Scottish Golf accepts that the welfare and safety of children and young people is the responsibility of everyone in the sport, whether paid staff or volunteer. As an organisation Scottish Golf will develop a consistent approach to ensure that the highest standards of child protection are implemented across the sport. Scottish Golf is therefore committed to developing policies, procedures and providing guidance, education and training opportunities for clubs.
Clubs have a duty of care not only to the children and young people in their club but also to the coaches, helpers and officials working within the club. By adhering to the policies and procedures set by Scottish Golf and adopting best practice, the risk of harm should be reduced and allow all those participating in golf to enjoy a safe, fun and positive experience. The Safeguarding Resource for Clubs document which can be downloaded below provides a full range of template policies, procedures and guidance for use within a club or golfing organisation.
The vast majority of coaches, officials/helpers are committed, dedicated people who are motivated to work within the sport for commendable reasons. However it is important that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure that unsuitable people or people with an inappropriate motivation are prevented from working with children and young people. An information guide on Safe recruitment and the PVG Scheme is provided below:
Updated PVG Process – The PVG process is now online. Safeguarding Officers will send an online applicant request form to Scottish Golf for any applicants requiring a PVG check. The applicant will then be e-mailed a link from Disclosure Scotland to complete their application via an online portal. Details on the full process can be found here.
The Child Wellbeing & Protection in Sport Training (CWPS) takes a blended learning approach and is delivered in two parts:
Module 1 – A theory-based module that is undertaken online and takes around 45 minutes to complete. Module 1 must be completed before the learner attends Module 2; we advise that this is completed two to three weeks prior to attending the face-to-face (or virtual face-to-face) Module 2 and can be accessed during registration for the full course.
Module 2 – A three-hour face-to-face workshop that covers a variety of scenarios that inform learners on methods for managing disclosures and concerns. This Module is sometimes delivered in a real-time virtual classroom (online).
Following the completion of both modules, the learner will be awarded their certificate which will be valid for three years.
The CWPS training is a mandatory requirement for anyone working with children and young people in golf, including coaches, officials and helpers. Please note there is no cost to anyone from our affiliated clubs completing a ‘Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport’ course organised by Scottish Golf. Attendance at courses organised by other training providers will incur cost for which Scottish Golf is unable to subsidise.
Child Wellbeing & Protection in Sport: Officer Training (CWPO) is a 3-hour workshop that supports clubs to put child protection policies into practice. This course is mandatory for Safeguarding Officers and is renewable every 3 years.
To find a course in your area please visit the web pages below.
If you have a concern or query about safeguarding please contact the Scottish Golf safeguarding team on 0 1334 466477 (option 3) or e-mail [email protected]