The BJGT has considered its responsibilities to the children participating in our golf events very carefully, and has produced the following Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, underpinning procedures in order to set out the standards we wish to uphold in providing activities for children and safeguarding the welfare of children.
The BJGT acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard the welfare of all children (defined as those under 18) involved in our golf events.
All children have a right to protection, and have their particular needs taken into account. The BJGT will therefore endeavour to ensure the safety and protection of all children involved at each venue through the individual clubs Child Protection guidelines.
It is the responsibility of all adults at the event to assist the Management Committee in this endeavour.
- To provide children with appropriate safety and protection whilst at an event to help them to enjoy their experience of the sport.
- To reassure parents that their children will receive the best practicable supervision whilst participating in BJGT competitions.
- To provide support to staff and volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues and to fulfil their role effectively.
- The welfare of children is paramount.
- All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, ethnic origin and religious beliefs have the right to protection from abuse.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
- All staff and volunteers working in golf have a responsibility to report concerns to the BJGT committee.
- To review and implement child protection and welfare procedures based on the above principles and UK Template Club Policy and international legislation and government guidance.
- Any subsequent legislation relating to child protection would implicitly be incorporated into this document.
RESPONSIBILITIES & COMMUNICATION
- The British Junior Golf Tour Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy will be available to all members, parents, staff, volunteers and participants.
- The Policy will be reviewed every three years by the Management Committee, and amended as appropriate. Guidance from golf’s governing bodies will be sought as part of the review process.
- The Management Committee has responsibility for ensuring that the policy and procedures are implemented, including taking any appropriate disciplinary action necessary, as well as responding to any allegations, concerns or child protection incidents, passing information to the appropriate National Governing Body Lead Child Protection Officer.
- Parents have a responsibility to work together with the BJGT in implementing procedures and providing their children with the necessary information to safeguard themselves.