Information for parents and carers
All the useful things you need to know about joining one of our
Badger setts or Cadet units.
All Badger setts and Cadet units charge a fixed annual
subscription of £72 which can be paid annually or monthly.
The payment covers costs, such as:
- • keeping young people safe
- • leadership courses (Cadets)
- • equipment, certificates, and badges.
There are sometimes extra costs for other events, such as camps
and residential courses.
Subscriptions do not cover the cost of uniform.
We are committed to removing barriers to participation and allow
all young people the opportunity to become a Badger or Cadet,
regardless of their parents' or carer's financial situation.
If you are concerned about any of the costs involved, please get
in touch with your unit or sett manager as we may be able to offer
financial assistance where it is needed.
Support for additional needs
St John Ambulance is an inclusive organisation and we are
committed to ensuring all young people have equal access to
participating in our Badger setts and Cadet units. We will work
with young people and their families or carers to try and cater for
any additional needs.
Please speak with your unit or sett manager to discuss how we
can cater for any additional needs.
Keeping our young people safe
St John Ambulance takes child protection
extremely seriously and we have comprehensive procedures in place
which apply to all activities within the organisation.
We ensure that Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly
CRB) checks are made, references taken up and a declaration signed
by every applicant before they are allowed to work with or
supervise children in St John Ambulance.
Safeguarding Policy covers a whole range of issues from risk
assessments of child related activities to a number of training and
awareness initiatives, combating bullying and much more. All
members who work with children must follow the procedures laid out
in this document. The organisation will take action against anyone
not following these principles.
We train all our adults in best practice and take any measures
required to strengthen and improve existing practice. We provide
support visits which monitor and audit units to make sure they are
in line with current practice. These are done through announced and
unannounced visits to ensure units are working within policy.
We believe that every young person should have the opportunity
to make a real difference in their community, to speak out on what
matters to them and to help others in need of support and
We teach our young people about self protection. We make all our
young people aware of what they should and should not expect from
the adults they interact with. We make sure parents, children and
young people know how to voice their concerns and get help if they
are unhappy or worried about anything.
The organisation regularly reviews and updates the
Safeguarding Policy to provide fresh guidance on legislative
changes, the advances in technology and increased expectations of
society. Keeping young people safe will always be of paramount
importance to us.