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Children and young people should be able to enjoy sport and recreational activities like horse riding in a fun, safe environment and be protected from harm. They are the future of our industry, and we all have a duty of care to safeguard their welfare – that goes for those who participate, coach, volunteer and work in equestrianism.

  • Last reviewed: 25th January 2023

On this page, we provide guidance and advice on this high priority topic: 

A good starting point is remembering that: 

  • Safeguarding children and adults at risk is everyone’s responsibility 
  • Children and adults at risk have a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect 
  • It is better to help children and adults at risk as early as possible, before issues escalate and become more damaging 
  • Children and adults at risk and their families are best supported and protected when there is a co-ordinated response from all relevant agencies 

Where to go for help

Any concerns can be reported via your club or centre safeguarding officer, directly to the BHS Safeguarding team or to the appropriate external organisation.  

Contact details can be found below: 

BHS Safeguarding team 

Childline:0800 1111  

NSPCC:0808 800 5000 

999 - if a child or young person is in immediate danger or needs medical attention 

Serious concerns can be reported to child protection units within local police forces, children’s social care services or local safeguarding children's boards.  

Further information

British Equestrian
Childline & NSPCC

The NSPCC has introduced a sport specific page for young people interested in sport. Topics include:  

Safeguarding courses

We offer training courses in safeguarding in England and Wales. The course outlines the roles and the responsibilities of our member organisations in their duty of care towards young people and adults at risk. This includes guidelines on protecting young people and promoting good practice within the industry.