Report is ‘reflection’ of issues faced by Army families

The results of a review commissioned by the MOD into the concerns raised by Armed Forces families have now been published.

Then Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson MP, commissioned Andrew Selous MP to conduct the independent review in January 2019 to consider the needs of Service families and to assess whether the current offer is meeting those needs.

The focus was on currently serving personnel, including those preparing to leave the Armed Forces, and their families.

The Families Federations’ employment and training platform, Forces Families Jobs (FFJ), features in the list of more than 100 evidence-based recommendations for change. 

The report recommends the MOD and devolved governments support the development of FFJ to become the ‘go-to’ place for high-quality information, guidance, training and job opportunities, and partner employment support. In the medium term, it also suggests the MOD enable military partners to apply for gapped civil service jobs via FFJ.

AFF fed evidence into the review and former Chief Executive Sara Baade said: “We really welcome this report, which is a good reflection of the issues faced by Army families and echoes many of the concerns that AFF has raised over the years. We look forward to seeing how the Government will work with this report to make real differences to the Army families we support.”

Read the report summary and the full report Living in our shoes: understanding the needs of UK Armed Forces families


POSTED ON 16 JULY 2020

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    Good Afternoon

    Your header says that this report is a ‘reflection’ of issues faced by families which suggests you thought it may only be a reflection of a number of issues, wasn’t as detailed as it should be and that it should go further in its recommendation. If you could provide some clarity that would be really useful.

    Many thanks.

    Hello Sarah,

    Thank you for your comment. We welcomed the report and the issues it highlighted, which echoed many of the concerns AFF has raised over the years, and we look forward to understanding how the Government will use the recommendations to have a positive impact for Army families.

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