MOD who's who


Do you hear about people who can help but are not sure exactly who they are or what they do? Do you wonder what all the letters stand for when someone signposts you to CEAS for example? There is a whole MOD department that provides support for Service children. This page outlines briefly who they are and what they do for you.


01   Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP)

The Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) within the Ministry of Defence, has made some changes and become two separate organisations, Defence Children Services (DCS) and Armed Forces Families and Safeguarding (AFFS). They are currently updating their website to include this information.

Armed Forces Families and Safeguarding (AFFS)

The AFFS team works on the policies that surround education and childcare for service children and young people. It works closely with the Department for Education (DfE) and local authorities throughout England. It also works with the devolved administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It leads on safeguarding issues and manages policies that are connected to childcare support, including the current work on free wraparound childcare (WAC) for Service personnel.

Defence Children Services (DCS)

DCS is responsible for MOD Schools and education settings overseas and Queen Victoria School in Scotland. DCS is also home to the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS).

Further information can be found here:

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02   Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS)

CEAS provides advice and guidance to parents from all three Services, educational establishments and local authorities on educational issues relating to Service children, including issues relating to SEND.
They are a small team who can advise on individual children’s issues and difficulties arising from Service-induced mobility and parental deployment. This may include:

  • Advice regarding education systems in the UK and worldwide
  • Advice and support for school admissions and appeals
  • Support for families with Special Educational Needs (SEND)
  • Advice and guidance on MOD educational allowances, including Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) and overseas allowances
  • Specialist support
  • Retention of quarters on educational grounds

Contact CEAS via email
Please note: the CEAS team continue to work remotely and are not in the office to receive post or answer phones.

Click here to download their leaflet.

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03   MOD Schools

MOD Schools are responsible for the delivery of early years, primary and secondary education at a number of locations across Europe and worldwide. All MOD Schools are subject to Ofsted inspections and high standards are maintained with performance targets linked to national performance in England and Wales. To find out more click here.

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