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Friday, 22 June 2018

The Army Parents Network

The Army Parents' Network was launched on 28 Sep as part of national inclusion week. The aim of the Network is to support Serving Army Parents and the Chain of Command by providing access to information, advice and peer support. The page will promote information on relevant topics (including policy updates and useful articles) and will also act as a forum for individuals to ask questions for other members to provide advice – all questions asked can be posted anonymously. This Facebook group is a closed group with access limited to Serving Army personnel only. If you would like to join please answer the two questions when you apply and your application will be authorised.

Defence Discount Service (DDS) Offers

Dorset Highways Surface Programme (includes Blandford Area)

Our surface dressing programme is also continuing - with roads in Lyme Regis currently being treated.

Following on from this, the gang will move on to treat residential roads in Weymouth throughout July and be in the Blandford area in August.

Roads are closed during the treatment - which takes one to two hours depending on the length of the road - but cars can drive on the surface as soon as the work is complete.

In urban areas, working hours are from 9am to 4pm - with residents being asked to move their cars by 8am to ensure there is space for machinery and so that work can get underway at 9am.
More about surface dressing

Cotswold Outdoor - Armed Forces Day Discount

Retention Of MOD ID Card For Veterans

MOD Form 90 – Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood MP, has announced that service leavers will be able to retain their ID card (MOD Form 90), allowing them to be identified as veterans quickly and easily, aiding their transition into civilian life. 

Veterans UK, which manages armed forces pensions and compensation payments, local authorities, GPs and charities will all benefit from this change in policy as they will not have to conduct time-consuming checks to identify individual veterans. Instead of handing back their card to be destroyed on the day of discharge, the corners will now be cut off to show the card is no longer valid.

30 Hours Free Childcare

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Support For Returning To Teaching

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Have You Had Any Dealings With CAFCASS? Feedback Wanted

CAFCASS which stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, and CAFCASS Cymru, represent children in family court cases in England and Wales. In Scotland, the role of making independent reports about the best interests of the child is performed by Child Welfare Reporters. Operating within the law set by Parliament (Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000), and under the rules and directions of the family courts, CAFCASS are independent of the courts, social services, education and health authorities and all similar agencies. Their duty is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children going through the family justice system. CAFCASS’s Family Court Advisers may be asked by the court to work with families and then advise the court on what they consider to be the best interests of the children involved in three main areas:

* Divorce and separation, sometimes called ‘private law’, where parents or carers can’t agree on arrangements for their children

* Care proceedings, sometimes called ‘public law’, where social services have serious concerns about the safety and welfare of children

* Adoption, which can either be public or private law

The Covenant Team and the Service family federations are working with CAFCASS to increase mutual awareness and understanding. We would be grateful for feedback from Service personnel on their experience if CAFCASS have been involved in proceedings relating to their children during or following the breakdown of a relationship. Please email the Covenant mailbox - – and include CAFCASS in the email subject. Please note that a simple summary of the overall experience from the Service person’s perspective is sought: there is no requirement to provide any details relating to private and sensitive matters, nor should children be named in the email.

To learn more about CAFCASS, please CLICK HERE

CarillionAmey - Tempo Update - 21st June 2018

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Thinking About Adoption? SSAFA Can Help

Adoption – Among the services provided by SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is a national registered adoption agency, supporting members of the Armed Forces who wish to create a family through adoption. This is the only service of its kind in the UK. SSAFA welcomes applications from all members of the serving community and those who have left the Armed Forces in the last three years.

For more information, email the SSAFA adoption team at,
call on 020 7463 9326 or to visit the website,

See also the SSAFA leaflet, ‘Thinking about Adoption?’ available from your local HIVE.

One of the major successes of the SSAFA service has been an increase in LGBT adopters. In the last year one quarter of applications have been from same-sex couples, which in comparison to the national average (1/10) is remarkable. To read Gemma and Louise’s case study, CLICK HERE