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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.childline.org.uk.
If someone is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.
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.
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?
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
Provides emotional support, information and practical help for victims and witnesses
Tel: 0845 3030 900
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Tel: 0300 123 3393
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Tel: 0131 446 2300
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Advice and help with any mental health issues relating to young people
Tel: 0808 802 5544
For parents who need help or someone to talk to
Tel: 0808 800 2222
Support and counselling to victims of sexual abuse
Tel: 0870 000 3344
Tel: 0808 2000 247
Tel: 0800 169 6565