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Child Protection

Child Protection

Safeguarding for Clubs & Organisations 

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.

> Safeguarding Resource for Clubs

Safe Recruitment and the PVG Scheme 

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:

> PVG Scheme Guidance

Fair Processing Notice

The Data Protection Act 2018 requires that you are informed about how your personal information will be used. For the purposes of child wellbeing & child protection matters, if the club receive information of concern, the club may share information about you with the sport’s Governing Bodies in Scotland (SGL) and the appointed representatives of the partners within the Scottish Golf Child Protection Panel.

This may be related to but not exclusively restricted to where it has been alerted to circumstances that might affect your status as a member of the PVG scheme for regulated work with children or protected adults or your suitability to carry out the regulated work role for which you have applied/been appointed or already doing. In the event such sharing is deemed necessary, it will normally only be carried out between the registered Child Protection Officers in the Club, Governing Body, and those appointed representatives within the Scottish Golf Child Protection Panel.

Child Protection Training

Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport is a 3-hour workshop designed to raise awareness on issues surrounding the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults within sport.  The training is a mandatory requirement for anyone working with children and young people in golf, including coaches, officials and helpers. To find a course in your area please open the calendar below or visit

> Safeguarding & Protection Children Workshop | Calendar

In Safe Hands is a 3-hour workshop that supports clubs to put child protection policies into practice. This course is mandatory for Child Protection Officers and is renewable every 3 years. To find a course in your area visit our calendar above or  if no suitable options are available please contact Gavin Forrester, Scottish Golf Child Protection Officer at

If you have a concern or queries about Child Protection please contact

Gavin Forrester Child Protection Officer or call 07812 665 164