Do get an impression that ATF continues only to justify a few jobs.
I suggested the last time I was there that ATF go around the country, given on my AWO, OIC and OSC there were people who had a good day’s travelling each way. But this was pooh poohed as for some reason we had to be at Cranwell.
By doing it around the country it would be possible to pick up on more local problems and get them addressed.
This was exactly the same when I was there last and it seems nothing has changed. It is just going through the motions for the sake of it and not adding any value.
I have heard this from others who have attended recently and it is a major concern. We need to have someone who has a professional background in safeguarding and is bang up to date on all things relating to it, not as it seems someone keeping a seat warm and getting paid to do so.
How in this instance you are the national lead for safeguarding in a youth organisation with 30000+ teenagers, staffed by volunteers most of whom have no real knowledge other than what they get told by those in charge, and the word ‘transgender’ brings that response, is a worry.