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What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding children and adults is putting the safety and wellbeing of anyone who comes into contact with us at the centre of what we do. We aim to create environments where they feel encouraged; listened to; feel able to reach their potential, and to make a positive contribution. Safeguarding procedures underpin all that we do and ultimately reduce the potential for harm to occur.

Vulnerable groups have the right to be safe wherever they are; at home, with friends, at school, out and about or at cricket.

Everyone at Lancashire Cricket Foundation holds a responsibility to make sure that the wellbeing of children, young people and adults at risk are put first.

Creating safe, open and transparent environments for Safeguarding

It is important that everyone at Lancashire Cricket Foundation feels safe and happy. We make sure that:

  • We have an environment where you can feel comfortable to tell someone if something worries you.
  • We take your concerns seriously
  • Our staff have relevant, continuous training and guidelines on the best ways to work with children, spot issues and manage them properly.


What is poor practice and abuse?

Poor practice happens when standards are not maintained which may cause potential harm to occur. These standards include, amongst others, the way that adults speak to children and adults, how and what you may be being asked to do, unsafe environments, seeking contact away from work, ignoring risks, lack of planning and poor standards of delivery or appearance.

Abuse is anything another person does that causes harm. Abuse can happen in families, between friends or anywhere. Peer on Peer abuse is the most common sort of abuse. Below are some different types of abuse that may be experienced:

Physical Abuse includes:

  • Hitting, smacking, and slapping
  • Burning or scalding
  • Throwing things or spitting at you
  • Shaking or suffocating you

Sexual Abuse including:

  • Touching
  • Saying or suggesting things of a sexual nature
  • Making you watch, or
  • Making you take part in things that make you uncomfortable, usually intended for adults
  • Up-skirting, posting private images and content

Emotional Abuse:

When someone makes you feel bad or low about yourself. This can include ignoring you or putting you down. Placing you in a difficult situations or setting you goals that are not achievable


Bullying, repeated actions or words that make you feel bad about yourself or those linked to you. It can be online or face to face and includes:

  • Name calling
  • Pushing
  • Threatening you
  • Ridicule
  • Hitting, striking and intimidation


When your basic needs are  not met or provided, such as food, medicine, housing, clothing, as well as others such as physical, emotional, social, educational and safety needs. It also means not protecting you from harm or having dangerous environments and ignoring guidance and advice.

Discriminatory Abuse:

When you feel harassed or picked on because of who you are. These may be comments or “jokes and banter” which are personal and can include:

  • Racist
  • Sexist
  • Homophobic
  • Ageist
  • Based on your disability


Grooming is defined as developing the trust of an individual, family or staff for the purposes of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or trafficking.

Coercive Control

Coercive Control is a pattern of controlling behaviour and/or incidents that occur over time. One individual exerts power, control or coercion over another, e.g. restricting movements, access to money, isolating victim from family and friends, sometimes associated with threats and intimidation.

Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic slavery.

Abuse can also take other forms such as child sexual or criminal exploitation, genital mutilation (FGM) and hazing (initiation activities) amongst others.

Abuse is not acceptable.

Being a victim of abuse is not your fault, don’t keep it to yourself.

We will help.


Lancashire Cricket Foundation and its subsidiaries will not tolerate activity of any sort which creates environments for the radicalisation of individuals regardless of which extremist ideology it is based upon.

Radicalisation is “the process through which an individual changes from passiveness or activism to become more revolutionary, militant or extremist, especially where there is intent towards, or support for, violence.”

Extremism is defined as “the holding of extreme political or religious views”.

The strategy covers all forms of terrorism, including far right extremism, and some aspects of non-violent extremism.

All delivery staff have been trained to spot radicalisation and extremism and how to report any concerns that they might have if someone is showing extremist views or might have been radicalised.



If you have any ongoing contact with Lancashire Cricket it is likely we will take some personal details, for example your name, address, date of birth, details of your parents or guardian.

This is so we know who you are and can contact you again. We might also ask to take your picture. This will be for good reason, like to celebrate an event or an achievement. Either way we will ask for your parent / carer’s permission to do this.

Normally if you give permission, we apply it to all situations where photographs might be taken. You can always opt out before, during or following.

We store all information and images in line with data protection & GDPR law. This means all information is;

  • Collected with your consent and your parents/ carers consent
  • Stored safely
  • Deleted within the correct timescales. 

To view our privacy notices please click HERE 


If you feel a member of Lancashire Cricket Foundation staff has:

  • behaved in a way that has or could harm a child, young person or adult at risk 
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child, young person or adult at risk 
  • behaved towards a vulnerable group in a way that indicates he or she may pose a risk of harm or potential harm to children, young person or adult at risk
  • behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children, young people or adults at risk.

Please report it HERE 

All allegations and reports are taken seriously. We will contact you, confirm details and outline next steps, keeping you as up to date as possible with developments.

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