Appropriate policies and procedures are in place


It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure the welfare and safety of the many children participating in golf. Every club should have a Club Welfare Officer to liaise with England Golf and to deal with any concerns. Safeguarding concerns may arise through:

  • 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

England Golf provides a national case management system and one-to-one support with safeguarding cases and clubs should notify England Golf of any cases. We can also provide template policies and procedures and training courses for Club Welfare Officers and other staff/volunteers.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Legislation requires all staff and volunteers working within “regulated activity” with children to have a current DBS check which should only be carried out via England Golf (or the PGA for club professionals) and should be renewed every three years. England Golf also require such individuals to attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course (SPC) and undertake subsequent online refreshers every three years. 

England Golf provides advice and guidance for clubs, parents and individuals on safeguarding matters. If any concern arises at your club you are advised to contact the England Golf compliance team on / 01526 354 500

On the course

Has your club considered how the course can be accessible to disabled golfers during wet and/or winter conditions?

It is important to recognise that there will be members who can only play with access to a buggy or trolley and you should make plans in order to allow them opportunity to do so during adverse conditions.

Trentham Park Golf Club, Staffordshire have reviewed this area and implemented a new policy with a traffic light system, with the aim to provide access to the course to everyone unless the course is shut to all. You can download this from the documents section on this page.

The club has engaged with members who require buggies to implement this and their greenkeeping staff and club committee have agreed to support developments to improve the number of holes available in the red and amber codes

If you would like support to review and update your policy then please contact with a copy of your current policy

Course set up

Does the club have a 9 hole standard scratch score in order to run shorter competitions?

It is a simple process to apply and could allow you to run competitions across 1 of your 9 hole loops, reducing wear on the course during wet and/or winter weather, ensuring you have options available for members to play.

The application form for a 9 hole standard scratch score is available in the documents section on this page

In the Clubhouse

Do your fire evacuation plans consider disabled members and guests?

As many more clubs will be welcoming disabled people either playing golf or at functions it is important to ensure your club policies are up to date.

There is support through XACT, an England Golf partner. Clubs affiliated to England Golf will recieve preferential rates. Visit the XACT website to find out more about their services.

  • England Golf Partnership
  • England Golf Trust
  • Sport England
  • Woodhall Spa
  • Get into Golf
  • GolfMark