Child Protection Policy
We believe that every child regardless of age has at all times and in all situations a right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that results in a child being physically or psychologically damaged. In our Association, if we have suspicions about a child’s physical, emotional or sexual wellbeing we will take action.
All members are encouraged to share concerns with the Northern Counties’ Child Protection Officer. If the situation is clearly urgent and the child is unwilling to go home or there are very serious doubts about the child’s safety, the Social Work Services or Police should be contacted immediately. If concerns are more general about a child’s welfare, these should be discussed with the Northern Counties’ Child Protection Officer who would then make a referral to Social Work Services. It is important that all members of the Association follow the following procedures:-
- Upon receipt of any information from a child, or suspicions, it is necessary to record what you have seen, heard, or know accurately, at the time.
- Share your concerns with the Child Protection Officer.
- Always REFER never investigate.
If members have concerns they must act – it may be the final piece of the jigsaw that is needed to protect that child or we may prevent further children from being hurt.
Both local Area Social Work Offices and Police Office telephone numbers are in the telephone Directory. For ease of reference, note them below:
Area Social Work office
Out of hours Social Work Emergency Service
08457 697284 (Highland)
08457 565656 (Moray)
Northern Counties' Child Protection Officer - Jenny Milne
Northern Counties’ Golf Child Protection Policy Statement
We recognise that child protection should not be treated in isolation – we will follow the policy and guidelines given by Scottish Golf and will address recruitment and selection of volunteers by doing the following:
- We accept that it is our responsibility to check that all adults with substantial access to children have been appropriately vetted.
- We will ensure that every new volunteer will complete an Application Form and Self-Declaration Form.
- We will ask for the names of two referees who will be prepared to provide a written reference.
- We will follow up each reference with a telephone call or personal contact, during which we will discuss the applicant’s suitability to work with children. A record of this will be kept in the applicant’s file.
- We will interview prospective volunteers.
- We will note all previous experience of volunteers in working with children.
For a copy of the SGA Policy and Guidelines document, please contact the Northern Counties’ Ladies’ Golf Association Child Protection Officer, Jenny Milne.
(updated as of 2017)