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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 Safeguarding Officers in the Club, Governing Body, and those appointed representatives within the Scottish Golf Child Protection Panel.

Safeguarding Training

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. This module 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.

To find a course in your area please visit the web pages below.

> Upcoming Courses

> sportscotland Training

In Safe Hands 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 visit our calendar above or  if no suitable options are available please contact Gavin Forrester, Scottish Golf Safeguarding Officer at

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