Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club
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. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from the Chairman:-
Stratford on Avon GC 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/
Steve Dalton - Club Welfare Officer