Kent Golf has achieved SafeGolf, demonstrating the county’s commitment to safeguarding children and young people, as well as adults at risk in the sport of golf. View our SafeGolf Certificate.
The SafeGolf is a partnership of UK golf bodies committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for all those participating, working and volunteering in the sport of golf.
The SafeGolf partnership consists of members from the golfing bodies across Great Britain & Ireland and has been established to help golf respond to the issue of child protection in sport. Its mission is to safeguard the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk, in the sport of golf.
SafeGolf is firstly, a website www.safegolf.org through which anyone with a concern about the welfare of a player, or the behaviour or practice of a coach, volunteer, organiser, parent or a player, can contact the lead safeguarding officer at their national governing body.
Secondly, it is the safeguarding standard England Golf will promote to all their affiliated clubs to ensure all clubs provide a safe and positive experience to children and young people whilst playing golf. The PGA are also using the standards to apply to all their PGA professional Coaches.
England Golf can help with DBS checks
As part of the SafeGolf accreditation process it’s vital to safely recruit staff and volunteers who will be working with children and young people. Anyone who engages in ‘regulated activity’ with children is required to have a Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) check. Find out more.
To appear on the SafeGolf Register as a SafeGolf Accredited PGA Professional, the PGA Professional must provide proof to the PGA of a valid DBS disclosure together with a certificate of attendance at a Safeguarding & Protecting Children Course. Both of these are valid for three years and having completed an initial ‘face to face’ Safeguarding Course, a PGA Professional is entitled to renew their Safeguarding certification via an online refresher. The PGA send reminders to Professionals when their certificates are due for renewal.
Find a list of SafeGolf Accredited PGA Professionals by following this link. The list is updated at the start of each month. The PGA can only update this list if the required information as detailed above is provided to them by the Professional.