Physical Contact Policy
Introduction and background
The purpose of this Document is to clarify the position of the GCGU in relation to physical contact and offer guidance to those involved in working with children in Golf at GCGU events.
Guidance There are a number of principles that should be followed when the activity involves physical contact.
Physical contact should be in response to the needs of the child and a good general guideline to keep in mind is don’t do something that the child can do for themselves.
Physical contact during sport should always be intended to meet the child’s needs, not the adult’s. The adult should only use physical contact if their aim is to:
- treat an injury;
- prevent an injury or accident from occurring;
The adult should explain to the child the nature and reason for any physical contact. Unless the situation is an emergency, the adult should ask the child for permission.
The GCGU Parental Consent form does request authority to treat a child in the event of a medical emergency, It is considered good practice and part of an induction process for new Golfers.
Children should be encouraged to voice concerns if any physical contact makes them feel uncomfortable or threatened.
Contact should not involve touching genital areas, buttocks, breasts or any other part of the body that might cause a child distress or embarrassment. Any physical contact should always take place only in an open or public environment and not in secret or out of the sight of others.
Responding to distress and success There may be occasions where a distressed child needs comfort and reassurance, which may include physical comforting, such as a caring parent would give. Physical contact may also be required to prevent an accident or injury and this would be wholly appropriate. A child or coach may want to mark a success or achievement with a hug or other gesture. Adults should use their discretion in such cases to ensure that what is normal and natural (and seen by others that way) does not become unnecessary and unjustified contact, particularly with the same child over a period of time.
Prepared by Teg Bevan for the Glamorgan Golf Union Jan 2016