The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has helped develop safeguarding training for people working within the equestrian industry to help them understand the issues involved in safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk.
The Pony Club, Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) and the British Horse Society (BHS) are delivering a face-to-face course created in partnership with the BEF. It is available to anyone involved in equestrianism in England, Scotland and Wales. This course outlines the issues involved in safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk, as well as the signs and indicators that may show that someone is at risk of significant harm. Participants will also become aware of their legal and moral responsibilities and will be given guidance on how to respond to concerns.
Participants who complete the course will receive a Safeguarding in Equestrian Sport Qualification. This qualification is valid for three years and can go towards the requirements needed to undergo a UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) course and parts of the BHS Coaching Pathway.
If you are interested in taking this course, please contact your relevant member body via the list below:
The BEF, in conjunction with the Child Protection Company, has created an online safeguarding training course for equestrian volunteers, giving them an introduction to child protection procedures, including legislation, signs and indicators of abuse and how to report concerns.
There are also a couple of online refresher courses for professionals working in the equestrian sector who have previously had face-to-face training. One course is designed for coaches and instructors and the other is for safeguarding officers. These courses build on knowledge of legislation, signs and indicators of abuse, child protection procedures and reporting concerns. Participants are required to have undertaken face-to-face training within the last three years.
Details on the courses can be found via the links below:
The online training is an easy and a time-saving way of undergoing the required safeguarding training needed to work in the equestrian industry. It takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete the courses and these can be stopped and restarted at any time. The courses can be taken at any time of the day on a computer or mobile device.
On completion of the online courses, participants will be able to download a certificate, valid for 3 years.