OUR COMMITMENT TO SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION
With nearly 60,000 cadets and volunteers across the UK, the RAF Air Cadets work hard to create an inclusive environment that sets the conditions for young people to achieve their potential, with appropriate safeguards in place. We are committed to cooperating with other public sector safeguarding agencies.
We have a dedicated Safeguarding Team, led by highly qualified social workers, who make sure the Air Cadets comply with legislation and Government guidance. They also support people directly involved with child protection and safeguarding concerns and provide advice and coordinate investigations.
Any allegations of safeguarding breaches and matters of child protection are taken seriously and investigated by the Government’s key guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’. Nothing is more important than your child’s welfare. It is our commitment to make sure that everyone in the RAF Air Cadets family, including children and young people, are fully aware of, and understand, the RAF Air Cadets’ safeguarding and child protection arrangements.
HOW WE SAFEGUARD CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
We are fully committed to safeguarding children and young people by:
complying with all legal requirements in respect of child protection
taking into account the interests and wellbeing of children and young people
respecting the rights, wishes and feelings of the people we work with
taking all reasonable, practicable steps to protect from physical, sexual and emotional abuse whilst engaged in activities.
promoting the welfare of children and young people and their protection in relation to a position of trust
CADET CONFIDENTIALITY PROMISE
It is important that anyone feels they can trust the RAF Air Cadets if they want to talk to someone about a concern or worry, either about themself or someone else.
If you tell an adult something which is worrying you, adults will take what you have said seriously, they will listen to you and may take notes to clarify things you've said. They may ask if another adult can sit in, this is to make sure that everything you say will be remembered and to give you as much support as possible, as we understand that it can be difficult to talk about worries either for yourself or someone else. If you don't want this, you may have a close friend with you, someone else you trust or you may prefer no one else to be there.
When we will need to share what you’ve told us
Any information you give to an adult will be treated as sensitive and confidential and will not be shared unless we believe that you, or another person, is in danger or is being harmed or that they are involved, or plan to become involved in acts of terrorism (or other criminal acts). In this case, we will tell you that the information has to be shared with the appropriate agencies, we will try and encourage you to agree with this and support you and we will tell you who we have told and what we have told them. Adults cannot promise confidentiality and can never keep secrets which are of a safeguarding concern or that suggest someone is suffering harm.
As part of our confidentiality promise, please be assured that:
any notes taken will be kept and stored in a safe and secure manner
any information you have shared in confidence will not be discussed unless there is a child protection or safety concern, or you give your permission
we will tell you when information cannot be kept confidential.
we will support you and encourage you to talk to other people (e.g. a parent or guardian) or a professional where we feel it would help you
Raising a Child Protection Concern
If you have an Urgent Concern for a childs safety, where they are currently at risk of harm, please contact the Police using 101 or 999 as appropriate.
If you have a concern about a cadet or volunteer and need advice or support, contact our RAFAC HQ Safeguarding team. A safeguarding concern, allegation or disclosure could be anything relating to a child’s or adult’s safety or welfare. Or it could be about the potential risk a person may pose to others.
Please complete the form with as much detail as you hold, this should tell the story to date. Upon receipt the form will be reviewed by the Safeguarding Manager / Chief of Staff Safeguarding and either allocated to a Safeguarding Officer or closed at referral. You will be advised of an outcome either through the team or your chain of command. Allocations will be completed in order of emerging priority.
For immediate harm / danger you must call the police or the Out of Hours Emergency Duty team for your Local Children’s Services.
MOD manages its information in line with UK Law. The RAF Air Cadets administers all personal information in accordance with the regulations set out in the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The detailed legislation is at www.gov.uk/data-protection. We only gather the personal information that we need to run and administer the organisation, we will keep the data we hold securely at all times and when we no longer have a need for the data, we will securely destroy it.
The RAF Air Cadets will not normally pass any personal information to any 3rd parties without a clear business reason. We may share information when there is an issue that puts the safety of cadets or staff at risk or with law enforcement and government authorities where we are legally required to do so.
If you need to speak to someone in general about a concern or you are not sure what to do outside of the RAF Air Cadets Childline are a great source of help and guidance. If you suspect someone is suffering from online abuse click the icon for CEOP below.
The RAFAC adopts and employs a Total Safety System, the same system employed by the RAF and UK MOD. It encorporates all elements of our work from Training to Equipment, Planning to Reporting and continual monitoring to ensure all our activities are conducted in a safe and appropriate manner.
All our activities are fully risk assessed and based against best practice, normally taken from the relevant National Governing Body's own guidance and regulations. In the same way all staff must be Suitably Qualified and Experienced (SQEP) to conduct the activity.
Total Safety is underpinned by the Safe System of Training:
SAFE PERSON - A SQEP person, Trained, Qualified and Authorised, Competent, Current and Experienced to lead the activity.
SAFE PLACE - Safe location, Risk Assessed, Suitable for the Activity
SAFE EQUIPMENT - Correct for the Activity, Maintained, Used Correctly and Operated by trained individuals
SAFE PRACTICE - Activity Conducted within rules, regulations and instruction. Correct Procdedures followed, Supervisied correctly within set ratios and PPE and specialist safety clothing provided and used as a required.