Providing a safe and secure environment where young people can meet with others, learn about policing and policing issues, contribute to community initiatives and have fun is at the heart of the experience provided through the volunteer police cadets. The public expect and deserve to have trust and confidence in their police and this is even more so when this comes to protecting children and young people in our care when participating in activities organised by the police service.
Whilst being a national movement, individual police cadet units are operated by local forces and each of these will have their own local safeguarding procedures in place. The police officers, police staff and adult volunteers who support cadet units are expected, to uphold the highest standards in child safeguarding, protection and supervision. And as part of this, all adult volunteers are checked and vetted by their local forces prior to being able to participate and support cadet unit activities.
In the continuing development of the volunteer police cadets initiative, we are in regular contact with police forces about this critical responsibility and about the standards and codes of conduct expected at a national level. In collaboration with police forces in England and Wales, and with the involvement of national youth groups like the Scouts and Girl Guides, we are moving towards a national framework which will offer a streamlined and consistent approach to the recruitment of leaders, to training, to organising activities and to the reporting of incidents and beyond. This will ensure that everyone involved in VPC knows what is expected of them at a local and national level and that confidential reporting and investigation is done in a consistent manner. This process will allow us to continue to work towards providing the safest and highest level of standards of youth safeguarding available nationally.
If you or anyone you know has any concerns about the safety of anyone involved in the Volunteer Police Cadets please contact your local force or the NSPCC helpline 0800 800 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively the Independent Office for Police Conduct 0300 020 0096 or email@example.com