The theme of this year’s National Child Protection Week being “Every child, in every community, needs a fair go.

The release of the Framework in line with this week-long nationwide campaign highlights Australian Cricket’s commitment to creating a safe and accessible sport for children across Australia.

The new Framework includes updated policies and codes of behaviour to assist clubs, associations and volunteers in giving children and young people the best opportunity to enjoy their cricket experience in the safest, most welcoming and appropriate environment available to them.

The Framework and associated resources can be found on Cricket Australia’s Safeguarding Children and Young People website.

Cricket clubs and associations across Australia are being asked to follow the lead of the Cricket Australia and State & Territory Cricket Associations by implementing the new Framework. New features of the Framework include:
- Supporting clubs and associations in mitigating risks around live-streaming and sharing footage of cricket matches
- Ensuring appropriate methods of communicating with children, and
- Guidance for volunteers on how to respond if they receive a report involving a child.

Northam Junior Cricket Association were the first Junior Association in Western Australia to adopt the new Framework, WA Cricket’s Wheatbelt Cricket Manager Melinda Lucas said;

“I am delighted Northam Junior Cricket Association has signed up to show how committed the volunteers are to working with WA Cricket in making cricket a safe and welcoming place for the local kids to enjoy themselves.”

During the course of the next few months, WA Cricket staff will be promoting the details of the new Framework and supporting volunteers, clubs and associations to follow the simple five point plan to implement the Framework.

Anyone requiring further information regarding Safeguarding Children and Young People are asked to make contact with their local WA Cricket, Community Cricket Manager who will be able to assist, contact details are below: