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
- Poor planning.
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.
Kirstie Thirde is the England Golf Partnership Compliance Manager and if you have any queries or would like to discuss any issue related to child protection, please contact her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 07949 111924.
Kathryn Mullen, the England Golf Partnership Compliance Officer, is responsible for all Child Protection Workshops throughout England Golf. If you need any information regarding workshops or have any general enquiries, please contact her via e-mail at email@example.com or by telephoning 01526 354500
Margaret Reed, The England Golf Partnership Compliance Administrator, is responsible for all CRB checks, including distribution of applications and any enquiries. If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the CRB application process please contact her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01526 354500.