Safeguarding Children and Young People

Safeguarding Children
and Young People – A Short Guide for Club Members

COPTHORNE GOLF CLUB 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.

COPTHORNE GOLF CLUB is an affiliated member of
England Golf and follows the England Golf Safeguarding Children and Young
People Policy and
procedures.

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.

COPTHORNE GOLF CLUB asks our members to         

Familiarise yourself with the 

COPTHORNE GOLF CLUB Safeguarding Policy.

The full copy of the COPTHORNE
GOLF CLUB Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy is available by clicking here

 ·        In particular familiarise yourself with: (Golf Clubs can add relevant information
from their Safeguarding Policy in each section)

1.  COPTHORNE GOLF CLUB Codes of Conduct

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.

2.  Anti-Bullying Policy

COPTHORNE GOLF CLUB believe 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.

3.  Transport Policy

The club believes it is primarily the responsibility of parents/carers
to transport their child/children to and from events.

4.  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.

5.  Photography, Videoing and the use of Socia 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 Copthorne Golf Club Welfare  Officer who will follow the club’s Safeguarding procedures.

Name:                         Amanda Godwin

Email
Address:           
gm@copthornegolfclub.co.uk

Telephone
Number:     01342712033

If you believe the child is at immediate risk of harm, call the Police.

 Other  useful contacts:

NSPCC 24-hour helpline Tel: 0808 800 5000 | England Golf Lead Safeguarding Officer
01526 351824

Click here to read the Adult Safeguarding Policy 2021

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