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Child Welfare

The welfare and safety of all children involved in UKPA activities is of the highest priority to the UKPA.  The sport is meant to be fun and exciting for all players and we strive to ensure that our younger players are fully protected.

The full UKPA child welfare procedures are laid out in the UKPA Handbook and these follow the BEF requirements for its Member bodies.  For further details of the BEF syetm please see the Safeguarding pages of the BEF website.

The UKPA provides the following support for its affiliated clubs;

Documentary support by way of proforma codes of conduct and other necessary paperwork.
Educational material to help teach members about Child welfare
Online Training courses for Club officials
DBS checks
Access to the BEF Federation Safeguarding Advisory Group (FSAG)
Advice and guidance on actions over CW concerns 24/7

What to do if You Have a Child Welfare Concern

Your first point of call should be the club Child Welfare Officer (CWO) whose details can be found either from your club information or in the UKPA Yearbook, or the event CWO if you are at a tournament or similar. You should not speak to the person against whom you have concerns.

If you feel that contacting the club/event CWO is not appropriate you can speak to the club chairman or go directly to the UKPA Chief Child Welfare Officer (CCWO), or the UKPA CEO who is the Executive committee’s Child Welfare representative.  Further contact details can be found on the contacts pages.

The BEF’s contact point for CW concerns is Alex Copeland who can be contacted at

UKPA Documentation (Forms are shown on the right)

The following documentation can be downloaded to assist clubs;

Safeguarding information for members Basic guide for all UKPA members.

UKPA Child Welfare Procedures 2014 – Excerpt form the UKPA Handbook (2014)

BEF Documents

Safeguarding Equestrian Sport The main BEF document on Safeguarding (re-drafted Aug 2015)

BEF Procedure for dealing with CW Allegations