Working with children and young people in your golf club can be incredibly rewarding but it also comes with responsibility. One of the most important aspects of this responsibility is your obligation to keep those who are in your care safe from harm.

Safeguarding training is the perfect way to ensure that your staff and volunteers have the skills that they need in order to be able to provide a service that protects children and young people but it will also arm you with the knowledge you need to ensure your own safety. 


Hosting A Safeguarding Workshop

If your club is willing to host a Safeguarding Workshop please contact

I Would Like To Attend A Workshop

If you would like to be added to our waiting list to attend a Safeguarding 1,2 or 3 workshop please complete an expression of interest by clicking here

CGI Safeguarding Workshops

We currently do not have any upcoming safeguarding workshops planned. Please see below for a list of upcoming workshops that are being delivered by the Local Sports Partnerships to find one near you.

Local Sports Partnership Workshops

A full list of upcoming workshops being delivered by Local Sports Partnerships can be found below.

Northern Ireland

Upcoming workshops in Northern Ireland

For a full list of Sport NI workshops please contact Carly Matier

All those working with juniors are required to complete the Safeguarding 1 – Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course.  


Club Children’s Officer & Designated Liaison Person

All clubs must appoint a Club Children’s Officer and a Designated Liaison Person.  Role descriptions of CCO and DLP are available here.  If there is difficulty identifying two separate individuals to take up these roles, the Children’s Officer can be appointed as Designated Liaison person once the club/organisation is clear about the responsibilities of each role, however best practice advises that they are kept as separate roles.

Upon appointment, the following training is available and must be completed.

Safeguarding 1 – Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course (3hrs)

This course educates participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport. The workshop provides introductory information on codes of conduct, bullying, recruitment, etc. as well as child protection guidelines. By following the principles, policy and practical guidelines contained in the Code, sports leaders are playing their part in providing a safe and enjoyable environment in which children can learn and thrive.

Safeguarding 2 – Club Children’s Officer Workshop (3 hrs)

A person appointed to the Club Children’s Officer position in a club must have completed the Safeguarding 1 workshop and should complete the NEW Club Children’s Officer workshop.

The appointment of Club Children’s Officer is an essential element in the creation of a quality atmosphere for young people in your club. They act as a resource to members with regards to children’s issues and also ensure that children have a voice in the running of the club and can talk freely about their experiences. This course will help the Club Children’s Officer to carry out the function of their role in the club and support the implementation of best practice in the club. Participants will also receive a Club Children’s Officer Action Planning document as part of the training.

Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person Workshop (3hrs)

A person appointed to the Designated Liaison Person position in a club must have completed the Safeguarding 1 workshop and should complete the NEW Designated Liaison Person workshop.

The Designated Liaison Person will be the person responsible for dealing with any concerns about the protection of children. The designated person is responsible for reporting allegations or suspicions of child abuse to Health Services Executive or Social Services (NI) and/or An Garda Síochána / PSNI. It is recommended that this person is a senior club person.

The above workshops are available through the CGI and your Local Sports Partnership/Sport NI, details of which are available in the Contacts Section of our website.


Safeguarding 1 Refresher Course

Safeguarding 1 course must be completed, firstly on a face to face basis and then an online refresher course every 3 years until the 9th year which will require the face to face course being completed again.

For those resident in ROI please CLICK HERE for the online refresher course.  

For those resident in Northern Ireland please CLICK HERE for the online refresher course

The NSPCC in Northern Ireland also offer an online introductory safeguarding course for anyone who has infrequent contact with children: CLICK HERE


Frequently Asked Safeguarding Questions