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Everyone should be able to enjoy golf in a safe environment


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 immediate concerns about the welfare of any child or adult, contact the police on 101 or ring the NSPCC 24-hour free helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Safeguarding in golf

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.

Advice for Children, Parents and Club Welfare Officers

Find specific information on safeguarding at the links below whether you’re a child looking for support or advice, a parent wanting to ensure the club your child is attending is safe or a Club Welfare/Safeguarding Officer looking for advice, templates or training.