As we hope you are now aware Sophie Morris has kindly taken on the role of Safeguarding Officer for MGAGB – here is a little bit about her!

“I would like to introduce myself as the newly appointed Safeguarding Officer for MGAGB.  As many of you will know I have been an MGAGB member for over 20years so I am dedicated to the association as much as anyone.  I have been a qualified Social Worker since 2008 working mainly in Child Protection Services.  I currently run a charitable organisation, Follyfoot Healing with Horses, which is a therapeutic centre using horses to help people which I am sure you can all appreciate the healing powers horses can have.

I have worked with many other professionals such as Police, Health, Education and CPS in my career to ensure that plans, decisions and evidence-based practice are put in place ensuring the safety and welfare of the child is paramount.

I will be working with the MGAGB Committee and the British Equestrian Federation to tackle ongoing safeguarding issues should they arise such as misuse of drugs, parental supervision, child abuse in sport (due to recent cases in the media) and equal opportunities in sport. I will also be reviewing MGAGB’s policies and procedures surrounding these issues and ensuring we are providing the best environment possible for our members.

Confidentiality is of the upmost importance in this role and I would hope that you will find me approachable and helpful should you have any concerns or queries.

I am sure you will agree with me that our previous safeguarding officer Alison Davies has done a fantastic job of the role previously and we thank her for all the hard work over the years.

Look forward to seeing you all for the coming season.”