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Friday, 9 August 2019

Results of AFF's 'Listening to our Service Children' survey


AFF surveyed Army personnel and their families to ask about their views on the impact of Service life on Army children. The survey focused primarily on the experiences of parents and their perceptions of their children’s experiences. The results of the survey will contribute to the Service Children's Progression Alliance’s wider programme investigating how to make sure that Service children’s voices are heard and that listening leads to action that helps them succeed. There were 752 eligible responses to thesurvey1.

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For more information please visit the website https://aff.org.uk/news/results-of-listening-to-our-service-children-survey-are-out/

Army: What we do - infographics

The Army in Numbers

The Army on One Page

Army Newsletter 'In Front' issue 3

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Plane Saver workbook for children

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FamCAS 2019 survey results

FamCAS 2019: Forces families have their say

FamCAS seeks the views of Armed Forces families so that Defence can review its policies to ensure Service families are not disadvantaged when compared to the rest of the population.

FamCAS data has previously influenced, and will continue to influence, policy in areas including:
• The Armed Forces Covenant • The Armed Forces People Programme • Community Support policies • Welfare policies

This year over 6,500 spouses or civil partners of Regular Personnel completed FamCAS, a response rate of 25% (from the sample of 26,571 invited to take part).

Further information about the findings from this year's FamCAS can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tri-service-families-continuous-attitude-survey-index

Key points include:
* Of those living in Service Accommodation, Service families are generally satisfied with the overall standard (57%) and value for money of Service Accommodation. There has been an increase in satisfaction with the quality and response to requests maintenance/repairs since 2018.
* Employment among Service spouses remains comparable with the UK employment rate. Those who experienced difficulty finding suitable employment report having a spouse who was often away and having a partner unable to assist with care responsibilities are the most commonly cited reasons for difficulty.
* Families are generally more satisfied with early years childcare than childcare for school aged children when it comes to quality, accessibility/availability and opening hours.
* Though the number of Service families reporting that they do not feel valued is fewer than in 2017, only 15% of Service Spouses report feeling valued. Service spouses continue to feel that Service family life has a negative effect on their career, the amount of separation from their spouse and on their children.

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Armed Forces Covenant Fund

CDOP newsletter - DRAWNING

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Consultation on Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

New rights for victims of crime

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation that aims to strengthen the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (Victims’ Code) – a statutory document which sets out the minimum level of service victims can expect from criminal justice agencies, including the police and courts.
Under the code, all victims of crime – whether they choose to report it or not – are entitled to a range of support and information to help them cope and as far as possible recover from its effects. However, victims and groups representing them felt that the code’s complexity and inconsistencies in the way it is applied across the country mean that some victims are missing out on the support they are entitled to.
For example, in recent years only 15% of victims said they were given the opportunity by police to make a Victim Personal Statement (VPS), despite it being one of the Code’s key entitlements. In addition, 69% of victims choose not to report their allegations, and so may not be aware of their rights under the Victims’ Code.
Ministers are therefore seeking views from victims, charities, criminal justice agencies and anyone with an interest in the issue on how best to raise awareness, as well as making the Code clear and accessible so that it better meets victims’ needs.

The consultation runs until 11th September.

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MoJ Consultation - private law children cases

Assessing risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has launched a public call for evidence on how the family courts protect children and parents in private law children cases concerning domestic abuse and other serious offences.

The panel is particularly keen to receive evidence of any harm caused to children and/or parents during or following private law children proceedings, where there are allegations and/or evidence of domestic abuse or of other crimes creating a risk of harm to children or parents.

The aim is to better protect vulnerable parties in their journey through the courts and build a more detailed understanding of any harm caused during or following proceedings in these cases.

The consultation closes on 26 August 2019.

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