The Non Ridden Equine Association UK Safeguarding Policy

The Non Ridden Equine Association UK acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of equines, adults and children.

Website. 

Our website provides resources produced by respected organisations and professionals within the equine industry. People should be aware we have no method of application of a quality standard to their resources and services. Therefore if you are going to engage their services on a one to one basis we strongly urge you to research the organisation / professional and ask questions. 

Events. 

When we run events we will only ever work alongside professionals who are insured and qualified to work with equines, adults and children. The Non Ridden Equine Association UK will only ever hold events in suitable purpose built professional environments that have public liability cover. At events The Non Ridden Equine Association is committed to promotion of best practice, with ethical approaches with safety of highest priority. We recognise that the welfare and interests of children, adults and equines are paramount in all circumstances. 

The Non Ridden Equine Association UK has a safeguarding policy: 

  • To provide opportunities to explore the rich diversity of the many interactions we can have with non ridden equines. 
  • To focus on engaging with people in a positive and enjoyable way. 
  • To promote safe ethical approaches to horsemanship. We will showcase good practice and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children, young people, adults and equines. 
  • When the public are engaging with an equine at a Non Ridden Equine Association UK at an organised event they will always be under professional supervision. These professionals will be carefully selected, insured, have their own safeguarding policy in regard to their work and be qualified to work within the specialisation and the type of client group. Equines, adults and children will be protected from abuse whilst participating in the activity provided by the Non Ridden Equine Association UK. 
  • The Non Ridden Equine Association UK acknowledges that some children and adults, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse. We also acknowledge that some equines are particularly vulnerable as many have experienced in the past neglect, trauma and abuse. We will take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.
  • The Non Ridden Equine Association UK welcomes all ages and stages, from novice to professional, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation and socio-economic background. We are not anti-riding. 
  • At the Non Ridden Equine Association UK events we will ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding. We will ensure that professionals provide appropriate learning opportunities to equines, children and adults. We have a zero tolerance policy to abuse, and neglect. We will expect all professionals who work with us to use safe and ethical approaches and to flag up any safeguarding concerns relating to children, young people, adults or equines. 
  • We will ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern. 
  • All information and details held on individuals by the Non Ridden Equine Association UK are confidential and securely stored. This includes records of safeguarding concerns. The policy and procedures are widely promoted via our website and are mandatory for everyone involved in the Non Ridden Equine Association UK. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in exclusion from the association.    
Monitoring 

We are committed to improving our services and the policy will be reviewed in 12 months, and then every three years, or in the following circumstances: 

  • Changes in legislation and/or government guidance. 
  • As required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport and/or Home Country Sports Councils. 
  • As a result of any other significant change or event.