Children and Young People Safeguarding Policy
Everyone working with children and young people has a responsibility for keeping them safe, irrespective of their role, whether they are paid members of staff or volunteers.
England Golf is committed
to ensure that the sport of golf is one within which all participants can
thrive in a safe environment and that all children and young people have an
enjoyable and positive experience when playing golf.
- The welfare of children is paramount.
- A child is defined by law in England and
Wales as a person under the age of 18 years.
- All children, regardless of their Age, Race,
Religion or Belief, Disability, Gender identity or Sexual Orientation, have the
right to protection from abuse.
- All concerns and allegations of abuse and
poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and
- All children have the right to be safe.
- All children have the right to be treated
with dignity and respect.
- The Horsforth Golf Club will work with
children, their parents/carers and external organisations to safeguard the
welfare of children participating in golf.
- · We recognise the authority of the statutory
agencies and are committed to complying with Local Safeguarding Children Board
Guidelines (LSCB), Working Together under the Children Act 2004, and any
legislation and statutory guidance that supersedes these.
- · The Horsforth Golf Club is committed to working in partnership with
other key UK Golf Bodies to continually improve and to promote safeguarding
initiatives across the sport.
- · The Horsforth Golf Club owes a legal duty of care to children on their premises or engaged in
their activities. That duty is to take reasonable care to ensure their
reasonable safety and the duty is higher than it would be for adults.
The aims to:
- Provide a safe environment for
children and young people participating in golfing activities and try to ensure
that they enjoy the experience.
- Ensure robust systems are in place
to manage any concerns or allegations.
- Support adults (staff, volunteers, PGA Professionals, coaches, members and visitors) to
understand their roles and responsibilities with regard to their duty of care
and protection of children.
- Provide appropriate level training, support and
resources for staff, volunteers & coaches to make informed and confident
responses to specific safeguarding issues and fulfill their role effectively.
- Ensure that children and their
parents/carers are informed and consulted and, where appropriate, fully
involved in decisions that affect them.
- Reassure parents and carers that all
children and young people will receive the best care possible whilst
participating in club activities and communicate Policy and Procedure to them
Responsibilities and implementation
Horsforth Golf Club will seek to promote the
principles of safeguarding children by:
- Reviewing their policy and procedures every three years or whenever there
is a major change in legislation. Guidance from England Golf will be sought as
part of the review process.
- Conducting a risk assessment of club activities
with regard to safeguarding and take appropriate action to address the
identified issues within suitable timescales.
- Using appropriate recruitment procedures to
assess the suitability of volunteers and staff working with children and young
people in line with guidance from England Golf.
- Following National Governing Body (NGB)
procedures to report concerns and allegations about the behaviour of adults and
ensuring that all staff, volunteers, parents and children are aware of these
- Directing staff, volunteers & coaches to
appropriate safeguarding training and learning opportunities, where this is
appropriate to their role.
For the full policy please view this PDF HGC Children and Young People.