Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy


Whilst children and young people are participating in golf activities in our care, Southwold Golf Club acknowledges its duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk of harm and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance, England Golf policies and complies with best practice.


The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children and venerable adults are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic background, all participants have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at Southwold Golf Club in a safe environment and are protected from abuse.


Southwold Golf Club recognises the policies of the National Governing bodies, as set out in the “Guidelines for Safeguarding Children in Golf”. The policy and supporting procedures set out a framework to fulfil our commitment to good practice and the protection of children in our care.



  • A child is defined by law as a person under the age of 18 years

  • The welfare of children is paramount

  • All children, regardless of their Age, Race, Religion or Belief, Disability, Sex or Sexual Orientation, have the right to protection from abuse

  • All concerns 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

  • All children have the right to be treated with dignity and respect


Southwold Golf Club’s 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 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 2010

  • The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child



The Southwold Golf Club aim to:

  • Provide a safe environment for children participating in golfing activities within the club and try to ensure that they enjoy the experience.

  • Reassure parents (and carers) that their children will receive the best care possible whilst participating in club activities & communicate policy & procedure to them through website/letter/consents.

  • Support adults (staff, volunteers, PGA Professionals, coaches, members and visitors to the club) to understand their roles and responsibilities with regard to the Duty of Care and protection of children.

  • Provide appropriate training and support to staff, volunteers & coaches so they can make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues and can fulfill their role effectively

  • Adopt the Children in Golf Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures and any related policies where appropriate.



Southwold Golf Club will seek to promote the principles of safeguarding children by:

  • Reviewing their policy and procedures at least every three years or whenever there is a major change in legislation.

  • Ensuring everyone at the club understands their roles and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and that all relevant staff and volunteers are provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people.

  • Conducting a risk assessment of club activities with regard to safeguarding and take appropriate action to address the identified issues within suitable timescales.

  • Using appropriate recruitment procedures to assess the suitability of volunteers and staff working with children.

  • Ensuring appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support is provided to the individual(s) who raise or disclose the concern.

  • Ensuring that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored.

  • Preventing the employment or membership of unsuitable individuals.

  • Following National Governing Body (NGB) procedures to report concerns and allegations about the welfare of children or the behaviour of adults and ensure that all staff, volunteers, parents and children are aware of these procedures.

  • Working with children, their parents and external organisations to safeguard the welfare of children participating in golf.

  • Directing club staff, volunteers & coaches to appropriate safeguarding training, where this is appropriate to their role


Contact Details for Relevant Persons


Club Junior Organiser; - Richard Smith, Golf Professional

01502 723234

Club Child Protection Officer; - Gareth Jones, General Manager

01502 723234

English Golf Union; Compliance Department

01526 354500

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