Safeguarding

Confidentiality is an important principle that enables people to feel safe in sharing their concerns and to ask for help. However, the right to confidentiality is not absolute. Sharing relevant information with the right people at the right time is vital to good safeguarding practice.

All staff and volunteers should be familiar with their internal safeguarding procedures for raising concerns. They can also contact either the police or the local authority safeguarding lead for advice, without necessarily giving an individual’s personal details, if they are unsure whether a safeguarding referral would be appropriate.

Everyone working with children and young people (C & YP) has a responsibility for keeping them safe, irrespective of their role, whether they are paid members of staff or volunteers.
England Golf is committed to ensure that the sport of golf is one within which all participants can thrive in a safe environment and that all children and young people have an enjoyable and positive experience when playing golf.

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Why is information sharing guidance important? Because child protection and safeguarding adults involves sensitive information that directly affects the welfare of children / young people and adults.

To keep these children / adults safe, information needs to be shared appropriately so that decisions can be made to protect them.

However, clear boundaries around information sharing are important to maintain confidentiality where appropriate and to ensure that only those who need the information are made aware of it.

Sharing the right information, at the right time, with the right people, is fundamental to good practice in safeguarding.

GREAT TORRINGTON GC is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all individuals involved in golf.


Safeguarding duties apply to an adult who:

  • Has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;
    Is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect; and;
    As a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of, abuse or neglect.

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The Roles and Responsibilities of a Club Welfare Officer


Whilst everyone is responsible for safeguarding, the Club Welfare Officer is the person within a Golf Club with primary responsibility for managing and reporting concerns about children or adults at risk and for putting into place safeguarding procedures.