The Pony Club's Commitment
The Pony Club is committed to ensure that:
- The welfare of children and young people is paramount, taking a child-centred approach.
- Reasonable and practical steps are taken to protect children from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment, and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings.
- High standards of behaviour and practice are maintained through compliance with Codes of Conduct produced for Members, Coaches, Officials/Volunteers, and Parents/Guardians.
- Concerns and allegations of child abuse or poor practice are taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
- Employees and volunteers are carefully selected, informed of their responsibilities and provided with guidance and/or training in good practice and safeguarding procedures.
Safeguarding and Our Duty of Care
The Pony Club Safeguarding Policy outlines the responsibilities of Branches, Centres, volunteers, coaches and staff to care for children, young people and adults at risk or who are vulnerable. The document defines the escalation process and the support available to those within The Pony Club.
The Pony Club has additional policies, such as Complaints Resolution and Equality & Diversity, as well as Codes of Conduct which relate to and integrate with this Safeguarding Policy.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. This Safeguarding Policy signposts a range of documents and provides guidance and key contacts to support those who may have concerns about a vulnerable child, young person or adult.
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.
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 online - click here
- 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
Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
- Tel: 0116 234 7278
- Website: www.thecpsu.org.uk
- Provide emotional support, information and practical help for victims and witnesses
- Tel: 0845 3030 900