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DBS, Safeguarding and First Aid


Coaches, Safeguarding Officers, Captains & Volunteers must have & renew safeguarding qualifications every 3 years.

Whether you are a qualified coach, soon to be a qualified coach, a Club Safeguarding Officer, Captain or Club Volunteer, there are a number of pre-requisites you must have in place in order for you to be compliant on safeguarding.

All volunteers (16+) who work with children require an ‘ECB’ DBS Check.  DBS Checks from other sports or educational settings, are not valid in a cricket environment.

Club Safeguarding Officers require an in date DBS, Safe Hands certificate, Safeguarding & Protecting Children’s certificate. If this person is a qualified coach then a Safeguarding Young Cricketers certificate will be sufficient.

Coaches require an in date DBS, First Aid and Safeguarding Young Cricketers certificate.

Finally, all Captains (whether they have U18s playing in their teams or not) and Club Volunteers (who work with children), must have completed a valid and in date DBS check.

Safe Hands, Safeguarding & Protecting Children and First Aid Courses

Safe HandsGloucesterThurs 24th Feb18:30-21:30£40Book now
Safe HandsHatherley & ReddingsThurs 10th Mar18:30-21:30£40Book now
Safe HandsGolden HillThurs 24th Mar18:30-21:30£40Book now
First AidHambrookTues 19th Oct18:30-22:00£40FULL

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks

All organisations working with children have safeguarding responsibilities and clear requirements placed upon them by legislation.

This applies whether you are a club, league, panel or another organisation. Legislation exists to ensure safer recruitment practices are followed, including DBS checks for those in regulated activity.

The roles in cricket that require an ECB Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are:

  • All Stars / Dynamos Children’s Activator
  • All Stars / Dynamos Children’s Helper
  • Assistant Coach
  • Captain / Vice captain
  • Children Academy Director
  • Children’s Cricket Talent Scout
  • Club Safeguarding Officer
  • Club Safeguarding Officer
  • Coach
  • Coach Support Worker
  • Coaching Ambassador
  • First Aid Responder
  • Junior Supervisor Juniors / Colts Manager
  • League Safeguarding Officer
  • Masseur
  • Medical Staff
  • Personal Development Manager
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychologist
  • Safeguarding Recruiter
  • Scorer
  • Strength/Conditioning Coach
  • Team Manager
  • Umpire
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Applying for an ECB DBS check is straightforward, and the process is now all online – there are no paper applications involved.

For volunteers the process is free and there is an option to enrol onto the Update Service which will mean that if an individual’s details do not change, they may never have to do another DBS application in cricket.

If you require an ECB DBS certificate, please contact Theresa Ellison (see below).

Once your application is initiated, you will receive an email with easy-to-follow instructions to help you make your application. There is a helpdesk function within the system. When the DBS have concluded their checks, you will receive a paper copy of your certificate in the post.

Training for Club Safeguarding Officers

Club Safeguarding Officers are vital members of the club and key to making an environment safe, welcoming and friendly for children to enjoy the game of cricket.

Club Safeguarding Officers need to attend two sets of initial training:

  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children course run by UK Coaching
  • ‘Safe Hands’ workshop which is run by the GCB

Every three years, the three requirements above must be updated.

We also run ‘Safe Hands Refresher’ courses for Safeguarding Officers who have completed the Safe Hands Course in the past.

Safeguarding Young Cricketers

The Safeguarding Young Cricketers Course (SYC) is a free online safeguarding course created by the ECB, involving the completion of a multiple-choice assessment.

Candidates will need to register onto the course, at which point they will receive a link by email to the online e-learning module along with their logon information.

Please contact Theresa Ellison (see below).

Please note that this course is only available to coaches undertaking ECB approved training courses and those renewing their existing safeguarding qualification. 

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:


Gareth Dawson

Workforce Development Officer

Mobile – 07554 455738

Theresa Ellison


Phone – (0117) 910 8009

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