Clubs urged to have a welfare officer in place

ESSEX cricket is urging all clubs to make sure they have a designated welfare officer in place.

All clubs should have a trusted representative who will listen to confidential reports on areas such as inappropriate behaviour and misuse of social media.

Essex runs a ‘Safe Hands’ training course which gives people the skills needed and certification to be a welfare officer for three years.

Cricket development officer Louise Mitchell said: “It is very important clubs have someone in place who can listen to concerns and report them.

“We work closely with welfare officers and they can contact me in the first instance to look into any reported concerns.

“Having welfare officers in place creates confidence for everyone that things are being done right at clubs.”

To check if your welfare officer has the training needed, or to enquire about the ‘Safe Hands’ course, email