Club Welfare/Safeguarding Officers

It is vitally important that Club Welfare Officers or Club Safeguarding Officers are able to recognise the signs and indicators of abuse, bullying and poor practice and to be aware of how it should be appropriately dealt with. Read our guidance for recognising the signs:

Recognising signs of abuse

Support for Club Welfare/Safeguarding Officers

This is where we can add information on policies and templates and training courses etc

You may find it useful to refer to the England Golf Safeguarding Children and Young Persons Policy for further guidance.


SafeGolf is a partnership of UK golf bodies committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for all those participating, working and volunteering in the sport of golf. To find out more about what Safegolf can do for you, visit the website.

Safegolf website

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

It’s also vital to safely recruit staff and volunteers to work with children and young people.

Everyone working or volunteering within ‘regulated activity’ with children is required to have a DBS check. This is available via England Golf, or the PGA for club professionals, and should be renewed every three years.

England Golf also insists on attendance at a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course (SPC), with online refreshers every three years.

For more information about regulated activity see our FAQs and flow chart.

All DBS applications are processed online. To start the process, applicants or clubs must contact our governance department on 01526 351851 or email

Volunteers or staff should not work with children in regulated activity until we have provided them with a letter confirming the DBS check is complete.

How much does it cost?

  • Volunteers – disclosures are free, but there is a £9.60 charge for the online administration fee.
  • Paid employees – disclosures costs £40 plus the £9.60 online administration fee.

Who needs a DBS?

As part of the online system we have created a list of roles.

We realise that role titles at your club or county may not match precisely, but you can decide which one fits you best:

  • Golf coach for children – PGA professionals should apply through the PGA. Volunteer golf coaches should apply through England Golf. This includes coaches with the Level One qualification and those using the Tri-Golf system.
  • Junior organiser – you’re a lead or assistant organiser or co-ordinator
  • Junior team manager – you’re the manager or assistant
  • Driver – you’re involved in the driving children to different places
  • Chaperone – if you’re involved in caring for children at any overnight stay away from home and you’re not the child’s parent or carer
  • Junior overseer – anyone who carries out roles such as marking cards, showing children around the course or helps out regularly.
  • Welfare Officer – anyone who is involved in administration, support and guidance around junior and adult safeguarding.

The type of DBS check required will depend on how often an individual takes on the role and whether they are supervised by someone with a DBS Certificate and working in regulated activity.

If you have any questions about safeguarding procedures, eligibility for DBS checks, safeguarding and protecting children workshops, our governance team is happy to help. Call 01526 351851 or email