Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club

Welfare and Safeguarding

Safeguarding and welfare is a priority for Stratford on Avon  Golf Club. From 2021 it will be a requirement for all golf clubs to hold the SafeGolf accreditation, and  as you’d expect we want to be on the front foot, not just ‘ticking boxes’.

Government guidance makes it clear that ‘safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility’, and we all have a part to play. It is essential that every sector in the golfing community, including players, officials and club staff take the safety of  not only young players but all of our members seriously.

In October 2018, England Golf launched a national standalone safeguarding accreditation called 'SafeGolf'. '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. 

We are proud to announce that we were re-accredited for 'SafeGolf' in April 2024  as can be evidenced by the following:

The safeguarding standards of 'SafeGolf' include the following:-

  • • Adopting the England Golf safeguarding policy.
  • • Communicating this to members, visitors, staff, volunteers and parents.
  • • Ensuring the appropriate safeguarding procedures are in place for the recruitment and deployment of staff and volunteers who work with children.
  • • Appointing a club welfare officer, with a clear role description and training.
  • • Providing regular training in safeguarding and child protection for professionals, staff and volunteers who regularly work with children.

Anyone who has a negative experience of golf at a young age is less likely to become a long-term participant. It is important for the future of the sport and every golf club that children and young people have an enjoyable experience of golf.

It is also our responsibility to look after our adult members who too may also have challenges or are victims of Neglect, Abuse or suffering with deteriorating health.

We should all be talking about safeguarding and contributing to meeting our overall duty of care. This is not a child welfare policy, it is a club
welfare policy put in place for the protection of Vunerable adults too.

Stephen Dalton - Club Welfare Officer Email:

Message from the Chairman:-

Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club has a very active and diverse membership. Our approach is to spread a message that  we care for our members ensuring that our children are safe and secure here and the club understands the needs of beginner golfers. We also want to actively look out for our staff and adult members creating an environment where we genuinely care and look out for all.

David Garman

Club Welfare Officer -  Patricia Lawrence


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