If you have a safeguarding concern
The BHS encourages those who participate, coach, volunteer and work in equestrianism to report any concerns they may have about a child, young person or adult at risk. Any concerns can be reported via your club or centre safeguarding officer or directly to the BHS Safeguarding team. Contact details can be found below.
BHS Safeguarding Team: 02476 840746
Confidential email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Childline: 0800 1111
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
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.
What is a Safeguarding Concern?
A safeguarding concern is something that has been raised or brought to your attention regarding a young person or adult at risk being harmed or it might relate to their well-being or health of a young person or adult at risk. For example, a participant has told you that a family member has been abusing them. It may also be a concern regarding a member of staff or volunteer and their behaviour around young people or adults at risk. For example, a coach has been reportedly swearing and emotionally abusing young people in their lesson.
Always remember 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/adults at risk and their families are best supported and protected when there is a co-ordinated response from all relevant agencies
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.
The BHS has its own BHS Safeguarding Policy and also adheres to the British Equestrian Federation's Safeguarding 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 Criminal Record Checks.
BEF’s Safeguarding policies can be found here
BHS Safeguarding for Equestrians courses
Whether you are a member, employer, volunteer or instructor you will understand the importance of your role in protecting children. 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 horse industry.
For more details about the course, please see our full safeguarding course information.
Childline online, on the phone, anytime
NSPCC have introduced a sport specific page for young people interested in sport.
Useful Child Protection Downloads
We have a full list of downloadable resources available. Please see our policies and safeguarding documents by clicking here.