The Pony Club believes that it is essential that children and young people are encouraged to take part in outdoor activities and sports as part of their development to adulthood. Their participation in sport must be in a secure, safe and fun environment and be protected from harm. The positive effects of involvement with horses can help develop self-esteem, teamwork and leadership. This can only take place if equestrian sport is effectively regulated and managed by well trained staff and volunteers.
Safeguarding and Our Duty of Care
The Pony Club’s full Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found below.
Who do I contact if I have a concern?
If a young person is in immediate danger, call the police or social services.
Otherwise, your first point of contact for safeguarding concerns should be the Safeguarding Officer at your Branch or Centre.
Contact details for the Central Safeguarding Team are listed below.
BEF Safeguarding Policies
As part of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), The Pony Club adheres to and supports the BEF's safeguarding approach. Their safeguarding policies can be viewed by following the links below:
Safeguarding for children and young people - click here
Safeguarding for adults at risk - click here
Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
- Tel: 0116 234 7278
- Website: www.thecpsu.org.uk
- 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
- Website: www.nspcc.org.uk
- 24-hour free and confidential helpline for children
- Tel: 0800 1111
- Provide emotional support, information and practical help for victims and witnesses
- Tel: 0845 3030 900