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 July 2022
Defence Children Services (DCS)
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. You can find their contact details and further information about the types of advice they offer here.
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: People-AFFS-Mailbox@mod.gov.uk
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.
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.
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.