The Pony Club's Duty of Care Commitment
Vision: To provide children and young people with the opportunity to develop a lifelong love of horses through fun, friendship, horsemanship and sport.
Commitment: 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.
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 Resolving Complaints 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.
Please also find two incident report forms available to download below. Instructions for their use are included in the documents.
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 (BEF), The Pony Club adheres to and supports the BEF's safeguarding approach. Their safeguarding policies can be viewed online - click here