Effective practice advice
Working with children from military families is a new area for many providers, but there is practice emerging outlining how providers can start improving support for this group.
Examples of the ways in which providers can do this include:
1. Collaborate with other providers and organisations
Providers and organisations may work collaboratively through initiatives such as the Uni Connect programme.
The Service Children’s Progression Alliance (SCiP Alliance) brings interdisciplinary researchers from across the UK and beyond together to ask and answer key questions about service children's progression and what they can do to improve it.
The Alliance Hubs around the country work collaboratively with higher education providers across the region to engage young people from military families.
Find your local Hub
2. Provide support for young people from military families who are also carers
Students with serving parents often also take on caring responsibilities. Providers should consider whether there is additional support that they can offer to these students to help them manage these additional responsibilities alongside their studies, for example, funds or pastoral support.
See our effective practice topic briefing on carers for more ways to support this group.
3. Sign up for the Armed Forces Covenant
The covenant is a national responsibility involving the government, businesses, local authorities, charities, higher education providers and the public.
Its aim is to help members of the Armed Forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.
Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant.