UPDATED: Interim Welfare Officer Training and DBS Checks



During this challenging time it is vital that clubs continue to comply with ECB safeguarding guidance and enure their volunteers have up to qualifications. 

All clubs should have an appointed welfare officer who has an ECB Safe Hands qualification.

All those working with children must have and ECB DBS check. 

Guidance on Safeguarding in National & Local COVID-19 Restrictions


Due to ever changing COVID-19 Government restrictions and advice from the Disclosure and Barring Service, the ECB are returning to Online ID verifications including the initiation and verification of DBS applications as of 01 November 2020. DBS system access will also be limited to a small number of County and ECB users. 

The roles in cricket that require ECB vetting are: 

All Stars/Dynamos Activator/Helper Junior Manager                                    
Captain/Vice Captain First Aider/Medical Staff/Masseur
Club/County/League Welfare Officer Physiotherapist/Psycologist 
Coach  Scorer
Coach Support Worker Umpire
Coaching Ambassador Strength/Conditioning Coach 
Junior Supervisor Volunteer Coordinator
Academy Director Personal Development Manager
Childrens Cricket Talent Scout Safeguarding Recruiter (child)


If you require an ECB DBS please email info@devoncricket.co.uk  with the following information:

1.    Full Name (including title)
2.    Date of Birth
3.    Preferred Email Address
4.    Club Affiliation
5.    Club Role 


DBS ID Verification Meetings:

System access will be restricted to a limited group of users at County & ECB Level and Video ID Meetings (ie. Facetime/Zoom/Skype/etc.,) are to be used instead of Face to Face Meetings.

Please see link below with advice directly from dbs.gov.uk 


Club Welfare Officers / ID Verifiers are no longer able to initiate or verify documents until at least 01 February 2021

County ID verifiers are below:

Sara Perrett  sara.perrett@devoncricket.co.uk
Alex Jopling alex.jopling@devoncricket.co.uk
Matthew Theedom matt.theedom@devoncricket.co.uk
James May  james.may@devoncricket.co.uk
Claire Colman claire.colman@devoncricket.co.uk
John Ingham Use find a verifier 
Nick Evanson Use find a verifier 
Nigel Piddock  Use find a verifier 

If you have any problems or questions regarding your DBS application you can access ECB customer support here or contact safeguarding@ecb.co.uk



As a Club Welfare Officer, you play a vital role in keeping children and young people in cricket safe. As you will be aware, due to the Covid-19 crisis, many courses have been cancelled and we are aware that this has left many of you unable to keep your qualifications up-to-date. 

Due to the inability to attend face-to-face training new Club Welfare Officers, or those who were due to attend a course, must complete a Safe Hands webinar and the online Safeguarding Young Cricketers course.

Safeguarding Young Cricketers
This is a free online course, which takes approximately one hour to complete, and you can save your progress at any time. Please complete this online course if you have not completed the Safeguarding and Protecting Children course in the last three years. You will receive an email with joining instructions approx. 24 hours after you have booked your place on the Safe Hands webinar. If you have already completed the Safeguarding Young Cricketers online course in the last three years, there is no need to repeat the course.

Safe Hands Webinar
The ECB have created an online Safe Hands webinar in place of the face-to-face course.
Please click here to book a place on the webinar.
All the webinars available are suitable for both refreshing and new Club Welfare Officers.
Please register using your full name, as it appears on your DBS certificate and ensure you register using an email address that is unique to you.

Next Steps
When you have booked your place, you will receive a confirmation email. You will also receive a separate email with a link to the Safeguarding Young Cricketers course – this may take up to 24 hours to arrive.

There are limited spaces available on the webinars so we recommend booking ASAP.


Welfare officers must also have an up to date DBS check. 

Please note this interim accreditation will be valid for 12 months by which time ECB expect that the usual face-to-face Safe Hands training will be available again.

If you have any questions about the online training please first consult the FAQ document here