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Friday, 29 June 2018

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Step into Health - NHS Employment opportunities




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: https://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 https://forceschildrenseducation.scot

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.

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.

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.

Future Accommodation Model - update

(you can also search 'Future Accommodation Model' on the gov.uk site or on Google)
​Our YouTube video (that also appears on the main gov.uk site) can be found here: https://youtu.be/51PJWcdXRgM

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey 2018




The Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey (AFCAS) 2018 has been published.
It is important for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the single services to understand the opinions and attitudes of service personnel. The annual armed forces continuous attitude survey (AFCAS) is one of the main ways to gather information on the views and experiences of our personnel. The information from this survey helps shape policies for training, support, and the terms and conditions of service.