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Safeguarding and Safety

We want everyone in the ACF to have the most exciting, enjoyable and fulfilling experience possible, and the safeguarding, safety and security of the young people in our care is paramount to us.

We aim to create a space where all young people, regardless of their background, can come together, learn new life skills, make new friends and reach their full potential.

We have provided information for parents and carers to answer their questions on the Army Cadets, what their children will be doing in the ACF and how we look after their health, safety and wellbeing.

Safeguarding cadets

As part of the ACF’s commitment to delivering the best possible experience to our cadets, we recognise that we have a duty of care to safeguard and protect our cadets and young people who join us, and we do all that we can to promote their health, safety and wellbeing. The Army Cadet Safeguarding Children Policy can be accessed here.

We work hard to ensure we remain a trusted and respected youth organisation, and that our cadets, volunteers and staff are protected from all forms of harm or discrimination. We do this against the MOD’s eight safeguarding standards published in their Safeguarding Framework. You can read about these here.

Every volunteer undergoes an enhanced disclosure check when they join (provided by the Disclosure and Baring Service in England and Wales, Disclosure Scotland in Scotland and Access Northern Ireland in Northern Ireland) before they can train and lead our cadets. All our volunteers also complete thorough safeguarding training when they join the ACF as well as refresher training annually.

Raising and reporting concerns

The ACF takes all concerns raised to us seriously, especially when they are about the safety or safeguarding of one of our cadets.

If you have any concern relating to immediate risk or harm to one of our cadets, or any child or young person, please report it directly to the police on 999 or 101.

The fastest and easiest way to raise a concern is to speak to one of your detachment volunteers. You can also raise a concern to your Army Cadet HQ – you can find a list of local HQs here. Or if you need to contact our Army Cadet Safeguarding Hub, please complete the contact us form here.

There are also a number of organisations that may be able to offer you help or advice if you have questions, such as the NSPCC’s Childline website.