Safeguarding children and young people

Safeguarding children and young people

Guidance, how to report concerns and DBS checks

Everyone should be able to enjoy golf in a safe environment. We all have a responsibility to protect and safeguard children and adults at risk.

One of the most important ways to do this is to report any concerns. Your club should have a welfare officer to liaise with England Golf and we provide a national case management system and one-to-one support with safeguarding cases.

If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child in golf, or outside the sport, or concerns about the behaviour or practice of a coach or organiser, or anyone else involved in the sport, talk to our governance team on 01526 351824 or email

Concerns might include:

  • 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

We also support club welfare officers with advice, template policies and procedures, and training courses.

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 £44 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