Members and Guests of St Cross Symondians Cricket Club (the Club) are required to abide by the provisions of this Code of Conduct and any subsequent updates as may be in force from time to time, and by their presence on club premises or at club events or activities are deemed to have accepted and to abide by the provisions of this Code and any other Codes of Conduct, Rules or Regulations the Club has adopted.

All Members and Guests of this Cricket Club will:

• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of cricket
• Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief \
• Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed • Display high standards of behaviour
• Promote the positive aspects of cricket, for example fair play
• Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them, always respecting the decisions of match officials
• Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials
• Recognise good performance not just match results
• Place the well­being and safety of children above the development of performance
• Ensure activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual
• Respect children’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in cricket
• Not smoke, drink or use banned substances while working with children in the club • Not provide children with alcohol when they are under the care of the club
• Follow ECB guidelines set out in the “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children” and any other relevant guidelines issued
• Report any concerns in relation to a child, following reporting procedures laid down by the ECB
* Members and guests include all members and officers of the cricket club and all guests of those members and officers, as well as all individuals who watch/attend/participate/ officiate in matches hosted by the club in whatever capacity
In addition to the above, all club officers and appointed volunteers will:
• Have been appropriately vetted, if required
• Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance
• Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private, or unobserved, situations and encourage an open environment) NB This includes the online world – club officers and volunteers are actively discouraged from online or other electronic communication with children – any such communication should be via parents.
• Inform players and parents of the requirements of cricket
• Know and understand the ECB’s “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children”
• Develop an appropriate working relationship with young players, based on mutual trust and respect
• Ensure physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out within recommended guidelines with the young player’s full consent and approval
• Not engage in any form of sexually related contact with a young player. This is strictly forbidden, as is sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms. The ECB adopts the Home Office guidelines. These recommend “people in positions of trust and authority do not have sexual relationships with 16­17 year olds in their care”

• Attend appropriate training to keep up to date with their role, especially with respect to the safeguarding of children
If a breach of the provisions or principles of this Code occurs or is reasonably suspected to have occurred, the Club reserves the right to take such action as it deems appropriate, including but not limited to asking the person responsible for the breach to leave the Club premises. Any disciplinary or complaint hearings in connection with a breach of these rules shall be dealt with in accordance with the disciplinary procedure as set out in the Club constitution or Cricket Section Regulations as may be amended from time to time.

Inclusion & Diversity Policy

St Cross Symondians Cricket Club, in all its activities, is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity in cricket, and to ensuring that its employees, members and all other individuals working or volunteering for St Cross Symondians Cricket Club, and participating in or watching St Cross Symondians Cricket Club’s activities are treated fairly and are able to conduct their activities free from discrimination, harassment or intimidation.
● St Cross Symondians Cricket Club, in all its activities will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably against on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation.
● St Cross Symondians Cricket Club will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of individuals
● St Cross Symondians Cricket Club will endeavour to create access and opportunities for all those individuals who wish to participate, and are lawfully eligible to participate, in its activities.
● St Cross Symondians Cricket Club will ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that its employees, members and volunteers adhere to these requirements and this policy.
● This policy is fully supported by the St Cross Symondians Cricket Club’s officers and management committee who are responsible for the implementation of this policy.
St Cross Symondians Cricket Club is committed to the investigation of any claims when brought to its attention, of discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual, and reserves the right to impose such sanction as it considers appropriate and proportionate, where such is found to be the case.
● In the event that any employee, member, volunteer, participant or spectator feels that they have suffered discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation, they should report the matter in writing to a member of the management committee of St Cross Symondians Cricket Club.
● Any such report should include: details of what occurred; when and where the occurrence took place; any witness details and copies of any witness statements.
● If the accused individual is an employee, the St Cross Symondians Cricket Club Management Committee will regard the issue as a disciplinary issue and will follow St Cross Symondians Cricket Club’s employment disciplinary procedure.
If the accused individual is a non­employee, the management committee:
(i) may decide (at its sole discretion) to uphold or dismiss the complaint
without holding a hearing;
(ii) may (at its sole discretion) hold a hearing at which both parties will be
entitled to attend and present their case;
(iiI) will have the power to impose any one or more of the following
sanctions on any person found to be in breach of any policy: (a) warn as to future conduct;
(b) suspend from membership;
(c) remove from membership;
(d) exclude a non­member from the facility, either temporarily or permanently;
(e) turn down a non­member’s current and/or future membership application; and
● will provide both parties with written reasons for its decision.
● A party may appeal a decision of the management committee to the Hampshire County Cricket Board by writing to Hampshire County Cricket Board within 3 months of St Cross Symondians Cricket Club’s decision being notified to that party.
● If the nature of the complaint is with regard to the management committee of the St Cross Symondians Cricket Club, the complainant may report the complaint directly to Hampshire County Cricket Board.
This policy will be reviewed periodically by the St Cross Symondians Cricket Club in consultation with the England and Wales Cricket Board Limited.

Sun Safety Policy

Taking part, or watching, outdoor summer sports can mean that young skin is subjected to ‘prolonged sun exposure’ which can result in sunburn, even on a cloudy day. Figures from Cancer Research UK show that the incidence of melanoma in the UK is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s; more than 13,000 people develop melanoma each year, compared with around 1,800 in the mid­1970s.
The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that 80% of lifetime sun exposure occurs during childhood and that just one blistering sunburn can double the risk of getting melanoma later in life.

We recommend the following advice:
1. Hat or cap
2. Long sleeves
3. Legs covered
4. Wraparound sunglasses
5. Use SPF­30 suncream with UVA/UVB protection and apply before the event
and give to your child to reapply during the event
6. Help will be given to those children that have difficulty applying
7. Children should attend with a water bottle ­ on hot days, frequent breaks will
be given for re­hydration and this includes matches
8. In extreme heat, 30°C and above, very physical activities risk heat­stroke and
severe dehydration. Activities will be moved to the shade or inside where possible and may be cancelled in these circumstances.

Heat exhaustion – Signs of heat exhaustion include the following: irritability, fatigue, dizziness, headache, nausea or hot, red and dry skin.
Heatstroke – Heatstroke can develop if heat exhaustion or heat stress is left untreated, but it can also occur suddenly and without warning. Sweating is an essential means of cooling and once this stops a child is at serious risk of developing heatstroke.
The following steps to reduce body temperature should be taken at once:
• Move the child to as cool a location as possible
• Sponge the child with cool, (not cold) water and, if available, place cold packs around the neck and in the armpits
• Place the child near a fan
• If a child shows signs of confusion or loses consciousness, place the child in the recovery position and follow the steps above. In both cases, call 999 for emergency medical assistance.