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 At Your Club

If you wish to host a Safeguarding 1 workshop in your club (16 people required) please contact maeve@cgigolf.org.

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 do not have any upcoming workshops. 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 Designated Safeguarding Children Officer workshops

Date: Thursday 14th Nov   Time: 6.00-9.00pm Location: Mary Peters Track Belfast   CLICK HERE to book

For a full list of Sport NI workshops please contact Carly Matier workshops@sportni.net

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.

1) Have the PGA professionals and volunteers completed garda vetting/ enhanced access NI check?

It is now mandatory for all those involved in any work or activity which is carried out by a person, on a continuous, regular and/ or ongoing basis with young people (U18) to complete garda vetting/ enhanced access NI check.

2) Have all those working with juniors in the club completed the appropriate training?

All those working with juniors are required to complete a Safeguarding 1 basic awareness workshop. All volunteers, coaches, juniors and parents should also sign the club’s codes of conduct annually. Codes of conduct are an essential framework for staff and volunteer interactions with children with regard to support and supervision, training needs and disciplinary actions.

3) Does the club have a safeguarding policy?

Every golf club must have a safeguarding policy in place to safeguard children. It should be available for all members to read either in the club or the club’s website.

4) What happens if there’s an accident in the club?

Ask the club if they have a first aider. They should also have your contact details in case of an emergency.

5) Who can you and your child talk to if there is a problem?

Everyone golf club must have a Club Children’s Officer (CCO) and Designated Liaison Person (DLP). Images of who these are in the club should be prominently displayed in the club so that juniors and adults know who to contact if they have a problem.

The CCO should be child centred in focus and have as the primary aim, the establishment of a child centred ethos within the club. S/he is the link between the children and the adults in the club. S/he also takes responsibility for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy impacts on young people and Sports Leaders.

The DLP is responsible for ensuring that reporting procedures within an organisation are followed so that child welfare and protection concerns are referred promptly to the Statutory Authorities. The Designated Liaison Person should record all concerns or allegations of child abuse brought to his/her attention, and the actions taken following receipt of a concern or allegation of child abuse.

For full role description of CCO and DLP read golfs safeguarding policy which is available on our website.

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.

If you wish to host a workshop in your club (16 people required) please contact maeve@cgigolf.org for details.

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 on the link below for the online refresher course.  

https://able.ineqe.com/apps/sportireland/coaches/introduction.php

For those resident in Northern Ireland please click the link below for the online refresher course

http://www.sportni.net/resources/

 

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

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/get-expert-training/child-protection-sport-online-course/

 

Frequently Asked Safeguarding Questions