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. 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 ACF County HQ – you can find a list of ACF Counties here. If you are unsure which county HQ you should speak to please follow the steps outlined in our County HQ finder document. Or if you need to contact our Regional Command Cadets Branch Safeguarding Hub, please email.
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.