Information for parents
St John Ambulance is a value-for-money way of offering young
people a wide variety of fun, challenging and exciting activities
that help them to learn life saving first aid skills.
All units in England charge a fixed annual subscription of £72
which can be paid annually or monthly. The payment covers costs
- • leader training
- • keeping young people safe
- • equipment, certificates and badges.
There is usually an extra charge for other events such as camp,
and subscriptions do not cover the cost of uniform.
No young person will be excluded from St John Ambulance if they
cannot afford to pay for either uniform or subscriptions. This can
be discussed in confidence with one of our unit leaders should you
decide to join.
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.
Our 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
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.