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Friday, 20 July 2018

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Jess Sands is no stranger to the challenges of starting a business.  A few years ago, she was a successful full-time graphic designer, with a portfolio including Disney, Caroline Gardner and Marks & Spencer.  But when she met her future husband, a pilot in the RAF, everything changed.  Moving house every two years meant that Jess had to give up the career that she loved.  After a year struggling to get employment in a market that is often reluctant to hire military spouses due to their transitory nature, Jess decided to develop her own business Design Jessica.  Since then she has gone from strength to strength.

Child Health and Safety newsletters

Please follow the link below to access the series of Child Health and Safety Newsletters published by Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board


Click here for the newsletter

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Mental health: Helping Armed Forces Loved Ones (HALO)


  • Worried about the mental health of your armed forces loved one (currently serving or veteran)?
  • Worried about the effect of your loved one's mental health on your own wellbeing?
  • Want to know how to get your loved one to seek help for their mental health?
Many of us are close to someone who is struggling with things and are not quite themselves. The strain on the relationship can sometimes feel like too much to cope with.  If you are the loved one of a veteran or serving person who hasn't reached out for help, particularly if you are worried about the impact of their mental health on your own wellbeing, Help for Heroes is here to offer free and confidential support. .
The service can also support you if you are ex-service personnel, or a family member, who is living with anxiety, low mood , anger or wishing to change your drinking habits.
You can contact the Hidden Wounds team confidentially weekdays 9am – 5pm on 0808 2020144 (free from UK landlines),by email hidden.wounds@helpforheroes.org.uk, or through the contact form:  https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/hidden-wounds
Click here to read : Halo Study 3 ways to help

Friday, 13 July 2018

MoD launches its first strategy to tackle domestic abuse

The Ministry of Defence has launched its first strategy to tackle domestic abuse within the Armed Forces and defence civilian communities. The strategy builds on existing work by the military in this area, such as providing specialist training to welfare staff, and will include the launch of a campaign to raise awareness across the Armed Forces and enhancing support for civilian staff.
The 'No Defence for Abuse' Strategy aims to partner with specialist organisations to help them understand the unique needs of the service community. It will also work to create a culture of safety and support for those experiencing domestic abuse and their children, taking steps to break down the invisible wall that can deter victims from asking for help.
​For more information and to read the strategy:

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Accommodation - Windows and Safety

Window Safety
During the warmer weather, we all like to let fresh air into our homes, especially at night. Please take time to stop and think - do your windows open so wide that a small child could get through?  Are there any objects or furniture nearby that could be used to climb up and reach the window ledge?
We have installed window restrictors for the safety of your family. For our own peace of mind make sure that your window restrictors are connected and test that they work.  It is also a good idea to check the safety of any blind cords in your home.  To reduce the risk poised by looped blind cords, please ensure these are fed back and kept out of reach of children to prevent strangulation injuries.  
If you have any concerns about your window restrictors, please call the CA Helpdesk (0800 707 6000)