Oakdale Golf Club acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practise reflects statuary responsibilities, government guidance and complies with the best practice and Child Protection in Sport Unit’s (NSPCC) requirements.

The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic background, all children;

Have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at Oakdale Golf Club in a safe and child centred environment

Are protected from abuse whilst participating in Junior Golf Lessons or outside of the activity.

Oakdale Golf Club acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.

As part of our safeguarding policy Oakdale Golf Club will;

Promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people

Ensure everyone involved understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people

Ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents / concerns of abuse and support is provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern

Ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored

Prevent the employment / deployment of unsuitable individuals

Ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation

The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Oakdale Golf Club. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal / exclusion from Oakdale Golf Club.

Monitoring

The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years.