South Eastern Group

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY


The South Eastern Group (SEG) is committed to ensuring that all children and young people have a safe and positive experience playing golf. It recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children and young people by protecting them from poor practice, abuse and bullying.

It is committed to working in partnership with the EnglandGolf to ensure the sport of golf is one within which children and young people involved can flourish in a safe environment. Individuals may also receive advice through the EnglandGolf, should they choose to do so, in order to understand best practice and how to manage any welfare or child protection issues that may come to light.

The Lead Protection Officer at the EnglandGolf will assist the South Eastern Group,  County Unions, and golf clubs affiliated to it, with:,

1. General Enquiries
2. Criminal Records Bureau applications
3. Good practice for golf clubs
4. Disclosures from children, parents, volunteers, coaches and any other party working with children
5. Training for volunteers and coaches
6. Implementation of policies and procedures at club level.

The South Eastern Group is committed to promoting child protection and best practice to all County Golf Unions affiliated to the Group. All golf clubs affiliated to those County Unions that provide opportunities for young golfers should endeavour to do so to the highest possible standards.

General Principles:
i). The child or young person's welfare is paramount.
ii) All children and young people within golf, regardless of age, gender, ability, disability, race, religious belief or sexual orientation have the right to be protected.
iii) All suspicions and allegations will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
iv) All children and young people have the right to be safe and be treated with dignity and respect.
v)  Individuals within golf clubs will receive support through their County Union in matters of education and training in order to be aware of and understand best practice and how to manage any welfare of child protection issues that may come to light.
vi) Individuals may also receive advice through the EnglandGolf, should they choose to do so, in order to understand best practice and how to manage any welfare or child protection issues that may come to light.

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Parents and / or guardians have a responsibility to be aware of and support the principles and guidelines of the South Eastern Group’s Child Protection Policy.

They should:

1.Complete the Parental Consent Form:
Signifying that they accept the conditions of the SEG relating to their child participating in events.
On occasions, children may be photographed for training or publicity purposes.
Parents / guardians who do not wish their child to be photographed for these purposes should inform the SEG on the Consent Form.
 
2. Familiarise themselves with the SEG Child Protection Policy:
They should seek the support of the SEG officials in creating and maintaining a safe environment for children in which to articipate and enjoy the game of golf.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They should be at ease with the SEG Child Protection Policy, but ready to raise any matters with with an apprpriate official which may give rise to concern.     

3. Arrange transportation enabling their child to arrive punctually at an event or match:
It is important to communicate with either the SEG Secretary or Championship Chairman if transporting children to a venue, and /or collecting them after an event, may cause a problem.
Parents/Guardians should leave emergency contact numbers with officials at an event, especially if they anticipate problems may occur.

4. They should encourage and foster a spirit of fair play in their child, without applying pressure to   him / her to play beyond their physical, mental and emotional capabilities. Children should be treated as vulnerable young adults ... no matter their apparent bravado.

 

Rev1mar2013/bt(egu changed to eg)






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