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What is safeguarding?

As a Federation we work together to ensure that all children, young people and adults at risk are safeguarded from abuse and have an enjoyable experience around horses.

Everyone who is involved in equestrian sport shares the responsibility for safeguarding, and British Equestrian and its Member Bodies work together to ensure that the whole Federation adopts and operates within an accepted ethical framework to protect children, young people and adults at risk from harm, abuse and degrading treatment whilst participating in equestrian sports and activities.


Together we seek to ensure that robust and consistent safeguarding systems exist across all members of the Federation through a collaborative approach to:

  • developing policies and procedures to create a safe environment;
  • providing accessible education programmes for our coaches, volunteers and participants;
  • sharing information in a timely and appropriate manner;
  • responding to and ensuring safeguarding concerns are investigated swiftly and thoroughly, working with statutory agencies via British Equestrian's network of Member Body-designated Safeguarding Officers and British Equestrian's Case Management Team


We all play our part in providing a safe environment for children and adults at risk. Across the Federation, we also have our own roles and responsibilities.

British Equestrian’s role is to provide leadership on safeguarding policy and practice for the Federation; providing advice and guidance and promoting best practice. British Equestrian also has a duty to deal with all child protection safeguarding concerns in relation to individuals within its own jurisdiction, whether those concerns are raised by BEF personnel or otherwise. British Equestrian may also manage safeguarding concerns referred to it by its Member Bodies.

As a Federation, British Equestrian and representatives of the Member Bodies collaborate through the Safeguarding Action Team (SAT). The SAT is responsible for ensuring safeguarding is embedded within equestrian sport by developing a Federation-wide strategic overview of safeguarding.

Each Member body appoints their own Safeguarding Officer, who is a member of the SAT, and has responsibility for safeguarding matters relating to their own members, officials, staff and volunteers.


If at any point you feel you would like to talk to British Equestrian regarding a safeguarding concern, please contact or call 02475313443, or contact the safeguarding officer for your discipline's Member Body.

More information about how to report a safeguarding concern can be found here.

If you want to talk to someone else, you can call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit

If someone is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.

Our policies


British Equestrian Safeguarding Policy (Adults at Risk)

Spotting the signs of different types of abuse

If you're worried about a child or adult at risk, it can be hard to know what to do. We've got information and advice on different types of abuse, how to spot the signs and what you can do to help keep children and adults at risk safe.

Spotting the signs

Adults at Risk Types of Harm

how to protect yourself from an unwanted approach and risk of harm whilst out riding

Not everyone has someone to ride with, so you may find that you often ride out alone.  Would you know what to do if you were approached in an unwanted and inappropriate way when out riding?

Protect yourself whilst OUT riding

NSPCC Guidance on Types of abuse

Useful Contacts

NSPCC Helpline

24 hour free and confidential telephone helpline that provides counselling, information and advice to anyone concerned about a child at risk of ill treatment or abuse.

Tel: 0808 800 5000


24-hour free and confidential helpline for children

Tel: 0800 1111

Victim Support

Provides emotional support, information and practical help for victims and witnesses

Tel: 0845 3030 900


Tel:  116 123


Tel: 0300 123 3393

Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)

Tel: 0116 234 7278

Children First – Scotland

Tel: 0131 446 2300

Ann Craft Trust 

Tel: 0115 951 5400

Young Minds Parents line

Advice and help with any mental health issues relating to young people

Tel: 0808 802 5544

Family Lives

For parents who need help or someone to talk to

Tel: 0808 800 2222

Barnardo's and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) 

Support and counselling to victims of sexual abuse

Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP) 

Tel: 0870 000 3344 

Domestic Abuse Hotline

Tel: 0808 2000 247

Age UK

Tel: 0800 169 6565


Connects mental health commissioners, children/young people and therapists. Support available face to face or online.

Tel: 01798 684984