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GOLF clubs across Northumberland are being urged to sign up for a new course to help ensure they have the right child protection policies in place.

The workshop is being backed by The PGA, English Golf Union, English Women’s Golf Association and Golf Foundation as part of the Children in Golf Strategy Group.

At the workshop, attendees will discuss what constitutes good or poor practice as well as a range of child protection issues and scenarios.

They will also be given information on how to respond to an incident or allegation and receive a copy of the Guidelines for Safeguarding Children in Golf, an SCUK Resource Book and certificate of attendance.

Lisa Ferrie, County Development Officer for the Northumberland County Golf Partnership, said: “It is essential that those working at the ‘sharp end’ of golf delivery for young people are informed about child protection issues and how it affects the way they work.”

The safeguarding and protecting children workshop is taking place at the City of Newcastle Golf Club, Gosforth, on Thursday, April 12, from 6pm to 9pm and is aimed at golf professionals, junior organisers, volunteers and club secretary/managers.

The course has been subsidised by EGU/EWGA and will be offered for £28 per person.

It is also open to under-18s, but a parental permission form must be completed before attendance.

To enrol, log on to www.childreningolf.org, follow the link to the schedule of workshops, click on the workshop that interests you and book the required places and pay online.

If you do not have access to the internet, please telephone 0121 4525975.

A maximum of 20 places are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about activities for golf clubs in the Northumberland section, visit www.northumberlandcgp.co.uk