Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
The protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults 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 policy and support documents set out in ‘Safeguarding Equestrian Sport’. 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 vulnerable adults, 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 vulnerable adults to enable them to participate and enjoy riding and related activities within EGB.
The EGB Lead Safeguarding Officer represents EGB on the BEF Safeguarding and Equality Action Team (SEAT) and has access to advice and support from the BEF Safeguarding Advisory Group. Her role is to ensure that BEF procedures are implemented and to spread information and good practice as set out in ‘Safeguarding Equestrian Sport’.
This document includes policies, guidance (including that for the LWO and Nominated Welfare officers), forms and and codes of conduct. It can be found at BEF Safeguarding
The document sets out what you should do if you have any concerns regarding safeguarding, which includes informing the Lead Safeguarding Officer 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 to 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 service and the police force. The Lead Safeguarding Officers for Endurance GB are Deborah Fyans and Tracey Sawyer.
They may be contacted by email - Safeguarding@endurancegb.co.uk
Endurance GB is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and will not discriminate against anyone on the grounds of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, religion or disability.
As part of the BEF we conform to the BEF policy on this matter.
Equity & Equal Opportunities
With regard to equity, the British Equestrian Federation:
- aims to ensure that all people, irrespective of age race, gender, ability, ethnic origin. social status or sexual orientation, have equal opportunities to take part in equestrianism at all levels and roles;
- seeks to educate and guide BEF members, their employees and volunteers on the ownership, adoption and implementation of its Equity plan;
- intends to raise awareness of Equity through the implementation of this policy and the adoption of the Equity Action Plan; and, as a result of this process
- aims to monitor, review and evaluate progress in achieving the stated aims and objectives and to feed back to member organisations on progress made.
BEF will ensure that its recruitment and selection procedures are fair and transparent, and meet the appropriate legal requirements. Each member body will ensure its own procedures meet these requirements.
Our full Equal Oportunities and Equity Policy can be viewed here.
View the BEF's Equality Statement here.