Code of Conduct


  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person.
  • Help create an environment where all children have an equal opportunity to participate.
  • Help create and maintain an environment free of fear and harassment.
  • Recognise the rights of all children to be treated as individuals.
  • Recognise the rights of parents and children to confer with other coaches and experts.
  • Promote the concept of a balanced attitude, supporting the well-being of the child both in and out of golf.
  • Do not discriminate on the grounds of sex, marital status, race, colour, disability, sexuality, age, religion or political opinion.
  • Do not condone or allow to go unchallenged any form of discrimination or prejudice. • Do not publicly criticise or engage in demeaning descriptions of others.
  • Communicate with children in a manner that reflects respect and care.
  • Develop relationships with parents and children based on openness, honesty, mutual trust and respect.
  • Do not engage in any behaviour that constitutes any form of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional abuse, neglect or bullying).
  • Be aware of the physical limits of children and ensure that training loads and intensities are appropriate.
  • Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out within recommended guidelines (See Appendix 4G – CPSU Guidelines on Physical Contact and Young People in Sport and PGA Guidelines).
  • Always try to work in an open environment (e.g. avoid private or unobserved situations).
  • Do not engage in any form of sexually-related contact with children. Sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms are also unacceptable.
  • Promote the welfare and best interests of children.
  • Explain to parents, as appropriate, the potential impact of the coaching programme on the child.