Child Protection Policy
Middlesex Golf takes its responsibilities towards child protection very seriously and together with the various affiliated Clubs, recognise the policies of the English Golf Union Ltd, the Professional Golfers' Association and other informed bodies as set out in the "Guidelines for Safeguarding Children in Golf”.
This document underlines the procedures put in place to make Middlesex Golf a safe environment for children. We believe that all children involved in golf have the right to have fun and be safe. Middlesex Golf supports the implementation of this policy and its practices that will safeguard children from harm.
We are committed to ensure all children have a fun, safe and positive experience when playing golf at Middlesex Golf. Everyone has a responsibility from club staff, volunteers, members, professionals and coaching personnel to make this happen.
Middlesex Golf also recognises the policies of golf’s National Governing Bodies for the protection of children in our care.
- To promote children’s health and welfare.
- All children within golf, regardless of their age, culture, gender, language, ethnic origin and religious beliefs have the right to protection from abuse or bullying.
- All suspicions or allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken very seriously and responded to speedily and appropriately.
- All children have the right to be safe and treated with respect.
- All persons involved with children at Middlesex Golf will receive access and advice to help them understand and manage any welfare or protection issue that may come to light.
- Middlesex Golf will work with everyone involved to safeguard the welfare of children playing golf.
- Middlesex Golf recognises all authority agencies and is committed to complying with Local Safeguarding Children Board Guidelines (LSCB) and any documentation which supersedes these.
- Our aim is to ensure that no child is discriminated against in their pursuit of enjoyment of golf.
- To make sure all children maximize their membership at Middlesex Golf.
- To provide a safe environment for children participating in golfing.
- Reassure parents that their children will receive the best care possible whilst playing golf at Middlesex Golf.
- Support staff, volunteers, members, professional and coaching personnel to understand their responsibilities with regard to Duty of Care and the protection of children.
- Help staff, volunteers, members, professional and coaching personnel to make the corrected decision on specific child welfare matters and to carry out their role effectively.
OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND IMPLEMENTATION
- Middlesex Golf will carry out its child protection policy of safeguarding children by:
- Reviewing its protection policy whenever there is a change in legislation or every three years.
- Carry out risk assessments of Middlesex Golf to ensure the safety of the children.
- Assess the staff, volunteers, members, professional and coaching personnel working with children.
- No child may take part in any away matches without the Club holding a current and complete Parental Consent Form.
- The Club Welfare Officer has responsibility for responding to any allegations, concerns and child protection incidents passing information to the appropriate National Governing Body Lead Protection Officer and informing the appropriate club staff.
- Children have the right to have fun and be safe when playing golf at Middlesex Golf.
- Create an environment where children feel welcome at Middlesex Golf.
- All children will be treated with equal respect at Middlesex Golf.
- We all have a duty of care towards children and their wellbeing when at Middlesex Golf.
- Our child protection policy is an intrinsic part of life at Middlesex Golf.
- We examine the risks that present themselves to children and introduce measures to minimise them at Middlesex Golf.
- The Board of Middlesex Golf will review and evaluate this policy and supporting procedures every three years.
- Parents have a responsibility to work together with the organisation in implementing procedures and providing their children with the necessary information to safeguard themselves.
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