Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults at Risk
The protection of children, young people and adults at risk, whilst participating in any sport is of the highest importance as they should be able to take part in a fun, safe environment and be protected from abuse. EGB is a member body of the British Equine Federation (BEF), and has accepted and abides by the BEF Safeguarding policies, and the supporting documents which can be found in the BEF Safeguarding Toolkit link here. The BEF Safeguarding policy for children and young people may be found here and that for Adults here.
EGB endorses the BEF statement that it is the responsibility of everyone connected in any way with our sport to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk, regardless of their age, race, gender, culture, religious belief, disability or sexual identity, by seeking to protect them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. EGB therefore also endorses the BEF statement that they are committed to working to provide a safe environment for all children, young people and adults at risk to enable them to participate and enjoy riding and related activities within EGB.
The EGB Lead Safeguarding Officer (LSO) represents EGB on the BEF Safeguarding Action Team (SAT) and has access to advice and support from the BEF Safeguarding Management Team. His/Her role is to ensure that BEF procedures are implemented and to spread information and good practice as set out in the BEF Safeguarding policies and supporting Tool Kit. The EGB Lead Safeguarding Officer is Stuart Wheeldon who may be contacted by Email: (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on 02476 697929.
These documents include policies, guidance (including that for the LSO and Group Safeguarding officers), forms and codes of conduct. It can be found at BEF Safeguarding or by clicking on any of the links below in our Safeguarding Tool Kit. EGB fully endorses all the BEF policies and the links to the items in the Safeguarding Tool Kit below are the quickest way to access each of the individual policies and also to look for helpful information.
The document sets out what you should do if you have any concerns regarding safeguarding, which includes informing the LSO. In addition, it states that:
All young people are entitled to a duty of care and to be protected from abuse. Abuse can occur anywhere – at home, at school, in the park and in sport. Sadly, some people will seek to be in the company of children simply in order to abuse them. The BEF is committed to devising and implementing policies and procedures to ensure everyone in the sport accepts their responsibilities to safeguard children from harm and abuse. This means taking action to safeguard children and report any concerns about their welfare. It is not their responsibility to determine whether or not abuse has taken place; this is the domain of child protection professionals, the social services and the police force.
Equity & Equal Opportunities
As a member body of the BEF the Board of Directors of Endurance GB has agreed to adopt the BEF Guidelines in respect of their Equal Opportunities and Equity Policy. Endurance GB is committed to ensuring that endurance riding is an activity that is open to anyone who wishes to be involved in whatever capacity and at whatever level and to actively encouraging more diverse participation.
Endurance GB is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity and aims to ensure that no individual receives more or less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, sex, gender, disability, race, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender reassignment. This includes all those involved in whatever capacity - participants, employees, coaches, consultants, owners, officials, volunteers and spectators.
In addition, Endurance GB is committed to take action to encourage more diverse participants.
To safeguard individual rights under this Equality Policy, any individual who believes they have suffered inequitable treatment within the scope of this Equality Policy may raise the matter through the Endurance GB complaints procedure.
Endurance GB follows the BEF Equal Opportunities and Equity Policy which can be viewed by clicking on the link in the Tool Kit below