If you feel there is a child or adult at risk in immediate danger, you are advised to contact your local Social Care Service or the police immediately.

For other Safeguarding concerns or queries regarding The Pony Club, please contact our Safeguarding Secretary Stefanie Brazier at The Pony Club Office on 02476 698323 or on who will pass your query or concern to the appropriate people.

Other useful contact numbers include:

Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
• Tel: 0116 234 7278
• Website:

NSPCC Helpline
• 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:

Child Line
• 24-hour free and confidential helpline for children
• Tel: 0800 1111

Victim Support
• Provide emotional support, information and practical help for victims and witnesses
• Tel: 0845 3030 900

Local Authority or Local Social Service

The Pony Club is a member of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), and has adopted the Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy of the BEF. This may be found here.

Children and young people are the future of the horse industry and any child who is involved should be able to participate in a fun, safe environment, and be protected from harm. There is no doubt that involvement with horses, be it in a sporting or leisure context, can have a very powerful and positive influence on young people. As a voluntary youth organisation for young people within an equestrian environment, The Pony Club must take reasonable measures to avoid unsuitable people being able to gain access to young people. The nature of the organisation is such that volunteers are normally relatives of members, usually parents / guardians. In the first instance they either offer or are asked to perform a task at a public event. Controls must be used before a volunteer is asked to assist in a situation where close supervision of children is involved, for example at camps, as a team trainer or mentor, in the supervision of coach trips and the accompaniment of teams travelling away from home.

The Pony Club has adopted all the below policies, procedures and guidance from the BEF.

The Pony Club’s Safeguarding and Child Protection policy for Children and Young People, adopted from the BEF, can be found here: BEF: Safeguarding Equestrian Sport (Children & Young People)

The Pony Club’s Safeguarding and Child Protection policy for Adults at Risk, adopted from the BEF, can be found here: BEF: Safeguarding Equestrian Sport (Adults at Risk)

The BEF procedure in the case of allegations is here. In the case of all allegations in The Pony Club, please contact Christine Gould, The Pony Club’s Lead Safeguarding Officer, or Stefanie Brazier, Safeguarding Secretary, who will be happy to advise and guide you.BEF Procedure In Case of Safeguarding Allegations

This BEF Leaflet is designed to give children information and guidance, so they have access to support should they require it. Hard copies are available from The Pony Club office; please contact Stefanie Brazier.
BEF Leaflet: Information and Guidance for Children in Equestrianism

Information about disclosure checks can be found here.

Information about Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshops can be found here.



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