MOD support for Service children and young people

  • Defence Children Services

    The Defence Children Services (DCS) offer support and advice to ensure that Service children and young people are provided with every opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and reach their potential. There are several teams within DCS that support Service families with education-related matters:

  • Education Advisory Team (UK)

    The Education Advisory Team (EAT) (UK) provides information and guidance regarding the education of Service Children in the UK. They provide advice and guidance for Service personnel, eligible MOD civilians and overseas Loan and Exchange Service personnel. The EAT support with education-related issues such as school admissions and appeals; Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; education in the Devolved Administrations and the Continuity of Education Allowance.

    The EAT can be contacted via email at: [email protected].

  • EAT leaflet coverOverseas Education and Supportability Team

    The Overseas Education and Supportability Team (OEST) provides information and guidance for Service personnel and families regarding the education of their children in overseas locations. This team coordinates the educational supportability assessment process for overseas postings and provides educational advice and support for overseas commands and DCS schools and settings.

    The OEST can be contacted via email at:  [email protected].

  • MOD Virtual School

    The MOD Virtual School (MODVS) maintains oversight of the safety, welfare and education of children who live overseas in non-DCS school locations (excluding USA, Australia and New Zealand) or who are electively home educated. The MODVS Head teacher can offer advice and support with any aspects of overseas education including curriculum enquiries; academic progress; Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; attendance questions; concerns regarding quality of education and support during transition.

    The MODVS Head teacher can be contacted via email at: [email protected].

Wellbeing support

Please see our health and wellbeing pages for additional information on wellbeing and mental health support services available to the RAF community.

From the RAF Benevolent Fund

  • Listening and Counselling

    The RAF Benevolent Fund offer a Listening and Counselling Services for the family and children and Young People. Read more > 

  • Airplay

    They fund Airplay services on RAF Stations and Airplay Connect – a digital platform for children and young people not on stations to participate in Airplay. Read more >

  • Cloud Nine books

    Cloud Nine books for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing from the RAF Benevolent Fund to download.

A Day in the Clouds

For 4 to 7 year olds

Super Dooper You

For 8 to 12 year olds

Tactical Manoeuvres

For 12 to 16 year olds

Roots and Wings

A Parent’s Handbook

Funding and grants available for Service children

  • The Alexander Duckham Memorial Trust

    The Alexander Duckham Memorial Trust makes grants to people in financial need with a child-parent relationship with a member of the RAF. Grants are not limited to education but are given for a wide range of welfare needs.

    The Alexander Duckham Memorial Trust >

  • The Armed Forces Education Trust

    The Armed Forces Education Trust is a charity that offers grants for Service 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 Armed Force’s Education Trust >

Support initiatives for Service children

Deployment Support Guide

Together with SCISS, the Families Federations have created a downloadable Deployment Support flyer for Service families and schools. In it you will find useful links and signposting to key resources and organisations offering support to help children from an Armed Forces background.

Deployment Support Guide >

  • The Educational Trusts’ Forum

    The Educational Trusts’ Forum is a community of trusts which provide financial grants to help vulnerable children from all walks of life, including from the Armed Forces.

    The Educational Trusts’ Forum >

  • The Forces Children’s Trust

    The Forces Children’s Trust offers help for children in need whose father or mother has died, or has sustained life-changing injuries, whilst serving as a member of the British Armed Forces or Civilian Force. They offer child bereavement counselling, group holidays and expeditions, social events, educational visits, educational support.

    The Forces Children’s Trust >

  • Little Troopers

    Little Troopers supports all children with one or both parents serving in the British Armed Forces. The charity provides fundamental resources and initiatives for use at home and in school that help military children navigate some of the challenges they might face, such as being separated from a parent, or moving home and school

    New from Little Troopers: online video series for parents. The three short videos feature qualified therapists as they explore the topics of deployment, moving home and school, and nurturing resilience. Each video explains the emotions that children might be struggling with and how their behaviour might change at home and in school, before offering practical information and advice for parents. Each video comes with activities for the family to complete together to encourage conversation about military life, as well as showing coping techniques that can be used during periods of change and uncertainty.

    Little Troopers >

  • The Military Kids Club Heroes

    The Military Kids Club (MKC) Heroes network is a unique pupil voice group for the children and young people of Service personnel, facilitated by The Royal British Legion. Any school with pupils up to the age of 18 from Service families can apply to join the MKC Heroes network.

    MKC Heroes >

  • Never Such Innocence

    Throughout the academic year, Never Such Innocence offers free creative workshops to schools with Service pupils to amplify the voices of children from an Armed Forces background. See further information on the flyer to find out how your school can get involved and request a workshop:

    Never Such Innocence Creative Workshops

  • Reading Force

    Reading Force use books to bring Forces children and families closer together. The shared reading initiative encourages families to read, talk, and scrapbook about a book, improving communication and enriching relationships with books and each other – one page at a time.

    Reading Force >

  • Scotty’s Little Soldiers

    Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity dedicated to supporting bereaved military children & young people who have experienced the death of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.

    Scotty’s Little Soldiers >

  • Wee People, Big Feelings

    Babies and young children can be affected by changes in their world just as much as adults, but they don’t always have the words to express how they feel. Starcatchers, in a project funded by the Ministry of Defence, has created a suite of creative play resources to encourage creativity, self-expression and emotional literacy. The Wee People Big Feelings Report shares the learning from the project and highlights the creative play kits that have been developed to support young children. Starcatchers website also has resources, ideas and videos for families and practitioners in supporting babies and young children.