RAF Association – Chair of Safeguarding


Volunteer position

About us

We are a Charity that exists to support the RAF community.  Our mission is to ensure that access to support is available to all those who need it and to prevent suffering, poverty, loneliness and isolation.  The Association, along with our subsidiary organisations are united in working together to achieve these aims.  We are proud to have supported over 85,000 members of the RAF community in the last year with both practical and emotional assistance.  Our focus for 2021 and beyond is to continue to deliver our existing services, in addition to developing new service initiatives that meet our organisational goals.

The role

The role of Independent Safeguarding Chair (ISC) is important for ensuring that the safeguarding provision within the Association is subject to robust and independent scrutiny. The ISC acts as a critical friend supporting, encouraging but also providing challenge where necessary. The appointment of an ISC shows the commitment of the Association in ensuring that safeguarding is handled in a transparent and professional way.

Our current safeguarding position

A recent audit by the Social Care Institute for Excellence shows that our journey over the last few years has brought considerable transformation in our work. The auditors highlighted a number of strengths, including a ‘supportive and cohesive senior team’ and the Association has developed an action plan for further improvements.

What we need from you

The safeguarding board meets on a quarterly basis.  As Chair, you will facilitate activities of the board and provide an impartial view of our current measures and strategic plans to make sure they reflect safeguarding legislation and regulations. You will act as a trusted advisor for our Secretary General and Designated Safeguarding Officer ensuring strong approach safeguarding governance.

Overall, we are looking for someone who can champion safeguarding throughout the Association and support trustees in developing their individual and collective understanding of this.

Additional information

This is a fantastic opportunity for a professional with a history of safeguarding to invest in a Charity with a strong ethos around safeguarding governance and provide independent insight.  This volunteer position comes with an estimated time commitment of around at 10-12 days per year.  This will involve attendance at the quarterly safeguarding meetings and related conversations with our internal safeguarding leads and trustee’s where necessary.  The Association will reimburse travelling expenses for attending training and meetings at the standard rate per mile as well as out of pocket expenses such as using your phone, printing and photocopying etc.

Please send your expression of interest to Jennifer Brown, Senior HR Business Partner by Friday 21 May or contact our recruitment team to arrange an informal conversation. 


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