Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults
All activities in which children and young or vulnerable people take part must be organised in ways that make sure they are properly protected. Sports like horse riding aim to provide rewarding and secure opportunities for everyone and one of the ways we can do this is to ensure that everyone working with children and vulnerable adults understand essential good practices.
Organisations like the British Equestrian Federation, of which the BHS is a member, and SportScotland advocate that riding instructors, volunteers, parents and officials - in fact everyone involved with sport who finds themselves working with children - attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course. This is a mandatory requirement for all registered instructors.
You can search for SPC courses run by SportScotland here
Safeguarding Children Workshop and the BHS register of instructors – Change of policy
All new Registered Instructors are required to complete a Safeguarding Course in order to be listed on the register.
The new change is that existing Instructors are also required to sit the new course - from now on courses are valid for three years.
Download further information here
S&PC courses are also organised frequently in each local authority area. However, if there's not a suitable course listed, either contact the officer for your area for additional courses they are organising or look at neighbouring areas to see whether they have a course that suits you better.