The Club Welfare Officer
The Golf Safeguarding Action Group (GSAG) recommends that all counties and clubs with junior members should appoint and train a Club Welfare Officer (CWO).
For information on the role of Club Welfare Officer and job description see downloads section below
Safeguarding and Protecting Children Support for Clubs and Club Welfare Officers
Information on safeguarding, reporting procedures and more can also be found in the club section of this website.
Wales Golf are 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 vulnerable people have a fun, safe and positive experience when playing golf.
Although the area of Safeguarding and Developing a Child Protection policy may appear daunting, there is user friendly, good information and support readily available to assist with the process. A good policy is an asset to the club and its members and above all will keep children safe. A template policy is available to download below.
Safeguarding & Protection Children Workshop
This is a 3 hour workshop and helps educate and remove the “scare” factor felt by some when confronted with the topic of child and adult welfare. Clubs who attend also receive a FREE copy of the “Guidelines for Safeguarding Children in Golf” which also can be downloaded free of charge from the Children in Golf website: www.childreningolf.org.
To register your interest in this workshop please complete the form below.
Time to Listen for Club Welfare Officers in Golf
Time to Listen is a 3 hour workshop developed by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit and has been adapted to be specific to Golf. The workshop is aimed at Club Welfare Officers and people who have a role within welfare at your club. ‘Time to Listen’ is additional to the Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop (SPC) and it is recommended that individuals should have attended the SPC workshop prior to attending.
What is covered? The workshop builds on basic awareness and focuses on implementation in the club environment. It also gives individuals in a similar role the opportunity to discuss Golf specific issues, challenges and good practice in a friendly and informal environment. Plus more!
To register your interest in this workshop complete the form below
Safeguarding Surgeries with the Lead Child Protection Officer
Diane Davies, Wales Golf Lead Child Protection Officer holds regular surgeries at venues across Wales. These are informal meetings and can be used by clubs who have any queries regarding Child Protection and/ or require advice in writing or updating a club Child Protection policy. They also enable people to meet representatives from other clubs to share any practices, ideas or concerns.If you are interested in attending a surgery with Diane, please confirm your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Information and templates are available on the following sites;
A poster designed by a young person is available Free of charge to golf clubs to put on their notice boards. This will help increase awareness of the club welfare officer, the lead child protection officer and additional help available. A copy has been sent direct to club secretaries or please contact email@example.com
Diane Davies is the Wales Golf Lead Child Protection Officer, if you have any queries or would like to discuss any issue related to child protection, please contact her by telephoning 07923 065317. There is also a Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Sian Simmons who can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01633 436040
Criminal Record Bureau (CRB)/ DBS Checks
Clubs must ensure that volunteers and staff working with children regularly have obtained a DBS disclosure, Sian Simmons, Safeguarding Co-ordinator is responsible for DBS checks, if you have any questions regarding any aspect of the DBS application process please contact her via e-mail at email@example.com or by telephoning 01633 436048.