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Ride High works with children and young people aged 8-17. Referrals must come from professionals working with the children and priority is given to those with the greatest need.

Most members of Ride High live and/or attend school in the Milton Keynes area. A small number of places are available to children and young people from outside Milton Keynes, but these must be fully funded and make their own transport arrangements.

Please complete this consent form in as much detail as possible. Ride High will contact the referrer to confirm that a referral has been added to the waiting list. If a suitable place becomes available we will contact you, the parent/carer.

Unfortunately we cannot work with all the children who are referred to us. Referrals will remain on the waiting list for up to 12 months, during which time we will contact the referrer at least twice for updates. If after 12 months a suitable place has not become available and the child's circumstances have not changed, the referral will be removed from the waiting list and the referrer informed.

 

About the child

Riders are matched to horses and ponies by height, weight and experience. Each horse or pony has a maximum weight it can carry and we cannot guarantee that there will always be a suitable horse or pony available for all riders.


About the parent/carer giving consent


Additional adults who may be contacted in an emergency

Please provide details of at least two people, in addition to the person giving consent, who may be contacted in the event of an emergency. They might include people named above as other parents/carers who might contact Ride High.


First emergency contact

This should be the second parent/carer if there is one.


Second emergency contact


Medical issues

Please refer to our Administering Medicines Policy for procedures concerning the administration of prescribed medication. This policy can be found on our website.

It is very common for people to have allergies to hay, straw, horses and cut grass. If your child has such allergies it is very important that s/he takes antihistamine on the day of his/her Ride High session. We cannot administer antihistamine unless it is prescribed by a doctor and the appropriate forms are completed in advance. Please speak to a member of staff if you require more information.

It is best to remove piercings before coming to Ride High. They must be removed or covered before riding

In the event of a serious accident, your child will be taken to the nearest A&E department and you will be informed as soon as possible. Do you consent to Ride High arranging this and your child receiving such medical treatment, including anaesthetic, as is considered necessary by the medical authorities present? *:


Transport

The Ride High minibus is usually available to members attending regular sessions from within the Milton Keynes area. It is used also for activities and outings. Do you give your consent for your child to travel in the Ride High minibus? *:

Please note that we will drop your child off only at their home address or school/employment (as agreed before your child joins us) unless you notify us otherwise in advance.

A small number of Ride High places are available to children from outside the Milton Keynes area, however the charity is not able to fund these places. Members from outside the Milton Keynes area must arrange their own transport and funding.


Outings

Trips, visits and outings are an important part of the Ride High programme. If your child is invited to join a trip or visit which is not part of their regular sessions at Ride High, you will be asked to complete an additional consent form.

Occasionally your child might be taken on a supervised outing on foot or on horseback within a short distance of the riding school and during their regular session. Do you consent to this? *:


Photography

We often take photographs or video of members of Ride High, for use in their clubroom work and portfolios and for display in the clubroom. Members might receive printed photographs which include other members. This is an important part of the Ride High programme and we will assume consent for this. If you object, please do so in writing to the Children's Manager.

From time to time we (or a photographer) take photographs or videos of our members for use in more public ways. For example on the Ride High website, on social media, in Ride High leaflets or in the media (newspapers and broadcast media). We will never show the name of your child unless you have given us specific permission to do so. Please indicate your consent to the use of photographs or video of your child being shared in the following ways:

Please note that photos or videos taken by members of each other are outside our control, although all members agree (by signing the Member's Agreement) not to take photographs or video of others without permission and not to use them to cause harm or upset to anyone.


Confidentiality

Ride High takes confidentiality very seriously. Information shared by members, their parents and carers and their referrers will be used only to enhance the welfare of the member.

Occasionally we write case studies about the issues faced by our members, or use feedback and quotes from members and their families. These are used for internal reporting and for promoting Ride High. We do not name members or enable them to be identified unless we have discussed this with you and have your specific permission to do so.

If you consent to us using anonymous case studies about your child in the ways described above, please indicate here:


Policies

Ride High has written policies setting out its objectives and procedures, including those listed below. Policies related to members are available on our website. All our policies are reviewed and updated regularly.

  • Entrance, Progression and Exit Policies.
  • Behaviour Policy.
  • Safeguarding Children Policy.
  • Health and Safety Policy.

Please note that our Entrance, Progression and Exit Policies require regular attendance at Ride High sessions, and your child must adhere to our Behaviour Policy. These Policies set out the circumstances in which your child might be asked to leave Ride High.


Health and Safety

Horses are living creatures and their behaviour can be unpredictable. For this reason riding is classified as a risk sport. Riding lessons are provided by The Ride High Equestrian Centre, a company owned by Ride High. To reduce the risks, Ride High works closely with The Ride High Equestrian Centre on health and safety issues and horses/ponies will be chosen to suit your child. However, there are some rules that Ride High requires its members to keep to:

  • They must be suitably dressed for riding and wear suitable footwear and safety helmets.
  • They must remove or cover piercings.
  • They must behave appropriately.

The Ride High Equestrian Centre [RHEC], its instructors, employees or agents are responsible for the physical and moral wellbeing of young people whilst in its care. All RHEC instructors have suitable experience or qualifications to provide tuition. The instructors assign horses and ponies based on their suitability for the level of riding and height/weight of the rider. If an accident or incident does occur, it has to be reported in writing and all reports are reviewed by the RHEC’s management.

Furthermore, there is always at least one person from the RHEC on site with first aid training. However, to the fullest extent permitted by law, and save in the case of fraud, negligence or wilful default on the part of Ride High, Ride High will not be liable or held in any way responsible for any of the following:

a) Any physical injury, loss or damage suffered by any young person, whilst in the custody or care of The Ride High Equestrian Centre;

b) The actions, defaults or omissions of The Ride High Equestrian Centre, its instructors, employees, volunteers or agents;

c) The quality of the tuition, supervision and care and support provided by The Ride High Equestrian Centre. Furthermore, Ride High will not be responsible for members who

  • engage in activities unauthorised by Ride High or The Ride High Equestrian Centre’s instructors, employees, agents or volunteers, or
  • are not booked in for the session, or
  • have come to collect other members.


Complaints

If you have any cause for complaint about Ride High and its services, please contact the Operations Manager.


Feedback

We appreciate your feedback about Ride High. Please feel free to provide this whenever you wish. From time to time we contact parents/carers for feedback and your response will be much appreciated.

I have read this consent form and answered questions honestly. I will inform Ride High of any changes to the information I have given.

Thank you for completing this form. If a place at Ride High becomes available for your child, a member of staff will provide you with a copy of this form. You will be asked to check the details and sign a printed copy before your child attends Ride High.

If you wish to withdraw your consent for any of the activities listed on this form after you have signed a copy, you must do so in writing to the Children's Manager.


Data Protection Act 1998

Ride High is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998 for holding personal data. Ride High has a duty to protect the information you provide on this form. The information will be used by Ride High for its membership records and to assist in the day to day running and administration of Ride High and its activities. The information will not be shared more widely without the consent of your child and/or you as appropriate. However, information may be shared (without consent) more widely where there is a risk of harm to your child and/or others.


Registered Charity: 1138260

Ride High is the trading name of Ride High Limited, a company limited by guarantee. Registered in English and Wales, no: 7363597. Registered address: The Dove House, The Avenue, Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, MK17 8HH

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