Child Protection Policy

ROYAL AIR FORCES ASSOCIATION CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

This document outlines the Royal Air Forces Association’s policy to safeguard children from all forms of abuse and to help build a safer environment for everyone involved with the Association.

All adult and staff members of RAFA have a part to play in the implementation of our child protection policy and this policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, members, volunteers, supporters or anyone working on behalf of RAFA.

The purpose of this policy is:

  • to protect children and young people who join the Association as a Youth Member and/ or who use RAFA social media sites.
  • to provide staff, members and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.

RAFA believes that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by a commitment to practice in a way that protects them.

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of the child/young person is paramount;
  • all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse;
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them;
  • adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers;
  • developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures:
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made;
  • providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.
  • sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers;
  • sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately;

We are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually. This will be undertaken by the RAF Association CPO.

This policy was approved on 30 June 2013.

David Prowse
RAF Association Child Protection Officer
0116 268 8759

Alyson Hunter
RAF Association Child Protection Officer
0116 268 8775