Cadet safety

Our policy states that we will safeguard our young people from harm, physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect by:

  • Making the health and welfare of young people our first priority
  • Taking into account in all our considerations and activities the interests and wellbeing of young people
  • Respecting the rights, wishes and feelings of the young people with whom we are working
  • Taking all reasonable steps to protect young people from harm
  • Promoting the welfare and protection of young people

If you would like to know how we use your data please find our privacy notice

You can also find more information by reading the MOD Cadet Forces Safeguarding Framework.

All volunteers receive compulsory training and regular criminal records checks with guidance on how to work safely with young people. They are supported by our dedicated team of specialist staff and a responsive training programme that responds to new challenges and developments in safeguarding practice.

Equality and diversity

Sea Cadets is an inclusive charity that helps young people to achieve their potential by offering a range of social and educational opportunities. We are committed to equality of opportunity for young people and adults alike and treat all persons fairly and equally. We recognise diversity within our membership and regard it as one of our greatest strengths. We promote inclusion and tackle any form of discrimination.


"At Marine Society and Sea Cadets (MSSC) we recognise our responsibilities to ensure that, in line with our duty of care, we safeguard and protect the children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom we work, doing all we can to promote their safety, health, well-being and happiness. We continually strive to be a respected and trusted organisation where everyone feels safe to participate in all our activities and our cadets and adults understand their right to be-protected from all forms of harm."

Reporting Concerns

If you have any concerns regarding your own safety or the safety of cadets, please liaise with your Commanding Officer in the first instance.

When it is not possible to talk to your Commanding Officer or you would like to share a concern in confidence with the safeguarding team, please email

Immediate Risk of Harm

If you have a concern relating to immediate risk or harm to a child or young person please report it to the police directly by calling 101 or 999.

If you have a safeguarding concern and are not sure what to do, please call the Sea Cadets 24/7 duty line on 0207 654 7070.

Barnardo's Covid-19 See, Hear, Respond initiative 

See, Hear, Respond is a Barnardo’s initiative providing rapid support for children and young people affected by the coronavirus crisis. 

A number of services are available, including online counselling and resources, face-to-face intervention and re-integration to education support. The service is currently set up to run until October 2020.  For further information please visit:

Alternatively, you can contact the Sea Cadets Safeguarding Team for more details or explore other options for support:

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