Supporting organisations

Supporting organisations

There are many organisations to support you and your young person’s childcare and education. Take a look at the directory below.  


*All information correct as of 8th September 2022 

Government/ Chain of Command
Armed Forces Families and Safeguarding (AFFS)

Armed Forces Families and Safeguarding (AFFS), formerly DCYP, lead on the development of all Defence-level education and children and young people policy. They are responsible for engaging with Devolved Administrations, the Department for Education and local authorities. They also take the lead on Safeguarding issues and manage the childcare support policy, including handling the work on free wraparound childcare for Service personnel: 

Defence Children Services (DCS)
Front cover of the UK EAT leaflet (Nov 22)

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The department formerly known as CEAS is now part of Defence Children Services (DCS) and is divided into two parts – the UK Education Advisory Team (EAT) and the Overseas Education and Supportability Team (OEST).


The EAT are a small team, who are experienced in advising Service parents on a wide range of issues regarding the education of Service children in the UK whereas the OEST are their counterpart that cover overseas education. EAT are also the first port of call for people considering an application for Continuity of Education Allowance. 

Royal Navy Family & People Support (RN FPS)

Below are some of the projects organised by the RN FPS to support your young person. For further information please contact them or sign up to the RN Forum for the latest updates and events.


  • Youth and Play Work

Youth and Play work aims to make a major contribution towards the process which enables young people to take their place in society as mature and responsible adults.  This is carried out by offering a curriculum of themes and skills, delivered through a wide range of activities to all children and young adults.  This work is delivered through Youth clubs, holiday activities and Youth forum work, and are supported by paid MOD Staff and Volunteers.


  • RN Youth Network

The RN Youth Network offers Royal Navy young people a chance to get together, make new friends and discuss any issues or concerns with our trained Youth and Community Workers. This is held fortnightly online to ensure all young people across the UK can join in and includes fun activities as well as time to look at what is required moving forward to support them and their peers. Youth networks represent Service children from RNRM families through a National Youth Participation and Democracy model.  These forums link into the national tri-service youth forum with representatives from the Army and RAF, which is also part of the MOD Children and Young Peoples plan.


  • Tri – Service Youth Forum

This forum provides a voice to our service young people to consider their needs as service children, collaborating with peers at regular meetings and annual residential, feeding into the MOD and other relevant organisations.

Tri-Service Youth Forum (TSYF) aims are:

    • To provide a structured and co-ordinated range of opportunities for service children and young people to have their voices heard and to help shape the services available to them.
    • To empower young people to make a positive contribution to the communities where they live, through consultation with them and encouraging their active participation in decision making about the development of services in their local area and wider service community.
    • To facilitate participation with the British Youth Council (BYC) Youth voice programmes.
SSCE Cymru

Supporting Service Children in Education (SSCE) Cymru is a Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) programme, initially funded by the MOD’s Education Support Fund and funded by Welsh Government from 2019. 


Since the programme began in 2014, SSCE Cymru has worked with schools, children and young people, local authorities, Welsh Government, education professionals, Armed Forces families and support organisations to gather their views and experiences, build networks across Wales and raise awareness and understanding of the experiences of children of Armed Forces personnel. SSCE Cymru has developed guidance and digital resources for schools and families, hosted conferences and stakeholder days, and commissioned research to better understand the needs of Service children in education. 

Support for Service children’s education
SCiP Alliance

The Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance is a partnership of organisations focused on improving outcomes for children from Armed Forces families. It is funded by the MOD. The Naval Families Federation has been a proactive partner since the Alliance’s inception and is represented on the management group. 


Their mission is to champion the progression of the children of Service personnel, so that they can make informed and confident transitions through further and higher education into thriving adult lives and careers. It has worked to establish and sustain an alliance of stakeholder organisations across the UK to develop a coherent strategy for the progression of Service children into thriving adult lives and careers. The Alliance leads a research and knowledge exchange unit to drive improvements in understanding, evidence and impact focused on Service children’s outcomes. 


  • Thriving Lives toolkit  

The SCiP Alliance has worked with partners across the UK to develop a self-reflection CPD tool for schools to consider their support for children in Armed Forces families. The Thriving Lives toolkit is designed to help schools to reflect on their practice and it contains a suite of resources developed in collaboration with a range of partners across the UK. Parents are encouraged to share this resource with their children’s school(s). 


Service children in state schools (SCISS) is a voluntary affiliated network of more than 1500 state-maintained schools in England that have any number of Service children on roll and act as a voice of those schools.  


SCISS is led by a National Executive Advisory Committee (NEAC) comprising headteachers; Local Authority officers/advisers; representatives from the three Armed Forces Families Federations and representatives from the Service Children Progression Alliance (SCiP), the DfE and the MOD’s AFFS Global Education Team. 

Other support
Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

Following the launch of the Families Strategy in January 2022, the MOD created a dedicated fund in aid of the delivery against the eight themes of the strategy, including education and childcare.

From 1st September 2022, the fund will be known as ‘Armed Forces Families Fund (AF3)’ – this is an amalgamation of the Education Support Fund (ESF) and the Early Learning and Childcare Support Fund (ELCF), broadening their scope in support of the delivery of the AF Families Strategy in its entirety. It is a partnership between the MOD and the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, who will administrate this fund.

For further guidance and to check details of current open programmes, please visit the Trust’s website.

Service parents are encouraged to share this news with their child(ren)’s school(s).

Armed Forces Education Trust

The Armed Forces Education Trust is a charity working for children and young adults whose education has been compromised or put at risk as a result of parents’ past or current service in our Armed Forces. The grants we give make a difference to young lives, helping improve their educational opportunities or supporting special skills or talents. 

Naval Children’s Charity (NCC)

The Naval Children’s Charity (NCC) has been helping Naval Children since 1825. If you serve or have served in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, QARNNS, WRNS, Reserves or Royal Fleet Auxiliary and you have a child/children up to and including the age of 25, they may be able to help you. 


They help around 2000 children directly each year and many thousands more through their resources and work with communities and other organisations. 

Page created: 20th July, 2022
Page updated: 6th December, 2023