Our commitment to safeguarding

Safeguarding

The RAF Association is committed to protecting from harm our beneficiaries, employees, volunteers, members and any other people who come into contact with us through our work.

Everyone has a right to be protected from abuse, and all suspicions and allegations of abuse and neglect will be taken seriously and responded to appropriately.

Our Council (Board of Trustees) is accountable for all activities undertaken by and in the name of the RAF Association and its subsidiaries. While acknowledging its collective responsibility, the Council has appointed individual Trustee leads as follows:

  • Air Commodore Alan Opie; Safeguarding
  • Mrs Fiona Barber; Whistleblowing

The Safeguarding Committee, chaired by Mandy Jones, meets and reports to Council quarterly.

Our expectations of those who work in our name

As a welfare charity for the wider RAF community, we are committed to delivering the highest standards of care and support. Our values reflect those of the RAF: respect, integrity, service and excellence and we expect and require everyone who works for the Association, whether volunteer or employee, or who undertakes services in our name to meet our expected standards of behaviour.

We have an approved Code of Conduct which applies to all Association members and sets out the culture of the organisation and the expected standards of behaviour. This is supported by a Volunteer Code of Conduct and an Employee Appropriate Behaviour Policy.

Action will be taken against individuals where their behaviour places others at risk of harm.

Safeguarding

The RAF Association is committed to protecting from harm our beneficiaries, employees, volunteers, members and any other people who come into contact with us through our work.

Everyone has a right to be protected from abuse, and all suspicions and allegations of abuse and neglect will be taken seriously and responded to appropriately.

Our Council (Board of Trustees) is accountable for all activities undertaken by and in the name of the RAF Association and its subsidiaries. While acknowledging its collective responsibility, the Council has appointed individual Trustee leads as follows:

  • Air Commodore Alan Opie; Safeguarding
  • Mrs Fiona Barber; Whistleblowing

The Safeguarding Committee, chaired by Air Commodore Opie, meets and reports to Council quarterly.

Our expectations of those who work in our name

As a welfare charity for the wider RAF community, we are committed to delivering the highest standards of care and support. Our values reflect those of the RAF: respect, integrity, service and excellence and we expect and require everyone who works for the Association, whether volunteer or employee, or who undertakes services in our name to meet our expected standards of behaviour.

We have an approved Code of Conduct which applies to all Association members and sets out the culture of the organisation and the expected standards of behaviour. This is supported by a Volunteer Code of Conduct and an Employee Appropriate Behaviour Policy.

Action will be taken against individuals where their behaviour places others at risk of harm.

Reporting concerns

Anyone can raise a concern to us about something they have experienced or witnessed involving the Association, without fear of retribution.

If you report a safeguarding concern to us, we will take the following steps:

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Safeguarding contacts

Our Designated Safeguarding Officer is Rory O’Connor, Director of Welfare and Policy. You can contact Rory confidentially on 07827 968607 or at rory.oconnor@rafa.org.uk.

Alternatively, you can also contact us confidentially and securely via: