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Safeguarding Children

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 (see below). 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.

BHS courses

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  in England and Wales.

The courses outline 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, 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 safeguarding 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 Safeguarding Team
02476 840746
Confidential email:

Childline 0800 1111

NSPCC 0808 800 5000

Useful child protection downloads

BHS Policies

BHS Safeguarding Policy Template for Approved Centres
BHS Safeguarding Policy for Riding Clubs
BHS Safeguarding Policy for Accredited Professional Coaches

British Equestrian Federation Policies

Safeguarding Policy - (Children and Young People)
Safeguarding Policy - (Adults at Risk)


Appropriate physical contact
Use of photography and video
Safeguarding checklist
Unsuitable person policy
Safeguarding poster
Guidance on Radicalisation

Codes of Conduct

Staff and volunteers
Children and young people
Parents and Carers


Parental consent form
Self-disclosure form
Reference Form
Children in Employment
Self Harm
Position of Trust
Supervision Guidelines
Anti-bullying template
Bullying advice

Reporting a concern

What to do in a concern or allegation is reported to you
How to report a concern or allegation
Safeguarding concern reporting form

Step by Step How to Guide - Reporting concerns 


Online Good Practice
Online Guidance for Young People
Online Guidance for Employees, volunteers and coaches
Online Guidance for Your Club or Centre
Reporting a safeguarding incident online – Online, Text Messages or Photographic Images
Online learning guidance

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.

 Topics include:

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