Millions of children are involved with sport, at all levels of participation and competition, and in all sorts of situations. Sport has a responsibility to ensure their welfare and safety against harm, and golf is taking this responsibility very seriously.
There are a number of ways that risks may present themselves to children participating in sport, not just in golf:
•Bullying of children by their peers or by adults
•Individuals exploiting their position to gain access to children
•Placing unrealistic performance expectations on children
•Lacking awareness of the needs for safeguarding
Everyone in golf has a part to play in safeguarding children - at home, at school, in the park, at the club. The Children Act 1989 and Working Together to Safeguard Children (DOH 2006) highlight the shared responsibility of organisations to promote children’s wellbeing and safeguard them from harm.
Lead Child Protection Officer for Golf in Wales
Diane Davies is the Golf Union of Wales Lead Child Protection Officer, if you have any queries or would like to discuss any issue related to child protection, please contact her on 07923 065317 or Sian Simmons, Safeguarding Co-ordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 01633 436040.
Sian Simmons, Administrator for Golf Development Wales is responsible for DBS checks, if you have any questions regarding the DBS process please contact her via e-mail at email@example.com or by telephoning 01633 436048.
For details on GUW/GDW Safeguarding Support for Club Volunteers and Professionals click here or download the document below