THE SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN IN GOLF STRATEGY GROUP
Our responsibility at SCiG is to establish standard policies that will protect children in golf. We want to make sure that everywhere they play and train, young golfers are thriving in a safe and happy environment.
To achieve this, the SCiG will:
- work together to review strategies for safeguarding children;
- ensure that we communicate our decisions and policies throughout the SCiG partnership;
- ensure that all golfing organisations put clear, consistent child protection policies in place, which are regularly reviewed;
- ensure that everyone working as part of a golfing organisation understands their responsibilities in terms of child protection;
- develop a Child Protection Education and Training plan;
- put a comprehensive case management system in place.
Governing bodies are responsible for educating staff and professionals about child welfare, so that everyone is equipped to keep the players in their care safe. Governing bodies should also keep parents and kids in the loop about these policies.
Specifically, they should:
- develop good practice in recruiting, training and supervising staff and volunteers;
- provide education and training about child protection to staff, PGA professionals, coaches and volunteers, advising on the right codes of conduct;
- provide guidance on child protection for parents and young golfers;
- respond to concerns and complaints about child welfare.
COUNTY UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
County unions and associations are directly responsibile for putting systems in place to protect the children involved in their junior golf activities. They should introduce procedures based on advice offered by SCiG and the golf governing bodies.
Each club is responsible for having effective child welfare procedures. The ideal, best practice advice should be adapted to suit each club’s needs. They have to meet the conditions of the Children Act 1989, which states: “Do what is reasonable in the circumstances for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare.”
Clubs should consider doing the following things to make sure they’re living up to their duty of care:
- carry out an overall risk assessment for the club;
- adapt the SCiG policies and procedures described on this website to suit their individual circumstances;
- nominate a Club Welfare Officer, who is responsible for child safety. This person should report any incidents to the governing body’s lead Child Protection Officer, rather than make decisions about incidents themselves.
- nominate specific people to develop a plan for child protection, put the plan in place, and review it regularly.
- Promote staff and volunteer training in partnership with SCiG, including the use of this website to access basic information and policies.