SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN

To: All parents or guardians of young people joining Kent Army Cadet Force.

The Army Cadet Force (ACF) is a national voluntary youth organisation. It is sponsored by the Army and provides challenging military, adventurous and community activities. It’s aim is to inspire young people to achieve success in life with a spirit of service to the Queen, their Country , local community and to develop in them the qualities of a good citizen.

The welfare and safety of cadets is the paramount consideration at all times and in all

circumstances.

References:

A. ACF Manual 2019

B. The Children’s Act 1989 & 2004

C. AC 70028 ‘Cadet Training Safety Precautions’

D. JSP 834 ‘Safeguarding Children’

E. Customs of the Service handbook

F. ACF Safety Manual

All parents are advised that Kent ACF work to all the guidelines laid down in the

references A –F above and that all instructors in the organisation are subject to the

accepted code of practice.

If at any time a cadet, parent or guardian has a suspicion or worry that something is going wrong within the cadet force or they wish to make a complaint concerning the

Safeguarding of the cadets they must feel free to call:

Major Brian Hilton the Executive and Safeguarding Officer on:

01622 766 481 during working hours Monday—Friday or 0781 3321 903 at anytime. The following numbers are available for parents/guardians or cadets to use at anytime.

1. CHILDLINE—0800 1111.

2. NSPCC-CHILD PROTECTION HELP LINE—0808 800 5000. Text 88858: All texts will be answered within 3 hours

3. Kidscape: Anti bullying helpline—08451 205204

BD Hilton

Major

CEO & Safeguarding Officer