Guided Learning Hours: 10
Total Qualification Time: 20 hours

Credit Value: 2

Level: 3


The unit 'Safeguarding in Equine Assisted Learning' is one of the six mandatory units in the New Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning qualification. The unit is accredited by Ofqual, the qualifications regulator for England and Northern Ireland and is part of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Developed by EAQ® in partnership with OCN London, this unit is the first safeguarding unit specifically written for equine assisted learning. 

Aim of the unit
The unit has been designed to provide an in-depth, specialist safeguarding unit for those working within the equine assisted learning sector.

Who can enrol?
The unit is suitable for individuals who are working or intending to work as assistants, facilitators, teachers, therapists, psychotherapists, trainers or coaches in the specialised field of equine assisted learning, equine facilitated therapy and horse-based education. It is relevant for all members of staff.

This unit is suitable for individuals who:

  • currently have no safeguarding training or qualification
  • need to improve their understanding of safeguarding in the equine assisted learning sector
  • have attended safeguarding training but need to update their skills or focus on the equine assisted learning sector
  • have chosen a staged approach to gaining the Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning.

Your role may be referred to as: equine facilitated; equine assisted; horse-led; horse-based coach, trainer, teacher, facilitator, therapist or psychotherapist. Whatever it is called, if you work with horses and people, then this qualification is relevant for you!

EAQ is a specialist in equine assisted learning and horse-led education so the focus for this course will be suitable for equine assisted learning facilitators, natural horsemanship trainers and others who work with horses and people in a range of settings.


Entry Requirements

There is no age limit for this unit, but you must be aged 19 or over to register for the full level 4 qualification and will need to undertake an initial assessment of your skills in Horsemanship, English, Mathematics and information technology. All participants will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously known as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check) prior to the start of the course.


What does the unit cover?

The unit Safeguarding in Equine Assisted Learning covers areas including:

  • organisational policies and procedures
  • signs and symptoms
  • safer working practices
  • person-centred approaches
  • procedure to follow in the event of a disclosure
How will the unit be delivered?
You will attend a two-day course which provides the underpinning knowledge for the unit and an opportunity to practice your skills. This is followed by online activities and individual mentoring to provide you with the support and guidance you need to complete the unit. You will have an assessor who will assess your skills against the criteria.


How will I be assessed?

You will be observed and assessed during the course and will put together a portfolio of evidence showing how you have met the assessment criteria. 


Progression route

You may choose to register for the other units in the Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning.