Friday August 12, 2022
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The Pony Club Mission Statement states: “the Pony Club believes that it is essential that children are encouraged to take part in outdoor activities and sports as part of their development to adulthood. Their participation in sport must be in a secure, safe and fun environment and be protected from harm.”

The Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt branch of the Pony Club endorses this statement wholeheartedly; we believe the benefits of being a Pony Club member far outweigh the potential risks. However, to minimise those risks and to mitigate potential harm, CVFHPC takes all aspects of its safeguarding duties very seriously.

The central tenet of safeguarding is that the welfare of children is paramount. To that end, Pony Club provides several policies relevant to safeguarding, which we encourage you to read and respect:

CVFHPC is also of course subject to relevant laws concerning child welfare; the Children Act 1989 and 2004; Sex Offenders Act 2003; and Working Together to Safeguard Children Act 2015. We ensure coaches and others with regular contact with children have current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks in place. For Annual Camp, there are certain other requirements for adults taking residential and overnight duties.

My role as Club Safeguarding Officer is to manage and report concerns about children and adults at risk, and to implement procedures to protect children.

If you feel a child is in immediate danger, you should call the Police on 999. You can call Gloucestershire Child Safeguarding Board on 01452 426 565

If you have any concerns of a less urgent nature and which relate to Pony Club activities, please ring me on 0797 437 4336 or send an email to

We take all allegations of harm to children seriously, and will investigate them in accordance with the relevant Pony Club procedures. Our investigation will be in conjunction with and supported by the PC’s central safeguarding professionals.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility; we hope that with this in mind CVFHPC will continue to thrive.

Safeguarding Officer Daniel Bingham, tel: 0797 437 4336

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