaching programme, and material taken in connection with coaching, must be stored securely and deleted or destroyed when a parent requests this, or when the material is no longer needed. The parents/carers and children must provide written consent for the use of photography and video analysis.
Texts, apps and emails: contacting Under 18 players
The Children Act defines a person under 18 years as a child
You should make arrangements for under 18s via their parents or carers; this includes text and email or Whats App messages etc.
It is understood that in the case of over 16’s this may not be ideal for yourself or the parents. An acceptable exception to this rule is to text or email the parent and to copy in the 16 or 17 year old, with the parent’s prior consent. This means the parent is able to monitor communications, but the 16 or 17 year old receives the information directly.
If you receive any responses that appear inappropriate they should be brought to the attention of the parent or carer. You should not engage in individual text or email conversations with a 16 or 17 year old without their parent receiving the same messages from you.
All contact with children should be in relation to coaching, matches and cricket-related activity.
Social Media: Do’s and Don’ts Coaches / Managers / Clubs DO
- Have separate social media accounts for cricket-club related and personal use. Keep your photos and personal information private.
- Apply the Codes of Conduct and appropriate professionalism to your behaviour online, by text and email.
- Obtain consent before posting any personal information online – this includes photographs where an individual can be identified.
- Remember the picture/no name guidance for under 18s
Coaches / Managers / Clubs DO NOT
- Send text messages to juniors – make arrangements via their parents.
- Send private messages to children and young people via apps or social media.
- Invite or accept children and young people to become “friends”.
- Send inappropriate text messages or post messages on social media that are offensive, nasty or derogatory in any way.
Adult players in Open Age teams
Should be mindful of who may have access to material you share via social media, including Facebook, twitter and other platforms.
If you have concerns regarding social media, texts and emails
If you suspect that someone is using social media in an unsafe or inappropriate manner, you should report their behaviour to your Club Welfare Officer, the County Welfare Officer, or the ECB Safeguarding team – email firstname.lastname@example.org