Club Safeguarding

Club Safeguarding - Laois Cricket Club (LCC) Child Officers

Safeguarding is the process of protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of health and development and that they have safe and effective care for optimum life chances, thus promoting the welfare of children.

Each club with young members (U18)appoint a Childrens Officer & a Designated Liasion Person.

LCC Childrens Officer: Jonathan Walshe, phone Number: 0868167044

LCC Designated Officer: Miriam Crowe, phone Number: 0863350186

Roles & Responsibilities of the Childrens Officer

  • Promote and champion child safeguarding and wellbeing at the club and encourage good practice.
  • Highlight the importance of members of volunteers/staff who are working with children being recruited safely and in line with legal/policy requirements.
  • Make sure that all volunteers/staff, parents/carers, adults, and children are aware of:
    • How to contact the Childrens Officer; The Code of Conduct; How to raise concerns.
  • Deal with/highlight breaches of the Code of Conduct.
  • Keep up with developments in Child Safeguarding and wellbeing by liaising with Cricket Ireland (CI) Safeguarding officer.
  • Attend training.
  • Signpost other adults in the club to relevant training such as Safeguarding 1 course.
  • Liaise with Club and Provincial Union DLP and Cricket Ireland Safeguarding Officer.

Roles & Responsibilities of Designated Liasion Person (DLP)

The DLP is responsible for ensuring the that standard reporting procedure is followed, so that suspected cases of child abuse and/or neglect are reported promptly to the relevant statutory authorities.

In the event of an emergency where a child is thought to be in danger, and a Social Worker cannot be contacted, contact should be made with An Garda Siochana/Police Services Northern Ireland.

The Designated Liaison Person is responsible for ensuring that the standard reporting procedure is followed, so that suspected cases of child neglect or abuse are referred promptly to the Child and Family Agency Duty Social Worker. In the event of an emergency where a child is in immediate danger and TUSLA/HSCT cannot be contacted, An Garda Siochana/Police Services Northern Ireland should be contacted.

Co-operate as required with the statutory authorities (as above) if any disclosures or concerns of abuse regarding a club member arise within the club.

Operate with and encourage a strict code of confidentiality within the Club, including any matters concerning a child occurring outside the Club environment.