When your son or daughter joins 1289 Squadron, they will be mixing with an extraordinary group of highly motivated young people, and will begin to take part in activities that their friends outside cadets will find hard to believe. The Air Training Corps is a truly rewarding experience.
All the staff on squadron are volunteers, we all give our time freely. We are very proud of the squadron and of the cadets who we see pass through on their way to adult life. We take our role as trainers, mentors and role models very seriously. Above all else though, our primary responsibility is for your child's safety and welfare whilst in our care.
All ATC Squadrons and units are operated within a strict set of regulations, defined by the RAF and managed by a chain of command that goes right to the top, No.22 (Training) Group, Royal Air Force. All plans for activities are scrutinised by our Wing and Regional bodies, and cannot take place without their approval. All our plans must include a properly considered risk assessment, and provide the required levels of staff supervision, qualifications and experience, depending on the type of activity, number of cadets taking part etc. If something does go wrong we have a number of first aid qualified staff on hand, and we are all trained in the correct emergency procedures.
The integrity of our staff is vital, and our backgrounds are thoroughly checked before any of us are allowed to supervise, or even be left alone with cadets. All staff are subject to security and criminal records bureau vetting on joining and thereafter every five years. All staff are continually monitored and guided by their superiors. In addition there are compulsory training courses that focus on health and safety and the care of youth.
Cadets ages cover a broad range, 12 in Year 8 to 20. Cadets who wish to stay on past age 18 are DBS checked and must attend the same training courses that new members of adult staff do. They are then treated as adult staff.
As a further safeguard there is also the civilian committee which is responsible for raising funds and cadets welfare, and is a bit like your schools PTA. We encourage all parents to join.