Safe space for all involved in Golf

All sports organisations have an important leadership role in embedding a no-tolerance approach towards all forms of harassment and abuse. In addition, the IOC Basic Universal Principles of Good Governance encompass safeguarding and makes it compulsory for organisations that belong to the Olympic movement to adopt these principles, implement relevant measures and monitor compliance.

GolfRSA is implementing safeguards aimed at protecting all participants in golf from harassment and abuse irrespective of their race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language, birth or athletic ability. The key objectives of the policy are to:

  • Ensure everyone in golf understands that all forms of harassment and abuse are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
  • Enable anyone who has witnessed or experienced harassment or abuse within golf to report the incident without fear of victimisation or retaliation.
  • Ensure an appropriate and co-ordinated response to any incidents of harassment or abuse within or connected to participation in golf,irrespective of whether they arise at local, national or international level.
  • Implement effective measures that minimise the likelihood of incidents of harassment and abuse arising.

How to report:

Anyone can report an incident of harassment or abuse. Mechanisms for receiving the information are as follows:

(a) In writing using the GolfRSA template form;
(b) By phone or email to a National, Union, Club or event Safeguarding Officer(s);
(c) In person to a National, Union, Club, or Event Safeguarding Officer(s).
(d) It is noted here that GolfRSA will have a confidential reporting landing page on its website and this shall go directly to both a male and female National Safeguarding Officer. (click on the link above)

In situations where the child or adult is considered to be in immediate danger it will be necessary to notify the SAPS or social services.

In situations where there is no immediate danger your duty of care is to refer the concerns to the most appropriate person or organisation to take action. This may be a GolfRSA National Union, Club or event Safeguarding Officer.

Safeguarding documents: