Every child, young person or vulnerable adult who rides or participates in a British Equestrian Federation (BEF) member related activity should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of everyone connected in any way with the BEF and its member organisations. BEF emphasises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young children and vulnerable adults by seeking to protect them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. BEF is therefore committed to working to provide a safe environment for all children, young people and vulnerable adults to enable them to participate and enjoy riding and associated member organisation related activities.
The welfare of the children, young people and vulnerable adults is, and must always be, the paramount consideration.
All children, young people and vulnerable adults have the right to be protected from abuse regardless of age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and will be responded to swiftly and appropriately.
Working in partnership with other organisations, children, young people, vulnerable adults and their parents/carers is essential
BEF and its member organisations are committed to working with the police, social care departments and Local Children's Safeguarding Boards in accordance with their procedures. This is essential to enable those organisations to carry out their statutory duties to investigate concerns and protect children, young people and vulnerable adults.
BEF and their member organisations maintain the principle that there are some roles within member organisations where adults have responsibility and influence over children and young people and therefore have an ethical obligation to safeguard and protect them from exploitation. Whilst legally young people aged 16 and 17 years have reached the age of consent for sexual activity, any inappropriate sexual relations with young people will be considered a breach of 'Position of Trust' and will be referred to the appropriate statutory authorities.
The BEF policy and support documents regarding safeguarding processes can be accessed below - this document includes a range of templates for anyone involved in safeguarding to utilise.
If you have a concern?
Should you receive a complaint please follow the BEF procedures for allegations (please find document below);
It is important that you contact your Member Body Safeguarding Lead, they can be contacted as below:
If at any point you feel you would like to talk to the BEF regarding a safeguarding case please contact our safeguarding lead officer on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to talk to someone else you can call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk
The BEF have an independent Safegurding Advisory Group, which provides support from safeguarding specialists.