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Riding Instructors Equestrian Safeguarding Training

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We offer a suite of dedicated online safeguarding training for equestrians, all of which have been developed in association with the British Equestrian Federation.

 

What is equestrian safeguarding training?

Safeguarding training is a must for all individuals, from professional to volunteer, who work with children and/or adults at risk. Every member of staff in an equestrian environment would benefit from equestrian safeguarding training for this reason, and this includes Riding Instructors and Coaches.

Equestrian safeguarding training covers elements of child protection, including how to identify abuse and neglect, how to respond correctly to concerns about a child’s welfare, and which guidance, laws, and legislation you should be familiar with if you work with or around children. It should also include safeguarding for adults at risk and the differences in practice for these individuals.

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) recommends that every equestrian professional working with children or adults at risk has an up to date safeguarding training certificate.

 

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Should everyone take the same online equestrian safeguarding training?

No. We have developed three individual equestrian safeguarding training courses that meet the unique needs of specific equestrian roles. You should choose the equestrian safeguarding training course that reflects your role best.

For example, anyone who has the responsibility of a Safeguarding Officer (or Welfare Officer) at your equestrian centre will require a deeper understanding of essential equestrian safeguarding policies, procedures, and processes than someone who only volunteers around the stables from time to time.

Read below for further information about who each equestrian safeguarding training course is suitable for, or click here to watch a video.

 

Equestrian Basic Safeguarding Awareness

This basic introduction to equestrian safeguarding training is suitable for any volunteers in your equestrian centre and any members of staff who do not have a need for face-to-face safeguarding training under the British Equestrian Federation’s guidelines.

 

Equestrian Advanced Safeguarding

If you are a Riding Instructor or Coach without additional Safeguarding Officer responsibilities, this is the equestrian safeguarding training course for you.

Please note that this course is only suitable if taken as refresher training. You must have attended a face-to-face safeguarding course led by the British Equestrian Federation within the 3 years prior to taking this online course.

 

Equestrian Advanced Safeguarding for Safeguarding Officers

 This online equestrian safeguarding training course is suitable for professionals in the equestrian centre who have additional responsibilities as the designated safeguarding lead person. If you work as a Riding Instructor or Coach but you also fulfil the role of Safeguarding Officer (or Welfare Officer) for your centre or club, this is the course for you.

Please note that this course is only suitable if taken as refresher training. You must have attended a face-to-face safeguarding course led by the British Equestrian Federation within the 3 years prior to taking this online course.

 

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Can I just take online equestrian safeguarding training?

This depends on your role, but generally speaking, if you are an equestrian professional and you work closely with children and adults at risk as part of your role (this will apply to you if you are a Riding Instructor or Coach), you will need to have taken a face-to-face safeguarding course led by the British Equestrian Federation within the 3 years prior to taking an online refresher course.

This information applies to all online equestrian safeguarding training. If in doubt, you should always contact your line manager, member body, or the British Equestrian Federation for confirmation before purchasing a training course.

 

Why do I need to attend a face-to-face course within the 3 years prior to taking online equestrian safeguarding training? 

The Child Protection Company does not determine these rules; they are set out by the British Equestrian Federation. Therefore, you should pay close attention to them and make sure that you always follow the available guidance.

Safeguarding training is a critically important aspect of your role, even if you have never had an incident in your centre, club, or yard. Anything could happen at any time to anybody, so you need to be prepared for the worst even while you are working to keep everyone safe.

The British Equestrian Federation expects that every professional working with children or adults at risk who takes an online equestrian safeguarding course should have also attended one of their face-to-face safeguarding training sessions within the 3 years prior to taking an online course. This is essential guidance and should not be ignored.

 

Do equestrian safeguarding training certificates expire?

Yes. All verifiable equestrian safeguarding training certificates will have an expiry date, as the laws and guidance surrounding safeguarding change frequently and you need to be aware of these changes as someone who works around children or adults at risk.

Typically, safeguarding certificates have a lifetime of 1 to 3 years. Each of our verifiable online equestrian safeguarding training certificates expires after 2 years.

 

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Why do I need equestrian safeguarding training to work as a Riding Instructor or Coach?

An equestrian safeguarding training course gives you the essential knowledge to protect the welfare of every visitor to your equestrian centre or club, and furthermore, it empowers you to deal with and report any incidents in the correct manner.

Even though your focus might be more on making sure the children’s heels are down, their heads are up, and their backs are straight in the saddle, there are many ways in which you could spot a safeguarding concern in your role as a Riding Instructor or Coach. Safeguarding training will teach you to notice when a child’s bruise might not be so innocent, or it may help you to better understand why that one child who hangs around at the stables much longer than everyone else, without a packed lunch or any firm time that their parents/carers will collect them, seems so apprehensive to answer questions about their home life. You just never know what situation you might come across at work, but one thing is for sure: safeguarding training will show you how to deal with an incident appropriately.

In short, equestrian safeguarding training should not be overlooked, and you should endeavour to follow the expected guidance set out by the British Equestrian Federation.

 

Got a question about equestrian safeguarding training?

If your question hasn’t been answered in the information above, please feel free to get in touch with our friendly customer support team. The Child Protection Company offices are open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and you can get in touch by calling us on 01327 552030, emailing us at help@childprotectioncompany.com, or by speaking to us via our live chat feature in the bottom corner of this web page.

 

Please click here to view or purchase our online equestrian safeguarding training courses.