Working in Partnership with England Golf
‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ (SPC1)
One of the objectives of England Golf is to further the interest of women’s golf in England. This involves dealing with national and regional competitions, handicapping, course rating and selection for England teams.
The ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ workshop forms one of the requirements for golf clubs when applying or re-accrediting to GolfMark – the national scheme that identifies and recognises junior and beginner-friendly golf facilities. Clubs must ensure that key personnel such as Club Secretaries, Junior Officers and Welfare Officers have attended this workshop within the past three years. England Golf were looking for a way to deliver this UK Coaching workshop, but make it more specific to golf.
The solution was England Golf became a UK Coaching Licensed Workshop Partner. This enabled them to use their own tutors to run these workshops and meant they benefited from a more flexible and effective delivery; all their Regional Development Officers are UK Coaching tutors. As a result, they were able to customise ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ to make the workshops they ran more golf-specific, using relevant examples to enhance the workshops.
They also found the workshops easier to book, as they were able to deal with the whole process – registrations, ordering resources, liaising with the tutors and arranging venues.
England Golf run ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ frequently; since January 2010 it has run 132 workshops with a total of 2010 attendees.
They have found the workshops make their attendees much more aware of safeguarding and child protection, and what processes need to be followed in order for them to comply with the requirements of GolfMark. Since introducing the workshops, they have seen a steady increase in the number of cases referred. Because club personnel better understand the issues, potential cases are both reported and resolved according to proper procedures, leading ultimately to improved safeguarding of children and young people.
‘Becoming a UK Coaching Licensed Partner gave us the opportunity to tailor the “Safeguarding and Protecting Children” workshop to best help our clubs and coaches to develop. I would happily recommend both the workshop and becoming a Licensed Partner to other organisations.’
Kirstie Thirde, Compliance Manager, England Golf