Our safeguarding Policies and Procedures are for the benefit of all participants, employees and volunteers of the County and are intended to promote the objectives and principles set out below. Due to fundamental differences in the safeguarding of children and adults, we have separate policies and both policies are available to view and download.
These Safeguarding Policies and Procedures apply to anyone under the age of 18 or to adults at risk of harm, which shall include anyone who is unable to look after their own wellbeing, property, rights or other interest; and is at risk of harm (either from another person’s behaviour or their own behaviour); and because they have a disability, mental disorder, illness or physical or mental infirmity, or are more vulnerable to being harmed than other adults.
The person with principal responsibility at th e County is the County Welfare Officer who is Richard Wilson.
Richard Wilson is the Welfare Officer for Sussex County Golf. He will work for both the Sussex County Golf and the Sussex County Ladies Golf Association ensuring that all the County golf clubs provide a happy, safe and non-discriminate environment for all golfers.
Richard is a past Captain of Nevill Golf Club, as well as a member of Littlestone Golf Club. He previously worked as a Detective on Child Protection with Kent Police.
Richard is the first point of contact for volunteers, young people and parents for any issues concerning child welfare / adults at risk, poor practice and potential or alleged abuse.
He will ensure that all incidents are reported correctly and referred in accordance with Policy guidelines.
Richard will always act independently and in the best interests of a child, putting the child’s needs above those of others.
SafeGolf is basically the safeguarding and welfare section of the policies and procedures a club should already have in place and will help to achieve England Golf’s accreditation. Any club that has golf mark has already achieved “SafeGolf”, and will not be required to do any additional work and should be automatically accredited.