If a child or an adult at risk is in immediate danger or risk of harm, the police should be
contacted by calling 999.
Where a child or an adult at risk is not in immediate danger the first person you should
report your suspicion or allegation to is your Club Welfare Officer. If for any reason you
cannot, or do not wish to report the matter to your Club Welfare Officer please contact the
England Golf Lead Safeguarding Officer on 01526 351824 or email
Alternatively you can contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) or the NSPCC
on 0808 800 5000.
Information to include when raising a concern
The whistle blower should provide as much information as possible regarding the incident
or circumstance which has given rise to the concern, including:
• their name and contact details (unless they wish to remain anonymous);
• names of individuals involved;
• date, time and location of incident/circumstance; and
• whether any witnesses were present.
BOVEY CASTLE GC assures that all involved will be treated fairly and that all concerns will
be properly considered. In cases where suspicions prove to be unfounded, no action will be
taken against those who report their concerns, provided they acted in good faith and
without malicious intent.
What happens next?
• You should be given information on the nature and progress of any enquiries - this
may vary depending on the nature and result of the investigations.
• All concerns will be treated in confidence. During the process of investigating the
matter, every effort will be made to keep the identity of those raising the concern to
the minimum number of individuals practicable.
• Your Club has a responsibility to protect you from harassment or victimisation
• No action will be taken against you if the concern proves to be unfounded and was
raised in good faith
• Malicious allegations may be considered a disciplinary offence
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 protects whistle blowers from victimisation, discipline
or dismissal where they raise genuine concerns of misconduct or malpractice.
If the whistle blower does not believe that the concern has been dealt with appropriately
and wishes to speak to someone outside the club or the England Golf Governance
Department the NSPCC Whistleblowing advice line should be contacted on 0800 028 0285
or by emailing email@example.com.