York Golf Range and York Academy 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.
As an affiliated member of England Golf we follow 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 our club and the sport as a whole, that children and young people have an enjoyable experience. All adults should contribute to 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.
York Golf Range asks parents of children playing and learning how to play golf to familiarise yourself with our Safeguarding Policies.
• In particular familiarise yourself with:
1. York Golf Academy 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
York Golf Academy 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. Photography, Videoing and the use of Social 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.
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 York Golf Academy Club Welfare Officer who will follow the club’s Safeguarding procedures.
Club Welfare Officer
Name: Robert Adam Chapman
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone Number: 07786 614297
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