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Cathcart Castle Golf Club

Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy


Your contact is Per M. Oszadlik
Email: oszadlik@btinternet.com
Phone: 0141 321 0067
Mobil: 07717 130 031

We all have a role and responsibility to promote, support and safeguard children’s wellbeing at Cathcart Castle Golf Club. Ensuring a child’s wellbeing at all times, includes celebrating when things have gone well, understanding a child’s circumstances and forming positive relationships.

Golf can contribute in many different ways to a child’s positive wellbeing, these include the health benefits of being active, the achievements they make in gaining new skills and their experiences of being included and respected by their peers.

Cathcart Castle Golf Club is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and vulnerable adults in its care.  It recognises the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children and vulnerable adults from harm, abuse and exploitation.  Staff and volunteers will work together to embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of children, Vulnerable adults and young people.

Cathcart Castle Golf Club affiliates to the Scottish Golf Union/Scottish Ladies Golfing Association and the golf club recognises the policies of these governing bodies, as set out in the Guidelines for Child Protection for Golf Clubs and Facilities.

This document outlines Cathcart Castle Golf Club’s commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults.

These guidelines are based on the followings principles:

  • The welfare of children and vulnerable adults is the primary concern.
  • All children and vulnerable adults, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from all forms of harm and abuse.
  • Child protection is everyone's responsibility.
  • Children and Vulnerable adults have the right to express views on all matters which affect them, should they wish to do so.
  • Organisations shall work in partnership together with children and parents and guardians to promote the welfare, health and development of children and vulnerable adults.

Cathcart Castle Golf Club will:

  • Promote the health and welfare of children and vulnerable adults by providing opportunities for them to take part in golf safely.
  • Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children and vulnerable adults.
  • Promote and implement appropriate procedures to safeguard the well being of children and vulnerable adults and protect them from abuse.
  • Recruit, train, support and supervise its staff, members and volunteers to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse and to reduce risk to themselves.
  • Require staff, members and volunteers to adopt and abide by this Child Protection Policy and these procedures.
  • Respond to any allegations of misconduct or abuse of children in line with this Policy and these procedures as well as implementing, where appropriate, the relevant disciplinary and appeals procedures.
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate the implementation of this Policy and these procedures.

Review.

This Policy and these Procedures will be regularly reviewed:

  • In accordance with changes in legislation and guidance on the protection of children and vulnerable adults or following any changes within the golf club.
  • Following any issues or concerns raised about the protection of children within the golf club.
  • In all other circumstances, at least every three years. 

Helpful hints to Parents and/or Carers.

As a parent/carer of a junior member of Cathcart Castle Golf Club we expect you to support our endeavour by abiding by the following code of conduct. You should:

  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with club staff/officials.
  • Help your child to recognise good performance and effort, not just results.
  • Never force your child to take part in golf.
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good performances of all.
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
  • Publicly accept officials' judgements.
  • Support your child's involvement and help them to enjoy their golf.
  • Use correct and proper language at all times.
  • Never use threatening or abusive behavior towards children, officials, coaches or other parents.
  • Always notify the Junior Organiser if you will not be attending or going to be late for a coaching session/competition.
  • Ensure that coaches are made aware of any pre-existing medical conditions your child has.
  • Ensure that all correspondence and consent forms are replied to by the due date.
  • Ensure that your child is dropped off and picked up on time after each session.

Message to junior members of Cathcart Castle Golf Club.

As a valued junior member of our club you are expected to abide by the following code of conduct:

  • Participate within the rules and respect the coaches and their decisions.
  • Treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself and respect your opponents.
  • Keep to the agreed times for coaching sessions and competitions and inform coaches when you are going to be late.
  • Demonstrate fair play and apply golf’s standards both on and off the course.
  • Respect physical, cultural and racial differences.
  • Tell someone in authority if you are leaving a venue or competition.
  • Treat organisers, coaches, staff and peers with respect.
  • Have a positive commitment to coaching and attend as many sessions as possible to maintain a high standard. 
  • Enjoy the facilities, the camaraderie and the game of golf.

You should not take part in any irresponsible, abusive, inappropriate or illegal behaviour which includes:

  • Consuming alcohol or illegal or performance-enhancing drugs or stimulants.
  • Smoking.
  • Using foul language.
  • Publicly using critical or disrespectful descriptions of others (including social media).
  • Actions which may endanger the Health and Safety of another member or guest / child of the club.
  • Improper Conduct including fighting, victimisation and harassment
  • Deliberate damage to club or members property.


References:

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

The PVG Scotland Act 2007





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