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British Dressage accepts its legal (Children's Act 1989) and moral obligation to provide a duty of care, to protect all children (and vulnerable adults) and safeguard their welfare, irrespective of age, any disability they have, gender, racial origin, religious belief and sexual identity.

British Dressage as part of the British Equestrian Federation, takes Child Protection very seriously and the member groups working with the BEF have put together a policy on child protection and comprehensive guidance which will help coaches, instructors, parents and carers – and of course, children – to have only positive experiences when participating in any equestrian activity.

The BEF leaflet, "Information and Guidance for Children in Equestrianism" gives guidelines on the standards you should expect from BYRDS trainers, training sessions and camps.

There is a risk that even the mention of the subject will frighten people away. But no one should be deterred from participating, whether as an instructor or as a pupil, in equestrian sports. On the contrary, people should be reassured that, by promoting Good Practice and addressing the subjects of bullying, emotional, physical and sexual abuse all members of The British Equestrian Federation are working to ensure that children and vulnerable adults will be able to pursue their sport in a safe, happy and enjoyable environment.

View the BEF Child Protection Policy and Duty of Care Guidelines here, and the BEF Adults at Risk Protection and Duty of Care Guidelines here.

See the child protection policy in Annex B of the BEF Rules, entitled 'working with children and their protection'.

For confidential assistance or advice with any queries, concerns or incidents, please email Charlotte Osborne, Lead Welfare Officer or give her a call on 02467 698840. Alternatively, you can also email Sharon Weir, Assistant Lead Welfare Officers or call them on 02476 698834.

CRB Checks

The BHS has registered with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) in England and Wales, with Disclosure Scotland and the Department of Heath in Northern Ireland and is the "umbrella body" for child protection and vulnerable adult checks within the equine industry.

The BHS carries out checks on behalf of British Dressage and other British Equestrian Federation member bodies.

All BYRDS Regional and National Trainers are required to be on the British Dressage Trainers Database, have had a CRB check carried out through the BHS and have attended a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course. Judges/Assessors of rider tests also need to meet these criteria in order to be listed in the Judges Panel.

To view the BEF Child Protection Policy click here. This can also be found on under Legal & Ethical.