Westgate and Birchington Golf Club has considered its responsibilities to the children participating in golf at our premises and within our club very carefully and has produced a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and underpinning procedures in order to set out the standards we wish to uphold in providing activities for children and safeguarding the welfare of children in our care.
Westgate and Birchington Golf Club affiliates to England Golf, and the Club recognises the policies of these Governing Bodies. It is a recognition of our clubs’ commitment to safeguarding children and young people, as well as adults in risk, in the sport of golf and our efforts to grow the game.
We very much look forward to juniors and adults in risk joining our golf club and feeling it is a safe place to do so.
Golf should be fun to play in a safe and supportive environment whether you are a Club member or not, and irrespective of your age. If something you see or hear worries or concerns you please have a look at our Safeguarding Policies to see whether your concern should be reported to someone.
Is something worrying you? Do you need someone to talk to? Speak to your club welfare officer, who can be contacted here.
What Is SafeGolf?
The SafeGolf is a partnership of UK golf bodies committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for all those participating, working and volunteering in the sport of golf. It consists of members from the golfing bodies across Great Britain & Ireland and has been established to help golf respond to the issue of child protection in sport. Its mission is to safeguard the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk, in the sport of golf. SafeGolf is firstly, a website – www.safegolf.org – through which anyone with a concern about the welfare of a player, or the behaviour or practice of a coach, volunteer, organiser, parent or a player, can contact the lead safeguarding officer at their national governing body. Secondly, it is the safeguarding standard England Golf will promote to all their affiliated clubs to ensure all clubs provide a safe and positive experience to children and young people whilst playing golf. The PGA are also using the standards to apply to all their PGA professional Coaches.
Golf Should Be Fun!
You should feel safe and enjoy your sport. Is something worrying you? Do you need someone to talk to? Speak to your club welfare officer.