Although military life has many benefits, military-connected families also experience unique challenges such as being separated from loved ones and having to relocate frequently. This can create stress and anxiety for parents, carers and children.
By providing support at an early stage, we aim to build families’ resilience and improve their wellbeing.
We evaluated three services that we deliver in or near military bases, to find out whether they are having a positive impact on families:
Authors: Nicola McConnell, Elizabeth Thomas, Anna Bosher, Richard Cotmore
Families associated with the military experience higher anxiety and additional stressors compared with the general population of the UK. There is promising evidence that military families benefit from targeted support.
Underpinning services with a strengths-based theoretical framework enables practitioners to focus on finding ways to build protective factors such as resilience, social connections and support in times of need.
McConnell, N. et al (2019) Early support for military-connected families: evaluation of services at NSPCC military sites. London: NSPCC
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This episode of the NSPCC Learning Podcast explores the challenges military families can face, the impact on children and the findings from our service evaluation report.
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