GOLF SHOULD BE FUN!
As of the 1st April 2021 every golf club affiliated with England Golf must be Safe Golf accredited and have appointed a Club Welfare Officer who will undertake to ensure Stanmore GC and its members understand their commitment to child and adult welfare. Stanmore GC have appointed Past Captain Lee Patterson in this role and information about safeguarding can be found below.
Stanmore GC is committed to ensure that the sport of golf is one within which children and young people involved can thrive and flourish in a safe environment and that all children, young people and adults at risk have a fun, safe and positive experience when playing golf.
Stanmore GC is an affiliated member of England Golf and follows the England Golf Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and Procedures and Adult Safeguarding policies.
You might be thinking “What has safeguarding got to do with me?”
Government guidance makes it clear that ‘Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility’.
Anyone who has a negative experience of sport at a young age is less likely to become a regular long-term participant. It’s important for the future of your club and the sport as a whole that children and young people have an enjoyable experience.
All club members have a part to play in making that happen.
All adults should contribute to the club meeting its overall duty of care, be aware of our club’s safeguarding policy, and know what to do if they are concerned about a young person.
Stanmore GC asks our members to
Familiarise yourself with both England Golf Safeguarding Policies as adopted by Stanmore GC.
Full copies of both the Safeguarding Children and Young People policy and the accompanying Adult Safeguarding Policy are available by clicking the files below, hard copies are also posted on club noticeboards.
Stanmore GC Codes of Conduct
For example – Adults should always be aware that age related differences exist and conduct themselves in a manner that both recognises this and prioritises the welfare of children and young people.
Stanmore GC believes that every effort must be made to eradicate bullying in all its forms. The Club will not tolerate bullying in any of its forms during club matches, competitions, coaching or at any other time while at the club.
The club believes it is primarily the responsibility of parents/carers to transport their child/children to and from events.
Changing Room Policy
The changing rooms are used by all members & visitors. Wherever possible adults will avoid changing or showering at the same time as children but parents will be made aware that with limited changing room space there will be occasions when adults and children may need to share the facilities. Where a parent/carer does not consent to their child accessing the changing rooms, it is their responsibility to either supervise the child while in the changing rooms or ensure that they do not use them.
Photography, Videoing and the use of Social Media Policies
Think very carefully before contacting a young person via mobile phone, e-mail or social media.
Do not accept children as contacts on social networking sites if you hold a position of trust with children/young people.
In general stick to group communications, copy the communication to a parent and only communicate about organisational matters.
What should I do if I’m concerned about a child or young person?
A concern may involve the behaviour of an adult towards a child at the club, or something that has happened to the child outside the club.
Children and young people may confide in adults they trust, in a place where they feel comfortable.
An allegation may range from verbal bullying, to inappropriate contact online, to neglect or emotional abuse, to physical or sexual abuse.
If you are concerned about a child, it is not your responsibility to investigate further, but it is your responsibility to act on your concerns and share them.
Pass the information to Stanmore GC Welfare Officer who will follow the club’s safeguarding procedures.
Is something worrying you?
Do you need someone to talk to?
Club Welfare Officers Name:
Mr Lee Patterson
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone Number: 07976 376 856
Alternatively, you can speak to someone at
ChildLine 0800 1111 | NSPCC 0808 800 5000 | England Golf 01526 351851