Safety is Paramount in the RAF Air Cadets
03 Jul 2017
Safety is of paramount importance within the RAF Air Cadets.
To that end, all of our adult volunteers undergo enhanced disclosure checks, mandatory background and security checks and regular safeguarding training.
Unlike many youth organisations, our disclosure checks are repeated every 5 years. Our safeguarding policies are also reviewed regularly and independently audited and are always available to cadets, parents, guardians, and adult volunteers.
Safeguarding training is available 24/7 on our Bader information portal and we have a team of Child Protection Officers in each of our 34 Air Training Corps Wings with a plethora of training available to our volunteer staff and senior cadets. This is augmented with a 3-yearly refresher training programme.
The overwhelming majority of young people enjoy cadet activities without experiencing any abuse or bullying, the Royal Air Force Air Cadets has a zero tolerance towards it.
We have clear policies and practices designed to protect our young people, supported by a culture that encourages our uniformed and civilian staff, our volunteers, and our cadets to speak up, confront and disclose any concerns.
You may be aware that the Cadet Forces have been the focus of a BBC Panorama investigation. The documentary was due to be broadcast this week.
One or two cases in the programme may feature former adult volunteers. For clarification, our policy is that once allegations are made, volunteers are immediately suspended (without prejudice) pending the outcome of a court case. In addition, we always fully co-operate with the police when required.
Where an individual feels unable to discuss a concern with a volunteer or member of the Royal Air Force Air Cadet staff they and their parents or guardians are encouraged to contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
The NSPCC is aware of the Panorama broadcast and can assist at any time of the day or night, whether now or in the future.
Protecting young people will always be our priority and the Royal Air Force Air Cadets seeks to empower and inspire confidence and self-belief in all of its cadets.