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Whistle Blowing Policy

 

ECB is committed to developing a culture where it is safe, and acceptable, for all those involved in cricket to raise concerns about unacceptable practice and misconduct.

 

You may be the first to recognise something is wrong but you may not feel able to express your concerns out of a belief that this would be disloyal to colleagues or you may fear harassment, victimisation or disadvantage.

 

These feelings, however natural, must never result in a child continuing to be unnecessarily at risk. Remember, it is often the most vulnerable children who are targeted.

 

These children need someone like you to safeguard their welfare. Those involved in the sport must acknowledge their individual responsibilities to bring matters of concern to the attention of senior management and/ or relevant agencies. Although this can be difficult, it is particularly important where the welfare of children may be at risk.

 

The ECB assures all involved in cricket that they will be treated fairly and that all concerns will be properly considered. In cases where the suspicions prove to be unfounded, no action will be taken against those who report their suspicions/ allegations, provided they acted in good faith and without malicious intent. The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 protects whistle blowers from victimisation, discipline or dismissal where they raise genuine concerns of misconduct or malpractice.

 

Reasons for whistle blowing

 

Each individual has a responsibility for raising concerns about unacceptable practice or behaviour:

 

  To prevent the problem worsening or widening

 

  To protect or reduce risk to others

 

  To prevent becoming implicated yourself

 

What stops people from whistle blowing?

 

  Starting a chain of events which spirals

 

  Disrupting work or training

 

  Fear of getting it wrong

 

  Fear of repercussions or damaging careers

 

  Fear of not being believed

 

What happens next?

 

  You should be given information on the nature and progress of any enquiries

 

  All concerns will be treated in confidence.

 

During the process of investigating the matter, every effort will be made to keep the identity of those raising the concern unknown, except to the minimum number of individuals practicable

 

  Your Club Welfare Officer, County Welfare Officer and the ECB have a responsibility to protect you from harassment or victimisation

 

  No action will be taken against you if the concern proves to be unfounded and was raised in good faith

 

  Malicious allegations may be considered a disciplinary offence

 

ECB Safeguarding Whistle Blowing Procedures

 

Should suspicions be raised via a “tip off”, the person receiving the tip off should attempt to obtain the following information from the informant:

 

  Name address and telephone number

 

  Names of individuals involved

 

  The manner of the alleged incident/s or circumstances

 

  Whether they will submit any evidence (if applicable)

 

  How they became aware of the nature of the allegation

 

You should not attempt to deal with any allegation or suspicion yourself, rather inform your Club Welfare Officer or your County Welfare Officer or the ECB Child Protection Team. Specifically do not:

 

  Inform the person about whom the concern was raised

 

  Inform any other members, participants or employees

 

  Commence your own investigation

 

  Annotate or remove evidence

 

  Delay in reporting the suspicion

 

Also do not assume:

 

  “All is well, otherwise it would have been spotted earlier”

 

  “It doesn’t matter” or “no harm will arise”

 

  “Ignore it as it is not my responsibility”

 

Who do I tell?

 

The first person you should report your suspicion or allegation to is your Club Welfare Officer. If for any reason you cannot, or do not wish to report the matter to your Club Welfare Officer, you should refer to your County Welfare Officer. If you cannot, or do not wish to, report the information to either of these, then please contact the ECB Child Protection Team by email on safeguarding@ecb.co.uk

 or 020 7432 1200

 

Alternatively you can also contact Public Concern at Work on 020 7404 6609 or

whistle@pcaw.co.uk

 

Feedback

The amount of feedback relating to the issue will vary depending on the nature and result of the investigations. However, where possible, those who have raised concerns will be kept informed of the progress and conclusion of investigations.