Devon Golf Limited (DGL) and Devon County Ladies Golf Association (DCLGA) take very seriously their responsibilities for protecting children playing golf and, together with the various Affiliated Clubs, recognise the policies of England Golf (EG), the Professional Golfers' Association and other informed bodies as set out in the "Guidelines for Safeguarding Children in Golf".
This Policy is available to all Clubs,
Parents have a responsibility to work with their Club, the
This Policy has taken the relevant legislation and guidance set out in Appendix 1 into
1. Devon Golf
2. The County will take reasonable steps to safeguard the welfare of children while they are in the care of the County Union,
3. Devon Golf will aim to reassure parents that their Children will receive the best possible care while participating in its activities.
4. Devon Golf will provide support to staff, clubs and volunteers to enable them to make informed and confident responses to specific Child Protection issues.
5. All children whatever their age, culture, disability, ethnic origin, gender, language or religious beliefs have the right to protection from abuse.
6. All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
7. Staff and volunteers working in golf have a responsibility to report concerns to the EG Lead Child Protection Officer (EGLCPO).
8. Clubs, coaches, referees,
9. Devon Golf intends to work in partnership with Clubs and parents to review and implement child protection policies and welfare procedures, working in conjunction with the EGLCPO.
10. The Devon Golf Board of Directors will have the responsibility to ensure that this Policy and all procedures are implemented including taking any appropriate disciplinary action deemed necessary.
11. The County Welfare Officer has responsibility for responding to any allegations, concerns or child protection incidents, passing information to the appropriate EGLCPO and informing the appropriate County Golf Committees.
12. No child may take part in any County-organised event without the DG holding a current and complete Parental Consent Form.
The Children Act 1989 and 2004
The Data Protection Act 1994 and 1998
The Police Act 1997
The Human Rights Act 1998
The Protection of Children Act 1999
Caring for the young and vulnerable-Home Office Guidance for preventing the abuse of trust 1999
The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000
What to do if you are worried a child is being abused 2005
Working Together to SAFEGUARD Children 2006
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Equality Act 2010
Child Protection Act 2014
1. Any DGL job application form where the applicant may be involved in working with children should ask for details of
2. Any job description or job advertisement should clearly state the need for a self-disclosure form to be completed and agreement to taking a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) Check.
3. Any job offer is
4. Any volunteer who is being asked to work with children will be subject to completing a
5. Applicants will also be asked to provide two references.
1. PCSVs should respect the rights,
2. PCSVs must
3. PCSVs should develop relationships with parents and children based on openness, honesty, mutual trust and respect whilst not
4. PCSVs should always be aware of the physical limits with regard to the children in their
5. PCSVs should always try to work in an open environment avoiding private or unobserved situations, and not engage in any form of
6. PCSVs should demonstrate the highest standards of
7. PCVSs should ensure that they set a very clear example by not drinking and smoking when actively working with children. Performance-enhancing or recreational drugs must never be used.
8. PCSVs should ensure that they receive appropriate training, hold any necessary qualifications and have adequate insurance cover if required.
It is important that children are transported to and from matches,
To ensure the welfare and safety of children playing golf in the County of Devon.
1. To ensure that there is an active,
2. To ensure that the CWO is the first point of contact for all staff, volunteers,
3. To ensure that any incidents and concerns are dealt with in accordance with the County Policy.
4. To ensure that any volunteer or staff member has access to appropriate child protection training as may be required.
5. To ensure that recruitment policies for staff and volunteers are in place and that all appropriate existing staff and volunteers have received an up to date DBS check or completed a self-disclosure form.
6. To maintain necessary contact with the appropriate child protection agencies.
7. To ensure all necessary Codes of Conduct are in place for all relevant bodies, staff and volunteers.
8. To advise on Child Protection Policies as necessary.
9. To maintain confidentiality at all times.
10. To retain current completed annual Parental Consent Forms (1 Jan to 31 Dec)
Good administration and record maintenance
Good communication skills