Child Welfare Policy within York Union of Golf Clubs
The York Union of Golf Clubs has a Safeguarding Children Policy (Jun 2019) and is fully committed to ensuring that golf provides a safe environment in which children can learn about the sport without fear of abuse in its various forms.
It is essential that you should feel safe and enjoy your sport. If there is something worrying you or you need someone to talk to then please speak to our Welfare Officer :
The Union has a clear child protection policy and procedures taking into account our circumstances and the recommendations and guidance as detailed in the ‘Guidelines for Safeguarding Children in Golf’ document approved by the Children In Golf Strategy Group, to promote good practice to all in dealing with children.
The Union has a statutory responsibility under the provisions of the Children Act 1989 which provides that anyone who is involved in the care of children should do what is reasonable in the circumstances for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare.
In these circumstances a child is classified as a person under 18 years of age.
Our Policy Statement
The York Union of Golf Clubs acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard the welfare of all children involved in golf within Union activities. All children have the right to protection, and have their particular needs taken into account. The Union will therefore endeavour to ensure the safety and protection of all children involved with the Union through the Child Protection guidelines adopted by the Executive Committee of the Union. It is the responsibility of all adults within the Union to assist the Executive Committee in this endeavour.
Our Policy Aims
To provide children with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of the Union 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 the Union activities.
To provide support to staff and volunteers to make informed and confident response to specific child protection issues and to fulfil their role effectively.
Our Key Principles
The welfare of the child is paramount.
All children, regardless of age, gender, racial origin, religious belief, sexual identity, and any disability have a right to enjoy sport free from all forms of abuse or poor practice.
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
All staff and volunteers working in golf have a responsibility to report concerns to the Union Welfare Officer.
No forms of bullying will be tolerated within Union activities.
Individuals will receive support to understand best practice and how to manage any welfare procedures.
To read and understand the Union’s CWP&P document posted on its website.
Complete and return all forms requested by Union Officials to assist with the smooth running and organization of Junior Events and Coaching. These forms can be found on the Union website for downloading.
To help support coaches and volunteer staff in the identification and reporting of any breaches to Union CWP&P.