We are very proud to confirm that Chesham & Ley Hill Golf Club has been awarded SafeGolf Accreditation

What is 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 SafeGolf partnership consists of members from the golfing bodies across Great Britain & Ireland and has been established to help golf respond to the issue of child protection in sport. Its mission is to safeguard the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk, in the sport of golf.

SafeGolf is firstly, a website – www.safegolf.org – through which anyone with a concern about the welfare of a player, or the behaviour or practice of a coach, volunteer, organiser, parent or a player, can contact the lead safeguarding officer at their national governing body.

Secondly, it is the safeguarding standard England Golf promotes to all its affiliated clubs to ensure all clubs provide a safe and positive experience to children, young people and vulnerable adults whilst playing golf. The PGA are also using the standards to apply to all their PGA professional Coaches.

You can read our Safe Guarding Policies here:

Safeguarding – A Short Guide for C&LHGC Members – 2021

Safeguarding Adults Policy – 2021

Children and Young People Safeguarding Policy – 2023

Safeguarding Adults Policy – 2023

If you would then like more information, please contact John Carter by email: secretary@cheshamgolf.co.uk  or call/text John on 07802 471196.

The Roles and Responsibilities of our Club Welfare Officers

Whilst everyone is responsible for safeguarding, the Club Welfare Officer is the person within a Golf Club with primary responsibility for managing and reporting concerns about children or adults at risk and for putting in to place safeguarding procedures.

Policy and Procedures

  1. To assist the club to put Safeguarding Policy and Procedures in place.
  2. To assist the club to put implementation plans in place for child safeguarding.
  3. To promote awareness of the Codes of Conduct for staff, volunteers, coaches, members (juniors and adults) and parents.
  4. To ensure that safe recruitment procedures for staff and volunteers are followed.
  5. To ensure that all appropriate existing staff or volunteers have an up-to-date DBS Enhanced Disclosure. These should be updated every 3 years.

Referrals

  1. To be the first point of contact for club staff, volunteers, young people and parents for any issues concerning child welfare / adults at risk, poor practice and potential or alleged abuse.
  2. To ensure that all incidents are reported correctly and referred in accordance with Policy guidelines.
  3. To act independently and in the best interestes of a child at the club, putting the child’s needs above those of others and the club itself.
  4. To ensure confidentiality is maintained and information is only shared on a ‘need to know’ basis. 
  5. Maintain contact details for the local children’s social care department, the police and Local Safeguarding Children Board.
  6. Be the first point of contact with the England Golf Lead Safeguarding Officer.

Education and Training

  1. To advise the club on appropriate training for coaches and volunteers based on the England Golf recommended training requirements.
  2. To signpost those with roles and responsibilities for children and young people to appropriate safeguarding training opportunities.

General

  1. Work with others in the club to ensure a positive child-centred environment.
  2. Assist England Golf to fulfil its responsibilities to safeguard children, young people and adults at risk at club level.
  3. To sit on the club management committee to advise on child safeguarding issues or be in attendance as necessary.