Children In Golf

 

The Glamorgan County Golf Union has very carefully considered its responsibilities to the children participating in golf events they arrange, and has produced the following Policy Document. The document supported by underpinning Procedure Documents sets out the Standards the County wish to uphold in safeguarding the welfare of children committed to our care when they participate in golf events organized on their behalf.  This Document recognizes the policies set out in Guidelines for Safeguarding Children in Golf (the “Guidelines”) Prepared by the various National Organizations.

 Policy Statement

The Glamorgan County Golf Union recognise that children have an undeniable right to protection and have their particular needs understood and addressed. They acknowledge its duty of care to safeguard the welfare of all children (defined as any young person under the age of 18) involved in golf events they organise.

It is the responsibility of the Executive Committee to ensure that the Policies reflect the sprit and intent of the Guidelines in respect of all occasions where children are in their care. Further that all persons acting on their behalf that assist in the organisation and running events are fully aware of the Policies and their implications.

Policy Aims

  • To provide children with appropriate safety and protection whilst in our care and also help them to enjoy their experience of the sport.
  • To reassure parents that their children will receive the best practicable care possible whilst participating in County activities.
  • To provide support to staff and volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues and to fulfil their roles effectively.

Key Principles

  • The welfare of children is paramount.
  • All children within Golf, regardless of age, gender, ability, disability, race, religious belief or sexual orientation have the right to be protected from abuse.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • All children have the right to be safe and to be treated with dignity and respect at all times.
  • All staff and volunteers working in golf have a responsibility to report concerns to the designated County Welfare Officer.
  • All County Officials, volunteers, coaches and referees need to understand their role and responsibility with regard to the duty of care and protection of children and young people.
  • Individuals will receive support through education and training to be aware of and understand best practice and how to manage any welfare or child protection issues that may come to light.
  • Where necessary we will work in partnership with parents to review and implement child protection and welfare procedures.
  • Our policy and procedures are based on the above principles and UK and international legislation and government guidance and take the following into consideration:
  • The Children Act 1989 and 2004.
  • The Data Protection Act 1994 & 1998.
  • The Police Act 1997.
  • The Human Rights Act 1998.
  • The Protection of Children Act 1999.
  • Caring for the young and vulnerable – Home Office Guidance for preventing the abuse of trust 1999.
  • The Criminal and Court Services Act 2000.
  • What to do if you are worried a child is being abused 2005.
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006).
  • The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Any subsequent legislation relating to child protection would implicitly be incorporated into this document.

Responsibilities & Communication

  • Our Child Protection Policy will be available to all members of the County Organisations, parents, staff, volunteers and participants via the Organisations Web Sites.
  • The Policy will be reviewed every three years by the Executive Committees, and amended as appropriate. Changes in Legislation and recommended best practices from National governing bodies will be incorporated where appropriate.
  • The Executive Committees have responsibility for ensuring that the policy and procedures are implemented, including taking any appropriate disciplinary action necessary.
  • The designated County Welfare Officer has responsibility for responding to any allegations, concerns or child protection incidents, passing information to the appropriate National Governing Body Lead Child Protection Officer and informing the appropriate County Officers.
  • Parents have a responsibility to work together with the County Organisations in implementing procedures and providing their children with the necessary information to safeguard themselves.

 

Produced in Jan 2015 for Glamorgan County Golf Union