We want everyone to have a safe, fun experience in golf. That’s why we’ve launched the SafeGolf accreditation for affiliated clubs and facilities.
The SafeGolf accreditation process is designed to enable clubs, through easily accessible documents and templates, to ensure they are delivering a safe environment for the sport to be played in.
The SafeGolf accreditation process will become part of the England Golf affiliation process from January 2021. It’s also important to note that county bodies must also achieve SafeGolf accreditation.
SafeGolf accreditation process
Your club or facility must be affiliated to England Golf before you start this process. If you have any queries about affiliating your club to England Golf contact Club Support. You may also want to download the SafeGolf checklist before starting to see a full list of the evidence your club will need to provide during your application.
- Head to GolfMark website
- Select your club and add your details
– Note: If your club does not appear this may be because someone from your club has already applied for GolfMark/SafeGolf – contact your Club Support Officer for details
- You will shortly be sent a welcome email providing your login details
- Once you have received your email, Login here
- Scroll down to the GolfMark tile at the bottom of the page and select “Use Website”
- You will be shown four categories; Recruitment & Retention, Coaching & Competition, Management & Sustainability and Safeguarding.
– Note: You only need to complete the Safeguarding section to achieve SafeGolf. However, if you would like to achieve a full GolfMark accreditation you can complete the other sections with help from your Club Support Officer.
- Within the Safeguarding section, use the templates provided to complete the six steps of the process.
Step 1: Adopt the England Golf safeguarding policy (download template) and communicate this to members, visitors, staff and volunteers.
Step 2: Ensure appropriate safeguarding procedures are in place at your club.
Step 3: Ensure appropriate procedures for the recruitment and deployment of staff and volunteers who work with juniors are in place.
Step 4: Appoint a club welfare officer with an appropriate role description (download template) and completed training (find safeguarding training courses).
Step 5: Appropriate safeguarding and child protection training is provided to professionals and other staff and volunteers working regularly with juniors.
Step 6: Ensure the England Golf Adult Safeguarding Policy (download template) is in place at your club and has been approved by your club at management level.
- Once you have completed the six steps, notify your Club Support Officer. They will review all documentation with the Partnership Manager and governance team. If any changes are required they will respond to you. If not, or when required changes have been made to your application, you will be sent a letter, certificate and pack.
If you get stuck at any stage or want more advice on elements of your application, you can contact your Club Support Officer for more advice.