Cadets who reach the age of 18 are legally adults and as such have a duty of care over younger cadets. They are expected to intervene as an adult, regardless of rank, should the situation warrant it. They are also required to undergo a disclosure check through the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. To aid them in the transition from child to adult they complete the ACO Basic Adult Staff Induction Course (BASIC) which outlines their role and legal responsibilities.
All cadets aged 18+ wear rank slides embroidered with the title ‘STAFF CADET’ in addition to their rank, this makes their adult status immediately visible to both cadets and staff.