Our commitment and policy
We take the safety of children and young people very seriously. They are the future of our industry, and we all have a duty of care to safeguard their welfare.
After all, they should be able to enjoy sport and recreational activities like horse riding in a fun, safe environment and be protected from harm.
Together with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) we have developed a Safeguarding Equestrian Sport policy. We have appointed officers to ensure that it is implemented throughout our industry and provide a support system for club and centre welfare officers. This will allow anyone to report concerns they may have about poor practice or possible abuse.
As the UK’s largest equine charity, the BHS also acts as an umbrella body to process disclosure checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service, Access NI and Disclosure Scotland, a service we offer to all recruiters in the horse community.
For further information on safeguarding children, see Disclosure and Barring Service Checks.
Whether you are a member, employer or instructor you will understand the importance of your role in protecting children. We offer training courses in safeguarding and child protection in England and Wales.
They outline the roles and the responsibilities of our member organisations in their duty of care towards young people. This includes guidelines on protecting young people and promoting good practice within the horse industry.
For more details, please see our full safeguarding course information.
If you have a concern
The BHS encourages those who participate, volunteer and work in equestrianism to report any concerns they may have about a child or young person. Any concerns can be reported via your club or centre welfare officer or directly to the BHS. Contact details can be found below.
If a child or young person is in immediate danger or needs medical attention, 999 should be called. Serious concerns can be reported to Child Protection Units within local police forces, Children Social Care Services or Local Safeguarding Children's Boards.
Useful contacts and links
BHS Lead Safeguarding Officer
Confidential email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Childline 0800 1111
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
Useful child protection downloads
Codes of Conduct
Club officials and volunteers
Parents and Carers
Parental consent form
Flow chart for reporting concerns
Guidelines on appropriate physical contact
Unsuitable person policy
E-safety Good Practice
E-safety Guidance for Young People
E-safety Guidance for Volunteers, Employees and Freelance People
E-safety Guidance for Your Club or Centre
Guidelines on Use of Photographic and Filming Equipment at Events for Children or Vulnerable Adults Parental Consent Form - Images
Reporting an E-safety Incident – Online, Text Messages or Photographic Images
Childline online, on the phone, anytime
To coincide with the launch of the rebranded Childline, NSPCC have introduced a sport specific page for young people interested in sport: https://childline.org.uk/info-advice/you-your-body/my-body/sport-exercise/