Safeguarding Adult Policy

Safeguarding Adults Policy


Mitcham Golf Club is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all individuals involved in golf.

Safeguarding duties apply to an adult who:
• Has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;
• Is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect; and;
• As a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of, abuse or neglect.

Principles in relation to adults at risk

The Care and Support Statutory Guidance Section 14.13 sets out the following six key principles which underpin all adult safeguarding work:
• Empowerment: People being supported and encouraged to make their
own decisions and informed consent.
• Prevention: It is better to take action before harm occurs.
• Proportionality: The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk
• Protection: Support and representation for those in greatest need.
• Partnership: Local solutions through services working with their
communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting
and reporting neglect and abuse.
• Accountability: Accountability and transparency in delivering

Making safeguarding personal is the concept that adult safeguarding should be person led and outcome focused. It engages the person in a conversation about how best to respond to their safeguarding situation in a way that enhances involvement, choice and control. As well as improving quality of life, well-being and safety.

Wherever possible discuss safeguarding concerns with the adult to get their view of what they would like to happen and keep them involved in the safeguarding process, seeking their consent to share information outside of the organisation where necessary.

The principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) state that every individual has the right to make their own decisions and provides the framework for this to happen.

In addition Mitcham Golf Club recognises the following principles which underpin our work with all groups and individuals who may have additional needs for support and protection:

• It is every adult’s right to be protected from abuse irrespective of their
age, gender identity, faith or religion, culture, ethnicity, sexual
orientation, background, economic position, marital status, disability or
level of ability.
• All staff and volunteers share the responsibility for the protection of
adults at risk and will show respect and understanding for their rights,
safety and welfare.
• The additional vulnerability of disabled adults (including those with
invisible disabilities, learning and communication differences) is
• Allegations of abuse or concerns about the welfare of any adult will be
treated seriously and will be responded to swiftly and appropriately.
• Mitcham Golf Club recognises the role and responsibilities of the
statutory agencies in safeguarding adults and is committed to
complying with the procedures of the Local Safeguarding Adults
• Confidentiality will be maintained appropriately at all times and the
adult’s safety and welfare must be the overriding consideration when
making decisions on whether or not to share information about them.
• Mitcham Golf Club will support all adults to understand their roles and r
responsibilities with regards to safeguarding and protecting adults at
risk, including the responsibility to report all concerns in line with
Mitcham Golf Club safeguarding adult’s policy and procedures.
• All participants involved in golfing activities have the right to be listened
to with respect and to be heard.

A full copy can be obtained from the Club

Children and Young People Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy

Whilst children and young people are participating in golf activities in our care, Mitcham Golf Club has a responsibility to ensure their safety and well being.

Mitcham Golf Club recognises the policies of the National Governing bodies, as set in out in the “Guidelines for Safeguarding Children in Golf”. The policy and supporting procedures set out a framework to fulfill our commitment to good practice and the protection of children in our care.


A child is defined by law as a person under the age of 18 years

The welfare of children is paramount

All children, regardless of their Age, Race, Religion or Belief, Disability, Sex or Sexual Orientation, have the right to protection from abuse

All concerns and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately

All children have the right to be safe

All children have the right to be treated with dignity and respect

Mitcham Golf Club will work with children, their parents and external organisations to safeguard the welfare of children participating in golf

We recognise the authority of the statutory agencies and are committed to complying with Local Safeguarding Children Board Guidelines (LSCB) and any documentation which supersedes these.


Mitcham Golf Club aim to:

Provide a safe environment for children participating in golfing activities within the club and try to ensure that they enjoy the experience.

Reassure parents (and carers) that their children will receive the best care possible whilst participating in club activities & communicate policy & procedure to them through website/letter/consents.

Support adults (staff, volunteers, PGA Professionals, coaches, members and visitors to the club) to understand their roles and responsibilities with regard to the Duty of Care and protection of children.

Provide appropriate level training and support to staff, volunteers & coaches to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues and to fulfill their role effectively

Adopt the Children in Golf Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures and any related policies where appropriate.

A full copy of our policy can be obtained from the Club.

Club Welfare Officer

Whilst everyone is responsible for safeguarding the Club Welfare Officer is the person within a Golf Club with primary responsibility for managing and reporting concerns about children or adults at risk and for putting into place safeguarding procedures.

If you have any concerns please report it to:-

Dennise Coker
Welfare Officer, Mitcham Golf Club
0208 648 4197


Merton Safeguarding Adults Board
0845 6189 762


Merton Council Social care
Emergency Duty Team
0845 618 9762

Safeguarding Adults Policy

Safeguarding Adults Policy

Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy

Safeguarding Children and Young people Policy
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