Golf is fun – it gives you the opportunity to make new friends, try out new activities and amaze yourself with what you can do and achieve! But for some of you the fun is spoilt by adults and maybe other children who do or say things during sporting activities that hurt or frighten you. What you are experiencing may be abuse. You may feel that you have no one to talk to about it. Or that no one will listen to you or what you say !
This is not true.
If something is worrying you? Do not keep it to yourself
- Tell an adult or friend you trust as soon as possible. This could be:
- a parent or someone else in your family;
- another member of staff at the club;
- a teacher, social worker, police officer or school counsellor;
- your doctor or school nurse.
- Find out who they are and tell them about your worries.
- Make sure you are not alone again with the person who has tried to harm you.
Your club will have a Club Safeguarding Officer who will have a good knowledge of the England Golf guidance on safeguarding children in golf. The Club Safeguarding Officer is there for all children involved in golf and makes the needs of these a priority. If you are worried or have a concern about yourself or another child, how you are being treated by others or something that is making you unhappy your Club Safeguarding Officer is there for you.