The RAF Air Cadets takes the safety and safeguarding of all its Cadets and Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers with the importance it deserves.
All CFAV's who have contact with our Cadets are subject to strict selection criteria, interview and the relevant Disclosure and Barring Service Checks (DBS), in addition they are also required to complete additional vetting and checks through the Ministry of Defence systems. This also includes those cadets who stay beyond their 18th Birthday.
All over 18's recieve training in SafeGuarding, Child Protection, PREVENT and Health and Safety which is required to be refreshed every 3 years, if not before. In addition many of our courses will also include refresher training in addition.
We have Child Protection Advisers embedded within the Wing, Region and a team at HQAC, which includes a Qualified and Practicing Social worker and we do liaise with partner agencies, such as The Police, LADO, Social Services and Schools, as required by the 2015 Woring Together legislation.
There is a strict 'Code of Conduct' for Staff and Cadets to adhere to, which is implemented across the organisation in a fair and consistant manner. Any complaints will be looked into and where appropriate investigations may take place, however our aim is to deal with all issues at the lowest possible level. The Code of Conduct is similar to an Employment Terms of Reference and Behaviour policy, which all cadets and staff must sign on starting and then read and sign annually.
The RAFAC is committed to ensuring we provide a safe and constructive environment for all our personel to learn, develop and excel within and to protect them from harm at all levels. In doing so all our policies and procedures are regularly reviewed against both legaslative and best practice requirements.
RAFAC also promotes Mental Health Awareness amongst its Cadets and CFAV's. We recognise that modern life comes with some significant challenges and the mental wellbeing of all our personnel is of the upmost importance.
Raising a Child Protection Concern
If you have a concern about the safety or wellbeing of a young person you should speak directly with the Squadron Commander, who will look into the matter. All Safeguarding reports are documented and forwarded to WHQ and the Wing CPA for oversight and guidance. These in turn are then sent to the HQ Air Cadets Safeguarding team for finalisation or further work.
Where there is a need for an investigation, these will be completed by an senior officer appointed by the Officer Commanding Trent Wing, from the Wing Staff team. Please note that where a Criminal Offence is believed to have occurred it will be reported to the relevant Policing Agency for the area. Our investigations will only begin where a Police investigation has been completed.
If you do not wish to speak to the Squadron Commander, you can e-mail the Wing Executive Officer or the Wing Child Protection Officer with your concern, which will be looked at and assessed on the best way to progress it. All concerns will be kept Confidential with the 'Need To Know' policy applied.
WExO: email@example.com (Mon-Fri 0800-1600hrs)
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 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.
Mental Health Awareness
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.