The safety and welfare of children and young people is of paramount importance.
All children and young people regardless of age, gender, ability, disability, race, religious belief or sexual orientation have the right to be safe, treated with dignity and respect and be protected.
Everyone working with or supervising children and young people has a responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare, protecting them from harm and providing a safe environment in which they can participate and play.
Suspicions and Allegations
All suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse must be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
Support from the Junior Golf Alliance
All Junior Golf Alliance members have access to support from the Junior Golf Alliance to help them understand their roles and responsibilities with regard to safeguarding and child protection.
All Junior Golf Alliance members have access to support from the Junior Golf Alliance that will help them develop their awareness and understanding of best practice and how to manage any welfare or child protection issues.
The Junior Golf Alliance will support all coaches, staff and volunteers in the event of any allegations, suspicions, disclosures and concerns. Contact the Junior Golf Alliance at once. The Junior Golf Alliance has appointed a Child Protection Consultant (CPC) who will advise on the correct response.
This policy is based on government guidance and current legislation including the Children Act 1989 which states that anyone who is involved in the care of children should:
“Do what is reasonable in the circumstances for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare”
JGA embraces the need for all children with disabilities to have full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms without discrimination.
We further recognise the diversity of children with disabilities and the attitudinal and environmental barriers that may hinder their full participation in society on an equal basis with others.
The games-based approach recommended by JGA is designed to remove barriers and enable all children to participate in golf in their own individual ways and at their own levels of competence. We promote co-operative play in golf sessions and encourage coaches to welcome family members who wish to support their children’s learning and enjoyment of golf.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – In December 2006, the United Nations enacted a comprehensive legislation called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For further information click here.