Service children are children and young people from families where one or more parents is currently in the British armed forces of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Both the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Department for Education remain committed to ensure a duty of care towards Service children in maintained education, and we are working together to meet their commitments as set out in the armed forces covenant report 'Rebuilding the covenant: next steps', first published in May 2011.
The MOD has since published the first interim report in December 2012 and much progress has been made in education, but it is clear that specific difficulties are still occurring for serving personnel, their partners and children.
For further information, the 'Service children in state schools handbook' is available to download from this page.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) £3 Million Fund which is available each year, over a period of 4 years, was announced in the armed forces covenant in May 2011.
Its purpose is to assist publicly-funded schools, academies and free schools mitigate the effect of exceptional mobility and/or deployment of the regular armed forces or reserve forces communities whose children they support.
The fund is managed by the Directorate Children & Young People (DCYP) and is available for schools throughout the UK as long as they can provide evidence that they are being affected by either exceptional mobility and/or deployment. The MOD support fund for schools with Service children: grant application pack is available on this page.
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Research which looks at the educational attainment of Service children using the national pupil data.
Agency of the MOD dedicated to the education of the children of armed forces personnel, MOD personnel and sponsored organisations stationed overseas.
Provides appropriate professional direction, support and advice in order to ensure that children and young people, who belong to the armed forces community, are provided with every opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and fulfil their potential.
Leads on work to rebuild the Covenant. From here you can find more information about the support available for serving personnel, their families and veterans.
Organisation that offers help and support to serving members of the armed forces and those who used to serve, and care for the families of both. The professional Director of Social Work for SSAFA is a member of both the MOD Children and Young People's Trust Board and the Safeguarding Children Board.
The independent voice of army families, this organisation works hard to improve the quality of life for army families worldwide on any aspect that is affected by the army lifestyle. AFF are represented on the MOD Children and Young People's Trust Board.
Organisation that represents the views and concerns of RAF personnel and their family members. It is an independent organisation which operates entirely outside the RAF chain of command and is represented on the MOD Children and Young People's Trust Board.
Established in 2003 to give Royal Naval and Royal Marines' families an independent voice. Views and concerns expressed by families may be taken forward by the NFF either through the chain of command or at ministerial level. NFF are represented on the MOD Children and Young People's Trust Board.
Provides information support to all members of the service community including education and healthcare facilities, deployment, bereavement, parenting skills, child care, special needs, housing, debt and equal opportunities issues.