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Friday, 22 June 2018

Joint Service Housing Advice Office - DLE eLearning - Civilian Housing Options


Cotswold Outdoor - Celebrating Armed Forces Day - 20% Discount between 25th June & 8th July 2018


Future Accommodation Model - update

FAM website can be found at:
 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mod-future-accommodation-model
(you can also search 'Future Accommodation Model' on the gov.uk site or on Google)

A summary of FAM can be found here:  
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/future-accommodation-model-what-you-need-to-know

​Our YouTube video (that also appears on the main gov.uk site) can be found here: https://youtu.be/51PJWcdXRgM

The Army Parents' Network






The Army Parents’ Network

The Army Parents' Network was launched on 28 Sep as part of national inclusion week. The aim of the Network is to support Serving Army Parents and the Chain of Command by providing access to information, advice and peer support.  The page will promote information on relevant topics (including policy updates and useful articles) and will also act as a forum for individuals to ask questions for other members to provide advice – all questions asked can be posted anonymously.  This Facebook group is a closed group with access limited to Serving Army personnel only. If you would like to join please answer the two questions when you apply and your application will be authorised. https://m.facebook.com/groups/1199748646820329


Thinking about adoption? SSAFA can help







Adoption – Among the services provided by SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is a national registered adoption agency, supporting members of the Armed Forces who wish to create a family through adoption. This is the only service of its kind in the UK. SSAFA welcomes applications from all members of the serving community and those who have left the Armed Forces in the last three years. For more information, email the SSAFA adoption team, call on 020 7463 9326 or visit their website https://www.ssafa.org.uk/help-you/currently-serving/adoption-military-families. See also the SSAFA leaflet, ‘Thinking about Adoption?’

One of the major successes of the SSAFA service has been an increase in LGBT adopters. In the last year one quarter of applications have been from same-sex couples, which in comparison to the national average (1/10) is remarkable. Gemma and Louise’s case study is here


Support for returning to work in teaching


The Department for Education has published information useful to those who are considering returning to teaching. Specific support is available for secondary maths, physics and Modern Foreign Language returners, or those who are qualified to teach another subject but with support would be able to teach one of those subjects: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/return-to-teaching, along with links to register for further support. Information for teachers of other subjects is currently being updated.

Coaching for teachers seeking to return through the Women Leaders in Education programme, focused on those who are interested in progressing to middle or senior leadership is available. Returners can access the support both before and after they secure a teaching post. Most of the coaching is via Skype/phone so is a useful resource for those currently based overseas but returning to England shortly. You can find more information and register for a coach here: https://www.tscouncil.org.uk/women-leading-in-education-coaching-pledge/ 

A recently-launched pilot is aimed at supporting teachers who have taken time out for caring reasons to return to the classroom. Further detail, with information on how to register, is available: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/return-to-teaching/return-to-teaching-caring-related-career-breaks. There has to be a caring-related element to the career break; for example, teachers who have taken up to 5 years out to care for children would be eligible. It’s open to anyone looking to return to teach English, maths, sciences, geography, history, or languages in a secondary school in the West Midlands or South London and the South East.

There are similar support for returners’ programmes in other parts of the public sector; Return to Social Work: https://www.local.gov.uk/return-to-social-work and Return to Health Care Allied Professions: https://hee.nhs.uk/our-work/return-practice-allied-health-professionals-healthcare-scientists

Welsh Government support for Service Children in Wales

The Welsh Government has made £200k available to support Service children in Wales for the 2018/19 academic year. 
Schools can submit individual applications or a cluster bid with other schools. Schools are being invited to bid this term for funding ready for the new term in September. 
Applications should be sent to ssce@wlga.gov.uk by 30 June 2018. All maintained schools in Wales with at least one Service child currently enrolled are eligible to apply for the grant. 

Further details including instructions, FAQs and the application form can be located on the SSCE Cymru website: http://www.sscecymru.co.uk/supporting-service-children-in-wales-fund

Guide to the Scottish Education System



The Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES), funded by the MoD Education Support Fund, have developed a very useful new website about the Scottish education system which may be of interest and relevance both to Service families already living in Scotland, and those due to be assigned there. 

The website can be accessed at www.forceschildrenseducation.scot

Retention of MoD ID card for Veterans


MOD Form 90 – Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood MP, has announced that service leavers will be able to retain their ID card (MOD Form 90), allowing them to be identified as veterans quickly and easily, aiding their transition into civilian life. Veterans UK, which manages armed forces pensions and compensation payments, local authorities, GPs and charities will all benefit from this change in policy as they will not have to conduct time-consuming checks to identify individual veterans. Instead of handing back their card to be destroyed on the day of discharge, the corners will now be cut off to show the card is no longer valid.

Have you had any dealings with CAFCASS? Feedback wanted


CAFCASS which stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, and CAFCASS Cymru, represent children in family court cases in England and Wales.  In Scotland, the role of making independent reports about the best interests of the child is performed by Child Welfare Reporters. Operating within the law set by Parliament (Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000), and under the rules and directions of the family courts, CAFCASS are independent of the courts, social services, education and health authorities and all similar agencies. Their duty is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children going through the family justice system. CAFCASS’s Family Court Advisers may be asked by the court to work with families and then advise the court on what they consider to be the best interests of the children involved in three main areas:
·         Divorce and separation, sometimes called ‘private law’, where parents or carers can’t agree on arrangements for their children
·         Care proceedings, sometimes called ‘public law’, where social services have serious concerns about the safety and welfare of children
·         Adoption, which can either be public or private law

The Covenant Team and the Service family federations are working with CAFCASS to increase mutual awareness and understanding. We would be grateful for feedback from Service personnel on their experience if CAFCASS have been involved in proceedings relating to their children during or following the breakdown of a relationship. Please email the Covenant mailbox - COVENANT-MAILBOX@mod.gov.uk – and include CAFCASS in the email subject. Please note that a simple summary of the overall experience from the Service person’s perspective is sought: there is no requirement to provide any details relating to private and sensitive matters, nor should children be named in the email.