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Re-launch for child safeguarding in UK and Ireland golf

Re-launch for child safeguarding in UK and Ireland golf

The major golf bodies of the UK and Ireland have got together to re-launch the SafeGolf partnership to ensure safeguarding for everyone within the sport – especially for children, young people and vulnerable adults.

SafeGolf is a partnership of UK and Ireland golf bodies committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for anyone playing, working or volunteering within the sport.

Members of SafeGolf include Wales Golf, England Golf, Scottish Golf, Golf Ireland, the Professional Golfers’ Association, Ladies European Tour, The Golf Foundation, Golf Club Managers’ Association, the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association and The R&A.

It shows the bodies working together to provide clear information on accredited clubs and coaches, while also offering a route for reporting any concerns. The re-launched collaboration will improve the protections for children, young people and vulnerable adults even more.

The golfing bodies established SafeGolf to respond to the issue of child protection in sport, to safeguard the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk.

The re-launched website is where anyone can go for information, look for accredited coaches and clubs, apply for accreditation or report any concerns. There are links for each of the schemes in the Home Nations.

SafeGolf clubs meet the necessary standards of safeguarding for children and young people within their clubs, and personnel within the club have had relevant training.

For accredited coaches, the minimum standards require them to have cleared an enhanced disclosure check in the last three years and to have attended UK Coaching safeguarding training within the last three years.

PGA-qualified professionals or assistant professionals who attain these standards are now designated SafeGolf Accredited coaches.