Download: Recruitment and Appointment Policy
This policy describes the process of appointing volunteers or paid staff who will oversee or work with anyone under the age of 18 years (young people), on a regular basis and on behalf of Rockingham Colliery Cricket Club Cricket Club.
When recruiting staff or volunteers who will work with young people on a regular basis the club will: –
- Consider the individual’s appropriateness for the role (see check list set out in appendix 1).
- Insist that a person applying for any post of responsibility has either been known to at least two members of the Management Committee for a minimum of one year or that a person completes an application form (see appendix 2).
- Define the role for the individual (see relevant job description).
- Interview the individual either formally or informally.
- Inform the person that a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) Enhanced Disclosure will be required.
- Assess the individual’s experience of working with young people, their knowledge of child protection issues and their commitment to promoting good practice. In addition, the individual’s standing in the local community will also be considered.
- In cases where an individual is not known personally to two members of the Management Committee, request at least two written references from persons not related to the applicant. One reference to be associated with the applicant’s place of work and if possible, one that demonstrates the individual has been previously involved in sport particularly children’s cricket. Both references must contain a statement relating to the referee’s awareness of the responsibilities of the post applied for. References should be followed up prior to any offer of appointment being made.
- Set a probationary period (as appropriate to the role).
Only the Management Committee (or General Meeting of the Club) can complete the recruitment process by making appointments to any position involving young persons.
Post Recruitment Decisions
Rockingham Colliery Cricket Club will ensure that the following action is undertaken once the volunteer has been recruited:
- Any qualification should be substantiated.
- New volunteers indicate their acceptance of:
- The role and responsibilities they are to undertake
- Rockingham Colliery Cricket Club’s Child Protection Policy
- Rockingham Colliery Cricket Club’s Equity Policy
- Relevant Codes of conduct
- Relevant Best Practise Guidelines
- Any training needs are established and actioned
- Where appropriate and agreed a mentor is used to support the new volunteer.
Umpires and Scorers
Rockingham Colliery Cricket Club recognises that official Umpires and Scorers are in positions of authority and as such the recruitment process will be the same as for anyone else who works with young persons. This applies to regular club umpires and scorers; it is not intended to apply to individuals who ‘stand-in’ for an odd occasional match or part of a match.
Overseas Staff and Volunteers
Rockingham Colliery Cricket Club recognises that checks will need to be undertaken on post holders regardless of their nationality.
Rockingham Colliery Cricket Club understands that different Countries have varying methods of providing background checks and that not all Countries are able to provide this service.
Rockingham Colliery Cricket Club will adopt and implement the ECB’s requirements for vetting and appointment of overseas applicants who are to have a role in cricket that would normally require vetting whilst in the UK.
(Should this be necessary for Rockingham Colliery Cricket Club then the process will follow the Yorkshire Overseas Vetting Guidance)
(The above has been adapted and developed from ‘ ECB Guidance appointing Volunteers and or paid staff for cricket from the Club “Safe Hands” Crickets Policy for Safeguarding Children and The FA.Com Appointing Staff and Volunteers “Child Protection Policy, Procedures and Implementation Guidance for Grassroots Football”)
Safeguarding children – Fit and Proper Person Checklist
- Attend a Safeguarding Young People workshop (note if all other criteria are met the applicant may be appointed on the understanding that they complete the Safeguarding Young People workshop within two months of taking on the role of designated person)
- Willing and able to provide relevant references- One reference to be associated with the applicant’s place of work and if possible, one that demonstrates the individual has been involved in sport particularly children’s cricket previously. Both references must contain a statement relating to the referee’s awareness of the responsibilities of the post applied for. References should be followed up prior to any offer of appointment being made – If the references raise concern’s you are advised to contact the County Welfare for advice and guidance
- Completion of an Enhanced CRB via the ECB CRB unit and acceptance by the ECB of the outcome / or self disclosure dependent on role.
A history of offending will not prevent someone working with children. Each case is considered on its merit. The Yorkshire County Welfare Officer will be able to advise further in this matter.
- Willingness to update skills and knowledge
- Previous experience of working with children and/or young people
- Knowledge of and positive attitudes to equal opportunities
- Commitment to treat all children as individuals and with equal concern
- Physical Health – appropriate to carry out tasks
- Mental stability, integrity and flexibility.
- Knowledge of child protection issues *
- Knowledge of child protection legislation *
- Relevant Cricket knowledge/understanding.
* If an interested individual does not currently have knowledge of child protection issues and or child protection legislation this can be addressed initially by attending the Safeguarding Young People workshop.
NB: If any person is considered not to be a “fit” person to work with children, his/her application should be refused.